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Craig 40

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Glenwood Springs Grand Junction

DENVER

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Aspen 133

82 Crested Butte

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Montrose

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Leadville

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Colorado Springs

Pueblo

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4,953’ 5,040; 6,264’ 5,351’ 5,645’ 6,250’ 8,790’

Grand Mesa Visitor Center .10,271’

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Gunnison

Delta . . . . . Orchard City . Cedaredge . . Hotchkiss . . Paonia . . . . Crawford. . . McClure Pass

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North Rim Black Canyon . 5,817’

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Welcome to Delta County! Wonder what you will find in Delta County? Discover what is waiting for you as you scan through the pages of this guide. Spend a day or two strolling through our communities, taking in the wonderful shops, art galleries and attractions. Expand your horizons at one of our many art shows, music festivals, or community celebrations. Find grand adventure in our mountains, canyons and rivers. Or seek the solitude of a high mountain meadow or remote desert canyon. We hope you find yourself in Delta County!

Advertisers Index A Simpler Time Bed & Breakfast . . . . Alfred Eames Cellars . . . . . . . . . . AppleShed Gallery/Garden Center . . . Alexander Ridge Studios . . . . . . . . Antelope Hill Orchards . . . . . . . . . Aspen Trails Campground . . . . . . . . Austin Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beauty & the Bling Boutique . . . . . . Black Timber Outfitters . . . . . . . . . Bowie Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . Bross Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CB’s Tavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce Cedaredge Floral & Gifts . . . . . . . . Cedaredge Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . Cedaredge Land Company . . . . . . . Cedars’ Edge Llamas B&B . . . . . . . . Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . City of Delta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Clubb’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Creekside Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . .23 Davis Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Delicious Orchards . . . . . . . . . 27/29 Delta Area Chamber of Commerce . . . 23 Delta County Economic Development . . 4 Delta County Independent . . . . . . . 16 Delta County Memorial Hospital . . . . 19 Delta County School District . . . . . . 25 Delta County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . 19 Delta-Montrose Electric Ass’n. . . . . . 17 Devil’s Thumb Golf Club . . . . . . . . . 15 DeVries Fruit & Veggies . . . . . . . . . 27 Drost’s Chocolates . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Egyptian Theatre/Tru Vu Drive-In . . . . 25 Fairlamb House Bed & Breakfast . . . . . 7 First State Bank of Colorado. . . . . . . . 7 Fritchman Orchards . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Grand Mesa Byway Association . . . . 21 Grand Mesa Commercial Real Estate . . 16 Gunnison River Expeditions . . . . . . . 23

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Hi-Quality Packing . . . . . . . . . . Hotchkiss Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . Hubbard Creek Outfitters . . . . . . Inn The Orchard Bed & Breakfast . . Kwiki Tire Service . . . . . . . . . . Leon’s Produce . . . . . . . . . . . Lily & Rose Home Furnishings . . . Lulu International . . . . . . . . . . Mattics Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . Mountain Coal Co., LLC . . . . . . . Mountain Harvest Festival . . . . . Mountain View Winery . . . . . . . Munson’s Main Street Gallery . . . Needlerock Mountain Realty . . . . North Fork Ambulance Ass’n. . . . . North Fork Chambers of Commerce . North Fork Motel . . . . . . . . . . Orchard Valley Farms & Market . . . Oxbow Mining, LLC . . . . . . . . . Paonia Chamber of Commerce . . . Paonia Cherry Days . . . . . . . . .

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Paonia Wellness Center . . . . Pizza Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . Quilt Patch . . . . . . . . . . . Red Shed Produce . . . . . . . Redwood Arms Motel . . . . . RE/MAX Mountain West . . . Ribbons & Roses Antique Mall Rocking C Ranch . . . . . . . . Rocky Mountain Hair Designs Rocky Mountain Inn . . . . . . Rogers Mesa Fruit . . . . . . . Short Branch Liquors . . . . . Skooterz & Shooterz . . . . . Shaffer Real Estate . . . . . . Sparky’s Farm Market . . . . . Starr’s Guitars . . . . . . . . . Taco Time . . . . . . . . . . .

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Biking

Cycling is a great way to savor the beauty of western Colorado as you pedal your road or mountain bike. A few suggestions:

From Cedaredge

Jim Leser, an avid cyclist from Cedaredge, used the Pioneer Town parking lot just south of Main Street as a starting point for these rides. “There are no level rides in our area,” he says. “They’re all up and down with some challenging hills.” Ride 1. Go south on Hwy. 65 to Eckert where you turn right on North Road. Continue west for 1 mile to Running Deer Road and turn left. Follow Running Deer Road for 2.5 miles to Hwy. 65. Turn right and take your first left at Vista Grande Road (0.2 miles). After 1 mile, take 2100 Road (Austin cutoff) left back to Hwy. 65. Turn right and return to Eckert. Left on North Road for 0.2 mile and turn right on to Happy Hollow Road (2nd road on right). Follow this road all the way to SW 11th (3.8 miles). SW 11th will take you back to Hwy. 65. Turn left and return to the Pioneer Town parking lot. Total miles: 18. This route can be done in reverse for a change. The next two rides are short rides for the time challenged. Time, about one hour plus or minus depending upon fitness and hill climbing ability. Ride 2. Go north on Hwy. 65, past Aspen Trails to Ute Trail Road (first road on right and about 4 miles out from the Pioneer Town parking lot. Turn right on Ute Trail Road and follow east until it runs into Surface Creek Road. Bear right on Surface Creek Road and continue across Surface Creek and down to where it intersects with Main Street at the foot of Cedar Mesa. Turn right and continue to the light. Turn left onto Hwy. 65 and return to the parking lot. Total miles: 11. Ride 3. Go north on Hwy. 65 to the Main Street light. Turn right and go to Surface Creek Road and turn left. Travel up Surface Creek Road until you see Shady Oak Avenue on your left. Turn left and go west across Surface Creek and take your first right on 2375 Road. Continue until intersection with Ute Trail Road. Turn left and continue to Hwy. 65. Turn left again and ride a short distance to Aspen Trails where you will turn right and then left again on 2325 Road. Continue down to Sage Road and then turn right. Sage will turn into Happy Hollow Road with a right angle curve. Continue through the first stop sign. At the second stop sign, turn left onto R Street (Main Street) and return to Cedaredge. Turn right on SW 2nd Street before the light. Continue through the stop sign to the Pioneer Town parking lot. Total miles: 12.

