Montrose Colorado is your base camp for western adventure! Spend your nights dreaming in one of our comfortable, affordable lodging establishments, and your days making those dreams come true. From wild and historic mountain towns,to great places to play like the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Conservation Area, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Ridgway State Park, to first class culinary options and annual festivals and an astounding array of local shops, galleries and boutiques, we truly have what you are looking for–and much, much more.
Looking for a day- trip experience that will make this year’s vacation one to remember? Just 10 minutes from Montrose, Delta County offers everything from fishing, hiking, farm and ranch tours, world-class antique shopping to locally made wine and spirits…come on over, and see for yourself why this beautiful region is no longer Colorado’s best kept secret. You may never want to leave!
Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Wilderness is located in both Delta and Montrose Counties. Consisting of 62,844 acres, the National Conservation Area preserves diverse landscapes including desert shrub & sagebursh lowlands to rugged pinon-juniper covered slopes of the Gunnison Gorge. Within the NCA common animal species include: mule deer, elk, mountain lion, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, coyote, ringtail cat, small mammals, neo-tropical birds, raptors, chuckar,and river otter to name a few. The Gunnison River is designated a “Gold Medal Trout Fishery” by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, trout include rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Sensitive plant species include: Montrose penstemmon, Delta lomatium, Clay-loving wild buckwheat, Colorado hookless cactus, bald eagle, Gunnison sage-grouse, spotted bat, kit fox, and river otter.
Recreation includes horse back riding, mountain biking, motorcycle and four wheeler riding, and four wheel jeep travel. Consult the PDF links below and explore the different areas of the National Conservation Area. The second PDF is a trail system sap for: Flat Top, Peach Valley Recreation Area. Within the NCA there are many opportunities for camping, from wilderness, non-wilderness river camping, dispersed vehicle camping and day use recreation.
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area was dedicated on August 12, 2009 by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The NCA consists of 210,000 acres of protected land in Delta, Montrose and Mesa Counties. This National Conservation Area includes the 66,280 acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. This national resource is known for its spectacular canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites.
Draining from the heights of the Uncompahgre Plateau, the Escalante, Cottonwood, Little Dominguez and Big Dominguez Creeks cascade through sandstone canyon walls that form the heart of the NCA. The Gunnison River flows for 30 miles through the NCA, providing visitors fishing opportunities, as well as views of native wildlife, including desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, golden eagle, turkey, elk, mountain lion, black bear, and the collared lizard.. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail passes through this canyon country. The Old Spanish Trail was a 19th Century land route, this “Northern Branch” connected Santa Fe, New Mexico with Southern California.
Located just 6 miles from Delta on Highway 50, take Escalante Canyon Road to the south for access to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. From the Mesa County side, Bridgeport Road from Highway 50 provides access, as well as the Cactus Park Road from State Highway 141 from the west. The PDF below provides additional information on the National Conservation Area, and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Also located in the NCA, the State of Colorado has State Wildlife areas, these include the Escalante State Wildlife Areas: West Walker Tract, Cap Smith Tract, East Walker Tract, Gunnison River Tract, Waterwheel Tract, and Harrison Tract.