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    We are driving from Mesa Verde to Colorado Springs on our road trip. What are the most scenic roads we can take? The length of time to get there does not matter to us as much as the scenery. Our original idea was to take 160 E to Great Sand Dunes then north on I-25, but then we thought it might be better to take 145 or 550 North to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP then 50 to 24. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    It is nearly impossible to find a non-scenic road in this area of the country. That said, I would think that it would be nigh on to impossible to find a more beautiful stretch of blacktop than US-550, the Million Dollar Highway, north out of Durango and US-50 through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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    Default No wrong choice.

    I agree, there are no wrong choices but given the chance, the "Million dollar highway" is not to be missed !

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    I did exactly that about 3 years ago. From Durango, I took US-550 north to Montrose, US-50 east to Poncha Springs, US-285 north to Buena Vista, and US-24 east to Colorado Springs.

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    As time is not of essence consider this route which I once took as far as Leadville.

    Mesa Verde.
    Durango.
    Gunnison.
    Crested Butte.
    Redstone.
    Aspen.
    Independence Pass.
    Leadville - slight detour.
    Buena Vista.
    Colorado Springs.

    Personally a very scenic route with many things to see and do on the way. Have a great trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chcbears2403 View Post
    We are driving from Mesa Verde to Colorado Springs on our road trip.

    The length of time to get there does not matter to us as much as the scenery. !
    Perhaps if you clarified how long you can take to make the trip, we could then make some other suggestions ?

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    My wife and I drove a loop in 1996 from Colorado Springs to Four Corners and back. We went south to Canon City and over US-50 to Salida on the way over. It goes through Brown Canyon, which is also pretty. We went to Black Canyon, down to Durango and over to Mesa Verde and Four Corners. Then we went back to the Great Sand Dunes and up I-25 to Colorado Springs, so we've covered the entire route both ways.

    The northern route is by far the better one, and includes Ouray (Box Canyon) and the Silverton-Durango Railway. You might want to check out my route article on the North Rim of Black Canyon, too. If you have the time, it is worth the side trip.

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