The Cerro Summit Recreation Area is a 110 acre
property owned and managed by the City of
Montrose, CO. It is managed as open space and is
open year round. Enough snow falls in the winter to
support sledding, cross-country skiing, and family style downhill skiing and snowboarding. In recent
years a trail system has been developed for hikers,
runners and mountain bikers.
The Cerro Summit Recreation Area is 13 miles east of
Montrose along highway 50; the recreation area is
just south of the summit off of County Road P 77.
Other than 3 small parking areas and a few trails the
property is undeveloped. The landscape is wild, hilly
and dominated by the mountain shrub plant
community, open sage flats and grasslands. Wildlife
such as elk and deer frequent the area; black bear
have been seen on occasion. It is a great place for
birding. Traveling across a natural landscape has
inherent risks so proceed with caution. The area has
no facilities or services so dispose of human waste
properly and pack out your trash. Fishing is now allowed at the reservoir, with your Colorado fishing license.