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features 6 Area Events Roundup Fun of all sorts is on tap at the following events

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A guide to what’s new and tasty

Beauty plus oxygen Much of the beauty of the terrain surrounding Montrose can be enjoyed by novice hikers. Even if you are a visitor and you have not had time to acclimate to the altitude of the mountains, you can still hike some spectacular trails.


A paradise for pickers Montrose attracts shoppers from all over the Uncompahgre Valley, and part of its status as a regional retail hub comes from the fact it is home to a unique shopping experience south of the city known as the Boardwalk Shops.


A wine hotbed There are currently nearly 20 wineries within a day’s drive of Montrose. While Palisade plays host to a majority of those vineyards, the North Fork Valley also has several notable wineries. Closer to home, there is also a good sampling.


Acknowledgements Publisher Francis Wick

General Manager Tim Frates Managing Editor Mike Easterling

Staff Writers Katharhynn Heidelberg Elaine Hale Jones Matt Lindberg Katrina Kinsley Will Hearst

Contributing Writers John T. Unger Cover Photo: Visitor at Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Lu Ann Tyrrell Area. Courtesy of Jeremy Matlock, Bureau of Land Management


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Contributing Photographers Lu Ann Tyrrell 970-249-1190 Advertising Sales Dennis Anderson Dana Spofford Carla Gartner

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A golfer’s paradise

There are plenty of reasons to hit the links in Montrose — great weather, a selection of courses and mountain views, to name but a few.


When the sun goes down


Cast off


Dive right in


Trails, trails and more trails


River fun


Historic and artistic


At home away from home


Off the beaten path

Montrose is lucky to be home to one of the last icons of the 1950s movie industry — a drive-in theater.

For many Uncompahgre Valley residents, catching trout on the fly is not just a hobby but a way of life. The hundreds of miles of fishable water around Montrose offer plenty of experiences.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of Montrose’s most popular attractions, thanks in large part to the scenic drive through the national park in and around the canyon itself.

If you visit Montrose during the spring and summer months you will have an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Whitewater rafting offers you a view of the area that you normally will never see.

In keeping with its historic Main Street heritage, the city has further defined its downtown district by inviting area artists to display their works through the Montrose Public Art eXperience.

For many Americans, the chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes and wildlife while retaining most, if not all, the comforts of home is one of the biggest draws to taking the family vacation in an RV.

The San Juan mountain range not only offers a picturesque view of the south for Montrose residents, it has served as a strong lure for adventurers and explorers from across the world for centuries.

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SHOPS • GALLERIES • DINING • ENTERTAINMENT • LODGING Enjoy this award-winning summer festival with a stroll along Main Street and enjoy entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and more! Every Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm from June 7 to Aug 23 Join us for “History and Happenings with a Hometown Flaire”

The Montrose Farmers Market brings together the best produce and crafts the Western Slope has to offer in one great location. Every Saturday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm from May 12 to Oct 27 Every Wednesday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm from July 20 to Sept 28 Along S. 1st & Uncompahgre at the new Events Plaza. The Montrose Public Art eXperience (PAX) brings beautiful, locally-made sculpture to the streets of downtown. Take a stroll in Montrose Downtown & experience public art firsthand.


A Celebration of Arts & Culture A wonderful evening of art, wine & beer, culinary delights, promotions, and the unveiling of new public art. Friday, Sept 7, 2012, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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area events roundup

Get ready to kick up your heels in Montrose and surrounding areas this spring and summer. Fun of all sorts is on tap at the following events.


May 5

Inaugural Olathe Cinco de Mayo celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Olathe Community Park.

May 9-12

Ninth annual Montrose Wine and Food Festival, a three-day event highlighting Colorado wines, cooking demonstrations and tastings.

May 12

Black Canyon Ascent 6-Mile Run and Challenge Walk, noon at Black Canyon National Park.

May 13

Mission to Ride, a bike rally supporting the Montrose Medical Mission, 2 p.m. at Rotary Park.

May 19

The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on East Main Street downtown.

June 7

Season opener for Main in Motion, continues from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 16.

June 16-17

Black Canyon Horse Races, noon to 5 p.m. at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

June July

July 4

Montrose Fourth of July Parade, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. downtown.

July 4

Montrose Fourth of July fireworks, 9:30 p.m. at Cerise Park.

July 13-14

17th annual Black Canyon Classics Car, Truck and Rod Show, 3 p.m. downtown.

July 13-14

Nightvision Christian Concert, Olathe Community Park.

July 13-15

17th annual Black Canyon Quilt Show at the Montrose Pavilion.

July 14

17th annual Colorful Colorado Car, Truck & Rod Show at the Columbine Middle School Field.

July 21-28

Montrose County Fair and Rodeo, Montrose County Fairgrounds.

July 21

Black Canyon Butt Kicker Grin and Barrett Charity Ride, all day. Starts and ends at Best Western Red Arrow, 1702 E. Main St.

Aug. 4

“Olathe Sweet” Sweet Corn Festival, all day at Community Park

Aug. 11

Montrose Depot 100-Year Celebration, all day at the Montrose County Historical Museum.

Aug. 11

Partners Benefit Pistol Shoot, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the San Juan Shooting Range.

Aug. 21

Stage 2 Start of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive.

Sept. 7

Montrose Celebration of Art & Culture, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown.

Sept. 8-9

Black Canyon Horse Races, noon-4:30 p.m. at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

Sept. 21-23

Montrose Indian Nations Pow Wow, all day at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

Oct. 6

Oktoberfest, all day at Centennial Plaza.

Oct. 6

Black Canyon Sprint Triathlon, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Montrose Aquatic Center.

Oct. 27

Main Street Fall Fun Fest, noon to 4 p.m. downtown.


September October


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Meeting the community needs of Western Colorado.

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Volunteers of America is committed to providing the best employment opportunities possible in our communities, this is how we do it: Volunteers of America is one of the largest employers in the counties of Montrose and Delta employing over 500 people. Nearly 100 of those jobs have been newly created in the last two years. Volunteers of America entry level positions are well above minimum wage. Volunteers of America takes a “Grow our own”philosophy, providing training and growth opportunities for its employees.

