Even in its earliest days, Delta came to be known as a place where things come together. In fact, its name comes from its location at the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers. And in the early 1800, before the city was incorporated, Fort Uncompahgre was built as a trading post for Ute tribes, traders and trappers. Even now, “we call it ‘the hub,’” said Kami Collins, executive director for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are well-situated for the activities on Grand Mesa, but also the Escalante and Dominguez canyons.” Both Grand Mesa and the Dominguez-Escalante National Conversation Area offer a multitude of recreational opportunities and amazing scenery, but in Delta itself there is plenty to do and see, from the distinctive murals to its museums. With a population of about 8,100, “we’re a family-oriented community with pretty strong ties to our western and agricultural heritage,” Collins said.
The city’s annual Deltarado Days, July 17–20, celebrates those ties and, of course, brings the community closer together.
Look for murals: Delta is known as “the city of murals” for the more than 20 unique murals around town. The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main St., has a walking tour brochure for the murals that includes the artists’ names and the date each mural was painted.
Get your veggies: From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from June through early October there is a farmers market in the parking lot next to the fire station on Meeker Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. You’ll find produce as well as handmade items.
Festival time: Deltarado Days celebrates Delta’s agricultural and mining heritage with a parade, rodeos, barbecues, a car show, vendors and much more, are July 17–20.
In theaters now: Delta offers two unique places for watching one of Hollywood’s latest film releases. The Tru Vu Drive-In, 1001 Colorado Highway 92, offers evening double features on weekends during the spring and fall and all week during the summertime. The Egyptian Theater, 452 Main St., was built in 1928 and is designated as a National Historic Site. (movies.qwestoffice.net/9201.html)
History and more: “Bells, Butterflies and Bones” is the tagline for the Delta County Historical Museum, located in an old firehouse, 251 Meeker St. To be seen is the museum’s butterfly collection, dinosaur bones and full knight’s armor.
Living history: Schedule a tour of Fort Uncompahgre, located at the entrance to the Confluence Park complex. Built in 1828 as a trading post, it is now a living history museum. Call 970-874-0923 and ask for Renee to set up a tour.
Go for 18: Devil’s Thumb Golf Course, 9900 Devil’s Thumb Road, was ranked No. 4 in Colorado for best courses golfers can play in 2014 by Golfweek. The courses 18-holes are an oasis just below Grand Mesa. (970-874-6262, devilsthumbgolfclub.com)