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'''Montrose''' [] is a town in the Uncompahgre Valley in [[Southwestern Colorado|Southwestern]] [[Colorado]]. It is a gateway to both [[Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park]] to its east and [[Telluride]] and other ski areas in the San Juan Mountains to the south. It is also home to the West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA), part of [[Colorado's Wine Country]] and the highest wine vineyards in [[North America]].
There is more than one place called '''Montrose''':
===[[Southwestern Colorado]]===
Montrose is the second-largest town in western Colorado. Located on the valley floor, Montrose is surrounded by the photogenic mountain ranges of the Uncompahgre Plateau and the snow-capped West Elk Mountains.
* [[Montrose (Southwestern Colorado)]] - A town in [[Southwestern Colorado]].
The Uncompahgre Valley was the ancestral home of the Ute nation. But in the late 1870s, the lure of the gold and silver deposits in the area proved too great for the white settler population to resist. Tensions boiled over with the Meeker Massacre in 1879. Pushed to the breaking point by the Federal government's attempts to disband their nomadic way of life, the Utes killed several whites and launched the so-called Ute War. Initially successful, the Utes were forcibly relocated to [[Utah]], and the southwest corner of Colorado, near [[Cortez]].
Two months after the Utes were evicted, in December 1881, the town was founded. In the early days, Montrose was known variously as Pomona, Dad’s Town, and Uncompahgre Town.  
* [[Montrose (Scotland)]] - A town in [[Scotland]].
Eventually, the town was named after Sir Walter Scott's historic novel, "A Legend of Montrose" because the area reminded Joseph Selig, the town founder, of Scotland's lake country.
Montrose served as a supply depot to service mining towns like [[Silverton]], [[Telluride]] and [[Durango]] in the San Juans, raising cattle and sheep to feed the miners. By 1882, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Co built a narrow gauge railroad from Montrose to Silverton.
Besides mining and ranching, orchards were a part of the area's agricultural history. The mines went into decline, and agriculture became the center of Montrose's economy. Settlers worked the fertile valley soil producing fruits, grains and vegetables. By the late 20th century, grape growers had discovered the area's potential for raising white wine varietals, and Colorado's wine industry migrated south from [[Grand Junction]] and [[Palisade]]. The West Elks American Viticultural Area was formed in 2001. Ranging from 5,400 feet (1646 m) to 6,400 feet (1951 m) above sea level, West Elks comprises the highest vineyards in North America.
Montrose now serves as a recreational hub for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. Leisure travelers can hike, camp or enjoy boating and fishing in the surrounding national parks, forests and recreation areas. The town is a laid back mix of ranchers, farmers, ski bums, aging hippies and jocks.
The busy tourist months are in the summer, with most travelers just passing through in the winter on their way to [[Crested Butte]] and Telluride.
==Get in==
===By plane===
'''Montrose Regional Airport''' [] ({{IATA|MTJ}}), 2100 Airport Road, Phone: +1=970-249-3203, Fax: +1-970-249-2808 Regional service from [[Denver]]. Used most heavily during ski season. Cafe, vending, restrooms, car rentals.
There are also airports in Denver and [[Grand Junction]].
*'''Denver International Airport''' [], ({{IATA|DEN}}, {{ICAO|KDEN}}).  Commonly referred to as ''DIA''.  It is located about 20 miles to the east of downtown. Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all maintain hubs at the airport in Concourses A, B, and C respectively. Most other major domestic carriers also have service here.
*'''Grand Junction Regional Airport''' [], ({{IATA|GJT}}, {{ICAO|KGJT}}), otherwise known as Walker Field, is served by six airlines with nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Some service is seasonal.
===By car===
*US 50 runs east-west through town, from [[Grand Junction]] to the west and east to [[Gunnison (Colorado)|Gunnison]] and [[Pueblo]].
*US 550 comes in from [[Albuquerque]] ending at the corner of Townsend Avenue and Main Street, in Montrose.
===By bus===
*<listing name="Greyhound Bus Lines" alt="" directions="" address="1360 North Townsend, Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-6673" email="" fax="" url="[]" hours="" price=""></listing>
==Get around==
If you want to travel around town, then you will need to rent a vehicle. Prices are the same as across the United States. Downtown Montrose is easily navigated by foot.