Senior CommUnity Care - PACE A program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (970) 252-0522 (970) 835-8500

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A golfer’s paradise Elements combine to make Montrose a great place to play 18 holes by Will Hearst

There are plenty of reasons to hit the links in Montrose — great weather, a selection of courses and mountain views, to name but a few. “It’s a hidden gem. There are some great courses on this side of the hill,” said Brandon England, head pro at the Bridges Golf Club in Montrose. England recently came to the Western Slope after serving as the golf operations professional at the renowned Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. The Bridges is a semi-private course, located minutes from downtown Montrose. A Jack Nicklaus-designed course, it offers open views of the San Juan Mountains. Green fees are $72 for 18 holes and $45 for nine holes. Ask about reduced rates after 2 p.m. For a tee time, call (970) 252-1119. Angelo DeJulio, the assistant pro at the CobSpring / Summer • destination montrose

ble Creek Golf Club, believes the joys of playing golf here won’t remain a secret for long. “Golf on the Western Slope is growing,” he said. “We have great courses and some of the best weather in the country.” Cobble Creek is a semi-private course that opened in 1999. Situated just south of Montrose, Cobble Creek has uninhibited views of the San Juan Mountains. The course layout includes several lakes and a creek flowing through the links. During the week, members of the public can play 18 holes at Cobble Creek for $38 or $53 with a cart. Prices increase to $41 and $56 on the weekends. The pro shop can be reached at (970) 240-9542. Some players may wish to begin their game during the crisp, cool Colorado mornings, but even for those who like a later tee time, Mon-

The famed Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, designed the par-71 course at the Bridges, which is open to the public. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

trose provides excellent golfing weather. “It’s almost always sunny, little rain and very limited humidity,” said Gail Bellgardt, a pro shop staff member at the Black Canyon Golf Club in Montrose. Black Canyon, located in Montrose, begins as a traditional park-style course with tree-lined fairways running side by side. The back nine is lengthier, providing the golfer with challenging doglegs and tree-lined bunkers. Play 18 holes at Black Canyon for $29 or nine holes for $19, cart rentals not included. To set up a tee time, call (970) 249-4653. Additional courses can be found in nearby Delta, Ridgway, Telluride, Gunnison and Crested Butte.

Getting in the swing of things The Bridges Golf Club An 18-hole, par-71, Jack Nicklaus-designed course open to the public. 2500 Bridges Circle • (970) 252-8899 •

Cobble Creek Golf Course An 18-hole, par-72 course open to the public on weekdays. 699 Cobble Drive •(970) 240-9542 •

Black Canyon Golf Club at Montrose An 18-hole, par 70 course open to the public. 1350 Birch St. • (970) 249-4653 •

You’re never far from a golf course in the Uncompahgre Valley. Three courses are located within Montrose itself, while surrounding communities feature many more. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

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When the

sun goes down...

Star Drive-In has been a Montrose institution for more than 60 years

by Katrina Kinsley

With all that Montrose and the surrounding area offer for daytime outdoor entertainment, it’s fitting that visitors would like to continue their evening under the stars. Montrose is lucky to be home to one of the last icons of the 1950s movie industry — a drive-in theater. The Star Drive-In has been in operation since April 19, 1950, and is one of just 367 drive-in movie theaters left in the country. It also is one of only seven currently operating in the state of Colorado. The theater was established by George and Elizabeth DeVries, who believed the area needed a good place for family entertainment. In 1996, the theater was handed down to their three children, and is now owned and operated solely by daughter Pam Friend. Friend has carried on the tradition of familySpring / Summer • destination montrose

oriented entertainment and schedules movies rated no higher than PG-13, making exceptions only for highly rated action films. “I really like to run Disney movies,” Friend said. “I steer towards family every week.” The concession stand features classic car food such as hot dogs, burgers and fries, plus movie favorites popcorn and soda. The stand is also run by the family with the assistance of additional employees. All of the DeVries kids worked the concession stand, with most of the grandchildren also following the rite of pas-

sage. But the busy stand requires extra hands. “We hire a lot of teens,” Friend said. “It’s a great first summer job.” The drive-in also hosts special theme nights, such as the Classic Car Show on the Saturday after the Fourth of July, and Carload Tuesdays in conjunction with local radio stations 94 KIX and 103.7 The Blast, during which discounted prices are given to each carload of attendees. Since the 1970s, the theater has also offered a special After Prom show, giving students a fun and safe place to go after the dance.

Just the Facts The Star Drive-In is located at 600 E. Miami Road, just off Hillcrest Drive, and can be reached during the open season at (970) 249-6170. To see what’s playing, visit

Daily Press file photos

The beginning of the season depends largely on the weather, but it generally occurs in mid to late April each year, running until September — longer if the weather permits. Two features are played each night, beginning at dusk. Speakers are available, but movie sound is also transmitted via FM radio frequency for ease of listening.


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Beauty+ oxygen

Lower-elevation hiking opportunities abound in and around Montrose by John T. Unger

Much of the beauty of the terrain surrounding Montrose can be enjoyed by novice hikers. So even if you are a visitor and you have not had time to acclimate to the altitude of the mountains themselves, you can still hike some spectacular trails near Montrose with beautiful views. Montrose sits at an elevation of 5,820 feet. The atmosphere at this elevation has a similar air pressure as the pressurized cabin of a commercial aircraft cabin. Therefore, hiking in and around Montrose does not present much risk of altitude sickness to visitors coming from lower elevations or even sea level.

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Closest and lowest

Even before leaving the city limits, a commanding view of the valley and the surrounding mountains is available via a short walk. Baldridge Regional Park on the west edge of Montrose includes the 110-acre Cerise Park, as well as Riverbottom Park, which surrounds the Uncompahgre River. Made up mostly of snowmelt from the north side of the San Juan Mountains visible on the city’s south horizon, the Uncompahgre makes its way through Montrose accompanied by four miles of the Uncompahgre Riverway Trail. This paved walkway traverses up the Sunset Mesa, from which a 360-degree view on a clear day

The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area features sandstone cliffs and commanding views of the Gunnison River and surrounding mountain ranges — all at an altitude that won’t overtax those who aren’t used to Colorado’s thin air. Courtesy Photo / Jeremy Matlock / BLM

can reveal even the LaSalle Mountains in neighboring Utah. From downtown Montrose, drive six blocks west on Main Street to the parking lot at the paved bike path at the bridge over the Uncompahgre River. Walking south on the path leads to the Cerise Park area, heading upstream. You can also drive west on Main two blocks, then south on Rio Grande Avenue for eight blocks and park where a spur of the path leads into Riverbottom Park and another access point to begin the walk or hike.

