Okay, I'm going to change my screen name to neurotic mom. It's the middle of the night and I'm a nervous wreck over driving US 550. My family has decided against the Durango Train (my safe choice) and would prefer to drive to Ouray, stopping to hike along the way. I am terrified of the drive. We will be camping in Durango (after already camping 2 nights at Mesa Verde). Would it be safer to do the loop: Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, to Durango rather than driving both ways on 550 from Durango to Ouray then back to Durango.
A huge thank you to anyone kind enough to respond!!!!