Montrose Area Attractions

black canyon Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. Here you will see some of the most spectacular sights in the area‚Ķand 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 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 architecture.
ridgway dam & resevoir and log hill 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 (970)626-5822, Fee.
grand mesa (2 photos) 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 photo 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.
owlcreek pass - chimney rock 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 day.
curecanti recreation area (2 photos) Curecanti National 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 official homepage 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!