Black Canyon of the Gunnison
LOCATED IN THE HEART of Western Colorado, in the Uncompahgre, a valley of incomparable beauty and unpronounceable name, Montrose County experiences over 250 days of sunshine a year. It is no wonder that many who live and
visit here spend so much time out-of-doors. Whether on the links, ball fields, rivers and trails, or in the forests, opportunities abound for those who pursue an active lifestyle or enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Once just a regional farmers' supply town, Montrose has come into its own as a major metropolitan area with all the goods and services that entails.
Montrose County is a year-round recreational paradise and features golf courses, bike trails and several major attractions including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Uncompahgre National Forest, and Chipeta Lakes State Park. The Black Canyon, the nation’s newest National Park, offers 14 miles of rim drive. The area offers hiking, biking, scenic walks and great fishing. Throughout Montrose County, wildlife, from elk and deer, to squirrels and marmots, are plentiful. From mid to late summer, wildflowers bloom in abundance, making this a photographer's mecca. Artists and writers also find inspiration here. In the fall, hunters from throughout the United States come for the various seasons sanctioned by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Archers, black- powder riflemen, and high- power shooters roam the public lands, harvesting wildlife and reliving the lifestyle of a century ago. The winter belongs to the hardy. Cross-country ski, snow shoe, snowmobile the roads and parks in the forest. Dog-sledding is popular too.
Montrose also offers fishing, kayaking, sledding, biking, hiking and a river walking trail. The San Juan Mountain Runners sponsor the toughest 10K race in Colorado. The Recreation Department provides activities for youth such as archery, book making, pottery, sculpting, weaving, and a clown and mime shop. Team sports are offered at both competitive and recreational levels. The Montrose Aquatic Center schedules programs for seniors (such as water aerobics) as well as for youth.
Visit one of several art and photo galleries. A number of artists also call Montrose home and have studios here. The Magic Circle Theater, with it's 50th Anniversary coming up in 2009, offers award-winning performances. The Montrose Pavilion also shows local art in its lobby and offers programs for dance, theater and music. Music lovers will also appreciate the Valley Symphony and Montrose Community Band. To museums, the Ute Museum (historical reference) and Montrose County Historical Museum (at the old D & RG Railroad Depot downtown) take guests and locals from the earliest habitation of the valley, by Ute Indians, to early pioneer days, when the valley was opened for settlement in the 1880s.
More on culture, visitmontrose.net/interests.htm
Originally inhabited by the Utes, the area has long been a central supply point for the various cultures that populated it. The arrival of the railroad in Montrose in 1882 tied the community with the rest of the nation, and helped make it easier for mining and ranching interest to ship their products to market. It also opened the area to settlement. More on Montrose history, visit visitmontrose.net/interests.htm
In addition to highschool, middle school, and elementary school; campuses, Montrose also offers higher education. Mesa
State College Montrose Campus also has many activities for locals
including degree programs and numerous non-credit classes.
Year round activities make this a great spot to visit any time of the year. July activities include a hot air balloon festival, the STI American Handgunner World Shoot-Off Championship, Black Canyon Horse and Mule Races and exhibit by the Black Canyon Car Club. August offers the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival and the county fair. September is the Best of the West Food Fest. November , the community celebrates American Indian Heritage Day at the Ute
LODGING, DINING, SHOPPING
Your choices include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks and a short-term overnight stay in the Walmart parking lot.
Restaurants go from the familiar fast food chains to home-cooked Italian, Mexican and southwest cuisine, and several new brew pubs. You'll also find bakeries, coffee houses (with live entertainment) and restaurant cuisine ranging from fine dining (with outstanding wines and a martini menu) and wine dinners to quick and easy gourmet takeout. If you want to take it home and cook your own, visit the Farmer's Market, Saturdays, May-Oct. downtown, in Centennial Plaza. Whatever suits your taste buds, you'll find it in Montrose.
Shop historic downtown Montrose and suburban areas which offer everything from fine art and fine wines to boutique clothing and whatever you need or want to supply or decorate yourself , your pets, or your home. You'll also find to recreational gear, antiques, collectibles, fresh flowers, books, hardware and more. Montrose has "big box" stores, too, with isle after isle of foreign-made, low cost goods. But the best place to "buy local" is historic downtown Montrose.
Everything from medical and dental and a state-of-the-art hospital to home, automotive, legal, travel, and other services— Montrose has it all. Here you can get your oil changed, eyes examined, teeth filled, taxes done, neighbor sued, dog or windows washed, hair cut or colored, home built, rewired, plumbed or decorated party catered in first class style or backyard barbecue cooked and delivered.
HOW TO GET THERE
Accessing Montrose by car is easy since it sits at the intersection of US Hwy 50 and 550. It is also convenient to fly here. Montrose Regional Airport is served by American, Continental, United Express, and American West Express airlines, with service from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Newark, Denver and Phoenix. Charter air service and helicopter
service are available.
At 5794 feet above sea level, Montrose has an average annual precipitation of 9.07 inches and an average annual snowfall of 31.8 inches. Temperatures range from 25.7 Fahrenheit (January) to 82 Fahrenheit (July & August).
Whether your living here or just visiting, your gonna have a good time
in Montrose! http://www.visitmontrose.net.
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