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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park- Black Canyon is located near Montrose in western Colorado. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Cebolla Ranger District- The Cebolla Ranger District encompasses the southeast end of the Gunnison National Forest. It is located to the east and south of the town of Gunnison.
Curecanti National Recreation Area- Three reservoirs - Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal - extend for 40 miles along the Gunnison River and form the heart of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir, with a surface area of 14 square miles, is the largest lake in Colorado.
Norwood Ranger District- The Norwood Ranger District on the Uncompahgre National Forest encompasses a portion of the Uncompahgre Plateau near Norwood, the San Juan Mountains (south of the San Miguel River) and terrain surrounding Telluride.
Ouray Ranger District- The Ouray Ranger District encompasses the south and east ends of the Uncompahgre Plateau and the northern San Juan Mountains around the town of Ouray.
Ridgway State Park- This site is one of the most modern facilities in the state park system.
Taylor River Ranger District- The Taylor River Ranger District encompasses the portion of the Gunnison National Forest north of Gunnison and Blue Mesa Reservoir. It includes the area around Crested Butte and the Taylor River drainage.

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Description - Montrose is a crossroads town where Highways 50 and 550 intersect. It is a good place to refuel and buy groceries for backpacking, camping, float trip, etc. The Ute Indian Museum is located south of town and immediately west of Highway 550 on Chipeta Drive. The site is funded by the Colorado Historical Society and offers interpretive exhibits about Ute Culture and the settlement of the Uncompahgre River Valley.

Recreation - The Grand Junction Ranger District of the Uncompahgre National Forest lies to the west of Montrose. In the section closest to town you'll find ample opportunities for four-wheel driving and motorcycle riding. An indoor-outdoor aquatic center and an 18-hole golf course can be found in Montrose.

Climate - Located near the Uncompahgre River, Montrose sits in a large semiarid valley. Light snow in the winter makes Montrose an ideal place to land if you are flying to Telluride. Moderate summer temperatures, make this farming community much more pleasant than Grand Junction during summer heat waves.

Location - Montrose lies in the Uncompahgre River Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Delta and 50 miles northwest of Ouray. It is located at the Junction of U.S. Highways 50 and 550, and is considered a gateway to southern and western Colorado. Many people use the region as an access point for the Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests, as well as for popular sites like the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and the town of Telluride.


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Contact Information:
Montrose County Chamber of Commerce, 550 N Townsend , Montrose, CO, 81401, Phone: 800-873-0244

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Southwest Region - This region lies south of the Elk Mountains and Grand Mesa and west of the Continental Divide. It includes spectacular mountains, and varied terrain that supports recreation activities of many types and all skill levels.

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Discover the Real West - This site provides all types of information, including current weather, recreation, lodging, etc., for many communities on Colorado's western slope.
Montrose Virtual Community - This site provides community information.

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