Quality of Life
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The Montrose Library boasts a $6.1 million building, completed in 1998 and containing over 80,000 offerings.
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD) manages the brand new state-of-the-art Community Recreation Center (CRC). This $29M, 82,000 square foot facility opened in January 2017. It offers something for every age and interest. Additionally, MRD manages the indoor turf Field House, a 23,000 square foot facility that opened in mid-2017. These recreation facilities are available for drop-in use and are the sites for an extensive year-round sports recreation program for children and adults and seniors. The City of Montrose and MRD also manage and program an extensive parks and trails system, the crown jewel of which is the 282 acre Baldridge regional park, which boosts river access, a Water Sports Park, ballfields, playgrounds,sports fields, a skate park, an inline hockey rink and several ponds. The library, the CRC, the Field House and the Parks and Trails system are of very high quality which substantially adds to the wonderful Montrose quality of life.
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Montrose restaurants offer diverse settings and menus, with everything from casual burgers and pizza to fine dining featuring entrees such as a grilled to perfection Colorado steak, Alaskan Halibut with toasted macadamia nut and crumb topping, garlic-crusted New Zealand mussels, and Elk Tenderloin with wild mushroom sauce.
Fine dining includes in-town restaurants with lush outdoor seating areas and innovative cuisine, and nearby restaurants set in the Colorado mountains with stunning views and creative menus. Unique gourmet coffee houses offer garden spots where you can relax and enjoy fresh, roasted coffee or a frozen specialty drink.
Montrose's natural setting is breathtaking. Snow-capped peaks, cascading clear rivers, and alpine forests surround us. People travel here from all over the world to experience the majestic Rocky Mountains. The stunning San Juan Mountains are just a few miles from downtown Montrose.
The newest national park, the dramatic Black Canyon of the Gunnison, is east of town. Telluride is just over an hour away. Vail, Aspen, and Crested Butte are all accessible for a day of skiing, golfing, or a spa visit. Within a short driving distance are the Colorado National Monument, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Curecanti Recreation Area.
Anglers can try their luck on a multitude of rivers and creeks, including the Gunnison River, one of Colorado's elite Gold Medal Trout Streams. You can bike miles of trails in Western Colorado, from alpine trails through National Forest to desert trails with views of dramatic canyons and the Colorado and Uncompahgre Rivers.