From Delta

John York, a resident of Delta and co-owner of Cascade Bicycles in Montrose, shares these rides: Ride 1. From Bill Heddles Recreation Center, head north to Hwy. 50. Make a right onto H38 Road and a left onto 1600 Road. In about a half mile, make a right onto I Road, which will turn into Trap Club Road. The road will take you through the ‘dobies to North Road. Turn right and ride a short distance to Ward Creek Road. Go north up Ward all the way to R Street where you turn right. This goes through downtown Cedaredge, but keep on it going east to climb Cedar Mesa. At the junction just out of town turn right on Cedar Mesa Road. After gaining the top, stay on Cedar Mesa as it turns first right and then left. Then turn right on 2600 Road and head DOWNHILL towards Fruitgrowers Reservoir. To get to Fruitgrowers take a right at the intersection of 2600 (changes names) and North Road. Take North Road back west to Hwy. 65, then back to Delta on any number of optional routes including back through the ‘dobies. Total miles: 39 if you return on Hwy. 65. Ride 2. From the rec center take Main Street south to 1600 Road. At the “Y” before 1600 heads uphill, bear left onto D-25 Road, which will lead into Ash Mesa Road. Take Ash Mesa to B Road then left onto 1600 Road, which becomes 5500 Road in

Montrose County. Take 5500 all the way to Highway 348 where you turn right. Stay on 348 for just over two miles, until it curves to the right and heads down a short hill. At the bottom (1/4 mile) is Cedar Road. Turn left to take this scenic loop west of Pea Green. Take Cedar to Banner, then right on Banner past 348 all the way to 5400 Road (it becomes 1500 Road in Delta County). Take 1500 to D Road and take a right. Almost immediately, make a left onto Old Wagon Road, which will wind its way to Hwy. 348. Turn right onto 348 and it will lead you back to downtown Delta. Total miles: 27 with 607 feet of climbing. Make friends with “Delta Road Bikers” to receive updates on group rides.

From Paonia/Hotchkiss

Sydney Shaw Nichols of Crawford is the go-to source for bike routes in the North Fork Valley. She offers these suggestions: The best mountain biking in the North Fork, hands down, is the Jumbo Mountain Trail System on BLM land just outside Paonia. It’s mostly packed-dirt rolling singletrack routes range from those suitable for children to advanced terrain such as the “Ridge of Doom.” The system trailhead begins at the top of Apple Valley Hill. From town, take Rio Grande Avenue, which leads into Pan American Avenue, which ends at the trailhead. There is limited parking at the trailhead so the best option is to park in Apple Valley and ride up. For detailed information and trail maps, contact Galaxy Bike and Sport, 334 Grand Avenue. For trail conditions and possible group rides, check out the Paonia Singletrack Society on Facebook. Needle Rock Loop is one of the best-loved road bike routes in the North Fork. It starts in downtown Paonia and heads over to Crawford for a spin near the iconic volcanic formation that gives the route its name. From Paonia, follow 1st Street onto Mathews Lane and out of town. In about 2 miles, make a left onto Crawford Road, gradually ascending on rolling hills across farmlands and ‘dobies all the way to Hwy. 92. Make a left turn onto 92 and ride into Crawford. Just before the post office, make a left turn onto Dogwood Avenue which will lead seamlessly into Needle Rock Road and then 4200 Road. The road ends at a “T” with Cottonwood Creek Road. Make a left and start a 4-mile scenic downhill run back to the intersection with Crawford Road. At the “Y” intersection, bear right and retrace the route back to Paonia. Total: 32 miles and about 1,900 feet of climbing. Around the Block, another top ride among locals, starts from Hotchkiss City Market. Take Bridge Street (Hwy. 92) toward town and make a right onto Cedar Drive to travel across lovely Barrow Mesa. At the top of the Cedar Drive hill, make a left onto Maple Drive, then right onto Barrow Mesa Road, which leads smoothly left into L50 Road and left again onto 3300 Road for a swoop down to Leroux Creek and back up. At Hwy. 92, take a right and go half a mile on the narrow shoulder, then turn right onto 3250 Road for a mile and left onto L Road. In another 1.5 miles, make a right onto 3100 Road and follow it just over 2 miles to North Road. Make a left onto North, climb the hill and you’re officially on Redlands Mesa, ready to ride around the “block” that transcribes its borders. Make a right onto 2900 Road and then a left onto Redlands Mesa Road, which continues 5 miles, eventually curving back down to North Road. Make a left onto North and follow it across the south side of the mesa (watch for the buffalo farm on the right) and down the hill to 3100 Road. It’s mostly downhill from here! Make a right onto 3100 Road, keep descending, cross Hwy. 92 and a mile later make a left onto J Road. As J Road curves north along Rogers Mesa, look right for a special view of Scenic Mesa to the south and the North Fork of the Gunnison River below. Three miles from the turn onto J, make a right at the “Y” onto J-80 Road, which will lead down the steep “cemetery hill,” into Riverside Drive and back into town. 33 miles; 1,950 feet of climbing. For a simpler but less varied route, start by going up cemetery hill to Redlands Mesa via J Road and 3100 Road. And for a shorter ride – 20.5 miles, with 1,200 feet of climbing – start at the Rogers Mesa Community House at the corner of 3100 Road & Hwy. 92. Bike north up 3100 Road to North Road to pick up the route. Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide — 3


Devil’s Thumb Golf Club

Nestled among the adobe hills at the southern base of the majestic Grand Mesa lies Devil’s Thumb Golf Club. The course is named for the thumb-like rock formation that looms above it. Designer Rick Phelps described this challenging 18-hole course as a “prairie style” course. Opened in 2001, it has five sets of tees that make the course playable to every type of golfer. Many holes offer different options, split fairways and well placed bunkers make it an interesting combination that seems to change the course each time you play. Don’t be distracted by the antelope crossing the fairways or the mountain ranges filling the horizon in every direction. The Devil’s Thumb Bar & Grill offers food, snacks and beverages seven days a week. To book a tee time, call (970) 874-6262 or visit www.devilsthumbgolfclub.com.

Cedaredge Golf Club

An exceptional golfing experience awaits you at Cedaredge Golf Club, located on 90 view-filled acres in Cedaredge. With a combination of elevated tees, challenging hole layouts, and spectacular vistas, this course will challenge golfers of varying abilities. The front nine plays through the housing developments of Stonebridge and Stonegate at DeerCreek, while the back nine features elevated tees, narrow fairways and sloping greens as the course climbs its way up to 6,200 feet and spectacular views from the 18th tee. With a higher elevation, a meandering stream, water features and plenty of trees, Cedaredge Golf Club is a great place to beat the heat of western Colorado. The clubhouse features a fully stocked golf store and Wildfire Pizzeria and Wine Bar. For an affordable, enjoyable golf experience, call (970) 856-7781 or log on to www.cedaredgegolf.com.

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Grand Mesa

Hiking on Grand Mesa

For a magical alpine experience, don’t miss Grand Mesa with its breathtaking vistas, dense forests, lush meadows, and over 300 shimmering lakes. As you drive the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway (Highway 65) from Cedaredge to the top of the mesa, you will travel from fruit laden orchards, through piñon pine and juniper-covered hillsides, to alpine forests of spruce, fir and aspen trees. The world’s largest flat-top mountain, Grand Mesa has an average elevation of 10,000 feet. The highest point on Grand Mesa is Leon Peak, located to the east. This 11,326-foot peak was once used as a fire lookout. In the distance, you’ll see the West Elk Mountain Range, San Juan Mountains, and views of five of the state’s 14’ers. To the west is the Uncompahgre Plateau, and on the horizon the La Sal Mountains can be seen on a clear day. To the northwest are the Book and Roan cliffs. Fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing await adventurers on the mesa. And with the average temperatures on the mountain considerably lower than those in town, Grand Mesa offers a refreshing respite from the too-hot-to-play-outside blues. You’ll find 10 comfortable campgrounds on Grand Mesa, as well as several resorts offering accommodations that are more “comfortably Colorado.” Even if you’re not staying at one of the resorts on Grand Mesa, you can still enjoy their restaurants, boat rentals and other amenities. Another great way to experience Grand Mesa is by bicycle. Most of the trails and roadways are open for cycling with varying degrees of difficulty. Most lakes provide good access for fishermen. Rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout are most commonly caught, and tend to be in the 8- to 14inch range. Before heading out for a hike or fishing trip, check current conditions at the Grand Mesa Visitors Center, located off Highway 65 across from Cobbett Lake. The visitors center also offers interpretive exhibits, public restrooms and a variety of maps and books, and can be reached by calling (970) 8564153.

