Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

Located in the Uncompahgre Valley, Montrose is surrounded by natural treasures on all sides, including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park just to the east and San Juan Mountains to the south. It's also home to the West Elks American Viticultural Area, the highest wine vineyards in North America. During the summer months, Montrose is a popular hub for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts who can hike, camp, fish and explore its surroundings. During the winter months, don't just pass through on your way to the slopes. This authentic "Old West" town has got its own treasures — thriving art, rich culture and a bustling downtown.

The Rough and Posh Sides of Telluride

The extreme ruggedness of Colorado's southwest region gives Telluride a different feel than Colorado's northern ski towns. With peaks over 14,000 feet and the San Miguel River, the San Juan Mountains attract more of a daring fan base that includes snowboarders, freestylers, mountain bikers and even freewheeling four-wheelers. A favorite hideout of Butch Cassidy due to its remote positioning, it seems like Telluride has always been for the bold.

Tough talk aside, Telluride is gorgeous and visitors don't exactly "rough it"; in fact, those in the know — including some of the biggest and brightest stars around — consider it an upscale alternative to Aspen and Vail. The Telluride Ski Resort and its own independent film festival make its "A-list status" official.

Due to its steep growth in popularity, Telluride's roster of restaurants, nightlife and hotel options keep rising as well. Among some the mainstays are the century old bar at the ironically named New Sheridan Bar and La Marmotte, a French-country charmer that's satisfied hungry mountain-goers for over 20 years.

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