Montrose Area - Southwest Colorado

Includes Cimarron, Olathe


The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
Spend the day Soaking in the Views of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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 and dancing.

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

key to symbols

Featured Montrose Area Businesses

Arrowhead Mountain Lodge  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Remote! From Montrose take Hwy 50 to Cimarron, Arrowhead Mountain Lodge, remodeled in 2014 and is now a year round retreat with snowmobiling, fishing, restaurant and bar. Near Silverjack Reservoir.

lodges National Parks Snowmobiling 

Black Canyon Motel - Affordable Montrose Lodging  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Affordable AAA rated motel in Montrose. Family suites and rooms near Black Canyon National Park. hot tub, Swimming pool. Lodging: King or Queen beds, whirlpool tub, handicapped, or non-smoking units.

motels National Parks Fishing 

Centennial RV Park & Campground  Colorado vacation make reservations
In a rural setting, the campground is 10 miles south of Montrose. RV Park 50amp full service, pull-thrus for BIG RIG. Centennial is near: Black Canyon National Park, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Ouray. FREE WI-FI.

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly National Parks 

Country Lodge: A Western-Themed Hotel  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On Main Street in Montrose: Motel Rooms, Kitchenettes, Lodge Suites. Country charm: garden courtyard, redwood deck, swimming pool, hot tub, WI-FI. Near the Black Canyon National Park. Non-Smokers Only.

motels Pets Welcome National Parks Winter Lodging 

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! Adventure Expeditions: Float fishing, river rafting, jet boating all with an expert guide.

National Parks Fishing Whitewater Rafting 

Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Families love 'Yogi Bear' visits and Jellystone kid activities. In Montrose near Black Canyon National Park: spacious RV sites, mountain cabins, indoor/outdoor pool, enclosed hot tub. On-site management!

cabins RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly National Parks 

Kings Riverbend RV Park & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Kings is known for Big ROADS and BIG RIGS! RV sites: pull-thrus, riverside, shade, 50 amp. Luxury Park CABINS on the Uncompahgre River. WI-FI. Near: Montrose, National Park, fishing, jeeping, restaurants.

cabins RV Parks and Resorts Lodging by water National Parks Fishing 

Museum of the Mountain West - Where the West Comes Alive  link to Colorado vacation
Near Montrose. All museum tours are guided through numerous buildings telling the stories of the old west. Within the main building are 11 businesses with furnishings from Colorado's 1880s-1930s.


Ouray County 4-H Event Center and Fairgrounds  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures featuring the spectacular mountains of Ouray County: indoors, outdoor, formal, casual, large, small, fairgrounds, 4-H or business, we offer you the perfect center for your event.

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions 

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:
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Blue Mesa Reservoir & Gunnison River Fishing Map -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Gunnison River Rafting & Kayaking
Little Cimarron River Rafting & Kayaking
Uncompahgre River Rafting & Kayaking

Black Canyon Snowmobile Trails
Cimarron Snowmobile Trails
Montrose Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Delta, Montrose & North Fork Valley Area Map -UPDATED-

horizontal rule

Places to Stay & Facility Features
Cabins & Cottages | Motels & Hotels | Lodging & Lodges | Vacation Homes | Condos, Suites & Townhomes | Bed & Breakfast | Tent Camping | RV Parks & Campgrounds | RV Sales, Service & Rentals | Romance Packages | Family Friendly | Pets Welcome | By Water | Swimming Pools | Guest Horses | Groups, Reunions & Retreats | Weddings & Elopements | Winter Lodging

Fun Things to Do
Calendars of Events | National Parks, Monuments & Historic Sites | Scenic Byways & Drives | Fishing & Fly Fishing | Hot Springs | Horse Riding | ATVing | Jeeping & 4WD | Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking | Attractions | Golfing | Restaurants & Dining | More Fun Stuff | Hunting & Land Leases | Snowmobiling | Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding | Snowshoeing | Cross - Country Skiing

A-Z Towns & Areas | Colorado Maps | About Us

Copyright by The Colorado Directory, Inc. This is a directory only; it is not and does not contain a recommendation,warranty, guaranty, inducement or endorsement of any kind. Representations herein were supplied by the individual businesses. The publisher, The Colorado Directory, Inc., does not assume any responsibility for truth, falsity or completeness of any representation made herein or any errors, changes, services rendered, or changes made in the use of this directory. This information was compiled as accurately as possible. Prices and services are frequently subject to change. Errors called to the publisher's attention will be corrected in the future. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher.