DELTA COUNTY - Living in Delta county has it's advantages. we are the FIRST COUNTY  in colorado TO HAVE 1-G BROADBAND available for everyone!  we benefit from low housing costs, lower than average labor costs, ease of shipping by road/air, access to reliable utilities, water resources, clean air, farm to table dining and 300+ days of sunshine per year. With 8 - 10" precipitation and low humidity, prepare for warm summer days and cold winter nights. 


Delta County is 1,157 square miles, ranges in elevation from 4,758 to 11,396 ft and is located on Colorado's western slope at the base of Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world. We are home to more than  6 wonderful family friendly communities; the largest being Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia.  We are scenically situated in the Gunnison River Valley, rimmed by the San Juan and West Elk mountain ranges to the east and south, the Grand Mesa  on the North, and the Uncompahgre Plateau to the west, with the Gunnison, Grand Mesa, San Juan and Uncopmahgre National Forests nearby. Formed in 1883, Delta County is historically known for it's agriculture, pioneers, timber, mining, land and water development, construction, government services and small manufacturing. The County sits about 267 miles southwest of Denver. Visitors may fly directly into the area via Blake Field Airport (located in the City of Delta, CO), Montrose Regional Airport (20 miles from the City of Delta) or Grand Junction Regional Airport (40 miles from the City of Delta). Delta County is easily accessed by Highways 50, 92 and 133. Union Pacific Railroad operates through the County.

The County is home to the technical college of the rockies, with an ever-increasing number of programs that provide needed job skills to the local labor force. Along with the newly formed engage delta program and the wonderful innovations that are being developed by not only the college, engage and the school district, delta is dressed to impress and ready for it's own prom. 

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Delta County Highlights

  • Real Estate - Commercial real estate costs on average 53% of those costs in Denver.
  • Air Quality - 95% of our days are "good" air quality days.
  • Quality Schools - Delta County School District students perform higher than state averages on TCAP test scores and graduation rates. Schools are located in Delta, Cedaredge, Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia. 
  • Health Care - High quality health care is accessible throughout the county. Delta County Memorial Hospital, recently named Top 20 Rural Hospital,is based in Delta, with clinics in the North Fork and Surface Creek Areas.  Delta County also has easy access to St. Mary's and Community Hospitals in Grand Junction.
  • Grand Mesa – One of the world's largest flat-topped mountains, lakes, fishing, camping, hiking trail, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.  It is also is home to over 300 lakes and the Grand Mesa Scenic Highway, one of the most scenic drives in Colorado.
  • Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) - TCR is designated by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education as the agent for postsecondary vocational training in Western Colorado. It is a public institution governed by the Delta County Joint School District 50J Board of Education.
  • Delta County Library District - The Library District is an active and engaged community partner throughout Delta County. With library branches in Cedaredge, Crawford, City of Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia, residents have access to a multitude of resources, events and activities.
  • The Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers -  offer many recreational opportunities including white and flat water boating and gold medal fishing.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park North Rim – boasting 2,000-foot sheer walls, celebrated it's 15th year anniversary as a National Park in 2014.
  • Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area – Wilderness hiking, camping, whitewater and flat water boating, Gold Medal fishing, 20 mile singletrack Sidewinder Trail, and OHV riding areas.
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area – Wilderness boating, camping, vehicle touring through scenic Escalante Canyon, petroglyphs, historic sites, Tabeguache Trail (Delta County has two of the three NCA designated areas in the state, and two of the 16 NCA's in the country).
  • North Fork Valley Creative District - In June 2013, the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition received Certified Creative District status from Colorado Creative Industries, a Division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade.  This Creative District includes arts, culture and agriculture in the towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.  It is unique in that it represents three towns in the North Fork Valley of Delta County.
  • Gunnison River – one of the premiere fly fishing destinations; Gold Medal waters.
  • Wineries – Delta County is home to 18 wineries and tasting rooms and the West Elks American Viticulture Area (AVA) is home to ten wineries and boasts the highest vineyards in North America.
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway – 205-mile loop that begins in Hotchkiss.
  • Grand Mesa National Scenic & Historic Byway – 63 mile route, originating in Cedaredge.
  • Bill Heddles Recreation Center / Confluence Park in the City of Delta.
  • West Elk Wilderness Area - wonderful recreation opportunities. Multiple use trails.
  • Sidewinder Trail - in the Gunnison Gorge NCA, this is a multiple use trail that is currently 20 miles long running one way.
  • Organic Agriculture - Delta County has more organic crop growing operations than any other county in Colorado and ranks 44th nationwide. 
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