The largest Community in Delta County, the city of Delta lies at the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers. Here the cowboys are real, the Indians share the traditions the people are down home friendly and the views are inspiring. Each September the Council Tree Pow Wow American Indian Cultural Festival is held at Confluence Park. From the first drum beat until the last ceremony, your heart will embrace the dance, colors sounds, and cultural pageantry that is Pow Wow.
Scenic Delta is situated just west of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, where the 2,900-foot gorges carved by the snaking Gunnison River will leave you breathless. This town of 6,400 residents has all the amenities, including several grassy city parks. Keep your eyes peeled: seven buildings downtown act as canvasses for local artists: murals depicting the local economy, history and the natural surroundings. Another town symbol at the entrance to Delta is Ute Council Tree,
an 85-foot cottonwood, once a gathering point for tribal discussions. Today the tree symbolizes the growing connections between Colorado Utes and the Western Slope’s other residents.
Housed in an old firehouse, the Delta County Museum recounts the Western Slope’s cultural heritage and natural history. The butterfly exhibit contains some of the only-known specimens from now extinct species. Step through time into the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum at the entrance to the 265-acre Confluence Park, where authentically garbed interpreters guide visitors through an old fur trading post.
Just outside Delta, dinosaur buffs should make tracks to Dry Mesa Quarry, the site where archeologists first discovered Brachiosaurus and Ultrasaurus bones. This dig-in-process is open to the public.
Things To Do
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. There are multiple overlooks for sightseeing and a road to the bottom of the canyon. For general information, call the South Rim Visitor Center located 15 miles east of Montrose, via U.S. Hwy 50 and CO Hwy 347. Call 970-249-1914 Ex for more information.
City of Murals
Delta now has 20 buildings and sites on the local, state and national historic register. On several buildings you can view murals depicting local scenes by local artists. Pick up the tour guides at the Delta Visitor Center. Call 970-874-8616 for more information.
Delta County Historical Museum
Located in an old firehouse, the Delta County Museum features the cultural heritage and natural history of the Western Slope; the butterfly exhibit includes some of the only-known specimens from now extinct species. Limited hours of operation. Call 970-874-8721 for more information.
Dry Mesa Quarry
Located on the Uncompahgre National Forest, Dry Mesa Dinosaur Quarry is one of the most famous dinosaur localities in the world. Seventeen different genera of dinosaurs have been discovered at this site since 1971, as well as a number of other fossils, including pterosaurs, birds, crocodiles, fishes and mammals. Call 970-874-6638 for more information.
Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum
Fort Uncompahgre is a living recreation of Antoine Roubidoux’s 1830’s fur trapping and trading post. An authentic experience that takes you back to the sights, sounds and smells of the real thing. Call 970-874-8349 for more information.
Grand Mesa National Forest
The world’s largest flat-top mountain transcends a mile above the surrounding Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. The mesa was formed as lava seeped upward through fissures in the earth 10 million years ago. Visitors of the Park can enjoy excellent hiking and horseback riding on over twenty marked trails. Call 970-242-8211 for more information.
A reconstructed pioneer town historically depicting life in Cedaredge at the turn of the century. All of the structures are original restorations or authentic replicas. Call 970-856-7554 for more information. Hwy 65 & 2nd Street, Cedaredge, Delta, CO