Montrose Area - Southwest Colorado

Includes Cimarron, Olathe


MONTROSE is the gateway to the San Juan Skyway and the Ridgway State Recreation Area. The Montrose area offers some of the best fishing in Colorado on the Gunnison, San Miguel and Dolores rivers. Keep an eye out for the many golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and great horned owls that live here. The Ridgway State Recreation Area provides boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the west is the most stunning day trip of all: as deep as 2,700' and as narrow as 1,300', the canyon was shaped by the churning waters of the Gunnison River. A 50-mile long chasm, the Black Canyon's sheer, shadowy rock walls drop more than a half mile to the river creating a somber and memorable site. Ute Indians did not enter the canyon, preferring to stay on the rim and hunt and when you visit, you'll see why - there are difficult trails down. Take a raft trip through the steep canyon to see otherwise inaccessible sites.

Bordered by Gunnison National Forest, CIMARRON is known for its old narrow-gauge railroad, with a part of the original trestle crossing the creek. Cimarron River yields a variety of trout. The Curecanti National Recreation Area, with breathtaking scenery, emphasizes the series of dams created to alter the Gunnison River's course. The Blue Mesa Reservoir, 20 miles long, is ideal for sailing and windsurfing. Its 96 miles of shoreline offer up rainbow, brook and brown trout, mackinaw, and kokanee salmon.

The Montrose area is also steeped in history and offers several museums and attractions to help bring the past to life. Visit the Ute Indian Museum, where visitors get a glimpse into the lives of the region's indigenous inhabitants. And the Council Tree Pow Wow, held every September in Delta, celebrates Ute traditions with art shows, dancing and good.

The Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum takes travelers back to the Old West with its living history fort, and the Museum of the Mountain West is a re-creation of an Old West town, complete with saloons. Even more homesteader memorabilia can be found at the Montrose County Historic Museum, which is open mid-May to September. And if you're just looking for something to entertain the kids, try the Children's Museum, which offers workshops and exhibits for youth.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Montrose Municipal Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Montrose Area is near: Ouray & Telluride

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Featured Montrose Area Businesses

Black Canyon Motel  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
AAA rated in Montrose. Family Suites and Rooms, ask for a whirlpool tubs, King and Queen beds, handicapped, or non-smoking. Year round swimming pool, hot tub. Ski & Golf Packages. Pets welcome.

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Centennial RV Park & Campground  Colorado vacation make reservations
10 miles south of Montrose, in beautiful SW Colorado, a rural setting -- 50amp full service, pull-thru BIG RIG RV sites. Central to: Ouray, Black Canyon National Park, and Blue Mesa Reservoir. FREE WI-FI.

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Country Lodge & Cabin  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On Main Street in Montrose: Motel Rooms, Kitchenettes, Suites. Country charm featuring a garden courtyard, redwood deck, swimming pool, hot tub . Private 3-bedroom Log CABIN! Non-Smokers Only.

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Days Inn - Montrose
Family motel in Montrose with the luxury of: open lands, panoramic mountain views, fresh air. Rooms have new beds and bedding. Our pool has been remodeled with a larger deck, tiki huts, and a spa.


Gunnison River Expeditions: Fishing, Rafting & Hunting  link to Colorado vacation
Experience the Gold Medal Waters of the Gunnison River in the North Fork Valley near Montrose and Delta Colorado! Guided float fishing, rafting & hunting expeditions with expert guide.

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Gunnison River Farms & Black Canyon Anglers  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On the gold medal fishing waters of the Gunnison River near the Black Canyon National Park: lodging, dinner, private river access, stocked trout ponds. Perfect for your family, wedding, retreat, or event.

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Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Famlies love 'Yogi Bear' visits and activities. At the foot of the San Juan Mountains in Montrose, spacious full hookup sites (pull thrus), family cabins, indoor/outdoor pool, enclosed hot tub. On-site management!

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Kings Riverbend RV Park & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Best Kept Secret in Montrose. Park model luxury cabins on the River. BIG RIG friendly, 50 amps all sites. Pull-thru, shady riverside sites. Near: National Park, World's best jeeping, restaurants, shopping. WI-FI.

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Museum of the Mountain West - A Tribute to the Classic Western Movies  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
2 miles E of Montrose. Experience western Colorado circa 1880-1930. All tours are guided. 5th Annual Tribute to Western Movies Day: September 27, 2014: Live Music, Gun Fights, Kid Activities, Food, Crafts.


Ouray County 4-H Event Center  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures against the spectacular mountains of Ouray CO, whether indoor, outdoor, formal, casual, large, or small, recreation or business, we offer you the perfect site for your event.

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For more travel information contact:

Montrose Area Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Blue Mesa Reservoir/Curecanti National Recreation Area

Scenic Byways:
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Blue Mesa Reservoir & Gunnison River Fishing Map -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Little Cimarron River Rafting
Uncompahgre River Rafting

Black Canyon Snowmobile Trails
Cimarron Snowmobile Trails
Montrose Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Montrose & Ouray Area Map

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