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With breathtaking mountain views and vast open spaces stretching out as far as the eye can see, you may feel as though you are standing at the top of the world when you hike the upper loop of the Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa. Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a 10mile-long circular trail rising from east and west trailheads, with a 6.5-mile-long path stretching across the top of Crag Crest. The east trailhead is adjacent to Eggleston Lake, accessible from Forest Road 121; the west trailhead is just off Highway 65, across from Island Lake. The crest portion of the lofty trail rises from 10,375 feet at the west trailhead, to 11,189 feet along its rocky crest, and down to 10,150 feet at Eggleston Lake. At the crest, the trail is about three feet wide with awesome vistas and steep drop-offs on both sides. Looking for a shorter hike? The half-mile LandO-Lakes Trail is paved and provides outstanding views of several lakes from the ridge top. The Island Lake Trail connects the visitor center with campgrounds and the boat launch as it circles Island Lake. From the Grand Mesa Visitor Center, try the self-guided interpretive trail which is just .3 mile in length. Visit www.fs.fed.us/gmug and search “Recreation” for a guide to other short hikes on Grand Mesa. When you’re hiking, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather, and keep an eye out for marmots, chipmunks and a variety of birds, as well as large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and bears.


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Wineries

Wineries/Tasting Rooms 5680 AppleShed Tasting Room See ad on page 4 Alfred Eames Cellars See ad on this page Azura Cellars Black Bridge Winery/ Orchard Valley Market See ad on page 7 Blossomwood Cidery Colorado Gold Distillery Cottonwood Cellars/Olathe Winery Delicious Orchards Organic Tasting Room & Market See ad on page 29 Garden Center Tasting Room See ad on page 4 Garrett Estates Cellars Jack Rabbit Hill Leroux Creek Vineyards Liliputian Winery Mountain View Winery See ad on page this page Red Mountain Ranches Tasting Room Revolution Brewing S. Rhodes Vineyards Stone Cottage Cellars Stoney Mesa Winery Terror Creek Winery Woody Creek Cellars

Delta County is developing a reputation as one of Colorado’s finest emerging wine-producing areas. Alongside the area’s farmers, artisanal cheese-makers, micro-brewers, hard cider producers, and beekeepers, local winemakers handcraft limited quantity, artisanal wines. Because wine production is strongly focused on quality, not quantity, and hence is often very limited, many of these releases are available solely from the tasting rooms while quantities last. Centered in the North Fork Valley, the West Elks Viticultural Area is home to vineyards planted at the highest elevation in the northern hemisphere. The intense sunlight, warm days and cool nights produce grapes that are ideally suited for creating distinctive wines in all styles from beautifully dry, crisp whites, to robust, meaty reds, sweet and delicious port-style dessert wines, and hard apple cider. Winemakers in the Cedaredge and Olathe areas also offer opportunities for tasting and tours. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the unhurried pace of western Colorado. If you visit in September, you may be fortunate enough to witness — or help with — the grape harvest. Visit coloradowine.com for a map of Delta County’s wine country or look for the blue information signs with the Colorado Wine Trails logo as you explore the scenic wonders of western Colorado.

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Gunnison River

Gunnison Gorge River Access In the Gunnison Gorge, five established routes provide access to the river below (see map). With a modest drop of 560 feet and an established trail, the Chukar is a popular 1.1-mile trek for boaters and fishermen alike. The Bobcat is the most difficult route to the Gunnison. The trail drops 800 feet in less than a mile; however, the fishing is terrific and there are a couple of camping sites for hikers. The Duncan Trail provides the quickest route to the river, and four camping sites are available for backpackers. The two-mile trail begins with a gradual descent and then plunges 800 feet in the final mile. The Ute Trail was historically one of the main routes traveled by the Ute Indians. It is well developed but long — its 4.5-mile route is a moderate hike as it drops 1,200 feet to a broad meadow and an easy crossing point on the Gunnison. There are four campsites along the river. The Smith Fork trail is just a mile off Highway 92. The riverside trail is fairly easy, but access requires fording the North Fork of the Gunnison River (at low flows) or boat shuttle.

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The Gunnison River begins its journey where the East and Taylor rivers meet in Almont. West of Gunnison, the river broadens out into the deep reservoirs of Curecanti National Recreation Area. In the Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal reservoirs, the water from the Gunnison River provides salmon and other fish habitat, countless recreational opportunities, water storage, and hydroelectric power. Below Crystal Dam, about 1,850 acre feet of water per day is channeled through the Gunnison Tunnel to irrigate the farms and ranches in the Uncompahgre Valley. During the river’s 180-mile journey to join the Colorado River at Grand Junction, it drops most sharply through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, creating swirling rapids. The river has carved a 2,000-foot-deep 2,000 feet chasm over two million years. At some points, the river is bottled between the volcanic rock walls of the canyon; at wider points, the river is characterized by shallow ripples. As the river continues west, it slices through Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA). The Gunnison Gorge Wilderness lies at the center of the conservation area. The Gunnison Gorge offers unsurpassed recreational opportunities, from whitewater rafting to big game hunting. Anglers from all over the world visit the Gunnison River for its outstanding gold medal trout fishing and annual stonefly hatch. After combining with the North Fork near the Gunnison Forks Day Use Area 13 miles east of Delta, the river transitions to a placid, gentle float. In Delta the Gunnison River merges with the Uncompahgre River near Confluence Park. As it flows west to join the Colorado River some 40 miles downstream, the Gunnison cuts through the newly-designated DominguezEscalante National Conservation Area. Sandstone cliffs carry water from the Uncompahgre Plateau, where fossils of some of the largest dinosaurs known to man have been unearthed. From the thrill of challenging a roaring rapid to the serene calm of watching a golden eagle soaring the thermals, a visit to the Gunnison River is a memorable experience.


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West California Mesa Turn key restaurant opportunity in scenic mountain town. Priced at a fraction of cost. Very good condition and construction. High visibility for multiple uses. Retail, office, professional service. Main room seats 50 with two counters. 35x60 banquet room. Outside landscaped seating, large deck, grill. All rooms have very good functional utility and size. Upstairs office space could be leased separately. Basement has storage, offices, utility room, two walk-in freezers, bathroom, lockers. Street and offstreet parking. Includes all indoor and outdoor furniture, all food prep equipment, large range/ovens and hood. Several coolers, refrigerated salad bar, soda fountain, tableware, flatware, 3 pt. of sale stations and much more. $395,000.

