Attractions

A World-Class Facility

– Bill Heddles Recreation Center

The City of Delta welcomes you to Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Check out the website for schedules.

Services and amenities include:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tot Pool
  • Therapy Pool
  • Dry Sauna
  • Sun Deck
  • Children’s Activity Room
  • Over 50 group fitness classes per week
  • Water Fitness Classes
  • Special Senior Fitness Classes
  • Weight Room/Full Gym
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Conference/Meeting Rooms
  • Catering Kitchen Facility
  • Pro Shop

Please come and enjoy our facilities and participate in a wide variety of recreation programs offered to all age groups.

If you have any questions or need additional information about recreation in The City of Delta, please call 970-874-0923 or visit Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

265 Beautiful Acres

Confluence Park

Where families gather for picnics and fishing, while visitors come to stretch their legs and walk their dog.

Within the city limits of Delta is a 265 acre recreational haven. The 60 acre lake with approximately 5 miles of meandering walking and bicycle trails is near the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers.

The lake allows non-motorized boating. with a boat ramp and dock on the northeast side of the lake. A handicap accessible fishing dike, and an instructional pond (fishing in the summer/skating in the winter) is on the northeast side of the lake.

A swim beach is accessible during the summer months along with a volleyball court on the west side of the lake. Picnic sites. public rest rooms and fire pits are available. The trails allow opportunities to view wildlife in natural habitats, and there is a bird sanctuary between the river and the lake.

Trout are stocked annually. Pets must be on a leash in the park, there is a dog park separate in the park for your convenience. There is no overnight camping. Other rules are posted at the entrance to the park.

An Exceptional Golfing Experience

Cedaredge Golf Club

Cedaredge Golf Club is located on the southern foothills of western Colorado’s Grand Mesa in Cedaredge. With a combination of elevated tees, challenging hole layouts, and spectacular vistas, this course will challenge all levels of golfers. Four sets of tees will give all golfers of varying abilities, the ability to test their skills.

A unique 18 hole challenge awaits you in beautiful Cedaredge, Colorado. With two distinct nines, and 5 tees, Cedaredge Golf Club is as difficult as you want to make it. At 6100 feet, with plenty of trees and water, you can beat the heat of Western Colorado and get a true perspective of golf on the South/Sunny Side of Grand Mesa. Cedaredge Golf Club is the toughest challenge you will ever fall in love with!

In an era of escalating green fees, we are committed to an affordable, enjoyable golf experience, and our atmosphere, camaraderie and friendly hometown service reflect it.

For more information, visit Cedaredge Golf Club.

A Hidden Colorado Jewel

Devil’s Thumb Golf Club

Located in the foothills north of Delta, Colorado Devil’s Thumb Golf Club offers a unique blend of characteristics. The style is described by architect Rick Phelps as a “prairie style” course.

Five sets of tees make the course playable to every type of golfer. From the front tees the course plays to 5180 yards. From the tips it is 7176, a challenge to even the most seasoned player.

More than 60 sand bunkers and 3 lakes frame up this spectacular layout placing strategy and shot placement as the top demands for success at Devil’s Thumb. Many holes offer different options, split fairways and well placed bunkers make it an interesting combination that seems to change the course each time you play.

Ones concentration can be wavered by the beautiful backdrop of canyons and mountains seen from the course. Grand Mesa to the north and the San Juans, West Elks, Black Canyon and the Uncompahgre Plateau finish the picture to the south making Devil’s Thumb one of the most uniquely scenic courses you will ever play.

Offering some of the best scenery and one of the most challenging courses in the state, every one will enjoy a day on the links at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club.

For more information, visit Devil’s Thumb Golf Club.

A review of the two Delta County Golf Courses

History Lives

Fort Uncompahgre

Fort Uncompahgre was established as a fur trading post in 1828 by Antoine Robidoux, near the present site of Delta, Colorado. The Fort has come to life again as cooperation with the City of Delta, Interpretive Assocaition of Western Colorado and the Old Spanish Trail groups manage this unique museum that is located at the entrance to the Confluence Park complex.

