"An awesome place to live," so says the approximately 19,000 Montrose city residents. Montrose lies at the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado, the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Blue Mesa Reservoir, the largest body of water in Colorado, are located to the east. To the south are the rugged San Juan Mountains, Ridgway Reservoir, and Telluride, famous for its black diamond slopes. To the north is the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat top mountain, and to the west are over 1 million acres of unspoiled wilderness on the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Gold medal fishing, mountain biking, golfing, and boating are just a few activities enjoyed by Montrose residents.
There are 16 public schools and the Colorado Mesa University satellite extension campus. Montrose has 26 parks, miles of jogging and bike trails, and three fine 18-hole golf courses. The Montrose Pavilion hosts world-class artists and entertainers.