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A Favorite Place To Stop And Stretch

This has been a favorite family stop on the drive from Denver to Montrose for about 50 years... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lisa B
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Monarch pass is one of the places to cross the continental divide. It's quite scenic, if you can... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mark C
Osseo, Wisconsin
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“gift shop”(16 reviews)
Route 50, Monarch, CO 81201
+1 719-539-4091
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This has been a favorite family stop on the drive from Denver to Montrose for about 50 years. Personally, it's the mountain air and view that I like but there is also a classic tourist gift shop with clean bathrooms and snacks.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monarch pass is one of the places to cross the continental divide. It's quite scenic, if you can, plan to take your time and look at the scenery. There is a shop and a tram ride at Monarch Crest at the top, the shop is...More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Avoid at any cost. The amount of dust, human hair, sheets washed in highly perfumed commercial laundry detergent was shocking.

Thank blacktomato66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you go over the pass, you might want to stop at Monarch Crest. It is a tourist gift shop, but take the tram to the top of the mountain. The views are wonderful, and it was amazing how far you could see. The people...More

Thank grandma80401
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We drove over Monarch Pass on our way from Salida to Crested Butte. The pass provided an outstanding view of the Sawatch Range plus intermittent patches of wildflowers and stands of aspen trees. The 11,000 plus foot summit is not to be missed.

Thank westie2
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

An awesome stop while traveling through the mountains. A huge gift shop filled with cool things to buy. A little food place to get some ice cream or a snack. You can ride in a gondola to the very top for a fantastic view. A...More

Thank zealot42
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We stopped at Monarch pass the first week of July towards the end of a 3400 mile family RV trip. The gift shop is full and cute. The staff friendly, and attentive. A couple of the kids in the family wanted to take the lift...More

Thank KatieWlky
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We stopped on the way through on this beautiful stretch of road. Looks to be a very popular place to mountain bike. We hiked to the top where there's lots of equipment (satellites?) Boy was it cold and windy. The views are spectacular and the...More

Thank Namgah
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We had no expectations of Monarch Pass — it just happened to be the most efficient route for us. However, the ride up to the pass from the south was breathtaking and the views at the top were wonderful. You should definitely stop off at...More

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 11 June 2018

My son and I rode Moutain Bikes From Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass and then down to Poncho Springs. The views were fantastic. Pack enough snacks and water and be sure to bring warm layers of clothes. I would also suggest getting an early start...More

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Response from dykstraclan | Reviewed this property |
We were in a suburban, however, I just googled to see if others have done it, and they have! Sounds like the biggest issue is being wise with speed and using breaks, there was some overheating as well...do you have a diesel... More
4 October 2016|
Response from VAtraveller17 | Reviewed this property |
There is a ski area on Monarch Mountain. website is skimonarch Lodging is mostly in Salida or surrounding small towns. I'm not aware of an onsite resort. I'd recommend considering Crested Butte. I was impressed with... More