Sledding On The Western Slope
by Candace Miller Photography, Montrose CO
January 12, 2021
It’s the time of year when we are looking to get outside to do something. If we are not going skiing (downhill or cross country) we might as well find another way to slide down a mountain, right!? I honestly think sledding is way more fun than skiing but that’s just my opinion. So today I’m going to give you the rundown of the most popular places to go sledding if you are local to Montrose or if you are visiting and want to hit the hills! As always, with any type of outdoor activity, please take/wear appropriate safety gear (ie. helmets) when going on rough terrain.
If you are in Montrose (and we actually have enough snow) and you want to stay close, there are a couple of places that are talked about more than any other places.
1. Cerro Summit Recreation Area: During the summer these are hiking and mountain biking trails. But during the winter, mother nature works her magic and it’s turned into a glorious natural sledding paradise! Here is a link to the website for more information about this area – https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/montroseco/Cerro_Summit_Recreation_Area_1a6ca2ce-d73a-4827-8761-91489e179d68.pdf
You will want to know that they recommend high clearance or 4-wheel drive vehicles and we are told to avoid these roads right after rain or snow. But check out the link. It’s the #1 place we are told to go for amazing sledding!
2. Flat Top Mtn.: This one is basically in our backyard…and it’s just outside of city limits. It doesn’t look like much at first but IF there is enough snow, you can make your own ramps with snow shovels and fun will be had by all! This was the first place we went and it’s a great little hill to stay close to home.
3. Peach Valley Sledding Hill: This one is just outside of Montrose and more in Olathe but I’m told it’s a fantastic place to go as well. This is part of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and you can find out more about this area here > https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/uploads/programs_national-conservation-lands_colorado_gunnison-gorge_NCA_Flat-Top_Peach-Valley-OHV-Area.pdf
If you are wanting to see more of the beautiful Rockies and get in a little bit more exploring, you can head out of town.
Ridgway State Park will have several areas with nice hills for sledding. The upper boat ramp parking lot is one area you can check out, as well as over by the beach area. Both have nice hills and make for a super fun day.
Ouray, CO is called “little Switzerland of America” because it looks so similar and is breathtakingly beautiful. Vinegar Hill in Ouray is mentioned on their visitor’s page and is a great little spot. It can get a bit crowded and it’s a little bumpy but you will have a great time!
Sledding brings out the kid in all of us and it’s such a fun and easy winter activity that anyone can do! We try to go a couple of times a year at least and it’s our mission to make it a New Year’s tradition.
Get outside and enjoy some fresh Western Slope Mountain air!
your friendly neighborhood western slope lifestyle photographer,