Day-Trip Adventures in Montrose
Located on Colorado’s Western Slope, Montrose is a historic, four-season destination, center to some of the country’s most scenic and historic drives. It’s a perfect home base for day-trip adventures by way of awe-inspiring routes that will awaken your senses and create unforgettable memories.
Investigate ghost towns and silver mining districts on the Bachelor Historic Loop and Silver Thread Scenic Byway, or explore 65 miles of spectacular peaks and narrow glacial valleys on the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway. Revel in the Grand Mesa Byway’s “playground in the sky” to see cool evergreen mesa forests, sparkling lakes, and wildflower meadows, or travel the San Juan Skyway’s “road to the sky” with views of the towering 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains to rolling hillsides speckled with ancient Indian pueblo ruins.
The West Elk Loop accesses Gunnison National Forest, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreational Area, as well as Crawford and Paonia State Parks. Visit the historic Driggs Mansion or the Hanging Flume and step back into history to a much simpler time while driving the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.
There is never a wrong time of year to visit Montrose, just don’t forget your camera!