Two days in Montrose, CO (visit #1)–Big Trip #1

We visited Montrose in April 2016 during Big Trip #1. Read about our second visit in 2020 here, during Big Trip #3.

black canyon of the gunnison
montrose ute trail gunnison river

Originally, we had wanted to spend a couple nights at Ridgway State Park, exploring the trails there and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but the snow event that forced us to reroute through Moab and Grand Junction kept us to the north of Ridgway. We spent a couple days in Montrose instead, and enjoyed the small town and its breweries. Surprise! There are breweries EVERYWHERE nowadays.

[Read about our return to Montrose in 2020 here, and our stay at Ridgway State Park on that same trip here!]


We stayed at yet another KOA. It was close to town, with super friendly staff members and nice, big, grassy campsites. I forgot to take a picture, but Bugsy enjoyed her little fenced-in yard.


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Read about our Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park scenic driving and hiking in this post. The dog-friendly hike we did–outside the National Park so we could take Bugsy–down to the Gunnison River was wonderful!

Drinking and Eating

horsefly brewing co
montrose indian food

J wrote about the breweries we visited in Montrose here: Horsefly, Two Rascals, and Colorado Boy. The highlight of our brewery tour for me was dinner at Horsefly: fish tacos! We also had pretty good Indian carry-out from Guru’s. Overall, the food and drink in Montrose weren’t notable, but a town with the Black Canyon and the Ute Trail doesn’t need anything else at all to make it a worthwhile stop!

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