Montrose Area - Southwest Colorado
Experience Montrose, Cimarron, and Olathe, Colorado
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.
Featured Montrose Area Businesses
SECLUDED year-round in the Uncompahgre National Forest! Arrowhead Mountain Lodge: Restaurant, bar, ATVing, fishing, snowmobiling. Near the Black Canyon between Montrose and Gunnison off US 50.
A PREMIER FISHING EXPERIENCE in GUNNISON: Guided lake and trolling for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon on Blue Mesa Reservoir. WINTER Ice-fishing from Mid-December to Late-March.
In Montrose: Lodge Suites, Western-Themed Motel Rooms, Kitchenettes. Country charm: hot tub, WiFi, courtyard garden, redwood deck, swimming pool. Near Black Canyon National Park. Non-Smokers Only.
Kings is known for Big ROADS and BIG RIGS! RV sites: pull-thrus, riverside, shade, 50 amp. Luxury Park CABINS on the Uncompahgre River. WiFi. Near: Montrose, National Park, fishing, jeeping, restaurants.
Near Black Canyon National Park in Montrose: spacious RV sites, cozy cabins, lodge rooms, hay rides, games, swimming pool. Perfect vacation spot to explore San Juan Mountains. On-site management!
Near Montrose. All tours at Museum of the Mountain West are guided see HISTORIC BUILDINGS, huge collection of old West artifacts. Experience Colorado's 1880s-1930s firsthand. Open Monday-Saturday.
Montrose Area Activities & Maps
National Parks and Monuments:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Blue Mesa Reservoir/Curecanti National Recreation Area
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
Local Area Maps:
Delta, Montrose & North Fork Valley Area Map