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San Juan Skyway: Coal Bank & Molas Passes
This section of US Highway 550 is part of the San Juan Skyway, an excellent loop route through the San Juan Mountains. The portion between Durango and Silverton offers a couple of high-mountain passes and great scenery, especially in Autumn, when the fall colors are on display. I like Durango, but I’m always happy to leave it behind. It’s a nice western town, but it always feels crowded to me, and it seems like I always get stuck in traffic. Fortunately, the congestion eases, as you leave town, headed north on US 550 — part of the San Juan Skyway …