Ahh…summer. A few precious months where life slows down a little bit. Longer days mean we can squeeze in more adventure and relaxation – and there’s plenty of both in Western Colorado! When looking for a place to stay, check out Montrose-San Juan RV Park. We’re conveniently located off U.S. 550 in Montrose, a short drive from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Ouray and more. We have RV sites, cabins and lodge rooms. With things to do in Montrose in summer including fishing, water sports, and museums – it’s a great time to visit!

Summer Weather in Montrose

Tourists from all over the country flock to Colorado in summer for its warm but relatively mild weather. In Montrose, the average summer temperature is 77 degrees, but it can reach into the 80s in July. The average high temperature for May is 72, June’s average jumps to 83, July is 88 and August is 85. The best time for warm-weather activities in Montrose is mid-June to late August, according to the Tourism Score. Surprisingly, December is the most humid month, but June is the least humid.

Things to do in in Montrose in Summer: Fishing

The most popular fishing spots near Montrose are Gunnison River and Uncompahgre River. The Gunnison River runs through Black Canyon National Park and some of the areas can be challenging to access, but for those who love to get back to nature it’s perfect for anglers! If you want easier access, try the Uncompahgre River, where you can get to the water right in Montrose. There are also several angler shops and outfitters where you can stock up on supplies, get advice or schedule a guided trip.

Things to do near Montrose in Summer: Water Fun

Summertime usually means a draw to water, and there are several options for water fun near Montrose. Although you probably don’t think of hot water in the middle of summer, Ouray Hot Springs are still a draw for summer visitors. Especially in the evening, when the temperatures start to dip, the geothermally-heated water feels so good! Water temperatures range from 104 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s an adults-only area and pools for families that include slides, an obstacle course and climbing wall.

The Montrose Water Sports Park is a big draw to those wanting water adventure in the summer. It’s located in Riverbottom Park and is one of the largest water sports parks in the state. With 1,000 feet of river, you’ll find kayakers riding the waves and people wading in the cool water. It’s ADA accessible so there’s something for everyone.

A summer highlight is FUNC Fest, (Fun on the Uncomprahange) which “features water competitions, including crowd-pleasing freestyle kayaking and surfing contests. The event also features stand-up paddle (SUP) board cross and boatercross events that target kayakers and SUP’ers.” There’s also food, beer, live music and activities.

Things to do near Montrose: Museums

If the weather gets too hot, head to one of the nearby museums for history, education, and air conditioning! Western Colorado is full of fascinating history. As these Montrose area museums, you’ll find artifacts, displays, tours and interactive exhibits.

Make your first stop, the Museum of the Mountain West. It was named to True West magazine’s “2018 Editor’s List of 15 Museums Not to Miss.” You’ll learn what it was like to live here in the early days with artifacts from 1880 to 1930. Pretend you’re an early settler when you walk through a historic post office, drug store saloon and more.

Two other popular museums in the area are the Montrose County Historical Museum – which focuses on early-day pioneer life – and the Ute Indian Museum, which is located on the original 8.65-acre homestead site of Chief Ouray (the leader of the Ute people.) Learn the history of the Ute people and even pick up a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry from the souvenir shop.

Ready for a summer of fun?

We’re ready to welcome you to great Western Colorado. As you can see, there are so many things to do in Montrose in summer, so come explore the area and our hospitality! Complete our reservation form and we’ll get back with you to book, or give us a call at 970-249-6382.