Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Many of the hiking, biking and off-road trails around Montrose become excellent venues for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter. 

Black Canyon National Park
During the winter, Black Canyon National Park is incredibly quiet, serene and beautiful - providing a perfect atmosphere for the soft crunch of snowshoes or the light swoosh of cross-country skis to cut out a steady rhythm. 

South Rim Drive remains closed to traffic and unplowed during winter, and instead becomes a 6-mile stretch of silent beauty, perfect for cross-country skiing. The journey along the drive and back to the South Rim Visitor Center provides unmatched overlooks into the canyon, with views of some of the most rugged landscape in the country.

If a slower pace is more your style, snowshoeing around the canyon is also a possibility. Rim Rock Trail and the Oak Flat Loop are two highly recommended routes that provide plenty of nature to contemplate, while the winter and the landscape provide the perfect backdrop. Please be courteous and avoid established tracks on South Rim Drive when journeying on these trails, and, for the sake of local wildlife, please leave dogs at home.

For a guided tour, from mid-January to mid-March the Park Rangers offer a free adventure every Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. No special skills are required, and snowshoes - even kids’ sizes - are available to borrow (also free of charge) at the Visitor Center.

Dave Wood Winter Recreation Area
The Dave Wood Winter Recreation Area provides snowshoeing and cross-country skiing treks, just 15 miles from town.

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
A seemingly endless variety of terrain and scenery can be enjoyed in the National Forest lands surrounding Montrose.