* <listing name="Budget Rent A Car" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-970- 249-6083" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Dollar Rent A Car" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-970-249-3770" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Enterprise Rent A Car" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-970- 240-3835" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="National Car Rental" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-970-252-8898" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Thrifty Car Rental" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="+1-970-249-8741" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Cimarron Railroad Exhibits" alt="" directions="Located within Curecanti National Recreation Area, 20 mi east of Montrose, just off US 50" address="" phone="+1-970-249-4074" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">See authentic restored 1880s locomotives and trestles from the Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad</listing>
* <see name="The Climbing Tree Children's Museum" alt="" address="400 N. Townsend Ave Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-240-8733" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Construction zone, kid's kitchen, toddler tumbling mat, infant stimulation and parent resource library, booknook tree house, arts and crafts room, chalk and magnet walls, live small animals, puppet theaters, dress up and performance stage.</see>
* <listing name="Montrose Botanic Gardens" alt="" directions="Located just south of the Montrose Pavilion" address="1800 Pavilion Drive Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-0742" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Flowers, rock gardens and ornamental fruit trees, with the West Elks Mountains as a backdrop.</listing>
* <listing name="Montrose County Historical Museum" alt="" directions="In the former Denver & Rio Grande Train Depot at the corner of Main and Rio Grande" address="" phone="+1-970-249-2085" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Focuses on early day pioneer life: buggies, wagons, farm implements and a completely furnished homesteader's cabin. The inside houses a country store, railroad memorabilia, a children's corner, Indian artifacts, and musical instruments,</listing>
* <listing name="Museum of the Mountain West" alt="" directions="Located at the corner of E. Miami Rd and US 50, 2.5 miles east from the last light in Montrose heading towards Gunnison" address="68169 E. Miami Rd Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-4162" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">History of the region from 1840 to 1940. Open air museum with a series of Wild West buildings arranged like a town.</listing>
* <listing name="Ute Indian Museum & Ouray Memorial Park" alt="" directions="Two miles south of Montrose on Hwy. 550 and Chipeta Drive - now also home to the Visitor's Welcome Center." address="" phone="+1-970-249-3098" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Commemorates the life and culture of the Ute nation. Located on the farm once belonging to the famous Ute leader, Ouray, and his wife, Chipeta. The grounds include the Ouray Memorial and the grave of Chipeta. </listing>
*[[Crested Butte]]
*<do name="Powderhorn Ski Resort" alt="" address="48338 Powderhorn Rd Mesa Co 81643" directions="" phone="+1-970-268-5700" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
* <listing name="Cerro Summit Recreation Area" alt="" directions="" address="433 S. 1st Street Montrose" phone="+1-970-240-1411" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Maintained by the City of Montrose for sledding, ice skating and cross country skiing.</listing>
* <listing name="Black Canyon Golf Course" alt="" directions="" address="1350 Birch Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-4653" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">18 holes, open to the public. </listing>
* <listing name="The Links at Cobble Creek" alt="" directions="" address="699 Cobble Dr Montrose" phone="+1-970-240-9542" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">18 holes, a driving range and restaurant.</listing>
===Wine Tasting===
*'''Visit [[Colorado's Wine Country]]'''. Colorado is home to over 70 wineries and its own indigenous vineyards, the highest in North America. Wine lovers can enjoy many vineyards around Montrose, as well as several scenic day trips to many of the small towns that grow their own grapes. These lovely little communities include [[Palisade]], [[Paonia]], [[Grand Junction]] and [[Hotchkiss]].
