Vacationland: Delta


‘In theaters: Delta offers two unique places for watching one of Hollywood’s latest film releases. (

Tru Vu Drive-In, 1001 Colorado Highway 92

Egyptian Theater, 452 Main St., built in 1928 and it is designated as a National Historic Site.

Delta’s name comes from its location at the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers. But this western Colorado city happens to be a point of confluence for much more.

Everything you could possibly want to do is available in Delta or within an hour of the city limits, said Leslie Workman, executive director for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Want to golf? The Devil’s Thumb Golf Club is a “stunning” golf course, Workman said.

Want to mountain bike or dirt bike? Check out the Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area east of Delta in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

Want to take your kids to a movie? Then stop by the historic Egyptian Theater or the Tru Vu Drive-In, which is “one of my favorite memories growing up,” said Workman, who was born and raised in Delta.

There also is wine tasting, camping, hiking, a number of festivals, a historic downtown district and more in the Delta area.

“We are a great place to center your vacation around,” Workman said.

And for those fortunate to be in Delta on the second Thursday of the month, from June through September (with the exception of July), a visit to the Downtown Delta Fest is a must.

From 5 p.m. till dusk, the town’s Main Street is closed down to make way for the fest’s vendors, food, activities for kids, produce, sidewalk sales and more, which make for “just a really great summer outing for the family,” Workman said.

Festival time: The 2015 theme for Deltarado Days, July 16–19, is “this ain’t our first rodeo.” for the first time in 10 years, the Deltarado Days rodeo will join the lineup of festival activities with a parade, barbecue, tractor pull, vendors and more. ( deltarado-days/)

Run for the hills: For hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross-country motorcycle and ATV riding, head to the Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area just east of Delta in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. ( recreation/recreation_areas0/uncompahgre_ field/gunnison_gorge_national.html) History and more: The Delta County Historical Museum, located in an old firehouse, 251 Meeker St., has local artifacts as well as a clock from the Palace of Versailles and a robe given to a doctor by the king of Siam, said Leslie Workman, executive director for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. (970-874-8721)

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, Need a pool? The Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Dr., has a swimming pool, with a tot pool and lazy river plus racquetball courts, a weight room, gym, fitness classes, meeting rooms and more. (

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.

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