On the stunning Gunnison Route Trail
Ice climbing at Ouray Ice Park
Passing through the Cimarrons
Casting a line in Black Canyon National Park
Rafting trip through Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
Skiing over powder snow with an incredible backdrop
Dirt biking trip over 'the spines' at Peach Valley Recreation Area
A sunset bike ride over the mesa
Aerial view over Montrose Water Sports Park
Welcome to this warm, Western Slope city.
Bountiful Wilderness and Adventure
You can’t visit Montrose without seeing Black Canyon National Park, home to staggering cliffs made of rocks so striking they look painted, as well as a canyon so deep that looking down from the rim is a beyond-dizzying experience. Hike, drive, kayak or climb your way through this majestic park, but whatever you do, don’t miss it.
Lose yourself in the equally compelling beauty of Uncompahgre Wilderness, where the area’s namesake peak rises 4,361 meters, the highest summit in all of the San Juan Mountains. Explore the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area by whitewater canoeing or horseback riding through its diverse environment. Fish Gunnison River’s Gold Medal and Wild Trout-designated water. Head to Riverbottom Park to check out the Montrose Water Sports Park, home to the annual Fun on the Uncompahgre (FUNC) Fest and featuring six drop structures, ramps and a beach along the water flows, which are perfect for kayakers.
Take the Scenic Route
Scenic drives and byways (some historic) deliver visitors one photo opportunity after another, as well as the chance to discover everything from rock art to fossils and Victorian villages along the way. Try Alpine Loop Back Country Byway to view glacial valleys and ghost towns, or San Juan Skyway’s “road to the sky,” featuring mountain peaks, ancient pueblo ruins and hot springs. For an even broader perspective on the area’s geography, culture and history, head to Museum of the Mountain West to see 500,000 artifacts spanning from 1880 to 1930 on display in this recreated Old West village. A visit to the saloon or post office here is a truly authentic experience. The Ute Indian Museum’s rich collection of art and objects, along with its native-plant garden, reflects both the history and the living culture of the Ute people.
Downtown and Around
While it’s tempting to spend all day and all night (under the stars, preferably) in the great outdoors, the city’s dining, boutique shopping and city-slicker entertainment options are hard to beat. Head to Historic Downtown, where modern Montrose has established itself through brew pubs and art galleries. View the sculptures that are a part of downtown’s Public Art eXperience. Shop the Montrose Antique Trail to score one-of-a-kind treasures. Visit farms and gardens and pick up preserves, oils and other gourmet goodies. Schedule a tasting at a winery, settle in at a classic steakhouse, or wrap your hands around some fresh-roasted coffee.
Gunnison Tunnel runs nearly 10 kilometers underground from Black Canyon to Uncompahgre River valley.
Photo: Brett Schreckengost
Within 55 kilometers of Montrose the elevation varies as much as 2,700 meters from plunging river valleys to towering mountain peaks.
Photo: Julie Barton
The largest community recreation center in the whole of Colorado’s Western Slope can be found in Montrose.
Photo: Montrose Office of Business and Tourism