Montrose may be a well-kept secret outside of Colorado,  but, here are 10 things everyone knows about Montrose.

Montrose is not a large city, but its 20,000 residents and everyone who visits knows how much the city has to offer.

With its great recreational park, golf courses, and close proximity to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, it's an outdoorsman's paradise.

But, there's also great history associated with Montrose since it was founded in 1882. It gained fame in 1909 with the construction of the Gunnison Tunnel, which at the time was the longest irrigation tunnel in the world. Today, Montrose is a booming town and it just keeps getting better.

Here's a look at 10 things everyone knows about Montrose.


  • 1

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison


    It's one of Colorado's finest national parks for fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking, exploring, wildlife watching, and photography. All of us living in western Colorado know we've got a little bit of heaven right in our own backyard.

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    Dalton Trumbo's Birth Place

    Zane Mathews

    American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was born in Montrose before moving to Grand Junction and graduating from Grand Junction High School. He's best known for "Roman Holiday", "Spartacus", "Exodus", and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo." He died in 1976, and in 1993 was posthumously given the Academy Award for writing "Roman Holiday."

  • 3

    Outdoor Products Manufactured

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    Montrose is like a gateway to the great outdoors so it's no wonder fly fishing companies Ross Reels and Scott Fly Rods are located in Montrose, as well as Colorado Yurt Company and Gordon Composites, which makes most of the laminate that is used in the bowhunting industry.

  • 4

    Motion Picture Location

    Paramount Pictures

    Scenes were filmed in Montrose and the surrounding area for movies like "The Sheepman", "How the West Was Won", and the original "True Grit." Looking across the Uncompahgre Plateau, you can almost see Rooster Cogburn riding across the great expanse.

  • 5

    Three Golf Courses

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    There are three great golf courses in Montrose. The Bridges, Black Canyon Golf Course, and The Links at Cobble Creek provided plenty of opportunities and challenges for golf enthusiasts of all abilities.

  • 6

    Awesome Views

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    Regardless of the time of year, the view of the San Juan Mountains is breathtaking. Add a little snow cap, and you have one of the best mountain views in the entire state.

  • 7

    U.S. Highway 50 Runs Through

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    U.S. Highway 50 runs through Montrose and is well-traveled. Crossing a total of 12 states, the highway runs from Sacremento, California to Ocean City, Maryland. It makes Montrose easy to get to, and you never know who might be passing through.

  • 8

    Montrose Botanic Gardens

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    The Montrose Botanic Gardens is home to some beautiful landscapes and an array of plants, flowers, and trees. It's open for the public to enjoy every day from dawn until dusk. Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses.

  • 9

    Montrose Water Sports Park

    Montrose boasts it's own water sports park for kayakers, just one of the attractions in Riverbottom Park, which also features a disc golf course, picnic area, hiking trails, ball fields, and playgrounds.There truly is something here for everyone.

  • 10

    Montrose Pavillion

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    Whether it's a community event, happening, or concert, the Montrose Pavillion is where all the action is and you know you don't want to miss it. It's been a marvelous addition to Montrose since its construction in 1990.