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Old 03-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Million Mile Highway RIGHT NOW

I am curious to know if this is passable via motorcycle. I am traveling cross the country and would like to experience colorado but worry about this being incompatible this time of the year.

Can this route be ridden safely right now 03/22/2013?
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Wow! That's a long highway!

I'm guessing you mean the "Million Dollar Highway" - US 550 from Ouray to Durango?

Here is the Colorado Department of Transportation's road conditions website - it includes webcams.
http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm

Bottom left of the map is what interests you.. and probably the Ouray Cam, Red Mountain Pass Cam, and Silverton Cams are the most important.

Here's the Red Mountain Pass Cam (of course you can't see much at night)
http://www.cotrip.org/images/ws/camera?imageURL=158

You will want to consider that website in conjunction with a current web map. We are snowing hard in the front Range of Colorado right now - not motorcycle passable (are you already through the mountains?)- and they are much higher than we are... but that said, every mountain range tends to have its own unique weather. According to the Weather.com map right now Southwest Colorado is NOT getting the snow we are.


If the road is dry you'll be able to get over it on a motorcycle.. but it will still be cold at the top of the pass so dress warm! If the roads are wet there WILL be ice. There will be sand/dirt from the sand trucks.

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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we don't have a Million Mile Highway



but if you want to check out the Million Dollar Highway...

http://coloradolivecams.com/colocam-silverton1.htm
http://coloradolivecams.com/colocam-ouray1.htm

nice simultaneous post, Ed
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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Check here.
Weekend forcast
Sat 23˚ chance of snow
Sun27˚ Snow
I would bet you will have snow/ice on the north slopes.
Snowing like crazy where I am at.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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Snowing like crazy here on the east side of the divide as well!!! I think this is the most winter like storm we've had all winter!!!!

For the OP's reference, I am near Estes Park, northwest of Denver. I believe Denver and the plains are getting hit pretty hard with this storm as well.
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We've been getting a pretty good bit for the last hour or so....but it looks like the San Juans are not getting the brunt of this one

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Proper answer

Proper answer is the answer will change every day and sometimes more than once a day.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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We've been getting a pretty good bit for the last hour or so....but it looks like the San Juans are not getting the brunt of this one

Very true - and they may not get hit much at all. I suppose it all depends on if the OP is planning to continue north or east or just go up and back to wherever he is at the moment. 550 itself may actually be ok - but north of I70 and eastward, not so much.
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....well, he did say RIGHT NOW
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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....well, he did say RIGHT NOW
True!!! It is dry and passable RIGHT NOW!!! Go! But take pictures and video and post up or it didn't happen! Maybe try a winter night time cross of Engineer Pass along the way!!!
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Tener Cuidado, road will have a lot of gravel on it!
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:41 PM   #12
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Maybe he meant Last Dollar Road....
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:39 AM   #13
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Oof. Great information, thanks for the sources.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #14
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i think as of RIGHT NOW i wouldn't do it. We got some snow last night, even at the lower elevations nearby, so i imagine there would be a lot of ice, and today isn't supposed to be an awesome sunny day!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:01 AM   #15
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It's like everyone said- When I lived in Durango I've ridden up to Ouray and had dry roads, have lunch, and ride one handed through 3" of snow on the way home, constantly wiping the snow off the top of the windscreen with my left hand so I could see. It'd just plaster my visor and totally fog me up if I didn't hunker down behind it. That would have been in May.

Going cross country through Colorado there are other passes that you have to deal with also, any one of them can get snowy, and while June through September are usually no worry months, it can snow up there in July or August.
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