If you are looking for family or group adventures that will create lifelong memories, Montrose, Colorado is the place to begin. Montrose is a year-round playground literally surrounded by thrilling opportunities for exploration, adventure and sheer beauty that will intrigue every member of your family.
There are plenty of options in town for lodging, dining, shopping or simply relaxing, and each of them provides guests with a unique glimpse into the landscape of Colorado and the culture of the Rocky Mountain West. While virtually all of the activities and attractions in Montrose are suitable for the entire family, here are a few suggestions especially suited for families with “little adventurers.”
Black Canyon National Park
The South Rim of the Park features numerous short hikes that are just the kind that Goldilocks would like – not too short and not too long. Each hike reveals fresh views of the canyon and opportunities to view wildlife and flowers that live along the rim of the canyon. Try the Rim Rock Trail from Tomichi Point or enjoy a picnic at High Point and hike to Warner Point. At the South Rim Visitor Center kids can get Junior Park Ranger Activity books and become Junior Rangers. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy personal interactions with park rangers and special ranger programs at locations throughout the park.
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would feel right at home on this Western Colorado version of a riverboat tour. The adventure begins with a winding trek down into an alluring canyon, then along a riverside trail that leads to the Pine Creek boat dock. After boarding a 42 passenger pontoon boat, your family will enjoy a 1.5 hour float along the steep canyon walls with new discoveries around every turn. Scenic delights include Curecanti Needle and Chipeta Falls.
Combine history with fun at one of three great museums in Montrose. At the Ute Indian Museum children can feed their imagination about the daily lives of ancient people through displays, hands-on programs and explore full-size tee pees displayed on the museum grounds. Kids of all ages can delight at traveling back in time at the Museum of the Mountain West as knowledgeable guides relate interesting facts and stories connected to thousands of artifacts displayed in authentic Old West settings.
The 82,000 square foot Community Recreation Center is the biggest and newest on Western Slope of Colorado and
provides something for every age and ability and a multitude of interests. The facility includes several pools, walking tracks, basketball courts, fitness centers, and much more.
Let the family burn off some excess energy at one of Montrose’s 26 parks. Clifford E. Baldridge Regional Park, the community’s premiere park complex, has some really cool features - an outstanding skate park, a unique and challenging disc golf course, a pump track and miles of paved trails. It also has a large playground, picnic areas miles of paved trails and fishing along the Uncompahgre River.