Historical Sites and Tours

Cimarron Canyon Railroad Exhibit 

Once a center of activity for transporting livestock from local ranches, Cimarron is now the home of the Cimarron Canyon Railroad Exhibit and a National Park Service Visitor Center. Travel up the canyon to see the 1882 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad trestle - the last remaining structure from the former Black Canyon route of the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge. Exhibits are open year-round. Visitor's Center is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information call 970-249-4074.

East Portal and the Gunnison Tunnel

The East Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel, located in the canyon below the South Rim entrance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, diverts water from the Gunnison River to the thirsty agricultural lands of the valley. This six-mile long tunnel, completed in 1909, is an enduring engineering masterpiece and a testimony to the intrepid spirit of Montrose.

Historic Walking Tour

The Historic Montrose Downtown Walking Tour consists of 12 interpretive signs within a five-block area of Downtown Montrose. Four signs depict the early history of Montrose and the Uncompahgre Valley, and eight additional signs highlight downtown buildings and the people associated with them who played a part in creating Montrose's history. A map of the Historic Montrose Downtown Walking tour can be picked up at the Visitor Center.

Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The mission of the museum is to preserve, protect, share, and educate the public about the area’s ranching heritage. Open every Sunday, May through September, from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment during the off-season. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Visit the museum website or call 970-318-1190 for more information. 

Historic Downtown Montrose

Filled with eclectic shops, restaurants, galleries and more, Montrose's charming downtown is the perfect blend of old and new. Historic Victorian buildings and beautifully decorated shop windows provide the perfect setting for a variety of community events designed to keep neighbors and friends in touch.

Montrose Genealogy Center

This center includes computers for online database searches and a collection of genealogy reference books. The center boasts 120 courthouse books and numerous volumes of the Montrose newspapers from the late 1890s to the 1930s. The Center's volunteer staff provide skilled research assistance. Open year-round. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or call for an appointment. Not affiliated with any church. Call 970-240-1755 for more information.

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