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MontroseUnited States of America

View prehistoric rock art, drive along scenic mountain-hemmed byways and take part in thrilling outdoor activities in and around this small city in Western Colorado.

The city of Montrose serves as a hub for Western Colorado, being close to several of the region’s major attractions including national parks and cultural sites. Browse museum exhibits in town before venturing into the wilds where outdoor adventure awaits.

Find the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park just east of Montrose. The narrow and plunging canyon, through which the Garrison River flows, reaches depths of 2,700 feet (820 meters). Discover prime vantage spots at the granite rim and peer down into the canyon’s depths. During summer, the park attracts whitewater rafters, kayakers and rock climbers, while cross-country skiers and snowshoers come in winter to experience the quiet splendor of the snow-covered landscapes.

North of Montrose is the Grand Mesa, a lush and vast flat-topped mountain crisscrossed by hiking trails. Go horseback riding along the trails and, during winter, cross-country ski.

With so much nature beckoning you outside the city limits, it can be easy to overlook Montrose’s own delights. Stroll around Historic Downtown Montrose to discover independent shops, restaurants, galleries and brew pubs located within Victorian-era buildings. Look for public artworks on display as part of the Public Art Experience. Learn about local history at the Museum of the Mountain West, which displays artifacts including maps, clothing and furniture, and at the Montrose County Historical Museum, which is situated in the town’s old railway depot. The Ute Indian Museum offers insight into the culture and history of Colorado's longest continuous residents.

For more high-octane adventure in town, head for the Montrose Water Sports Park. Kayak, fly fish, paddleboard or go tubing on the Uncompahgre River.

For travelers who are less keen on outdoor adventure but still want to soak up the surrounding scenery, try scenic drives instead. Cruise along the San Juan Skyway, known as the “road to the sky,” to view 14,000-foot (4,000-meter) peaks and ancient Pueblo remains, or the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway for even more epic mountain scenery.

Montrose is a 70-minute drive southeast from Grand Junction. Renting a car is recommended as public transportation is minimal.

Top Hotels in Montrose

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Stay Wise Inns Montrose
Stay Wise Inns Montrose
2 out of 5
2100 E Main Street, Montrose, CO
The price is $89 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Montrose Memorial Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of the Mountain West and Bridges Golf ...

4.3/5Excellent! (870 reviews)

"The staff went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. The rooms were cleaned daily and hot breakfast served which is a big bonus to other hotels in times of COVID."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Stay Wise Inns Montrose
Days Inn by Wyndham Montrose
Days Inn by Wyndham Montrose
2 out of 5
1417 E Main St, Montrose, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $67 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Located in the heart of Montrose, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Museum of the Mountain West and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bridges Golf & Country Club and Links ...

3.3/5 (128 reviews)

"Pool and Pool area closed, shower faucet pulling away from wall, 2 very small towels (hand towel size) and 2 washcloths only available in room."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Montrose
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montrose-Townsend
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montrose-Townsend
2.5 out of 5
1391 S Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO
The price is $123 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Montrose Memorial Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bridges Golf & Country Club and Ute Indian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (806 reviews)

"The entrance off of Townsend Blvd is not well marked. If you have a big rig, RV or camper like I did, finding your way into the correct parking area can be challenging. I turned where it seemed logical and found myself trapped in a bank dire-thru and had to back out onto a very busy road."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montrose-Townsend

Top things to do in Montrose

Telluride Preferred Card
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Telluride Preferred Card

$25
Per adult
Skip the Line: Tour the Museum of the Mountain West Ticket
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Skip the Line: Tour the Museum of the Mountain West Ticket

$13
Per adult
Private Ouray Via Ferrata
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Private Ouray Via Ferrata

$359
Per adult

Reviews of Montrose

4.2

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Some breweries there to visit as well. One place was founded by the inventor of Frankenbrew and they make excellent beer at good prices.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Nice modest town with lots of great food and businesses for someone to come from a smaller town to enjoy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

A very convenient location with lots a lot see very nearby.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

We love coming to Montrose! Amazing rec center and swimming pool. So many shopping and dining options but still will a small town vibe!

5/5 - Excellent

Shirley

Oct 21, 2019

Coloradoboy and Hitsu Restaurants downtown were great. Arrowhead Lodge (45 minutes away) was super.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Good stoping spot.

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