Robidoux established several trails for supplying goods to Fort Uncompahgre. The first of these, known as the Mountain Branch of the Old Spanish Trail, lead north out of Santa Fe, up into the San Luis Valley, thence northwest across Cochetopa Pass, then down into the valley of the Gunnison River to Fort Uncompahgre.  This was a very difficult and challenging route, however, if not snowbound, was much shorter than following the Old Spanish Trail.  The second trail, known as Robidoux’s Cutoff, was used for goods being imported from St. Louis. (exerpt from Mountain Men and Life in the Rocky Mountain West click here for more )

Visit the Fort website http://fortuncompahgre.org/

For more information contact The City of Delta at 970-874-7566

A Taste of Frontier Life

Pioneer Town

One of the prime attractions of Cedaredge is Pioneer Town, located just two blocks south of downtown Cedaredge. Visitors can travel back 100 or more years in time at the special attraction, operated by the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society. When you visit Pioneer Town, you get a taste of frontier life during the past century in quaint Cedaredge, Colorado. As you walk along the wooden sidewalks of Pioneer Town’s Main Street, you can visit the Coalby General Store, the print shop, the saloon, the States mining museum, the Girling Mercantile, and more.

But there’s more than Main Street in our 5 1/2 acre village. Save some time for the working blacksmith shop, Sand Creek School House, homesteader’s log cabin, Sutherland Indian Museum, Doris Doll and Toy House, famous Bar-I Silos, Austin Railroad Depot, and the award-winning Chapel of the Cross.

Pioneer Town is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through Color Sunday in late September. Hours for the 2010 Season are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Special tours for groups are available year around by appointment. Enter through the Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway Welcome Center.

For more information call 970-856-7554 or visit Pioneer Town.

A Birder’s Paradise

Introduction

Delta County makes few headlines relating to birds, but more for its rich things to do. The name Fruitgrower’s Trail was given to the Delta County segement in Western Colorado from the Fruitgrowers Reservoir, the best place on the West Slope of Colorado to see waterbirds, from huge flocks of Sandhill Cranes to squadrons of shorebirds and flotillas of ducks. In turn, the reservoir takes its name from those who tend the orchards scattered across the adjacent valley floor. Where there’s no orchard, there may be sagebrush flats, or soaring canyon walls echoing with the calls of Chukars, or riverbottom cottonwood gallery forest, or spruce woods home to porcupines and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. This trail isn’t far off the beaten path, but you’d never know it by visiting-the secret remains well kept.

Grand Mesa

This is the largest table mountain in the world, topped by excellent spruce-fir forest and aspen groves complete with an extensive trail system. Look for species such as American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Pine Grosbeak and Red Crossbill, and just about the entire suite of high-elevation birds. During calm spring nights, the owling here can be excellent, with Boreal, Northern Saw-whet, and, if you are lucky, Northern Pygmy-Owls possible. Mammals also abound, with coyote, elk, pine marten, porcupine, and snowshoe hare. The lower slopes, just above Cedaredge, are covered with montane shrubland, with the requisite towhees, Virginia’s Warblers, and such.

Hart’s Basin (Fruit Grower’s Reservoir)

This area has been a birders heaven for many years and was the first Important Birding Area designated in Colorado. This location is now on the Southwest Colorado Birding Trail.

Annually the Sandhill Cranes return here on their northward migration. Thousands of birds take brief sanctuary with the occasional pelican among them. Eagles soar while cattle egrets pursue their interests on local ranches.

A Pool with a View

In 1993, North Fork residents voted to create the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District. Thanks to generous support from our community, Great Outdoors Colorado, and other funders, the District became a reality in 1995.

The North Fork Swimming Pool is located south of Hotchkiss at 333 Bulldog Lane. It is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and includes a children’s wading pool, therapy pool and picnic area.

For more information call 970-872-4244 or visit North Fork Pool.

Wine Country Out West

Grape harvests in Delta County occur between Mid-August to Mid October with most of the harvests occurring in September. Harvest is followed immediately by the crush. Many wineries will allow you to come and observe. Don’t expect to see women stomping grapes in big barrels as in the popular scene from an “I Love Lucy” episode, but you will be able to observe this unique part of the winemaking business. Call your favorite winery to see when would be a good time watch or even join in!

Wine Events

Garvin Mesa Tour
North Fork Uncorked
West Elks wine Tour
Gears and Beers (OK not a wine event)
4th Annual Hard Cider Festival (Oops and another one)
Grand Vin

VISIT OUR CALENDAR FOR DETAILS

Delta County Wineries & Tasting Rooms

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AppleShed Art Complex Tasting Rooms
Alfred Eames Cellars
Azura Cellars
Black Bridge Winery
Blossomwood Cidery
Crag Crest Cellars
Delicious Orchards Organic Tasting Room & North Fork Cellars
Edge of Cedars Farm & Winery
Fire Mountain Vineyard
Jack Rabbit Hill
Leroux Creek Vineyards
Mesa Winds Farm and Winery
North Fork Cellars – Hard Cider
Red Mountain Ranches Tasting Room
Snow Capped Hard Cider
Stone Cottage Cellars
Stoney Mesa Winery
Terror Creek Winery
Williams Cellars Winery
Woody Creek Cellars

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