Just nine miles north of Montrose, one enters the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, within which is a 17,000-acre wilderness area. Red rock canyons, and layers of wind-sculpted yellow and violet and vanilla sandstone all lead several miles down to the Gunnison River. Driving north on 64.50 Road from the San Juan Bypass, the road comes to a T at Falcon Road. Turning right, or east, here for a half mile, an ensuring left on to Peach Valley Road leads north again into the NCA. Taking along a current gorge map (obtained from the Bureau of Land Management office at 2505 S. Townsend Ave. or from area sporting goods stores) is a good idea. Even though it is lower than 8,000 feet in elevation, this map, an all-wheel drive vehicle and dry conditions may be required to get the more serious hiker to the preferred trailhead. Heading east up the Ute Road leads to a trailhead which accesses the trail with the most secure footing in the gorge. Ranked as moderate in degree of difficulty, this trail leads through many incredible vistas.

A city park beyond the city

One Montrose city park is located up in the aspen trees at a slightly higher elevation. Outside the city limits, but just within Montrose County is the Buckhorn Lakes Recreation Area. Driving five miles south on U.S. 550 from Montrose, turn left, or east, on Uncompahgre Road, following it as it becomes Buckhorn Road. This unpaved road climbs up into the aspen, topping out at the wooded complex of small lakes. This recreation area provides a network of shorter trails which knit together several lakes and the streams that supply them. From riverside paths to desert hills to aspen lakes, even novice hikers have widely varied choices in this remarkable corner of the world.





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Castoff to some of the

most memorable fly fishing experiences around Montrose An angler admires his catch before releasing it back into the Gunnison River. Courtesy Photo / Devan Ence, Potamoi Anglers

by Will Hearst

For many Uncompahgre Valley residents, catching trout on the fly is not just a hobby but a way of life. Even among those who make being on the water one of their highest priorities, the hundreds of miles of fishable water around Montrose offer plenty of new experiences. According to Devan Ense, co-owner of the Montrose-based Potamoi Anglers, enjoying the lifestyle of a fisherman is more important than the number and size of fish you catch. “Achieving expert status as a fly fisherman may not even be possible because there is no end to learning about the sport,” Ense said. In Montrose and the surrounding mountains, the trout are numerous. More important, they are Spring / Summer • destination montrose

found in some of the most spectacular landscapes around. Fly fishing around Montrose takes you from the remote depths of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the alpine lakes of the San Juan Mountains. When you take into account all that world-class scenery, actually catching a fish might just be a bonus. Tim Kenney, owner and founder of Toad’s Fly Shop and Guide Service, opened his shop in 2011 after 25 years of guiding and outfitting experience in the area. “There is no town closer and more centralized to all the great Western Colorado waters than Montrose,” Kenney said. “This is the best of Rocky Mountain fishing without the crowds.”

For those who seek solitude, Montrose offers miles of wilderness canyon fishing, mountain lakes and even a productive tail-water — fly fishing-speak for a section of river that offers more consistent water temperatures because it is located downstream from a reservoir. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk State Park, located 21 miles south of Montrose, offers more than a mile of public fishing directly downstream of the Ridgway Reservoir. With consistent year-round water temperatures, this tail-water portion of the Uncompaghre River supports a healthy population of trout without the crowds of other western tailwaters.

Living the life Montrose has a trio of shops catering to the needs of local fishermen. For those new to the fly fishing lifestyle, or those simply looking for some local knowledge, all of the Montrose shops offer guide services at some level.

Hartman Brothers has over 100 years of proven, reliable and honest service!

CJ’s Fly Shop 317 E. Main St. • (970) 249-5588 •

Toad’s Fly Shop and Guide Service 309 E. Main St. • (970) 249-0408 •

Potamoi Anglers 1246 E. Main St. • (970) 249-8868 To connect with others who share a passion fly fishing, contact the Gunnison Gorge Anglers, the Local Trout Unlimited chapter which stages a series of events each year, including the Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show in Montrose. Visit

Carl Westbrook, owner of CJ’s Fly Shop in Montrose, is very familiar with the place locals simply call “Paco.” “I have been fishing all of these waters around Montrose for 30 years with my three sons,” he said. As Ense mentioned, there is no end to a fishermen’s education. From tying flies to building rods and learning how to row a raft through the technical Class III rapids of the Gunnison Gorge, becoming an expert fly fisherman is a lifelong quest — at least for those with a day job. As folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown sings, “The good fishermen are the ones who have fun.” Young or old, male or female, diehard or line-tangler, enjoying the fly fishing lifestyle in Montrose is a pursuit that’s accessible to everyone.

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A fly fisherman waits patiently for a strike while standing on the banks of the Uncompahgre River in Baldridge Regional Park. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell


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Dive right in The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of Montrose’s most beautiful and most popular attractions, thanks in large part to the scenic drive through the national park in and around the canyon itself. But that’s not the only — and perhaps not the best — way to see this natural wonder. With campgrounds on both the north and south rims, hikers can set up a base and then spend the weekend exploring the seven labeled rim trails, ranging in length from one to seven miles round trip. Hikers of all expertise and condition will find something to enjoy, as the trails are rated as easy, moderate and strenuous, according to elevation gain and loss during the walk. The more adventurous and experienced hiker can skip the trails altogether and choose instead to explore the inner canyon; there, routes are unmarked and not maintained, and hikers are expected to find their own way and be prepared for selfrescue. The Park Service recommends that anyone attempting to hike the inner canyon take highener-

