Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism Invites Travelers to Make Montrose, Colo., a Vacation Base Camp for Budget-Friendly Winter Adventure

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The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism invites travelers to make Montrose their base camp for a winter vacation that is packed with fun and adventure, yet won’t break the bank. Winter travelers may fly directly to Montrose Regional Airport from Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Newark and Atlanta (which is typically less expensive than flying directly into other nearby resort airports). Montrose is at the epicenter of some of Colorado’s finest ski resorts. Telluride, Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain and Powderhorn are within a two-hour drive Montrose. Book a reasonably-priced room in Montrose and hit a different ski resort each day!

Snowmobiling in Montrose, Colo.

Snowmobiling in Montrose, Colo.

The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism invites travelers to make Montrose their base camp for a winter vacation that is packed with fun and adventure, yet won’t break the bank. Winter travelers may fly directly to Montrose Regional Airport from Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Newark and Atlanta (which is typically less expensive than flying directly into other nearby resort airports).

Montrose is at the epicenter of some of Colorado’s finest ski resorts. Telluride, Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain and Powderhorn are within a two-hour drive Montrose. Book a reasonably-priced room in Montrose and hit a different ski resort each day!

There are also many off-slope winter activities in and around Montrose. The 62,000 acres of public lands around town offer hundreds of miles of excellent snowmobile trails. Black Mesa, which receives an average of 500 inches of snow each year, offers some of the most spectacular powder riding in the region. The Uncompaghre Plateau, 30 minutes from Montrose, is characterized by wide open spaces offering great intermediate riding on groomed and un-groomed trails, as well as climbs that are not too steep. Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world, is 40 minutes from Montrose. It boasts 525 inches of snow per year and is home to the 123-mile-long Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail (“The SP” for short), the longest snowmobile trail in the lower 48.

Montrose averages 274 days of sunshine a year, giving winter vacationers the opportunity to snowshoe in the morning and golf in the afternoon. At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of the gems of the national park system, visitors may cross-country ski or snowshoe on the six-mile long South Rim Drive. Other recommended snowshoe routes include Oak Flat Loop and Rim Rock Trail, as well as any part of the canyon’s rim. Ranger-guided snowshoe tours and a moonlight cross-country ski outing are also available January through March. Call 970-249-1914, ext. 423 for details and reservations.

Wintertime golf is also available at one of the three courses located in Montrose. The Links at Cobble Creek features jaw-dropping views of the San Juan Mountains and offers a links-style golfing. The Bridges is a par-71, Nicklaus-designed course. Montrose Black Canyon Golf Club offers the best of both worlds with a park-style course on the front nine and a links-style course on the back.

Another year-round activity in Montrose – road biking. The city has a number of bike paths and bike trails that weave through town and offer a great way to see the sights. Stop by the visitors’ center to pick up a bicycle trail map. For rentals, gear and route recommendations, check out Cascade Bicycles (21 N Cascade Ave.).

Those who crave a dose of culture will delight the Montrose’s museums. The Ute Indian Museum is one of the most complete collections of the Ute people in the nation. The Museum of the Mountain West offers docent-led tours that highlight more than 500,000 artifacts of the Mountain West from 1880-1930, displayed in store and office settings.

About Montrose
Montrose is a uniquely-authentic town that has carved out a place for itself in the landscape and culture of Colorado. Montrose is the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, whose North Vista Trail was recently named a “Top 10 Canyon Hike in the U.S. Parks” by National Geographic. Additionally, Montrose was named to Outdoor Life’s annual list of the 200 best towns in America for outdoorsmen. Seventy-three percent of the land surrounding Montrose is public land, making it a Mecca for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

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