Although Montrose is typically viewed as a “small town,” it’s surrounded by excitement, entertainment, and adventure. People might complain about there being “nothing to do in this boring little town,” but if you expand your horizons and look around there are so many options for things to do. Whether it be located directly in town, or just a short drive, you can find something to entertain you in this great little town. If you live here, visit often, or plan to visit I want to let you know about some of the wonderful destinations and attractions in the area.
1.Black Canyon National Park
This breathe taking scenic treasure is one of the Nation’s great “hidden treasures.” The Gunnison River has worked to sculpt this canyon for over two million years, and now lays 2,700 feet below the the dark granite canyon walls, and the view is remarkable! Aside from the remarkable views, the Black Canyon offers many opportunities for adventure and outdoor activities. These adventures can be fulfilled in both warm and cold months. During the warm months you can do things such as; fishing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, nature walks, and camping. On the other hand, during the cold months you can enjoy; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and back-country camping. Take time to visit this amazing park, and create a memorable experience to never be forgotten.
This plateau is nothing shy for space, it’s located just west of Montrose on 1.5 million acres. To get to the top of the plateau you’ll experience beautiful landscape. You’ll be able to spot the transitions from sage, pinyons, junipers, aspen groves, ponderosa pines, and mixed conifer forests. Once you make it to the top you’ll be at an elevation of just under 10,000 feet. The plateau is relatively flat, but has many canyons and gulches that are great for activities such as; hiking, climbing, or mountain biking. Although, the plateau offers many other opportunities for activities, such as; fishing, whether you want to lake/pond fish or river/stream fish, the plateau has around 15 different relevant areas to explore, or OHV (off highway vehicle) riding, there are over 70 roads and trails for OHV riding. A few other options include; camping, horse riding, hunting(big game), nature viewing, picnicking, and in the winter months you go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. The Uncompahgre Plateau is a vast expanse for outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventure.
3.Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir
Fun fact about this amazing pass, it is where John Wayne filmed scenes from How the West Was Won and True Grit! The views on this pass will take your breathe away as you go through national forest and river basin country. You will experience unbelievable views of Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain as you drive along this trail surrounded by; tall white-barked aspen trees, spruce and fir, rivers, reservoirs, and beautiful wildflowers. You can also visit the Silver Jack Reservoir, consisting of 325-acres, just about 15 miles from Owl Creek Pass. The reservoir is a favorite spot for fishing, and hiking. The pass is great for adventure, as it offers; four-wheel drive roads, hiking/backpacking trails, fishing, and camping, all with breathtaking views. Take a nice drive and enjoy some unbelievable views on this great pass.
Keep following my blog for more destinations and attractions around the Montrose, CO area. Please leave a comment or email me about your experience at any of these amazing places.