Delta is one of the larger towns in the region with plenty of shopping, dining and accommodations. It’s located on the Western Slope, about 40 miles south of Grand Junction. Scenic Highway 50 runs through downtown.
Delta was named for the “City of Delta,” which basically emphasizes the “delta” location of the county from the Uncompahgre River. Nearly a century ago, this was home to the Ute Indian people, and when the explorers came to town, they transformed it into a place of agriculture, mining, and water development.
In the 1820s Delta was used as a trading post, and as the town grew, they formally incorporated the town in 1882. During the time of the gold rush, Delta was relatively more peaceful than other towns. It was smaller, and no large mines were found here. Still, the people of the city preserved their culture, and you can see most of the preserved artifacts in the Delta County Historical Museum.
The museum itself is an interesting part of the city’s history considering that it was burnt down before. Now, it’s home to items from Delta’s pioneering days including clothing, toys, farming, and ranch utensils.
Delta has an estimated population of about 8,900 people (as of the 2016 census survey). However, the town is still filled with lively activities, cultural celebrations, and phenomenal architecture. Check out the different attractions you can visit while in city.
Confluence Park – Open from dawn to dusk and full of recreation possibilities. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, boating and fishing are common.
Fairlamb House Bed and Breakfast – Check out this B&B that was built way back in 1906. It was one of the first houses in the area.
Eckert Presbyterian Church – A centennial architectural pride that was built using unique rockwork.
- Crawford State Park to the east has 2 nice campgrounds, some with electric hook-up.
- Nearby Sweitzer Lake offers year round fishing.
- Gunnison River flows past town, offering great trout fishing.
- Confluence Lake is situated only a few blocks from downtown and allows boating and fishing.
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Jul – Deltarado Days – Late July festival with a parade and rodeo.
Sep – Council Tree Pow Wow – Ute Tribes meet annually for a cultural festival. They meet annually in mid-September, at the base of a nearly 200-year-old cottonwood. From U.S. in Delta, turn west at McDonald’s and proceed for 0.25 mile to the pow wow.
Activities near Delta
- Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park (34mi)
- Colorado National Monument (44mi)
- Grand Mesa National Forest
- Gunnison Gorge Wilderness
- Powderhorn (47mi)
- Cedaredge (14mi)
- Crawford (31mi)
- Grand Junction (40mi)
- Hotchkiss (20mi)
- Montrose (21mi)
- Olathe (11mi)
- Orchard City (9mi)
- Paonia (29mi)
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