Get out of your car and see Black Canyon from a different perspective

gy foods and at least four quarts of water per day of hiking, as all available water sources contain giardia, a parasite that causes intestinal illness. For those who want to get right out on the water, choices are somewhat limited. Though very experienced kayakers have opportunities to run technically difficult rapids, the nature of the canyon prevents rafting, as several sections are unrunnable and require portage of the craft. However, guided rafting tours are available for the Gunnison Gorge section of the river west of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the Morrow Point Boat Tour offered in the Curecanti National Recreational Area does enter the upper portion of the Black Canyon. Rock climbing is perhaps the most adventurous and exciting way to see the beauty that the Black Canyon offers, and the early peak season occurs between mid-April and early June; a second peak season in the fall runs from mid-September through early November. At 2,250 feet, the Painted Wall holds the record as tallest vertical wall in Colorado, but the canyon holds many

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other climbable walls as well, with variable routes down each. Rated by the number of pitches and the degree of difficulty, the Black Canyon climbs vary between a 5.8 and 5.13. It is highly recommended that only experienced climbers attempt to tackle the Black Canyon, and there are commercial guides available to assist. Those attempting any of the difficult climbs are expected to have proper gear, make use of available guide books and topo/route information, and abide by the restrictions outlined in the Black Canyon Climbing Management Plan. All inner canyon activities at the Black Canyon require a free wilderness use permit — available at the South Rim Visitor Center, North Rim Ranger Station and East Portal registration board — to allow Park Service officials to monitor use and identify potential emergencies. Sandy Snell-Dobert, chief of interpretation and education for the park, states that generally only two or three rescues a year are conducted at the park, due largely to smart use by the public. “We’re fortunate that there aren’t very many

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How to enjoy the park More information about the park and scheduled events can be found at or by calling the South Rim Visitor Center at (970) 249-1914, ext. 423.

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The Black Canyon Climbing Management Plan is available at, along with additional information on route closures and climbing safety. Morrow Point Boat Tours run at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., every day except Tuesday. Tours are available beginning early June through Labor Day, depending on runoff. Call (970) 641-2337, ext. 205, to make reservations, as no walk-ons are permitted.

rescues. Because we require a permit, staff has the opportunity to talk to folks about their abilities,” Snell-Dobert said. “The inner canyon trails are for experts, and they come prepared — others get started and see how hard the route is and turn back.” The park hosts additional guided activities through the year, but spring and summer are the busiest. Visitors can join ranger-guided rim walks, and there are ranger talks at most view points. Evening programs are available at the South Rim campground amphitheater starting around June, including weekly star-gazing programs.

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A paradise for pickers Montrose’s Boardwalk Shops offer a walk-through history lesson

by Lu Anne Tyrrell

Montrose attracts shoppers from all over the Uncompahgre Valley, and part of its status as a regional retail hub comes from the fact that it is home to a unique shopping experience south of the city known as the Boardwalk Shops. The shops are a group of stores that sell items relating to history, archaeology and geology, along with hand-crafted works of art, antiquities and just plain ol’ stuff you might never find anywhere else. Since the turn of this century, Dennis Vanderwist has been buying and selling collectibles and antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries out of his shop, the Saloon, which is one of the four antique shops that make up the Boardwalk. Vanderwist, a longtime Montrose resident, said he has been “picking” since age 7, which was a long time before that activity became popular — or was even known by that word. As the landlord and founder of the Boardwalk Shops, Vanderwist and the other shop owners share the same passion for collecting, buying and Spring / Summer • destination montrose

trading pieces of history. The Boardwalk grounds showcase an eclectic grouping of antiquities, which include a brightyellow 1953 school bus, a vintage red retired fire engine from Crawford, box and cattle rail cars that reflect the golden age of Colorado’s narrow-gauge train heritage, authentic wagons that rolled across thousands of miles in the settling of the West, and a log cabin that offered an aspiring young boxer named Jack Dempsey a place to train. Each store offers its own unique items and boasts its own specialties, including old and new beads, and crystal jewelry at That Little Shop; black powder guns and antique guns, cabin and western décor, and books at the Colby Canyon Trading Post; and vintage furniture, horseshoes, crystal collectible glass and tableware, and furniture at

Vintage Mark Twain books are just part of the lineup of collectible offerings featured at the Boardwalk Shops just south of Montrose. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

the Rusty Moose. Local woodcarvings are available for sale throughout the Boardwalk, as well. Linda Riley, who has owned and operated the Colby Canyon Trading Post for the last nine years, enjoys the variety of visitors and customers that frequent the Boardwalk. “We even have some regulars that come in from Australia,” she said. For Vanderwist and the others, Americana remains alive through the items the Boardwalk merchants have on hand. “It’s like a history lesson out here,” he said. “Western memorabilia is always popular, and as a result, I buy regularly — and I am always interested in consignment items.”

The right stuff The Boardwalk Shops, located at 17656 S. U.S. 550, are open year round. Most are open daily. Call (970) 209-1703 for more information.

Magic Circle Players Community Theatre invites you to join us for an exciting 53rd season

Here is our line-up... Paint Your Wagon

A musical ~ September, 2012 Dennis Vanderwist, founder of the Boardwalk Shops and owner of the Saloon, cleans some of the collectibles he has on display in his shop. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

Each store offers its own unique items and boasts its own specialties. “It’s like a history lesson out here.” — Dennis Vanderwist

A Comedy November, 2012

Wait Until Dark A Mystery January, 2013

Bus Stop A Drama March 2013

1776 This 1953 school bus is just one of the vintage items dotting the grounds of the Boardwalk Shops.

A Musical May, 2013

photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

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Trails, trails and more trails by Katrina Kinsley

Montrose an often-overlooked haven for mountain biking enthusiasts


The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area offers a variety of mountain biking experiences ranging from rocky to smooth. At left, Eric Bohler takes on the difficult twists of the Sidewinder Trail, while Gary Zatterio, right, leads a group of riders along the Moonlight Mesa Trail. Courtesy Photos / Bill Harris