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Productive hay and cattle ranch ten minutes southwest of Crawford. 149 acres and classic ranchstead buildings. Around 100 acres irrigated hay fields with 5 sideroll sprinklers. Excellent quality grass-alfalfa mix. Cedar trees, ponds, and hidden meadows make this property special. Homestead style ranch house has 1,112 sf and mature landscaping. Includes barn, loafing sheds, corrals, detached office, garage, and livestock scales. Ranching neighborhood with mountain setting yet close to Hotchkiss for schools, goods and services. $730,000. “always check with Shaffer about farm and ranch properties”

74 acres of which 60 are irrigated with 52 shares UVWUA and .75cfs tail water ditch. Montrose County on the Delta County line. Several building sites, trees, views. Can Split. West on Amber Road then north on 5100 Rd.. $390,000.

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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

If you’ve come to Colorado for the mountains, you’ve come to the right place. All points of the compass lead to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests — a combination of three national forests which cover 3,161,912 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains. The forests include spectacular features like Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat top mountain; the Uncompahgre Plateau — a high, almost level table broken by sharp, rugged canyons west of Delta; the West Elk Wilderness Area, with peaks reaching 13,000 feet in elevation; and the Raggeds Wilderness Area, encompassing more than 59,000 acres of the Gunnison and White River National Forests. Elevations range from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak. Incomparable scenery, abundant wildlife and colorful wildflowers delight photographers of all abilities. Camping opportunities on the GMUG National Forest abound. The USFS offers developed campgrounds and more isolated dispersed camping areas. While electric, sewer, water hook-ups and showers are not always available, most campgrounds have potable water, picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. Dispersed camping is an option in most areas. You can also experience life in a Forest Service ranger station by renting a cabin on Grand Mesa or in the Uncompahgre National Forest. Reservations are required; visit www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug for more information. There are several lodges and resorts that are permitted by the Forest Service to operate on the GMUG National Forest. If you want to experience a rustic stay with some of the comforts of home, these accommodations may suit you! Trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding are easily located using a gazetteer or U.S. Forest Service map. Over 3,000 miles of trails and routes provide access to areas of rugged beauty and solitude in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Many were carved by indigenous peoples, early explorers and miners. From the Erickson Springs campground, just off Kebler Pass Road, you’ll find one of the area’s most popular hiking/horseback 12 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

trails. The Dark Canyon Trail, which runs parallel to Anthracite Creek, crosses the southern portion of the Raggeds Wilderness Area. Over 90 miles of constructed trails are available for both foot and horse travel through the sometimes rugged terrain of the Raggeds Wilderness. Dominating the skyline west of Delta is the Uncompahgre Plateau. One of the major geologic uplift formations in the region, the plateau rises from 4,600’ at Gateway to over 10,300’ at the top of Horsefly Peak. Recreationists enjoy four-wheeling, hunting, biking, hiking and camping on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The plateau can be reached by taking the Delta-Nucla Road (Hwy. 348) west from Delta. The 3-mile-long Cabin Bench Area trail begins at Forest Service Road 501 and is open for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, motorcycles and ATVs. A complete list of GMUG trails can be found at www.fs.fed.us/R2/gmug. One word of caution — with less-than-average moisture over the winter, the fire potential for western Colorado is well above normal going into the summer months of 2012. Don’t leave your campfires unattended, and make sure the fire is extinguished before you leave your campsite.

ATV Travel

ATV travel is restricted to designated roads and trails within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Designated routes are posted with a sign and number on each route. Travel maps and ATV registration information are available at the U.S. Forest Service supervisor’s office at 2250 S. Hwy. 50 in Delta or the Paonia Ranger District office at 403 N. Rio Grande Avenue in Paonia. The Thunder Mountain Wheelers ATV Club grooms trails for use in and around Delta County and offers guided trail rides for those who want to enjoy the outdoors with other ATV enthusiasts. For more information, contact Kim Kokesh at 835-3477.


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Dominguez-Escalante Canyons

The Dominguez and Escalante canyons offer unparalleled opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. A large portion of the BLM-managed land in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties has been set aside as a National Conservation Area (NCA). Within the NCA, 66,280 acres make up the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area. Red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites. Ute tribes today consider these pinyon-juniper covered lands an important connection to their ancestral past. The Gunnison River flows placidly through the desert landscape, home to rare plants, Indian rock art and rugged rock formations. The Escalante, Cottonwood, Little and Big Dominguez creeks cascade through sandstone canyon walls that drain the eastern Uncompahgre Plateau. A variety of wildlife call the area home, including mule deer, golden eagle, turkey, elk, mountain lion, black bear, the collared lizard and desert bighorn sheep. These animals — slightly smaller than the high-country Rocky Mountain bighorns — are well-adapted to arid desert canyons in the West. The canyons are named for Spanish missionary explorers Father Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Father Silvestre

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Vélez de Escalante, although they never set foot in the canyons when they led an expedition through western Colorado in 1776. The Hayden Survey named a creek the Rio Escalante and the one downstream Rio Dominguez to honor the two priests who eventually explored more territory than Lewis and Clark. To enter Escalante Canyon, drive north of Delta on Highway 50 about 10 miles to the well-marked turnoff southwest onto 650 Road and into cattle country. The hard-packed dirt road is traversable by passenger car. The road drops down and crosses the Gunnison River, then continues through privatelyowned pastures. BLM signs mark public access. Facilities are limited, but you will find picnic tables and restrooms at the “potholes,” a popular area where Escalante Creek tumbles through a narrow rocky passage. Visitors also find treasures like Escalante Creek, Indian petroglyphs and old homesteaders’ cabins including those of Ben Walker and Capt. Smith. Dominguez Canyon is more primitive. Those who choose to visit must, for the most part, hike in. Halfway between Delta and Grand Junction, at the end of Bridgeport Road, is access to a pedestrian bridge over the Gunnison River. The bridge, a one-mile hike from the parking lot, serves as a gateway to the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area. For more information, visit www.blm.gov/co/st/en.html.


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Thanks for visiting Delta County

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Fishing

For the dedicated wader or float trip enthusiast to the family that wants a fun time together fishing from the bank, Delta County is the place to experience the fun of catching fish. The Gunnison River features a 13-mile stretch of Gold Medal waters in the Gunnison Gorge. DOW aquatic biologist Dan Kowalski explains that the Gunnison River is managed primarily as a wild trout water, with the exception that since 2004 whirling disease resistant rainbow trout have been stocked throughout the river to re-establish wild rainbow reproduction. If you’re after rainbow trout, the highest number of rainbows occur in the East Portal area and upstream of the North Fork. Good flies to use include midges, pheasant tails, scuds, elk hair caddis, salmonflies, hoppers, and black wooly buggers. Significant hatches during the year include BWO’s, grannom caddis (April and May), salmonflies (June), and golden stones (June). For fishermen looking for a brown trout experience, Ute Park is a good spot. The best fishing times for browns include May, June, and October. Fishing opportunities abound on Grand Mesa north of Cedaredge along Highway 65. Some of the finest fishing waters in the state are found in the hundreds of lakes, reservoirs and streams located there. Remote high mountain lakes and beaver ponds offer scenic views, as well as secluded trout fishing. Nearly every lake or pond offers good fishing opportunities on the forest; family friendly venues abound. Near Paonia, Overland Reservoir is a great destination; Volunteer Park Pond offers easy access. And if you’re in the Delta area, the lake at Confluence Park is ideal for family fun. Weekly fishing reports can be found on the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife website, wildlife.state.co.us.

