Montrose, Colorado

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Montrose, Colorado is a gateway city to the Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park and the beautiful waters of the Curecanti National Recreation Area.

Centennial Plaza is used for many public events in Montrose. (Carolyn Bellavance/City of Montrose)

Montrose activities mostly revolve around the stunning natural geological formations in the area. These formations, like Black Canyon, provide opportunities to practice a multitude of outdoor sports. Hike, kayak, fish, raft, camp or rock climb to enjoy spectacular views of the area surrounding Montrose.

Stay in one of the cozy Montrose hotels to get a good night’s sleep before (and after) your adventures!

The city in southwest Colorado has about 15,000 residents and is also home to the nation’s oldest drive-in theatre. Check out a double feature when night falls!

The city was named after Sir Walter Scott’s book, Legend of Montrose, and was incorporated in 1882, right before the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached it. It became an important shipping area in the region because a branch of the railroad ran to the silver and gold-rich San Juan Mountains.

Find out more about the area’s history by visiting the area museums: The Ute Indian Museum, Ouray Memorial Park, Montrose County Historical Museum and the Cimarron Railroad Exhibit. Even walking around downtown will give you a history lesson in this old Colorado Rockies town.

Montrose County is rich with vineyards, the oldest and finest of which is Rocky Hill Winery in Montrose proper. The winery is open for tours and tastings, adding to the development of Colorado wineries.

Annual celebrations include the American Indian Lifeways Festival, which celebrates and honors the town’s heritage. Concerts and theatrical performances happen pretty regularly from the Montrose Pavillion. Fun for travelers and locals alike!

Dog sledding or horseback riding are a unique family excursions. And for those of you who love shopping, Montrose has a lot of great shopping, whether you’re looking for a new art piece, a homemade piece of furniture, the perfect book, or even an engagement ring!

The two golf courses in the area are The Links at Cobble Creek, or the Montrose Public Golf Course. Both have 18 holes and are a pleasure to master.

The nearest skiing to Montrose is at legendary Telluride Ski Resort, to the south.

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