Montrose is a fantastic place for active dads. There is a ton of fun to be had experiencing and exploring the outstanding natural beauty that Montrose and the surrounding area is known for, with much of it easily accessible from downtown.
Taviwatch Park, the Uncompahgre River, and Chipeta Lake offer great fishing opportunities right here in Montrose. Head to CJ’s Fly Shop (428 East Main Street, cjsflyshop.com) and Montrose Anglers (309 East Main Street, montroseanglers.com) to get yourself kitted out with all the fishing gear you’ll need as well as some great tips on the local fishing scene.
A bit further afield is the sprawling Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Hailed as some of the best fishing in the state, the GGNCA is a stone’s throw from Montrose and offers Gold Medal waters with an abundance of rainbow and brown trout. For a more adrenaline-inducing time in the NCA, hire a jeep and explore. Off-route riding is permitted in the Flat Top and Peach Valley areas. There are more than 75 miles of designated trails and primitive roads elsewhere in the NCA. For those who love two wheels, the 20-mile single-track Sidewinder Trail is an expert-level technical trail for those who love a challenge. Colorado 145 jeep rentals (2000 Airport Rd, colorado145.com) can accommodate individuals or large groups.
To make a whole weekend out of it, bring along your camping and hiking gear. And if you leave something at home or want to treat dad to a gift, head to The Great Outdoors Company (110 East Main Street, facebook.com/GreatOutdoorsCompany) for new gear, or 970 Sports Rewind (612 East Main Street, 970sportsrewind.com) for used equipment at affordable prices.
Montrose is also the gateway to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Just a 20-minute drive from downtown, the Black Canyon offers camping, hiking and cycling opportunities. If you’re willing to trek down to the Gunnison River, anglers will find Gold Medal waters to cast their lines in. Stop by the South Rim Visitor Center for inner canyon permits and more information.
If dad is a mountain biking aficionado, or even just an adventurous beginner, check out the Buzzard Gulch Trails. Located north of town off Dave Wood Road, the trail system ranges from easy to difficult single track trails.
For more information and brochures on all kinds of things in town, the Visitors Centre (107 South Cascade, visitmontrose.com) is a great resource.
On top of exploring nature, there are also plenty of more relaxing ways to enjoy the area, including sampling some of the best brews around thanks to three three breweries in town: 2 Rascals (147 North 1st Street, tworascalsbrewing.com) which is located in a beautiful historic building; Colorado Boy ( 320 E Main Street, coloradoboymontrose.com) which serves up delicious pizza and craft beer; and Horsefly Brewing (846 East Main Street, horseflybrewing.com) where plenty of outdoor seating and live music throughout the week brings in visitors in droves.
Locals are anxiously awaiting the grand opening of Storm King Distilling Co. (41 West Main Street, stormkingdistilling.com which has taken up residence next to the historic Potato Growers Assn. building in the burgeoning West Main District in Montrose Downtown’s north end. Once open, the distillery will offer handcrafted whiskey, gin, agave, brandy, and rum.
If you are planning on being in Montrose for Fathers Day but haven't decided where to stay, you might want to consider Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon (22045 South. Highway 550, blackcanyonjellystone.com). The RV park (which also has tent sites and cabins) will be celebrating dads on both Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th with games, activities, and races with dad on Saturday, and an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday - which is free for dads. Kids will be able to make something special for dads thanks to a craft class being offered by the park.
Dads who want to completely relax, but still enjoy the fantastic weather the region is known for, might be interested in a round of golf at one of the city’s three courses. Cobble Creek (699 Cobble Drive, cobblecreek.com) features amazing views of the San Juan Mountains and offers a links-style course. Then there is the Bridges (2500 Bridges Circle, montrosebridges.com), a par-71 Nicklaus Design course, and Black Canyon Golf Course (1350 Birch Street, blackcanyongolfclub.com) which offers a park-style course on the front nine and a links-style course on the back.
So whether you want to enjoy Father’s Day in nature or with a local beer in hand, there is plenty on offer in and around Montrose Downtown.