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Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Sidewinder Trail

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Large expanses of adobe hills, arroyos and piñon-juniper canyons and uplands comprise the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA), a 62,844-acre parcel of public land managed by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office. At the heart of the NCA, the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River. The Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area offers outstanding recreational opportunities such as world-class trout fishing, hunting, whitewater boating, and backcountry hiking and camping. It includes a 14-mile stretch of the Gunnison River extending from the northwestern boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park north to a point approximately one mile downstream from the confluence of the Smith Fork and the main stem of the Gunnison. The NCA contains a number of prehistoric and historic sites, including rock art, cabins, campsites, and mines. A number of these sites are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Cultural surveys of the area are ongoing, as are a number of site stabilization projects. A major goal of the NCA resource management plan is to provide users with enhanced interpretation of the area’s outstanding cultural resources in order to increase awareness and understanding of the need to protect these areas. While motorized travel in the wilderness area is limited to designated routes, the Peach Valley Recreation Area features a challenging single track and primitive dirt road trail system open to motorized recreation. You can access these “badlands” by taking 2200 Road south from Austin. Follow the signs for Peach Valley Road, which runs the entire length along the western edge of the NCA. For information about fees and regulations, visit the Gunnison Gorge web page at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/ ggnca.html. 18 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

describe the Sidewinder Trail, a single-track trail suitable for hikers, equestrians, motorcyclists and mountain bikers. Snaking in and out of canyons as it contours the western flank of the Gunnison Gorge NCA, Sidewinder (lower center) is aptly named. Running 20 miles one way through piñon-juniper forest and semi-desert shrub, this rocky, sinuous trail is one of the longest in the Gunnison Gorge. By linking to other routes, trail enthusiasts can enjoy sections of Sidewinder without committing to its entire length. Depending on which routes are linked, a number of loop options of various lengths are possible. Most trail sections are considered moderate in difficulty for hiking and equestrian use (with just a few hundred feet of elevation change). For those on two wheels — whether on a mountain bike or motorcycle — Sidewinder is a challenging expertlevel trail with a number of technical sections. The trail is a result of a partnership between BLM, Bicycle Colorado, Singletrack Trails, Inc., local trail user groups, and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. Funded with stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the trail was completed in the fall of 2010. Access the northern portion of the trail by taking 2200 Road south from Austin (about six miles east of Delta along Highway 92). Turn southeast on H-75 Road. Find a trail map at www.blm.gov/ co/st/en/nca/ggnca.html.


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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

State parks

Three large, state-operated reservoirs — Crawford, Paonia and Sweitzer — can be found in Delta County. These reservoirs are administered by the Colorado State Parks, www.parks.state.co.us. Great opportunities for picnicking, boating, water skiing, camping, swimming and fishing abound at these three areas.

Crawford Reservoir

With 400 surface acres of water and 337 land acres of recreation area, Crawford Reservoir is popular with local fishermen, boaters, water skiers and campers. The lake is well known as a quality perch and crappie fishery. Largemouth bass and catfish are stocked in the reservoir. Fishermen are also successful in landing northern pike. Picnic areas, over 60 campsites, nature trails, a swim beach and a playground can also be found at Crawford State Park. A group area accommodates up to 100 people and is available by reservation at the park office. The park’s 6,600-foot elevation guarantees visitors a mild climate at any season. The spectacular north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is only 12 miles from the park. Nearby are Needle Rock, Castle Rock and Saddle Mountain. To get to Crawford Reservoir State Recreation Area, travel south of Crawford one mile on Hwy. 92. The facility is located on the right side of the highway. 20 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

Paonia State Park

Paonia State Park is located in the shadow of the majestic Ragged Mountains, about 16 miles northeast of Paonia and five miles from Somerset on Hwy. 133. The steep mountainsides give this lake an alpine flavor. Paonia features great scenery, water skiing, wildflowers and camping. There are no hiking trails at Paonia State Park, but during the summer months hikers will enjoy the trail systems in the Ragged Wilderness Area nearby. Paonia is known for its northern pike fishing, best from late June until late August. Paonia State Park has 15 campsites in two separate campgrounds. Basic camping without electrical, water or large sites make for a true backcountry experience.

Sweitzer Lake

Located just one mile south of Delta on Hwy. 50, Sweitzer State Park is a day-use only area, with no overnight camping. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sweitzer has 137 surface acres of water and 73 acres of land. Views of the majestic San Juans, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Grand Mesa and the West Elks can be enjoyed from shady picnic areas. Playground equipment and a sandy beach lie adjacent to a protected swim area. Sweitzer Lake is considered a good fishing spot for youngsters with catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and carp. Sweitzer Lake is a catch and release only lake. A waterfowl area on the east end of the lake provides a haven for many native birds and migratory waterfowl.


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SPECIAL EVENTS

July 13, 14, 15

Sept. 8

Dec. 1

May 26

Little Britches Rodeo

Picnic with the VSA Pops

Winter Concert

Heritage Days/Opening of Pioneer Town

July 14

Oct. 4

January (TBA)

Community Street Dance

Chili Cook-Off

“SnowBall” Community Dance

June-Aug.

July 28

Oct. 5

March (TBA)

Summer Concerts, Thurs. night & Sun. 2 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Golden Gala Dance

August 18

Oct. 6 & 7

Ice Fishing Contest on the Grand Mesa

June 9

Chamber Scramble Golf Tournament

AppleFest

April (TBA)

Dean Dillon Concert

“Spring Fling Community Dance

June 12

Sept. 1

Dec. 1 Cedaredge Parade of Lights

Night on Town Diamond Sponsors

Cedaredge Town Picnic Thank You To Our Major Gemstone Sponsors Ruby Sponsor Emerald Sponsors

May (TBA) Music Show Thanks To Our Sapphire Sponsors Aspen Trails • Alpine Bank • Double J Disposal Benson Brothers • Cedaredge Country Cabins Howard Johnson Express Inn • Lewis & Co. Short Branch Liquor • Sweet to the Core The Pondy • TSS Photography

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Scenic Byways

West Elk Loop Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

The Spaniards named the Grand Mesa “Mesa Grande,” meaning “large

table,” an apt description for the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Enjoy breathtaking views from the mesa’s 11,000-foot summit when you travel the Grand Mesa National and Historic Scenic Byway. This 63-mile stretch of Highway 65 extends from Cedaredge to Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Grand Junction. It includes a 12-mile stretch called Lands End Road. Along the byway, you’ll find turnoffs to picnic areas, cabins, lodges, trailheads and more than 300 stream-fed lakes, many swarming with rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. Bright meadows filled with wildflowers line the highway and emerald-green fields carpet this playground in the sky. Glistening blankets of snow dress the Grand Mesa in winter for snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling. Porcupines, mountain lions, coyotes, red fox, elk, and deer thrive here. For more information about the scenic byway, stop by the Welcome Center in Cedaredge, located just off Highway 65 in Pioneer Town. The Forest Service also operates a visitors center on Grand Mesa, just off Highway 65. It’s open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September. For more information, log on to www. grandmesabyway.org. 22 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

The twin summits of Mount Sopris and the incomparable Black Canyon of the Gunnison anchor the ends of the West Elk Loop. Begin your journey in Hotchkiss and continue northeast along Highway 133 through Paonia and Somerset, a small mining community about 12 miles from Paonia. Near Somerset are three working coal mines, Oxbow Mining, Bowie Mine and West Elk Mine. East of Somerset and just south of Paonia Reservoir is the intersection of Highway 133 and County Road 12. This is Kebler Pass, the road you’ll take if you want to complete the loop by visiting Crested Butte, Gunnison, the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Crawford State Park and the old-west community of Crawford. Travel 10 miles north of Crawford to Hotchkiss to complete the loop. If you’re taking the spur to Carbondale, which does not again connect to the byway, continue along Highway 133 as it winds along Paonia Reservoir and the Raggeds Wilderness. The highway gradually rises to the 8,755-foot summit of McClure Pass and then quickly drops into the scenic Crystal Valley. For more information, visit www.byways.org.