One advantage of visiting a rural, temperate area such as Montrose during the spring and summer months is the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Among the more popular Western Colorado activities is mountain biking. Bill Harris is a local mountain biking enthusiast and author of “Bicycling the Uncompahgre Plateau.” Harris also serves as a board member of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, as well as chairperson for the Montrose chapter. He encourages both locals and tourists to make use of the wide expanse of mountain biking trails in the area. “We get overlooked here. People riding the popular trails come through Montrose and don’t realize there are a lot of nice riding opportunities here,” Harris said. “We have good trails, a wide variety on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands.” One of the areas Harris recommends is the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, which encompasses the grounds north of Montrose and includes the adobe badlands and beyond. ManSpring / Summer • destination montrose

aged by the BLM, the area offers several trails from two main access points: the Flattop Trailhead and the Peach Valley staging area. For riders looking for a challenge, the Sidewinder Trail should fit the bill. A newer singletrack trail in the GGNCA, it covers 20 miles one way and is considered an expert trail, as it winds in and out of the canyon. A map of the trail is available in the GGNCA section of the Bureau of Land Management website at Perhaps the best area for mountain bikers of all skill levels is the Uncompahgre Plateau. A longtime favorite of hikers and horseback riders, the plateau also offers many popular singletrack trails for nonmotorized use. Just a 15-minute drive out of Montrose, the base of Dave Wood Road southwest of town gives access to an easy riding area referred to by locals as Buzzard Gulch. Formerly a jeep trail, it has been converted by BLM into riding trails and falls within the Dry Creek Travel Management Plan area’s mapped area between Rim Road and Dave Wood Road. Adjacent to Buzzard Gulch and accessible via Colo. 90 is another easy route, Linscott Canyon, offering more incredible scenery along

nonmotorized singletrack trails. Both trailheads are marked by the BLM. During the heat of mid summer, the aforementioned trails may be too hot for mountain bikers, but the Forest Service lands further up the plateau provide both multiple trails and relief from the summer sun. Aspen Trail is a favorite of new and veteran riders alike, and it links to a trail system that allows individuals to make their ride as long or as short as they desire. This is just a small example of the mountain biking trails in Montrose and the surrounding area. The Montrose Visitors Center, housed within the Chamber of Commerce at 1519 E. Main St., offers for sale the Montrose Area Biking Trails map to assist mountain bikers in planning rides and finding trailheads. Cascade Bicycles also offers a variety of trail maps, in addition to bikes and equipment. The shop hosts weekly road and mountain bike rides during the summer, letting riders of all skill levels gain experience and explore the areas outside of Montrose without the worry of going out on their

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own. Day rides are done each Saturday or Sunday, and Thursday Night Lights is a night ride, often along Aspen or Spring Creek trails. A shuttle is provided from the shop, located at 21 N. Cascade Ave. Those interested can sign up for the shop’s newsletter to get information about the week’s rides or like the Cascade Bicycles on Facebook. Donnie Watson, an owner at Cascade Bicycles, said the most essential equipment that riders need to take with them is water. “Sidewinder Trail especially, there’s no source of water up there,” he said. He also stressed the need to bring a repair kit with pump, an extra tube and food to fuel the ride.

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River fun

Options abound during the summer for on-the-water excursions by Lu Anne Tyrrell

As a tributary of the Gunnison River, the Uncompahgre River meanders through Montrose, offering residents and tourists numerous recreational opportunities, including whitewater rafting during the summer. Whitewater rafting offers you a view of the area that you normally will never see. “It’s a good family experience,” said Tim Kenney, who has served as a guide on local rivers for the past 11 years. As a veteran who received the Purple Heart during a tour in Afghanistan, Kenney decided to start a new chapter in his life after leaving the service. With a passion for the outdoors, Kenney chose to put his years of outfitting and guide expertise, and passion to help people achieve their ultimate Colorado memory by opening Toads Guide Shop in 2011 in downtown Montrose. Toads Guide Shop offers a variety of guided whitewater adventures. The Town Run is a family-friendly, half-day, 9-mile tour that will allows you to see from the water the nuts and bolts of many local ranches without disturbing their operations. The Country Run will take you on a trip through the upper Uncompahgre, and a Wilderness Trip includes a tour on both public and private corridors. The water excursions can range from a half- to full-day outing. Glimpses of deer, foxes and other local wildlife, along with an abundant array of birds and the occasional high-flying eagle, is some of what you can expect to experience during your guided water excursion. The rafts can carry one to 18 passengers, and Kenney said there is a 50-pound minimum weight requirement for passengers, which typically equates to a 5- to 6-year old child. All safety gear, life jackets and a comprehensive presentation of the whitewater experience are provided by Kenney and his staff. “You can consider me your river concierge on your trip,” he said. Another memorable local excursion can be found on the still waters of Morrow Point Reservoir in the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The National Park Service offers the Morrow Point boat tour, which is a 90-minute interpretive pontoon boat tour that will navigate you through the famous canyon. According to Brant Porter, district interpreter of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, “The Morrow Point Boat Tour is a great way to experience, and be immersed in, the steep canyon walls, cascading waterfalls and remote beauty of the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison with a park ranger as your guide.” River rafting tours typically run from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Rafters are advised to carry along a broad-spectrum sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, a hat and plenty of water.

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Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly, half-day run or something more ambitious, Tim Kenney of Toads Guide Shop has a whitewater rafting trip that fits your needs. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

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More than 20 pieces of public art help define downtown Montrose

Art lovers find downtown Montrose an easy place to get their fix, with numerous public art pieces and galleries located within several blocks of each other. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

by Elaine Hale Jones

In many ways, Montrose is its downtown. For more than a century, Main Street has served as a hub of commerce for much of Western Colorado. In keeping with its historic heritage, the city has further defined its downtown district by inviting area artists to display their works through the Montrose Public Art eXperience, a collaboration between the Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism, the city of Montrose, local business sponsors and the public. “PAX started about six years ago as a way to enhance the downtown area and promote tour-


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ism,” PAX president Jill Myers said. “We feature a new exhibit (from regional artists) every year and hold an annual fundraiser in the fall.” Money from the fundraiser allows PAX to purchase one or two pieces from the year’s exhibition, which the organization then donates to the city for its permanent art collection, Myers explained. Currently, more than 20 original pieces of art, both permanent and rotating, highlight the downtown area, starting with a bronze sculpture of a mountain lion accentuating the front of the Montrose ACT building at 1519 E. Main St. An easy walking tour of sculptures awaits

visitors to the heart of the downtown area. In addition to the public displays of sculpture, there are several prominent art and design galleries located along Main Street, which feature the work of local and regional artisans. These include A+Y Design Gallery at 513 E. Main St., featuring handcrafted furniture, pottery, photography and metalwork; Simpson Gallery, 324 E. Main St., fine art originals and custom picture framing; the Canyon Gallery, 300 E. Main St., landscape photography; and Around the Corner Art Gallery, 447 E. Main St., featuring the works of numerous Western Slope artists.


