Mellow River Hike Near Montrose Colorado
Uncomphgre River Walk
Here in Montrose Colorado, as the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, the upper mountains tend to get a little muddy and wet from fresh snow storms. This hike, just outside of Ridgway Colorado, is quite suitable for kids and those looking for a mellow yet gorgeous jaunt in the great outdoors. Dogs abound on these trails as well.
Several options are available for starting points. A favorite starting point for a longer hike is in Ridgway along the river (parking and starting point is north of town park, just past the fire station and library). Another option, is to start at the Dennis Weaver Memorial, where you can either head toward Ridgway along the walking path or south on the single track.
The section between Ridgway and the Dennis Weaver Memorial meanders along the Uncompahgre river and is fully paved and stroller friendly. Once you get to the Dennis Weaver Memorial, the single track starts and you actually start hiking. The Eagle Alley Trail is one of our favorites.
The options as far as mileage and time are fairly open as you can continue to connect trails or just stay put on the paved section. Wildlife is abundant; water foul, birds of prey, and all kinds of other creatures frequent the trails. So the next time the high country is snowed out, mellow out along the Uncompahgre river near Ridgway.
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