Denver. Fort Collins. Grand Junction. You have heard of these Colorado towns, but have you ever wondered how they got their names? (For the record, the aforementioned 3 towns were named after General James Denver, the old Camp Collins military outpost, and its location along the confluence of the Colorado, Gunnison, and Grand Rivers.) Today, we are going to do a deep dive into another charming, small town known as Montrose, Colorado. The fact that it was named after a book already makes it charming!

Montrose is just one charming town in Colorado of many with an interesting name origin. For the meaning behind even more Colorado towns, check out Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 15 Colorado Towns.

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Montrose sounds great! What are some things to do in that area that I can experience when I visit?

Montrose is full of fun things to do and it's a great part of our amazing state. Here's a sampling of some of the options to consider when visiting this charming town in Colorado.

  • The Museum of the Mountain West is full of history and art inspired by this area.
  • The Ute Indian Museum will give you the opportunity to learn a bit about the indigenous people of this area.
  • The Montrose County Historical Museum will teach you even more about local history.
  • The Montrose Botanical Gardens is a great place to get up close and personal with some of the plants native to this part of the state.
  • The Star Drive-In Theater is one of the few operational drive-in theaters in the state. It's a great place to catch a film on a summer evening.


Where should I eat while I'm in town?

Montrose is small but it has a lot of great restaurants! Here are a few to consider:


What other towns are nearby that are worth visiting?

There are so many charming Colorado towns in this part of the state. After you're done in Montrose, you might consider visiting:


No matter what you choose to do, you'll love Montrose and the surrounding areas. This is one of the best parts of Colorado!