Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Gateway Canyons Resort and get prepared for one of the most exciting adventures that Colorado has to offer. We’ll leave the hotel at 9 am to drive to Durango, located in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The city was established by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company to serve the silver mining enterprises in the area. We’ll enjoy lunch at the historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887 and one of the West’s iconic hotels, filled with the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques and beautiful handcrafted woodwork. You might want to step back in time and check out the Belle Girls in their period costumes in the Diamond Belle Saloon!
After lunch, we’ll head north to drive one of THE most incredible roads – the Million Dollar Highway, part of the San Juan Skyway. Forget about your standard driving safety measures like guardrails and shoulders, there aren’t any on this stretch of road, so swerving off the road is not advised! From Durango, through Silverton and Ouray, to Ridgway, the highway delivers jaw-dropping vista after vista. The road climbs up three very high mountain passes: Red Mountain Pass (11,018 ft.), Molas Pass (10,970 ft.), and Coal Bank Pass (10,640 ft.).
After this incredible day, we’ll drive through gorgeous canyons and return to Gateway Canyons Resort. This evening, we have a very special progressive dinner planned at the Gateway Auto Museum, where you’ll see some of the world’s rare classic American cars, including the one-of-a-kind Oldsmobile F-88 concept car. Each gallery in the museum boasts a different group of special cars and as we wander through, we’ll enjoy a different meal course in each room. You’ll sleep well tonight at Gateway Canyons Resort.
Overnight – Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa