Montrose is the epicenter for skiing in Southwestern Colorado. In three different directions from Montrose, you’ll find Telluride, Crested Butte, and Powderhorn Mountain - three very unique resorts all within a 1.5 hour drive. Venture a little farther from your Montrose basecamp and you can add Monarch Mountain, Purgatory, and Silverton Mountain to your vacation to-do list. You can also find some of the most extreme backcountry powder in the United States.
As the gateway to the Black Canyon National Park, a stay in Montrose opens up a plethora of opportunities to play in unexpected ways, especially in winter. Take a park ranger guided tour or branch out on your own along the groomed cross-country ski paths and snowshoe trails. While on the trail and admiring the breathtaking views, be on the lookout for fantastic bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Or take a different by exploring the Dave Wood Winter Recreation Area along with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.
Want to escape the snow? Take a hiking excursion to the desert! Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is a special place nestled within the remarkable canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Red-rock canyons and bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites from the past 10,000 years. The Escalante, Cottonwood, and Little and Big Dominguez creeks tumble through canyons that empty into the Gunnison River, which flows nearly 30 miles through this beautiful desert landscape. Along with impressive scenery, the area is home to a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, golden eagles, turkey, elk, mountain lions, and black bears.
The same trails around the plateaus, mesas, and mountains that make for great summer motorized adventures open up for biking in the winter. With mild winters, Montrose provides the opportunity, on many days, to take to the beautiful miles of paved rural roads in the area as well. So, bring your fat tire bike AND your road bike and enjoy the area.
When the winter sets in and the Colorado powder starts to fly, Montrose is a sports fanatic’s dream, bringing together affordable lodging and immediate access to the state’s finest recreation areas. Montrose, at 5,787 feet elevation, lets you stay in a milder valley climate while remaining within striking distance of one of the area's higher-elevation gems: abundant snowmobiling playgrounds. Black Mesa, Grand Mesa, and the Uncompahgre Plateau are sure to raise your heart rate with beautiful scenery and epic terrain. The undiscovered nature of this snow machine scene completes the perfect conditions for sledheads.