Aptly named for residing at the “edge of the cedars” of the Grand Mesa, the Town of Cedaredge was officially incorporated on March 25, 1907. Cedaredge is the gateway to the Grand Mesa, via the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway, which is the world’s largest flat top mountain and offers four seasons of tourism. Enjoy fishing with over 300 lakes, hiking, backpacking, biking, boating, bird watching, 4-wheeling, star gazing, camping, hunting, snowshoeing, skiing, and ice fishing. All ages and abilities can find world class outdoor recreational experiences on the Grand Mesa.
Crawford is the gateway to the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park which provides numerous outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking, biking, and photography in the summer.
The City of Delta, the namesake and seat of Delta County, was originally set up as a trading post for Ute Indians and the new settlers from the East. Delta is situated where the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers come together. Delta is also known for its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities including a #1 rated golf course, skydiving, mountain biking, disc golf, and fishing. Delta is also known as the City of Murals.
Hotchkiss is truly one of the friendliest towns on Our Side of the Divide! This little town along the West Elk Loop is named after the man who led the first group of settlers to the area, Enos T. Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss is the home of the Delta County Fairgrounds and hosts the Delta County Fair each August.
As you slowly ascend the rolling hillside up to the Grand Mesa, you will pass through Orchard City – a unique agricultural, residential and recreational area nestled between the cities of Delta to the southwest, Cedaredge to the north, and Hotchkiss to the east. Despite being the largest municipality in terms of square miles in Delta County, Orchard City is primarily recognized by the names of three smaller and older areas within its boundaries – Austin, Eckert and Cory. Each spring, ECKERT CRANE DAYS is the acknowledgment of the gift of Sandhill Cranes who profoundly announce the arrival of spring.
Paonia is a unique town, settled by farmers, ranchers and miners, and is now home to artists and outdoor lovers as well. It consistently ranks as one of the “coolest” Colorado mountain towns. If you are a wine lover, Paonia is a perfect fit!
Delta County offers not only diverse communities, but a distinct and diverse traveler set. From those who crave the multitude of recreation opportunities, to those who prefer to relax with a glass of vino in hand at one of our incredibly beautiful wineries, to those who prefer to seek out the unique art that can be found throughout the county. Delta County truly does offer it all. With our mild climate, there isn’t much that one cannot do in Delta County year-round. For more information: www.visitdeltacounty.com.