Young Garrett Shelley of Montrose gets up close and personal with ‘Brandy,’ a sculpture by Paonia artist Mary Zimmerman located at the corner of Main Street and Uncompahgre Avenue. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

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More than 20 original pieces of public art, both permanent and rotating, adorn the streets of downtown Montrose. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

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You’ll find nearly 20 wineries within a day’s drive of Montrose by Katrina Kinsley In areas where much of the economy is based on agriculture, as is the case for many Western Slope communities, it’s not surprising to see a plethora of different crops. Olathe is famous for its sweet corn, Palisade has its peaches and Paonia has its cherries. But increasingly, wine fruits are becoming popular throughout the region as a money-making crop and agro-tourism attraction. There are currently nearly 20 wineries within a day’s drive of Montrose. While Palisade plays host to a majority of those vineyards, the North Fork Valley also has several notable wineries. Closer to home, there is a good sampling, as well, including Mountain View Winery, Cottonwood Cellars and Garrett Estates in Olathe. Olathe native Mike Young started Mountain View Winery in 2001 on a 40-acre family property. Planted mostly in fruit tree orchards, there are 4 acres set aside for the vineyard, which produces seven varieties of wine grapes. When asked about a best seller and customer favorite, Young nodded and replied, “Our Dare Devil Red. It’s a sweet blend, dark red.” The winery also offers a variety of white, sweet and after-dinner wines, in addition to its reds. Mountain View Winery makes both grape and fruit wines, using produce from its own land and creating something uniquely local in flavor. Mountain View’s wines are available at Coyote Liquor in Olathe and Discount Cigarettes & Wine in Montrose, as well as online at But perhaps the best place to buy is at the winery itself, in its year-round tasting room at 5859 58.25 Road, just west of Olathe off Colo. 348. Surrounded by orchards, wine lovers can savor the many wines on hand every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tours are also available. A second tasting room is open at Red Mountain Ranches in Cedaredge. Just down the road is Cottonwood Cellars, an impressive facility with more than 22 acres of vineyard. Owned by Keith and Diana Read, the wine production started as a retirement project that “got out of hand.” The winery produces approximately 20 wines under two labels, Cottonwood Cellars and the Olathe Winery. Those under the Cottonwood

Mountain View favorite, Dare Devil Red, is available at the tasting room in Olathe, along with other wine varieties and locally produced gift items. photo by Katrina Kinsley

Cellars label are “classic, full-bodied, and varietally correct,” according to Diana. “The Olathe Winery wines are lighter, atypical.” Both labels sell well across Colorado. The 2009 Pinot Noir, produced under the Cottonwood Cellars label, was recently awarded a silver medal at the Affairs of the Vine: Pinot Shootout, an international competition held in San Francisco. In addition to tastings of all available wines, the facility offers winery tours and wine accessories for sale. Open seasonally from April to December, the local tasting room at 5482 Colo. 348 is just one of four tasting rooms featuring Cottonwood Cellars products.

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Cottonwood Cellars wines are available for purchase at the tasting rooms, as well as Corks, Discount Cigarettes & Wine, and the Liquor Store in Montrose. Wines can also be shipped within Colorado by ordering online at Garrett Estate Cellars, established in 2003, is a family-run vineyard on 35 acres. Producing seven varieties of wine grapes, Garrett Estate wines are available at the Garden Center in Delta and the Apple Shed in Cedaredge, as well as select restaurants in the Montrose area. For a complete listing, visit or order their wine online at In addition to a growing number of vineyard tasting rooms and tours available throughout the valley, wine connoisseurs have the Montrose Wine and Food Festival to look forward to. Now in its ninth year, the festival benefits area nonprofit groups; this year’s charities are the Boys & Girls Club, CASA Voices for Children, Kids Aid Backpacks for Kids program and Shoes for Kids. The festival has grown from an idea to share a love of wine and benefit local charities to a unique, three-day event celebrating Colorado wineries while doing something good for the community. According to core festival board member and distributor Shelley Sale, every winery in Colorado is invited to attend and pour wine for the public during the grand wine tasting, held this year on Saturday, May 12, on the lawn of the Montrose Pavilion. Cottonwood Cellars plans to attend and pour at this tasting. This year’s events will also feature a private sponsorship dinner on Thursday, May 10, at Remington’s at The Bridges. This special evening will spotlight two master sommeliers in a Dueling Dinner, during which they will each attempt to convince the diners as to which wine is better, and why. On Friday, attendees are invited to participate in Dine Out Montrose, to be followed by Disco Night at the Turn of the Century Saloon. More details, including event times and ticket information, can be found at

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At home away from home


RV camping sites are plentiful in Montrose, surrounding areas

by Elaine Hale Jones

For many Americans, the chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes and wildlife while retaining most, if not all, the comforts of home is one of the biggest draws to taking the family vacation in an RV. Montrose and the surrounding Uncompahgre Valley offer some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in Western Colorado while playing host to a wide variety of RV camping sites, including a national park and state park. Just a 20-minute drive east of Montrose, the nation’s 55th national park unveils spectacular views of one of nature’s most incredible wonders, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge. Selected camp sites along the South Rim of the canyon include Loop A and Loop B, which are large enough for RVs; Loop C is better suited to tents. “The Black Canyon attracts a lot of families (multi-generational) who enjoy camping out,” said Paul Zaenger, supervisory ranger.

