Montrose, Colorado: the hub of Colorado's great southwest

Home to National Parks, quaint towns, extra-ordinary golfing, camping, mountain biking, and wildlife, Delta and Montrose counties are not something to be missed and the town of Montrose is a perfect hub for exploring Western Colorado.

MONTROSE, COLORADO – September 18, 2012 - While Colorado typically conjures images of Rocky Mountain ski towns, the state’s southwestern side is not without its attractions. Home to National Parks, quaint towns, extra-ordinary golfing, camping, mountain biking, and wildlife, Delta and Montrose counties are not something to be missed and the town of Montrose is a perfect hub for exploring Western Colorado.

Black Canyon National Park near Montrose

A 15-mile drive from Montrose is the south rim of Black Canyon National Park. This dramatic canyon runs more than fifty miles. Narrow across, and remarkably deep, the canyon gets its name because the sun reaches the canyon floor for only a few minutes each day. At its deepest it is 2,700 feet and is worth visiting if only just to take in the canyon’s epic expanse and swing by the visitor’s center.

The canyon also offers countless activities. World-class fishing, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding are among the many ways you can enjoy this natural wonder. The canyon is also good for rock climbs of all skill levels. Though whitewater rafting and kayaking are options, due to class II-V rapids, many sections of the river are closed but beautiful to look at none-the-less.

Montrose is also home to several championship golf courses. The Links at Cobble Creek is a par 72 golf course that wanders through the neighborhood of the same name. Though the course isn’t as rugged as many Colorado courses, The Links offer lush fairways and breath-taking views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Not terribly difficult and well-kept, The Links at Cobble Creek offers enough interesting shots to challenge the veteran player but is pleasantly manageable for the less experienced player.

Clubhouse at The Bridges

The Jack Nicholas designed course The Bridges is a bit more challenging. This par 71 spectacularly maintained championship course features ten lakes and 17 bridges.  Water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, making it important to keep your shots in the fairway. Tee lengths range from 5,400 yards to as long as 7,100, but don’t be mistaken. If you can’t land it on the fairway, you might want to stick with The Links at Cobble Creek, unless you don’t mind losing a few balls.

For eats, enjoy local brews and burgers at The Horsefly Brewing Company. If you are looking for something a little more upscale, it is hard to find anything bad on the contemporary menu of The Stone House. High ceilings, an open fireplace, and creative candle arrangements give the otherwise cabin-like feel a touch of romance. The rib-eye is a sure thing and the wine selection is the best in town.

While Montrose doesn’t have the finest when it comes to quaint hotels, the town offers more than enough reasonably priced chain where anyone at any budget can be comfortable and given the wide range of activities the area offers, you won’t be in your hotel room much anyway. 


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Matt Payne has lived and worked as both a television writer and producer in Los Angeles for nearly ten years.  Matt grew up in Oklahoma City and began his career with a degree in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  Since then, he has worked as part of writing staffs for such hits as 24 andWithout A Trace. Most recently Matt wrote and produced episodes of CBS’s The Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell and Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee, which is set to air on TNT in August of 2011.

In addition to a successful television-writing career, Matt has developed features with major production companies and continues to work as a freelance script analyst for Relativity Media, the production company behind such hits as The Fighter, Zombieland, and Catfish where he has provided script feed back on nearly a thousand features.

When he is not writing and producing television, Matt works as contributor to the Washington Times Communities Travel section, where he has writing skills have taken him from the top of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpar to the jungles of the Philippine Islands.  New York City’s finest restaurants to the earthquake ravaged Port au Prince Haiti. 

Matt was the winner of the 2004 Comedy writing award for Scriptapolooza, a finalist for the Warner Brothers Television Writer’s workshop, and is an active participant in Los Angeles’s Young Storytellers Program.  

Early in his career, Matt spent two years working as an assistant the Endeavor, which is now part of WME, the second largest talent agency in the world, working closely with such talent as Christian Bale and Michael Douglass.

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