* <buy name="Around the Corner Art Gallery" alt="" address="447 E. Main St  Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-4243" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
* <buy name="Asian Antiques & Designs" alt="" address=" 219 Main St Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-7047" email="" fax="" url="" hours="10 am - 6 pm M-F, 10 am - 5 pm Sat." price=""></buy>
* <buy name="Rockrose Art Gallery" alt="" address="701 E. Main St. #D  Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-240-9375" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
* <buy name="SheShe Boutique & Gallery" alt="" address="340 East Main St Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249.4944" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
* <listing name="Café 110" alt="" directions="" address="110 N. Townsend Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-0777" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Breakfast M-Sa 7AM-11AM, Lunch 11AM-2PM" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="J.J.'s Taste of Chicago" alt="" directions="" address="411 N. Townsend Montrose" phone="+1-970-240-8080" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
*<eat name="Garlic Mike's" alt="" address="103 Rose Ln, Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-4381" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">New Jersey-style Italian cuisine. Red-checked tablecloths, outdoor dining. Menu ranging from escargot to veal scalopinne picata. Cell-phones off policy makes for a relaxed, slow-paced atmosphere.</eat>
* <listing name="Remington's at the Bridges" alt="" directions="" address="2500 Bridges Dr. Montrose" phone="+1-970-252-1010" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Casual elegance with five-star service and local organic produce. Dine inside or out, with beautiful mountain views</listing>
*<drink name="Smuggler's Brew Pub & Grill" alt="" address="1571 Ogden Rd Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-0919" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Gyros, Philly Cheese steaks, grilled burgers, burritos, pasta and baby back ribs. Pale Ale, Wheat, Stout and Porter, as well as Martinis and Cosmopolitans. </drink>
* '''Best Western Red Arrow''', 1702 E Main Street, ''+1 970'' 249-9641, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 468-9323, Fax: ''+1 970'' 249-8380, [].
* '''Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites''', 1391 S Townsend Ave, ''+1 970'' 240-1800, [].
*<sleep name="Canyon Creek Bed & Breakfast" alt="" address="820 Main St, Montrose " directions="" phone="+1-970-249-2886" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Convenient Main Street location in an old farmhouse. Social setting since this bed and breakfast also has a cocktail lounge. Massages available with reservations. Sunny, coffee-colored rooms with ensuite bathrooms and flat panel TVs. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Country Lodge" alt="" address="1624 E. Main St. Montrose, Colorado 81401-3809" directions="" phone="970-249-4567" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The Country Lodge has a rustic charm unlike any other motel in Montrose. There are 22 rooms, some have kitchens, some have themes, and most have patio access to the beautiful garden and pool courtyard. The heated pool is seasonal, but the hot tub is open year round. All rooms are ground level and have parking in front of them. There is also parking for large vehicles on the property. Also features a 1200 sq ft cabin that is ideal for families or extended stays.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Cedar Creek RV Park" alt="" address="126 Rose Lane Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-1-970-249-3884" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Centennial RV Park" alt="" address="23449 US 550 Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-240-3832" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Full hookups, tent sites, hot showers, laundry, convenience store, play area, heated pool. Open  May 1 - Nov. 1.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hangin' Tree RV Park" alt="" address="17250 US 550 Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-9966" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Full hookups, pull-throughs, showers, laundry, convenience store, gas, liquor store, propane. Year round.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kings Riverbend" alt="" address="65120 Old Chipeta Tr Montrose" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-8235" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Shady, large big-rig sites on the river, 50 amp service. Fisherman's choice.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Montrose RV Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1-970-249-9177 or +1-888-249-9554" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">30 and 50 amp hook-ups plus free cable and free wireless internet.  Heated pool open seasonally. Laundry facilities and restrooms.</sleep>
===Internet Access===
Most Starbucks, hotels and coffee shops throughout the region offer wireless Wi-Fi access. But if you don't have a computer, try the public libraries.
* <listing name="Montrose Public Library" alt="" directions="" address="320 South 2nd St Montrose" phone="+1-970-249-9656" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
*<listing name="Main Street Essentials Day Spa" alt="" directions="" address="204 South Uncompahgre, Montrose" phone="+1-970-252-0381" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
==Get out==
*[[Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park]] [] - A deep, narrow gorge twelve miles east of Montrose via US 50 and Colorado 347.
*[[Curecanti National Recreation Area]] [] - The visitor center is located just off US 50 on the access road to Morrow Point Dam, 20 miles east of Montrose.
*'''Grand Mesa National Forest''' [] - Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat top mountain. Located 45 miles north of Montrose.
*'''Uncompahgre National Forest''' - Over a million acres comprise some of the most spectacular views. Located south of Montrose.
[[Wikipedia:Montrose, Colorado]]

Revision as of 00:13, 18 June 2009

There is more than one place called Montrose:

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