From abounding recreation and historical sites to local culture, there is much to see and do in the Delta County area.
Carved out of the foothills just north of Delta is Devil’s Thumb, a challenging 18-hole golf course spotted with more than 60 sand bunkers and three lakes. Colorado Golf Magazine rated Devil’s Thumb as the #7 public course in the state.
Delta’s location places it at the base of the Grand Mesa, the largest mesa in the world. Most of this geologic formation is located within the Grand Mesa National Forest, which is joined together with the Uncompahgre and Gunnision National Forests. Together, the three national forests cover 2.9 million acres of lush meadows and dense forests. Guests find three ski resorts, numerous campsites, more than 3,500 miles of multi-use trails, 300-plus lakes, 3,600 miles of streams, historic mining sites and a variety of flora and fauna. Among the abundant recreation opportunities afforded here are hiking, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping, fishing and many other outdoor activities.
The City of Delta operates a park system composed of nine parks. The largest of which is the 265-acre Confluence Park, home to a 70-acre lake, five miles of trails, picnic areas, a skate park, rink, a 350-seat outdoor amphitheatre and a new ball field complex. Also located within the park is the City-operated Bill Heddles Recreation Center, a fully-equipped health and fitness facility, and the historic Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum. The museum offers guests the chance to step back in time as well-educated interpreters provide a real-life portrayal of frontier life.
Housed within a restored firehouse, the Delta County Historical Museum highlights the culture and natural heritage of this Western Slope community. Visitors are invited to browse through fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as a unique butterfly exhibit.
The area’s local heritage can also be seen proudly displayed throughout town. Delta is home to 30 sites listed on the local, state and national register of historic places. Several of these preserved historic buildings, located along Main Street, are adorned with beautiful murals depicting various facets of the Delta community.
This public art adds much to the environment of Main Street Delta, a picturesque avenue lined with murals, aesthetic landscape features, and an assortment of retailers and restaurants. Downtown Delta is also the center for County government.
Just outside of the city of Delta, residents and visitors can visit other attractions within a close distance including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the West Elk Wilderness Area in the Gunnison National Forest and the interactive Pioneer Town in Cedaredge.