, Invites Visitors to Ditch the Asphalt and Go Off-Road
-Via horsepower or pedal power, Montrose trails provide thrills on wheels-
Montrose, Colo. â The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism offers off-the-beaten-path adventure in the form of rock crawling, 4x4/jeeping/ATVing and dirt/mountain biking. And, as a host city for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, Montrose proves it knows how to show visitors a good time on tires.
• Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area â The rustic roads and trails that wind their way through the adobe badland formations and sandstone canyons of this National Conservation Area (NCA) are a playground for off-road sports. Off-route riding (for vehicles no more than 50 inches wide) are permitted in designated âopen playâ areas. The 20-mile single-track Sidewinder Trail is the newest addition to the Gunnison Gorge and is already hugely popular with the locals. It snakes in and out of canyons and is an expert-level, technical trail for those on two wheels.
• Uncompaghre Plateau â A major landform and one of the state's most spectacular landscapes, the Uncompahgre Plateau is a high domed upland rising reaching 10,300 feet at the top of Horsefly Peak. It runs approximately 90 miles southeast to the base of the San Juan Mountains providing ample terrain for bikes, motorcycles, ATVs and rock crawlers.
• Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway â This backcountry byway explores 65 miles of spectacular peaks and narrow glacial valleys, including 12,000 foot passes and well-preserved remains of stamp mills, tramways and ghost towns. Portions of the route may be visited in normal passenger cars, but beyond these points the Alpine Loop provides access to exceptional off-road excursions.
About Montrose (www.visitmontrose.com)
Montrose is a uniquely-authentic town that has carved out a place for itself in the landscape and culture of Colorado. Montrose, a host city for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, is the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison where the North Vista Trail was recently named a âTop 10 Canyon Hike in the U.S. Parksâ by National Geographic. Additionally, Montrose was named to Outdoor Life's annual list of the 200 best towns in America for outdoorsmen. Seventy-three percent of the land surrounding Montrose is public land, making it a Mecca for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, road biking, four-wheeling and mountain biking in the summer and fall and snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Montrose is a uniquely-authentic town that has carved out a place for itself in the landscape and culture of Colorado. A multi-faceted town, Montrose serves up layer upon layer of discoveries, each more unique than the last. Whether you are looking for adventure, agritourism, history, culture, shopping, fine dining or anything in between, Montrose has a little something for everyone.
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Contacts: Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.887.2536 (970) 531-2336, email@example.com
Jenni Sopsic, Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism, (970) 708-1182, jenni@montroseACT.com