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Delta

What to Do T

ake a self-guided tour at Fort Uncompahgre History Museum. A replica of the trading post which once stood near the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison rivers is located at the entrance to Confluence Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday through the month of September. Due to road construction in the vicinity, please call ahead to confirm fort schedule and accessibility: (970) 874-1718.

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isit the Delta County Historical Museum at the corner of Third and Meeker streets. With over 18,000 photos and artifacts, the museum has something to interest every member of the family.

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plore the wide variety of outdoor opportunities available in western Colorado at Delta’s annual Outdoor Heritage Day Saturday, June 2, in Confluence Park. A fishing derby is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Outdoor activities will be offered until 2 p.m.

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ool off with a swim at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The world-class facility offers racquetball, fitness classes, weight room, sauna, a full gym, and conference/meeting rooms.

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oin in the 77th annual celebration of Deltarado Days July 19-22. Parade, kids’ activities, bull ride, food, mud volleyball, music and more are scheduled during this authentic western festival.

W Delta — the Gateway to the Dominguez and Escalante Canyons (featured in the mural above) — is the largest community in the county with a population of about 8,000. Another 5,000 people live in the unincorporated areas surrounding the city. The city’s rural atmosphere, friendly residents and mild climate contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by old-timers and newcomers alike. Delta is located in an agricultural valley and is surrounded by fields of corn, onions, beans and alfalfa. The crops are irrigated by a system of canals which are fed by the spring runoff from the surrounding mountains. The summer is marked by warm, sunny days; in the winter, snow quickly melts away. Delta was mapped out near the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers. In the early 1800s, Antoine Roubidoux established a fur trading post in the same vicinity. Fort Uncompahgre is a reconstruction of the original trading post used by traders, trappers and Ute Indians. Delta is still a trade center for folks throughout the region. The city may be small, but there’s little reason to go out of town for the necessities of life. Among the professional services available in Delta is quality healthcare from Delta County Memorial Hospital and a wide variety of medical providers. No matter which direction you travel, you’ll find abundant recreational opportunities just a short distance from Delta. In the city itself, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, movie theatre, miniature golf and more. Confluence Park features a 70-acre lake that’s stocked regularly with fish. You can also enjoy picnicking, swimming, bird watching and trails which wind their way alongside the rivers, through wetlands, and around the lake. Adjacent to Confluence Park are a leash-free dog park, Horse Country Arena, Fort Uncompahgre History Museum and Bill Heddles Recreation Center. 24 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

alk through downtown Delta to fully appreciate the outdoor art. Grab a cup of cappuccino as you stroll through the historic business district. In the mood for more art? Don’t miss the city’s striking murals or the chainsaw sculptures in Cleland Park.

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ecapture days gone by with a trip to the Tru Vu Drive In, one of just eight drive-in movie theatres remaining in Colorado.

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ather up the kids and head to Sweitzer State Park just south of Delta off Highway 50. Open seven days a week, the park offers boating, fishing, a family-friendly swim beach, playground and picnic areas. A waterfowl area on the east side of the lake is a haven for native birds and migratory waterfowl.

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top by the U.S. Forest Service office at 2250 Highway 50 for maps, brochures and hiking/biking information for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Learn about local and regional attractions at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 3rd & Main.

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lans are being finalized for a Heroes Harvest Festival & Fantasy Faire in October. Visit heroesharvestfaire.org for updates. www.cityofdelta.net www.deltacolorado.org www.deltacountyindependent.com


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TRU VU DRIVE IN ~ Established 1928 ~

~ Established 1954 ~

★ Listed on the National Historic Register and on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places. ★ Birthplace of the Depression era “Bank Night.” ★ One of six surviving Egyptian Revival movie houses in the U.S.

★ Listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places

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OPEN NIGHTLY IN THE SUMMER

★ One of only 372 remaining drivein movie theaters in operation in the U.S. and one of only 7 in Colorado.

Sun.-Thurs. - 7:00 & 9:00 p.m.* Fri. & Sat. - 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.* Saturday Matinee - 4:00 p.m.

(weekends during Spring and Fall)

* Hours may vary for second show. Please call for movie information.

Please call for movie information.

Movie Begins at Dusk

452 Main St. • Delta

1001 Hwy. 92 • Delta

874-9770

874-9556

www.movies.qwestoffice.net

Welcome to Delta County School District 50J Delta County schools are recognized as some of the best in Colorado and our students are continually winning awards and scholarships. Our schools convey a culture of excellence in all things indeavored academically as well as in athletics, music, FBLA, speech and other activities. Our students demonstrate measurable academic success, creative problem solving, enthusiasm and confidence in learning and are prepared to be responsible individuals. Our outstanding teaching staff strives to provide the best educational experience for each and every child.

We welcome your visits! For more information on public schools in Delta County call or write:

DELTA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT DISTRICT 50J 7655 2075 Road, Delta, CO 81416 • (970) 874-4438 www.deltaschools.com

Caring, Challenging, & Learning - Every Student, Every Day!

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Paonia

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eventy-one percent of Colorado’s cherries are grown in Delta County. At the height of the cherry season, Paonia celebrates Cherry Days July 4-8. The festivities begin with the July 4 parade and continue with a carnival, Downtown Days with art gallery tours and sidewalk sales, and entertainment in the park.

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heck out the history of Paonia at the North Fork Historic Preservation Society Museum and the Bowie Schoolhouse. Both are located off Highway 187 near the bridge over the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

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rab the kids and their fishing poles and head over to Volunteer Park June 16 for the Return of Huck Finn Days Fishing Derby. This event is sponsored by the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery.

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reat yourself to live music at the Paradise Theatre, the gazebo at Paonia Town Park (pickinproductions.com), Louie’s and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. You’ll discover something for every musical taste.

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ip your paddle in the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Just off Highway 187, near the bridge over the river, is the Paonia River Park, a great spot to launch your raft or kayak.

