About Monarch Crest
The Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway and Gift Shop are on the top of Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet (3.45 km). Monarch Pass is located on the Continental Divide at the southern end of the Sawatch Mountain Range. The Monarch Crest is along the border between Gunnison and Chaffee counties, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of the town of Salida.
The Monarch Crest Gift Shop is a family ran business. The business opened in 1954 as a Greyhound bus stop and now it is a tourist attraction that attracts people from all around the world. The original building burnt down in 1988, and was rebuilt in 1989. The new building was built with a unique concrete structure that has 12 domes that total 10,800 square feet.
The gift shop is open from early spring to late fall. With an excess of 350 inches of snowfall per year, Mother Nature dictates opening and closing dates.
About The Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway
The tramway opened on June 1st 1966. The tramway is the oldest working tramway in the state of Colorado, but is constantly being updated and kept up to modern standards. As you ascend to the top of the the Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway, over 12,000 feet in elevation, you see unmatched panoramic views. Not only do you astride the Continental Divide but you can also see Pikes Peak on a clear day. Hiking, Biking, running or just sitting on a bench and enjoying the magnificent views, the Tram is an amazing adventure. It is affordable and breathtaking.
Continental Divide and Colorado Trail hiker package information
Monarch Crest excepts hiker packages. Each package we receive must be addressed to the person picking it up c/o Monarch Crest, 24500 Hwy 50 W, Salida, CO 81201. The packages must be mailed by UPS. USPS does not deliver to Monarch Crest. Fed Ex may drop them off at USPS so please only mail them UPS. We usually do not pick up the mail during Post Office Business hours due to our hours of operation. If a package is delivered to USPS we will send it back. It is very helpful if you put the recipient's name large on the box and an ETA. There is a station set up for you to repack your packs. Please do not repack your bags in the food area. We do carry limited food and resupply options.
Monarch Crest Scenic Tram welcomes your furry friends on the Gondola. There are many trails and places for hiking and playing on the top of the Tram. We recommend a leash.
Monarch Crest Gift Shop welcomes your pets in the store, but do ask that you hold them or put them on a leash. They can not be in the food area and you are responsible for them. We do carry some beautiful, but very fragile items.