Montrose offers views of the San Juan Mountains to the south. | Photo by Chuckcars /

By John Leach

Montrose is a city of 19,132 that serves as a regional transportation center for the San Juan Mountains to the south and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Curecanti National Recreational Area to the east.

The town was incorporated in 1882 and named after the Sir Walter Scott novel “A Legend of Montrose.”

The arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1882 made the town an important shipping center for the farms in the area and the mines in the San Juans.

The Montrose airport also brings skiers on their way to the Telluride Ski Resort.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Montrose Botanical Gardens
Montrose County Historical Museum
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum

Montrose facts
Population: 19,132 (2010 Census).
Land area: 11.5 square miles.
County: Montrose (Montrose is county seat).
Altitude: 5,806 feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers, moderate winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 9 inches, including average snowfall of 25 inches a year. January averages: 36 high and 12 low. July averages: 88 high and 55 low. More information