I second what has already been posted in this thread. Montrose is making good efforts to improve their recreational resources in town as well as out of town. There are tons of folks here who are out biking, paddling, fishing, hiking, climbing all spring, summer, and fall. Plus, when you meet up with new people on the trail, river, slopes, or wherever, they are always up for chats, advice on good local spots, and the like. Pretty laid back here, really.
Hey Gunnerman,Welcome to the western slope. I think you will find lots of close outdoor treasures to be had in this area. I have managed to get a good list of local kayakers and keep good info on all our best close river runs; including the best flows for each. Most of our group is an older bunch so we do mostly class III but keep it lively with harder class III. I kinda organize most of our runs by calling everyone to see who wants to run what!! Also have several good contacts who know the mountainbiking circuit real well. Give me jingle at 970-497-6512 to keep in touch, Gunther!!