Ep. 69: Million Dollar Highway | Colorado RV travel camping

Travel with us in our RV on Colorado’s renowned Million Dollar Highway, a scenic and dangerous stretch of US Route 550 that connects Durango and Ouray via the historic town of Silverton. Camp for free with us in the San Juan National Forest, explore quaint downtown Silverton, take a 4×4 trip across Engineer Pass to Lake City, and learn about Silverton’s rich mining heritage at the San Juan County Historical Society Museum.

Filmed September 5-8, 2018.

* Campsite: Anvil Camping Area https://www.campendium.com/anvil-camping-area


Gear used in the filming of this episode includes:

* Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera https://amzn.to/2v26W8C
* Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens https://amzn.to/2GIsDjz
* DJI Mavic Pro drone for 4K aerial videography http://amzn.to/2y9CN6T 
* DJI Osmo+ 4K video stabilized heldheld gimbal camera http://amzn.to/2xwMwRj
* Samsung Galaxy S8+ http://amzn.to/2yRhqEV 
* Insignia omnidirectional lapel microphone https://amzn.to/2N7wPbY 
* Rode VideoMicro microphone http://amzn.to/2gsf6NY
* Sunpak TravelLite Pro tripod http://amzn.to/2zAwtGL 
* Neweer Video Tripod Fluid Drag Pan Head https://amzn.to/2GGH4V5
* Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3 https://amzn.to/2JkNo1G
* PolarPro DroneTrekker backpack https://amzn.to/2I28sut
* MindShift Ultralight Dual 36L hybrid camera backpack https://amzn.to/2HXvhPy

Video editing software:

* Cyberlink PowerDirector http://amzn.to/2Capy8J

We also use:

* Sony SEL35F18 E 35mm F1.8 OSS Prime Lens https://amzn.to/2HOEGIC
* GoPro Hero 5 Black https://amzn.to/2tPcn6V
* Movo Photo MB700 camera chest holster https://amzn.to/2HkFNjE
* Vivitar DVR917HD 4K action camera https://goo.gl/URR7S3 
* Monoprice MHD Sport 2.0 Wi-Fi Action Camera http://amzn.to/2xsmnDa 
* various other tripods and mounts


* 2016 Evo by Forest River T2050 (23′) https://goo.gl/53a88X
* 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7L V8 https://goo.gl/NJQpbD
* Renogy 200W Eclipse folding monocrystalline solar suitcase with PWM solar controller: http://amzn.to/2DfCdnC
* Renogy MC-4 to SAE adapter: http://amzn.to/2DgPRqE
* Halo 1500W power inverter: http://amzn.to/2Ca5Sln
* Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start http://amzn.to/2zAwwCi
* KING VQ4550 Tailgater portable automatic satellite TV antenna and DISH Wally HD receiver: http://amzn.to/2BDL6XR
* weBoost 4G-X RV cell phone signal booster https://amzn.to/2J8mWZq
* HooToo TripMate portable 12V Internet router http://amzn.to/2BUQY3a
* Mopeka LP Tank Check http://amzn.to/2xFrakI
* Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater: http://amzn.to/2DVNQSa
* Oxygenics Body Spa RV http://amzn.to/2AcGO9z
* Large folding moon camp chairs: http://amzn.to/2DWCTzJ
* Magma stainless steel Marine Kettle gas grill https://amzn.to/2Gtt90y
* Magma round rail grill mount https://amzn.to/2uIjqlx
* Magma low pressure control valve https://amzn.to/2Gv7cCw
* Magma Marine Kettle grill cover https://amzn.to/2H6oEKG
* DOZYANT 12 Feet RV Connection Hose, 3/8 inch Female Flare x 1/4 inch Full Flow Quick-Connect Male Plug https://amzn.to/2uDMxXq
* 3M Command products: http://amzn.to/2BH6sUj
* CleverMade CleverCrates 46 Liter collapsible storage totes: http://amzn.to/2BIuVZr
* 45-gallon fresh water folding storage tank http://amzn.to/2zwrML0
* 12-volt water transfer pump http://amzn.to/2Ag3ExD
* Orbit water flow meter http://amzn.to/2zKbliu
* Teknor Apex Zero-G 4001-50 Lightweight, Ultra Flexible, Durable, Kink-Free Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet https://amzn.to/2NAdcfM


* All music in this episode is open source and obtained from the YouTube Audio Library http://YouTube.com/audiolibrary, or licensed from Soundstripe http://SoundStripe.com.


