Located just 11 miles from Montrose is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. If the Black Canyon could be described in one word, it would be “dramatic.” Carved into the earth by the powerful Gunnison River, its depth alone is enough to take your breath away. Adjacent to the Black Canyon is the Curecanti National Recreational Area, which includes the vast Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Seventy-three percent of the area surrounding Montrose is public land (including the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area) that makes for incredible adventures — mountain biking trails, off road havens, campsites under star-filled skies and peaks begging to be hiked.

If you’re looking for a milder adventure, try exploring any of the town’s four museums to learn about the heritage of Montrose. The Ute Indian Museum, Montrose Historical Museum, Museum of the Mountain West and Cimarron Railroad Museum all take you back in time. In historic downtown Montrose, you’ll find the Historic Walking Tour, as well as shopping and dining to appease any budget. There are also many events and festivals throughout the year, including the award-winning summer series, Main In Motion.

Montrose’s location amid several of the state’s scenic and historic byways make it an ideal jumping-off place for exploring southwest Colorado.

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