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“Loop B, for example, offers electric hookups at each of its 23 sites, which is great during the ‘shoulder’ seasons, such as May and late September.” Zaenger also recommends making reservations in advance for select RV sites, especially around the holiday weekends. Visit for more information. Inside the city limits of Montrose, there are two well-established RV parks: Cedar Creek RV Park at 126 Rose Lane and Montrose RV Resort at 200 N. Cedar Ave. Both are big rig friendly with plenty of shaded parking areas. On the south end of Montrose, near the banks of the Uncompahgre River, is the Kings Riverbend RV Park, which surrounds the popular Chipeta Lakes area off Chipeta Drive. On the opposite side of the river and a little further south, The Hangin’ Tree RV Park offers 25 RV sites in a private campground setting. South of Montrose, recreational vehicles are welcomed at two large RV parks off

There is a wide selection of RV parks located within Montrose, most featuring plenty of shady spots. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

U.S. 550: Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon (watch for the Yogi Bear sign), located at 22045 S. U.S. 550, and the Centennial RV Park and Campground, located near Colona. Since its opening in August 1989, Ridgway State Recreation Area has gained the reputation of being one of Colorado’s premier state parks. The 1,000-acre reservoir, located 22 miles south of Montrose, features three distinct recreation sites. At the Dutch Charlie area, the Dakota Terrace Campground offers 79 camping sites within easy walking distance of the swim beach and marina. The 110 sites at Elk Ridge Campground occupy higher ground with views of the San Juan Mountains, while Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground is situated just below the Ridgway Dam with 81 sites along the banks of the Uncompahgre River.

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Off the beaten


Ouray serves as jumping off point for four-wheel adventures in San Juans

by Lu Anne Tyrrell

The San Juan mountain range not only offers a picturesque view of the south for Montrose residents, it has served as a strong lure for adventurers and explorers from across the world for centuries. An increasingly popular mode of exploring those mountains is via four-wheel drive vehicle, and a number of treks that cater to that mode of transportation can be found outside Ouray. The 30-mile drive south to Ouray is the starting point for numerous four-wheel drive trails. Yankee Boy Basin, Corkscrew Pass, California Pass and Black Bear Pass are among the many

renowned trails that are filled with stunning scenery, waterfalls, lakes, colorful beds of wildflowers, historic ghost towns and challenging switchbacks that will leave visitors with countless memories. The sport is also commonly referred to “Jeeping,” a reflection of that well-known vehicle’s ability to traverse challenging terrain. However, any good high-clearance, four-wheel-drive automobile will get you there. Jim Skellett, president of the Montrose based Western Slope Four Wheelers Club says that there is no better way to enjoy the grandeur of

A Jeep is parked atop California Pass, providing its occupants with an unmatched view of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. photo by Lu Anne Tyrrell

the San Juan Mountains than the experience you enjoy while four-wheeling. “It’s a great outing for families, too, and a good, leisurely trail is Yankee Boy Basin,” he said. That excursion is approximately a four-hour, round-trip experience. Yankee Boy is by far the easiest of the aforementioned trails, and it opens up to waterfalls, flowers and awe-inspiring scenery. On the other end of the spectrum is Black Bear Pass, which is for advanced and experienced four-wheelers who can expect to navigate extreme switchbacks and vertical rock spires around most corners.

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Although the trails are marked, if you are unfamiliar with the area, members of the club suggest that you contact one of the many four-wheel rental and guide services available in and around Ouray, perhaps starting with the Ouray County Resort Association. When heading out for a trip, make sure you pack layered clothing, sunglasses, a hat, broad-spectrum sunscreen and extra water, as well as a camera and video recorder to document the time of your life on one of the many off-road trails. The four-wheeling season typically runs from Memorial Day to when the “snow flies” in September. The annual Jeep Jamboree USA in Ouray is planned for Sept. 13-15 and attracts Jeep enthusiasts from around the world.

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Come in and see us turn pureand-simple ingredients into phenomenal breads and delectable sweets! Enjoy fresh-made sandwiches, soups and our full line of locally roasted coffee. We’re open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Pan Roasted Atlantic Salmon Fresh Atlantic salmon, pan roasted to perfection. Served with fall vegetable caponata, glazed with brown butter soy caramel. Open for lunch Mon.Fri. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., dinner Mon.- Sat. 4 p.m. - close, and closed Sunday. Good times await you at The Blue Table.

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Pistachio Chicken Salad Served stuffed in Avocado with our homemade Peach - Margarita Dressing and Tortilla Strips. Save room for our award-winning homemade desserts made from scratch by our baker. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Live music every Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m.

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Colossal Burger A half pound burger with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, 1000 island dressing and to top it off 4 oz. of thin cut pastrami, all on a Parmesan onion bun. Served with your choice of side, shown here with a mix of fresh cut home fries and sweet potato fries. Open Tues. - Sat. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

El Jimador Combination for Two A unique El Jimador experience. Carne asada, pollo asado, and prawns all served on an extra large dish for two! Two plates of rice and beans, guacamole and sour cream. Open 7 days a week.


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Fresh Beer & Homemade Food Enjoy a fresh handcrafted beer, from a Wheat to a Stout and everything in between. Also serving handcrafted Root Beer, Orange Cream Soda, and Sarsparilla. Enjoy delicious hot and cold sandwiches, or tantalizing appetizers. Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Thurs., 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Fri. & Sat., and Sun. 12 - 8 p.m. Listen to live music on Saturday nights, mingle and drink a great Handcrafted beer.

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Hearty, Healthy and Homemade, offering up your home cooked favorites from the freshest ingredients. Breakfast served all day. Also specializing in hamburgers and salads. We use peanut oil to cut out the saturated fats. Come by to see us and Jo Jo will cook you something just the way you like it. Open 5 a.m. - 3 p.m. everyday.

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16-oz. Rib-eye with King Crab legs A tasty rib-eye steak, served with King Crab legs, mixed vegetables and a baked potato. Wash that down with a Blue Moon beer or choose from several on tap. For dessert, indulge yourself with a slice of chocolate cream pie. Open Mon. - Sat. 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Chef Kong serves up fresh, made to order sushi and Asian cuisine. From California rolls to Spicy Tuna. Offering fresh seafood from Mountain Valley Fish & Oyster. Like us on Facebook and receive 50% off drinks. $2 wells and domestic beers from 5-7 p.m. Open Tues. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tues. - Fri. 5 - 9 p.m., & Fri. - Sat. 5 -10 p.m.