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  • “ oh oh could be magic “ well almost , another stunning film by the star himself Mr grand Adventure . You are amazing Marc thanks for all your hard work filming G&Z

  • Hi Marc, this is the second video of your collection I have seen. Great 👍
    Think I know what I can do the x-mas days. 🤗😉 (you produced a lot of videos till today)😁
    Volker (from Hamburg Germany)

  • Nice video.  The area really is spectacular and I feel blessed to live in this part of the world a portion of each year.  The Million Dollar portion of US 550 is the stretch between the town of Ouray (pronounced U Ray) and the town of Silverton only and excludes the portion from Silverton to Durango though many call it so by mistake.  To many locals and historians the true portion of The Million Dollar Hwy is the 12 miles from Ouray to the top of Red Mountain Pass that was built by Otto Mears in 1883 as a toll road to connect Ouray to Ironton.  Ridgway State Park is a wonderful, clean, full service park to camp (both tent sites to full size RV's) that is situated on the Ridgway Reservoir with spectacular views of the San Juan and Cimmaron mountains just a few miles north of the town of Ridgway.  The town of Ridgway is the location where the original True Grit movie was made.

  • Wow! I just gaped in awe for most of that lol. Those epic 4×4 drives! We have been meaning to checkout Silverton, nice to know what to expect. Thanks for the tip on the boondocking spot, always love camping next to water. Hey what were all those white animals milling about? Mountain goats? Another great video, Cheers! -Brad

  • There is another way back to Silverton from Lake City over Cinnamon pass just south of Lake City it takes you back to the Anamas Forks then to Silverton. It is also a great 4×4 road with allot of scenery.

  • It looks like there was not enough money left over in the million dollar budget to buy some additional guard rails!  It has been a while since I have done that drive and forgot about the lack of roadside shoulders.  I do remember concluding at the time that I would never want to do it in snow or ice conditions. 

    The trip to Engineer Pass also looked exciting.  Some of those roads can really get risky when it rains and the tires load up with mud.  I was on an improved forest road in Colorado and the mud stuck like glue turning my so called all terrain tires into slicks with packed mud. It was like driving on ice with virtually no steering control.  I can only imagine what it would be like on sections of that road without a hard rock base. 

    I do not think I would go out of my way to drive the Million Dollar Highway with a trailer but it is good to know that it can be done.  I would sure hate to have a breakdown or tire failure on some of those sections. 

    There are some comments on Ridgeway so here is another.  Ridgeway was the home for many year for Dennis Weaver who played Chester (Mr. Dillion, Mr. Dillion) on the TV show Gunsmoke.  He built an earth friendly home there that was well publicized.  One other piece of trivia for the area is Ouray is the home town for C. W. McCall, known for the trucker song Convoy. 
    This is another excellent video.  Thanks!

  • Another great video, Mark my wife and I just got back from Silverton, Oregon, which led us to Silver Falls. you can see pics on my facebook group RV tgnw(the great northwest)I hope its okay to post it here, I spent some time in Coos Bay recently also. happy trails, Mike

  • Funnel cakes every day? Rocky Mt sugar high! Nerves of steel on the Engineer Pass road, Marc. The gorge is a breeze going north. Southbound it the sweaty palms part! Here is a trivia note. Ridgeway it the home of the maker who produces all the Grammy gramophone awards. Nice work, Marc.