- The adventure capital of Montrose is just two hours west of Crested Butte.
- Explore Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
- Montrose is a four season hub of outdoor recreation.
- Montrose is located in southwestern Colorado in the Uncompahgre Valley.
- Bring the family to Montrose for a vacation to remember!
Montrose, CO is at the epicenter of outdoor recreational fun. Located in southwestern, CO in the Uncompahgre Valley, Montrose is surrounded by acres of accessible public land and national forests, and within miles of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Grand Mesa, and Curecanti National Recreation Area.
Whether you visit in the summer or the winter, you are sure to find an activity for everyone in the family. Step outside, enjoy the breathtaking scenery that surrounds Montrose and let your days be filled with adventure. A vacation to Montrose is one the family will talk about for years to come!
The hardest part about finding activities in Montrose is just picking which one you want to do. There are that many options. Hopefully, these will get you started and help you to plan your next trip to Montrose.
The amount of open space available for hiking can be overwhelming, so pick a place and then choose your hikes. Access to the south rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just 15 miles east of Montrose. Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the US, is only a 45 minute north of Montrose and offers exceptional hiking. Or stay closer to home and jump over to the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Biking around Montrose is extremely popular. Those looking for smooth pavement will find miles of open road surrounded by breathtaking views. Mountain bikers can head to the Dry Creek Area, west of Montrose or to the Uncompahgre Plateau southwest of the city. Pick up the 'Montrose Bike Routes, Parks, and Trail Maps' brochure for details about area routes.
Spend the night under the stars. Whether you choose to backpack in or camp in a designated sight, you have options. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park offers a couple different campsites each offering multiple campsites with varying amenities.
Fly, spin, and bait fisherman will all feel at home when fishing here. The Uncompahgre River offers year round fishing and flows right through Montrose. Cimarron River, stocked with brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout, offers excellent dry fly-fishing opportunities all year. Don't forget about the Gunnison River or any one of the many reservoirs in the area. Hire a guide for the day and let them lead you to hot spots.
- Horseback Riding
Montrose is in the heart of the wild west, so a horseback adventure is only appropriate. Horseback riding gives you an opportunity to travel further and steeper into the wilderness then may be possible on foot. Half, full, and multiple day trips are available. There are multiple guide services so do some research and find one that fits your style and your budget.
- Rock Climbing
The 1,820ft vertical canyon walls of Black Canyon tease climbing enthusiast who are eager to test their skills and reach the top. Yet these walls are only for expert climbers, no beginners please. Access is difficult, route information sparse, and the climate can be brutal. But, for those on a mission to the top visit the South Rim Visitor Center or the North Rim Ranger Station for information.
Rivers and reservoirs dot the area. Now you just need to choose what type of adventure you are looking for; scenic paddle, raging waters, easy or difficult boat launches, etc. Many guide companies offer multiple day canoe trips. Let your adventure begin.
Beat the summer heat by spending the day on Blue Mesa Reservoir, the the largest body of water in Colorado. Don't have a boat, rent one. There are a couple of companies around the reservoir, so look around to find the best deal.
- Whitewater Rafting
Adrenaline junkies meet whitewater rafting. The Uncompahgre River, Lower Gunnison River, Gunnison River Gorge, and the San Juan River all offer different levels of rafting ranging from Class II to IV. You'll find the best rafting in early spring.
Three golf courses await your play. Choose from a links course, a Nicklaus designed course, and a great public course. The natural setting sets the scene as you test your swing. If you have the kids with you, check out the miniature golf course.
- Wildlife Viewing
This part of southwestern Colorado is full of wildlife, especially down in Black Canyon. If you are lucky you may spot, elk, rocky mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, mule deer or the gray rock squirrel. Bird watching can also be excellent in the area. So, keep your eyes open and your binoculars ready.
- Downhill Skiing
For downhill skiing, you will have to take a drive. Head up to Powderhorn Ski Area, near Grand Mesa, down to Telluride, or over to Crested Butte to catch some powder.
- Cross-Country Skiing
Take in the serenity of the snow covered landscape with a day cross-country skiing. The south rim drive of Black Canyon closes for the winter and is a great place for an afternoon of Nordic skiing.
Where there is snow, you can snowshoe. It doesn't matter where you go; bound through the city streets or hit a trail. Strap on those shoes and get outside.
Groomed and ungroomed snowmobile trails can be found just outside of Montrose. Be ready for breathtaking views and great terrain. If you are looking for rugged terrain take the seldom used Dry Creek trail.