Gateway to the Canyons

Elevation 4,953 ft.
Population 6,954

The City of Delta, the namesake and seat of Delta County, was originally set up as a trading post for Ute Indians and the new settlers from the east. Delta is

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Delta County is home to spectacular mountain and desert scenery, giving you plenty to explore.

situated where the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers come together. While in Delta, be sure to stop at Fort Uncompahgre, a reconstruction of the original trading post used by traders, trappers and Native Americans. The Delta County Historical Museum, housed in the old firehouse, is a must see for the history buff and the inner science buff in all of us – fossils, dinosaur bones, and a butterfly exhibit which includes some of the only–known specimens of now extinct species are on-hand to quench the learning thirst. Take some time to visit the “City of Murals” and hike in the newly designated Dominquez / Escalante National Conservation Areas. You will discover lots of wall art in Delta, murals on the walls of the city’s buildings and rock art on the walls of its canyons.

Many buildings in Delta are on the local historic register and state register. Enjoy an historic property or one of the many other bed & breakfasts, motels, camping, lodges and cabins. For a complete list visit our City of Delta Lodging page.

Attractions

The City of Delta, a surprising jewel in the high desert, sets in a valley surrounded by canyons, rivers and mountains. Known as the City of Murals, Delta demonstrates a strong love for public art with numerous murals, sculptures and floral displays all along the Main Street and throughout town.

History

Fort Uncompahgre

Spinnng at Fort Uncompahgre in Delta County CO

Spinning demonstration at Fort Uncompahgre. Many of the interpreters will showcase arts and skills needed to live in the west.

Originally set up as a trading post for Utes and whites, the town is strategically located at the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers.
Ft. Uncompahgre is a reconstruction of the original trading post used by traders, trappers and native Americans. Antoine Robidoux built the original fort in 1828 where it lasted for 18 years. Then in 1989 The City of Delta recreated the fort, as close to the original as possible, about a 1.5 miles upriver to what is now modern day Delta.

The Delta County Historical Museum will reward not only the history buff, but natural history buffs as well – fossil, dinosaur bones, and a butterfly exhibit which includes some of the only-known specimens of now extinct species.

Many buildings in Delta are on the local historic register and state register. The Fairlamb House Bed and Breakfast houses fascinating Delta history and Westways Court is another historic property complete with authentic neon sign.

Recreation

Devil’s Thumb Golf Club

An oasis in this desert is the Devil’s Thumb Golf Course located only a few miles from the main intersection of town. Devil’s Thumb Golf Course was rated by Golf Digest as one of the best and most affordable in the US. In 2017 the Course was rated number three in Colorado, by Avid Golfer, for a public or resort course.

This 18-hole course is tucked on the rolling hillside beneath the Grand Mesa and presents views of three different mountain ranges plus a glimpse of the Black Canyon! There are multiple options for shot execution on every hole. Some are obvious, while others are quite subtle.

Bill Heddles Recreation Center

Racquetball, Olympic sized swimming pool, therapy pool, weight training, aerobics, tennis and more draw the energetic to Bill Heddles Recreation Center — a truly surprising facility in this small rural community!

Confluence Park

This 265 acre riparian oasis, features foot and bike trails, swim area, picnic sites, stocked fishing lakes, river access, restrooms and fitness course.

Confluence Lake. Delta CO

Confluence Lake provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Disc Golf, birding, biking, SUPs, fishing, running, boating.

Sweitzer Lake

The perfect spot for relaxed boating and water skiing as well as excellent waterfowl watching and hunting. Camping is not allowed at Sweitzer.

Annual Events

Deltarado Days

A parade, rodeos, and family fun are just the beginning of Delta County’s oldest festival. The authentic western festival brings families and friends together to celebrate their heritage and share in long held traditions.

Delta Historic Walking Tour

Journey to a bygone era year-round on the Delta Historic Walking Tour, where familiar names leap from the past. Stop into the Egyptian Theater, a 1928 theater completely restored to its original condition. A visit to the Delta County History Museum will provide you with all the essential heritage for the area. Limited hours of operation. Call 970-874-8721 for more information.

Delta Colorado Library

The Delta Library was built in 1911 and was part of the Carnegie Library program. It is one of few still in use today.

One the walking tour you will see and experience the Delta Library.  The library (1911) building is associated with the nationwide Carnegie public library movement. Through the Carnegie Foundation contributing $6500 towards construction, and efforts of the local Woman’s club who raised $3400, the Delta Library was dedicated in 1912. Architect G.R. Felmlee designed the original building out of yellow brick with sandstone trim. An addition by Dona, Larson, Roubal & Assoc. was designed for the building in 1984.

More Information

Delta Area Chamber of Commerce
301 Main Street
Delta, CO 81416
970-874-8616

Delta Parks and Recreation
Phone: 970-874-0923
531 North Palmer Street
Delta, CO 81416

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