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hen the fall colors are reaching their peak, Paonia celebrates with the Mountain Harvest Festival, Sept. 27-30. You’ll find music at multiple venues, a chili cook-off, farmers’ market, grape stomp and lots of great hospitality. Paonia is a destination for some of the best hunting in the west, but the community has much to offer those who love art, music, and organic fruit and vegetables, as well. The town was founded by Samuel Wade, who brought the first fruit trees into the valley on horseback. When a post office was established in 1882, the name of Wade’s favorite flower, the peony, was misspelled. The result is the town’s unique name. Original stock from Samuel’s peonies still grows in the town park, a beautiful green oasis which occupies an entire block. The valley town is surrounded on three sides by mountains which are dominated by the 11,395-foot Lamborn and Lands End to the southeast, the West Elks and Raggeds Wilderness to the east, and Grand Mesa to the north. Situated along the south banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, the town is best known for its fresh fruit and nearby coal mines. The North Fork Valley produces more than 40 percent of Colorado’s coal. Paonia is naturally air conditioned by warm air flowing up the valley at night and cool air from the mountains during the day, resulting in optimal conditions for growing cherries, apricots, grapes, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and apples. The area is also known for award-winning wines, alternative energy and its dedication to a simpler, more sustainable way of life. The town’s population of about 1,500 is augmented by 5,000 more who live on the eight mesas near Paonia — Stewart, Bone, Garvin, Pitkin, Stucker, Wakefield, Lamborn and Sunshine. Orchards, vineyards, small farms and homes dot the mesas. Many artists, craftspeople and musicians make their home in Paonia, creating one of the most culturally diverse communities in the county. Paonia is an integral part of the state-designated Emerging Creative District which encompasses the entire North Fork Valley. Few places offer such a wonderful combination of lifestyle, climate, scenery and outdoor recreation. 26 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

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ool off at Paonia State Park, a haven for water and nature lovers 16 miles northeast of Paonia on Highway 133. Camping, fishing, boating and water skiing. There are no hiking trails at Paonia State Park, but during the summer months hikers will enjoy the trail systems in the nearby Ragged Wilderness Area.

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f you’re in town in late July, you’ll notice a multitude of BMW motorcycles. The Beemers will gather in Paonia Town Park July 12-15 for the Top O’Rockies BMW Motorcycle Rally.

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f your kids think their food comes from the supermarket, stop by an orchard or farm with a “u-pick” sign in front. It’s a great way to experience life on a farm while sampling the freshest produce you’ll ever eat!

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inema lovers will want to check out the historic Paradise Theatre, which offers spring and summer film festivals, a Cabin Fever film series, Paonia’s Got Talent during Cherry Days, and a fashion and design show during the Mountain Harvest Festival. paoniachamber.com mountainharvestfest.com townofpaonia.com www.deltacountyindependent.com


FARM FRESH GUIDE TO DELTA COUNTY FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Welcome to the Delta County area, where you’ll find the

“Best Fruit and Vegetables in Colorado!” Antelope Hill Orchards

Fritchman Orchards

22274 Antelope Hill Rd. • Austin 835-3111 or 835-3112

13686 Hwy. 65 (3/4 mile north of Eckert in red building) Packing Shed 835-3628 or Fritchman 835-3348

Sweet Cherries, Pie Cherries & Peaches Open 7 Days A Week

Austin Farms 14741 Canyon Rd. • Paonia 970-260-4298 Sweet Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Apples, Blackberries, Raspberries, Plums, Nectarines, Specialty Potatoes, Large variety of vegetables, All Natural - Unpasturized Honey and Hay

Delicious Orchards Organic Farm Market 39126 Hwy 133 • Paonia, CO 81428 1 mile west of Paonia • 970-527-1110 Local Organic Fruit and Produce U-Pick • Camping • Wine Tasting Hard Cider • Café for Breakfast & Lunch OPEN EVERY DAY www.deliciousorchardstore.com

DeVries Fruit & Veggies The Friend ~ ly Farm South of Delta on Hwy. 50 between mile marker 85 & 86 (970) 323-6559 Tomatoes, Peaches, Olathe Sweet Corn, Sweet Cherries, Pickles, Peppers, Okra and Much More! Open Everyday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tomato Patch U-PIK • Corn Maze Pumpkin Patch • Chili Roasting

Apples, Cherries, Pears & Peaches (July-Oct.) All Fruit Unwaxed • Plums • Prunes Open 7 Days A Week 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. If our doors are open, we are open.

Hi-Quality Packing, Inc. 2nd & Silver (Near Confluence Park) Delta • 874-8342 Seasonal Cherries, Pears, Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Jams, Jellies, Honey, Frozen Pie Cherries and a variety of Vegetables

Orchard Valley Farms & Market 15836 Black Bridge Rd. Paonia, CO 81428 • 970-527-6838 1.5 miles NE of Paonia on Hwy. 133 Gently grown fruit & produce. You pick or we pick. Gourmet foods, gifts, picnic on the river. Open daily 10-6. Home of Black Bridge Winery - Wine Tasting

Red Shed Produce Corner of 1800 Rd. & Hwy. 92 Delta • 970-874-5000 Open 9-6 Daily July thru Sept. Large variety of locally grown fruits & vegetables. Peaches, Corn & Tomatoes Wholesale and Retail

Rogers Mesa Fruit

Leon’s Produce

Hwy. 92 & 3100 Rd. Hotchkiss, CO 81419 • 970-872-2155

1911 H Road • Delta • 874-4249 Tomatoes, Chili Peppers, Potatoes, Beans, Onions, Cantaloupe

Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Pears & Apples. Open Mon.-Fri. 8-5 • Sat. 8-12

Mattics Orchard

Sparky’s Farm Market

8163 High Mesa Rd. • Olathe, CO 970-323-5657

31164 Hwy 92 • 5 miles west of Hotchkiss • 970-872-7737

Open: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 days a week Family Owned & Operated Apples, Peaches, Pears, Tomatoes, Chile, Peppers, Squash, Cantaloupe, Sweet Corn, Watermelons, Eggplants & Much More.

June thru Oct. Mon.-Sat. - All “in season” fresh fruits & vegetables. Call on U-Pik Cherries, Frozen Pie Cherries, Gift Shop, Wagon Rides, Chili Roasting, Corn Maze (Oct.) A favorite place of local folks & tourists

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Hotchkiss-Crawford

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et your outhouse ready for Pioneer Days in Crawford, June 7-10. This year’s theme is “The Wild West - Boots, Hats & Vests.” The four-day event includes a melodrama, parade, fireworks, baking contest and more.

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he lovely park at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss includes overnight camping with restrooms and showers available. A walking trail links the fairgrounds to downtown.

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top by the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum at the corner of South Second Street and Hotchkiss Avenue and learn more about the town’s namesake, Enos T. Hotchkiss, and others who “Made A Difference” in the North Fork and Smith Fork valleys. The Victorian dollhouse by Sue Newcomb is a wonder in miniature.

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ark your calendar for the Delta County Fair Aug. 5-11. Livestock, exhibits, rodeo, demolition derby and more.

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se Crawford as your starting point for exploring the Gunnison National Forest and the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. You’ll find the turnoff to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park about 12 miles south of town.

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The gateway to the North Fork Valley, Hotchkiss is a community of just under 1,000 residents located where Highways 92 and 133 intersect. The town site began taking shape shortly upon the “opening” of the area to anglo settlement in 1881. In 1900 the town was officially incorporated and named for Enos T. Hotchkiss, who had staked an early land claim on the site where the town is now situated. Because of the town’s location at the natural crossroads of the valley, Hotchkiss began as a supply center for area settlers, many of whom had established cattle and sheep ranches and extensive orchards. More recently, organic orchards and vineyards have been popping up to meet regional demand, and elk and buffalo ranching has been gaining a foothold. Ten miles south of Hotchkiss is the ranching community of Crawford. Visitors to Crawford are immediately struck by the town’s old west atmosphere. Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Smith Fork Valley and using Highway 92 as its Main Street, Crawford is home to just over 400 residents. It was named after an Indian scout, Capt. George A. Crawford, who was passing through the area. Crawford is located at 6,800 feet in elevation and bordered by mesas and spectacular wilderness areas. With a full array of services, from lodging and restaurants to outfitters and convenience stores, Crawford Country is a great point to Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials begin your outdoor adventures. 28 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

ry your luck at Crawford State Park (left), where fishermen have had success landing perch, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish and northern pike. The park is also a great destination for camping, picnicking and water sports. The state park is just two miles south of Crawford on Hwy. 92, along the West Elk Scenic Byway.

