Montrose County, CO

Countywide Planning Issues

As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,276. The county seat is Montrose, for which the county is named. (Wikipedia).

Incorporated Towns

City of Montrose

Town of Olathe

Town of Nucla

Town of Naturita


The five citizen-based priorities are:

Priority 1: Managed growth and economic development of Montrose County;

Priority 2: Improve and maintain a safe transportation system;

Priority 3: Provide for the public safety;

Priority 4: Effective and responsive government; and

Priority 5: Increase citizen engagement and represent local interests.


2010 Census population 41,187

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Employment & Wages

59.7% – of residents in civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2010-2014

$44,885 – Median household income (in 2014 dollars), 2010-2014

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Tourism & Recreation

Montrose County is interested in an interstate trail system that would connect eastern Colorado with Moab. They are hopeful that this would create a “release valve” when Moab is overflowing.

Federal Lands

“A large portion of land in Montrose County is administered by the federal government,” Brown said to the commissioners. “For the most part, the lands are not being managed for the benefit of Montrose County.”

Pam Brown, the vice chairman of the Montrose County Road Research Working Group

“In addition to being the Agricultural hub of the western slope, Montrose is home to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, as well as the Gunnison Gorge National Recreation and Wilderness Areas. The majority of our County is made up of National Forest, Bureau of Land Management or National Park lands. Our main cities include Montrose, Maher, Naturita, Nucla, Olathe and Paradox.”

Montrose County Website


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Montrose County is considering building a rodeo arena with the intent of boosting economic development. There is no evidence to link increased economic development and rodeo arenas. Preliminary research completed by Rural Community Consultants indicates that rodeo arenas produce less revenue than the costs for construction, operations and maintenance. Additionally, consistent, expensive maintenance issues plague most rodeo arenas and complexes i.e. black mold, leaking roofs.

We’d like to help.

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