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At Ted Nelson’s we specialize in steaks and offer a variety of other choices to please any palate or discerning taste. From salads and home-made soups, to appetizers and sandwiches. Ted Nelson’s Steakhouse takes pride in offering exquisite meals and atmosphere. Open for lunch and Dinner, Tues. - Sat., 11 am - 9 pm.

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The Skill of the Jimador The key to quality tequila is to harvest agaves when they are perfectly ripe, anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Knowing when to harvest the heart of the Blue Agave is the specialized skill of the Jimador. Because plants mature at different rates, two agaves planted the same day can differ in harvest time by as much as four years. Overly ripe agaves produce a bitter, flowerless tequila. A few months prior to haresting an agave plant, the Jimador will cut its central flower spike to encourage growth at the center. This results in a great swollen piña – the heart of the plant. When the time is right, the Jimador uses a sharp, paddle-like blade known as a Coa to slash off the leaves and reveal the piña, which weigh up to 150 pounds.

Featuring Authentic Mexican Cuisine Traditional Cocktails Beverages


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Home of the famous Cowboy Killer Giant Burrito Take down this monster in 30 minutes or less and it’s free.

Tuesday-Saturday 8-2 Sunday 9-2 1140 North Townsend Montrose, Coloraado 970-249-2204 XNLV24424

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Hearty, Healthy


Handcrafted beers on tap!

From Scratch To The Table With Fresh Ingredients

846 E. Main Street 970.249.6889

Specializing In Breakfast, Burgers And Salads

Come and enjoy a great meal and a delcioius handcrafted beer.

Something For Everyone We Have An Eight Page Menu To Chose From

Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hometown People

Hometown Food To Go Orders Welcome

Best Beer on Tap

5am-3pm EvEry day

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Where Rumors End & Legends Begin... A Tr ue Wester n Steakhouse


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Burgers • Steaks Seafood • Pasta • Salad Bar

Comfort Foods Made From Scratch

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Serving Breakfast Thurs. - Sat 7:00 am -10:30 pm

Serving Lunch


Mon. - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Serving Dinner Nightly Mon. - Sun. 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sunday Brunch

Join us for lunch or dinner with wonderful patio views of the San Juan Mountains! Thursday Date Night - $49.95 per couple Includes appetizer, soup or salad, two entrees, dessert & selected bottle of wine. •

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Accepting reservations, walk-ins always welcomed

Full Bar & show up to SIX DIFFERENT

Best Views in Montrose

Live Music - Friday Night Karaoke - Saturday Night

sporting events at one time. • Voted Best Steaks & Burgers • Wednesday Night All you can eat BBQ • Thursday Night All you can eat Italian

Saturday Prime & Wine - $18.95 Slow roasted prime rib with weekly wine specials. •

Sunday Brunch - 10:00am to 2:00pm Traditional brunch selections with Bloody Mary & Mimosa specials. 10:00am to 2:00pm •


Happy Hour Specials:

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 1/2 Price Appetizers & Drinks

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Come see us at our new location! 103 Rose Lane | Montrose | Colorado 970-252-0262 Dinner Entrees~

Ted’s Marinated Sirloin~ $18 8-ounce Filet~ $25 Rib Eye~ $23 Prime Rib~ $23 add lobster or crab to any steak entree~Market Price Chicken Fried Steak~ $15 Tuscan Stuffed Chicken~ $19 Pork Marsala~ $16 Grilled Salmon~ $20 Walleye~ $22 Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp~ $17


Open Tuesday - Saturday Lunch and Dinner 11am - 9pm Full Bar Service Available


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with it!

Montrose's only Sushi restaurant

Sushi made fresh to order by chef Kong. Also serving up delicious Asian cuisine. Serving Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11am-2pm Lunch Delivery Available

Serving Dinner: Tues.-Thurs. 5-9pm Fri.-Sat 5-10pm



Best Patio Dining on Main Street

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advertiser’s directory Alpine Health Care 13 Amelia’s Hacienda 33 Blue Table 34 Boardwalk Shops 27 Camelot Gardens 25 Camp Robber 34 Coffee Trader 13 Coldwell Banker Bailey & Co. 17 Cooling’s Heating & Air Conditioning 11 Cowboy Ciao 36 Crippin Funeral Home 17 Delta-Montrose Electric Association 11 Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 27 El Jimador 35 Flower Motor Company 3 Great Harvest Bread Co. 36 Hampton Inn 11 Hartman Brothers 15 Horsefly Brewing 37 Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado 29 Jim Isler Real Estate 21 Jo Jo’s Windmill Restaurant 37 Lindal Cedar Homes 15 Magic Circle Players 19 Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism 44 Montrose Downtown Development Association 5 Montrose Implement 21 Montrose Memorial Hospital 2 Montrose Pavilion Event Center 29 Montrose Signs 21 Pancheros 31 Red Barn 38 Remington’s at the Bridges 9, 38 Rib City Grill 39 Rose Bowl Lanes 13 Sushitini 40 Ted Nelson’s Steakhouse 39 Tobler Dental 11 Volunteers of America 7

Montrose Rose Ln.

Restaurant Locator 1. Amelia’s 2. The Blue Table 3. Camp Robber 4. Cowboy Ciao 5. El Jimador 6. Great Harvest Bread Co. 7. Horsefly Brewery 8. Jo Jo’s Windmill Restaurant 9. Pancheros 10. Red Barn Family Steakhouse 11. Remington’s at the Bridges 12. Rib City Grill 13. Sushitini 14. Ted Nelson’s Steakhouse

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Twilight Hour

Lu Anne Tyrrell

Chipeta Lake as the sun sets and the moon rises.

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Mountain Bluebells

Tim Frates

Bluebell flowers bloom against the backdrop of a waterfall near Yankee Boy basin.

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Explore how many treasures a canyon will actually hold.

Yes, it’s impressive, but the Black Canyon isn’t the only wonder Montrose has to offer. From a major shopping district to charming downtown boutiques and even our very own antique row — you’ll find everything you could possibly need right here on your very doorstep. So the next time you’re out and about, take a deeper look. You never know what you might discover. For more Information call 970-249-5000.


Destination Montrose Spring 2012  

Spring 2012 issue of Destination Montrose

Destination Montrose Spring 2012  

Spring 2012 issue of Destination Montrose