||Black Canyon of the
Gunnison National Monument. Here you will see some of the most
spectacular sights in the area…and it is located just minutes from
downtown Montrose! The Monument is managed by the U.S. Park Service.
Be sure to click on the gold Black Canyon Tour button.
||Ouray Colorado is
located about 40 minutes south of Montrose via US Hwy 550. Ouray has
the nickname of "Switzerland of America" owing to the
grandeur of the peaks surrounding the mountain town. Ouray was
founded in 1876 (the same year Colorado became a state) as a mining
town and still maintains the flavor of late 19th Century
||Ridgway dam and
reservoir is located about 25 minutes south of Montrose on
US Hwy 550. It is a state operated park with boating, campgrounds,
swimming, fishing, and hiking available. State Park Office
||Grand Mesa is located
about 45 minutes north of Montrose. It is the largest flattop
mountain in the United States with innumerable lakes for fishing,
many hiking and snowmobile trails as well as campgrounds and the
Powderhorn ski area.
||Balloon Affair! During
the 4th of July holiday, Montrose becomes the center for balloonist
from all over the country. The clear cool mornings make Montrose an
ideal spot for such an event.
||Owl Creek Pass - An
easy 85 mile round trip from Montrose; this is a magnificent area to
spend some time. This pass accesses Hwy 550 just north of
Ridgway and Hwy 50 just east of Cimarron. Allow 3 hours to all
Recreation Area - Another easy trip (from 100 to 145 miles) for
an interesting day! Visit Colorado's largest lake (Blue Mesa
Reservoir), the Cimarron Visitors Center, and experience some
magnificent mountain vistas.
||Mesa Verde National Park is
located at the very southwestern tip of Colorado and is a wonderful
day-trip from Montrose. Visit the home page for the park!