Montrose Loves Families
Are you planning a family trip to Montrose, Colorado? Whether your family is looking for simple exploration, deep adventure, or a visit to the past, you will find what you’re looking for in Montrose.
Talk about a perfect location! With the beguiling Black Canyon
just to the east, the majestic San Juan Mountains to the south, the Uncompahgre Plateau to the west and Grand Mesa to the north, the city is literally surrounded with rough beauty and thrilling opportunities. Whether your family is here to step back in time to live in the Wild, Wild West for a relaxing few days, or to delve deeper into the mysteries of the countryside, you’re sure to find it all here.
The Montrose Regional Airport
makes a trip from Denver International a simple skip and hop, which means you and the entire family can get here from anywhere in the world. Our location on the doorstep of Black Canyon National Park makes Montrose the perfect place to start exploring, and to come back to after a long and exciting day. In the summer this beautiful, lush national park offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and rock climbing (recommended for experts only). In the winter, the surrounding countryside is perfect for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and some of the best downhill skiing in the world is less than 70 miles away at the Telluride Ski Area.
As you head east towards Gunnison, the Curecanti National Recreation Area
opens up, and with it come three picturesque mountain reservoirs: the Blue Mesa Reservoir (at 96 miles perimeter, the largest man manmade body of water in Colorado), the Morrow Point Reservoir and the East Portal Reservoir. All three of these offer hundreds of family options, from water skiing and jet skiing to fishing, boating or swimming.
When the Ute Indians settled here thousands of years ago, they called the valley Uncompahgre, which means “warm red waters standing,” in reference to the hot springs in Ouray, and the area is still popular for them. And, once the Gunnison Tunnel opened in 1909 to provide water from the Gunnison River for irrigation, the community grew into Colorado’s agricultural hub, and it hasn’t looked back since. Now full of life both for tourists and residents alike, the valley is host to yearly festivals and events, such as the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, that will add even more to the family calendar.
So, whether you’re looking at Montrose for a vacation in the rugged West, or as a potential new homestead for the family for years to come, rest assured that Montrose is the right place.
Look deeper, and discover just how perfect this beautiful and storied country truly is.