Montrose is surrounded by outdoor activities. It is the home of the Black Canyon National Park and the Gunnison National Conservation Area. The Uncompahgre Plateau borders Montrose to the east and stretches north and south for miles from Whitewater to Placerville. It’s a vast region of wilderness waiting to be explored with lots of possibilities.
The Gunnison National Forest borders Montrose to the north. The Gunnison River which flows through the Black Canyon offers multiple adventure activities from the Curecanti National Recreation Area to Cimarron and Cerro Summit.
Traveling north and east you reach the Grand Mesa which is the largest flattop mountain in the world and encompasses hundreds of square miles of outdoor opportunity. Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Study Area also lies to the north of Montrose. Montrose is surrounded by unlimited opportunities in every direction for hiking, adventure, and exploration.
Getting to Montrose
Montrose Regional Airport offers direct air service from major U.S. cities on a year-round basis. In the summer there are direct flights from Denver, Houston, and Dallas. During ski season there are additional flights coming from Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Newark and Atlanta.
Traveling to Montrose by car is straight forward. Highway 50 is the primary access to Montrose from the north and the east. Highway 550 reaches Montrose from destinations such as Telluride, Ouray, and southern Utah. I-70 runs from Denver to Grand Junction and connects to Highway 50. These are the most direct access routes to Montrose.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a major attraction bringing visitors to Montrose. The Gunnison River carved the canyon deep and so narrow that makes it dark with very little sunlight penetrating it. The canyon drops an average of 96 feet per mile and in one two mile stretch it drops 480 feet. It is an awesome sight to behold. Hiking opportunities offer unique views into the canyon.
The Base Camp
Montrose is unique as it represents a hub for hiking and adventure opportunity. Great hikes are just a drive away to access multiple trail heads. Visitors will find more reasonable accommodations than in the resort locations. It offers multiple opportunities with diverse variety of hikes providing a balance of scenery and attractions.
Please check out our Adventure Guide for hikes in the area.