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our the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery, where 60,000 to 70,000 rainbow trout of catchable size are produced each year. The facility is located at 807 3150 Lane in Lazear, about four miles west of Hotchkiss. (970) 874-3170.

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ake plans to return to Hotchkiss in May 2013. For three days during the Mother’s Day weekend, Hotchkiss hosts the Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials.

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ake a dip at the North Fork Pool, which is located at 333 Bulldog Street. Visit nfpool@tds. net for hours and directions.

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heck your e-mail with the free WiFi connection at the library in Crawford (545 Hwy. 92) or Hotchkiss (149 E. Main).

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tart your engines! The Colorado Grand® will make a lunch stop at the Delta County Fairgrounds Sept. 14. The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. Now in its 24th year, this event has raised $3 million for Colorado charities. www.hotchkisschamber.com www.crawfordcountry.org parks.state.co.us


Need a Keg, Wine or Liquor for a Special Event? Give us a Call!

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FISHING • PHOTOGRAPHY • CAMPING

“A perfect get-away for you, your family and your horse!”

“BED & STALL”

10341 Tongue Creek Rd. • Austin, CO (970) 835-3639 or (970) 835-3399

HORSEBACK RIDING

WEDDINGS • HUNTING

(1 week notice for keg beer)

Excellent Selection Of Local and Regional Wines

FAMILY REUNIONS • SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Escape to Another Time Wine Art Music Farms Antiques Hiking Biking Fishing Nordic Skiing 312 Onarga • Paonia, CO • (970) 527-6776 www.paonia-inn.com Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide — 29


Surface Creek Valley

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rive the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, which begins at the Town of Cedaredge and extends 63 miles across the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Along the way you’ll discover a world of lush meadows, shimmering lakes and dense forests.

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heck out the unique boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and shops in downtown Cedaredge.

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isit Pioneer Town, a unique frontier museum featuring a series of historic structures (or authentic replicas) outfitted with artifacts used by the area’s early settlers.

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on your cowboy hat for the Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo, the longest continuous Little Britches rodeo in the country, held in July each year.

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ee up at Cedaredge Golf Club. The front nine plays through a housing development, while the back nine climbs its way up to an elevation of 6,200 feet and spectacular views.

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Trumpeter swans Fruitgrowers Reservoir By Ellie Tunget A creek that flows from Grand Mesa lends its name to the picturesque Surface Creek Valley, which includes the communities of Cedaredge, Orchard City, Eckert, Austin, and Cory. The 14-mile-long valley is dotted with farms, ranches, pastures and orchards. Orchard City is the product of three small communities — Eckert, Austin and Cory — which banded together to construct a much-needed domestic pipeline to transport clean, fresh water from Grand Mesa. Orchard City retains a rural atmosphere, encompassing an 11-square-mile area in which over 3,100 residents make their homes. Orchard City’s town park contains baseball and soccer fields, a basketball court, pavilion and walking/jogging paths. Cedaredge is a warm, friendly community with a population of 1,854. The town was officially formed on March 25, 1907, when 440 acres at “the edge of the cedars” were incorporated. Today, Cedaredge boasts excellent schools, abundant recreational opportunities and an outstanding quality of life. Cedaredge is known as the “Gateway to Grand Mesa.” With a variety of shops, art galleries, motels and restaurants, it’s a great place to launch your outdoor adventure. Your first stop should be the welcome center, located just off the highway at Pioneer Town. Staffed by friendly volunteers seven days a week through September, the welcome center offers information about the many activities available in the area, from camping and fishing in the summer, to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter. If you’re looking for a quick escape without leaving town, take a walk along the Surface Creek Trail which runs from SE Deer Trail Avenue to SE Independent Avenue and continues on south to SE Jay Avenue. Trailheads can be accessed where the trail intersects the aforementioned streets. 30 — Delta County Independent 2012 Visitor’s Guide

ink your teeth into a delicious apple during AppleFest, held annually on the first weekend in October. Booths, classic car show, great music, chili cook-off and more.

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east your eyes on mountainsides blanketed with the golden hues of fall. The aspen are most colorful in late September and early October.

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our one of the local wineries or distilleries. Sample some fresh apple cider and purchase flavor-packed jams and jellies to take home. At the peak of harvest, you’ll find fruit stands offering locally grown apples, cherries, apricots, pears and peaches.

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rab your binoculars and head to Fruitgrowers Reservoir, the best place on the Western Slope of Colorado to see waterbirds, from huge flocks of Greater Sandhill Cranes to squadrons of shorebirds and flotillas of ducks. Every spring, the sky is filled with the unforgettable sound of thousands of migrating Greater Sandhill Cranes taking flight.

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top by the AppleShed Gallery for an exhibit by the area’s finest artists. Delta Fine Arts hosts its annual summer show May 25-June 23.

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ake time from your busy schedule to enjoy the summer concert series at Chapel of the Cross in Pioneer Town. Performances are held Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. www.cedaredgechamber.com www.cedaredgecolorado.com www.pioneertown.org www.orchardcityco.org


CHURCH DIRECTORY Your Guide to Delta County Houses of Worship

DELTA AGAPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OF DELTA 326 Main St., Suite 103 (Columbine Mall) Delta Pastor Jason Havertape • 970-201-7013 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 1290 A St. • Delta • 874-9497 Website: www.calvarydelta.org E-Mail: office@calvarydelta.org Pastor Randy Unruh Sunday Bible Study 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY 751 Meeker St. • Delta • 874-8083 Sunday Bible Lesson Sermon 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Testimony Meeting 7:00 p.m. Child Care Provided ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

COMMUNITY OF CHRIST 1061 Meeker St., P.O. Box 23, Delta, CO (970) 626-3347 • CofChrist.org Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m.

LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 12th & Grand • Delta • 874-3717 Pastor Ken Gilchrist Sunday School (all ages) 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Afternoon 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF DELTA

Reaching the children and youth of Western Delta County I Rd. & 1600 Rd. • North Delta • 874-4322 Worship 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church Age 3 thru 5th grade Childcare - (infant thru preschool) all services

3rd & North Fork (P.O. Box 1706) Paonia, CO 81428 Pastor Sherry Mitchem • 970-527-3002 Morning Worship - Sunday 11:00 a.m. Evening Discussion Time - Sunday 6:00 p.m. Prayer & Bible Study - Thursday 7:00 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

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PAONIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH & TINY TREASURES PRESCHOOL

3rd & Onarga • Paonia, CO • 527-3348 Pastor Russell Fletcher Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Youth Group/Sunday 6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided

1000 Pioneer Road, Delta, CO Pastor Jeffery C. Ryan • (970) 874-3052 Worship Service 9:00 a.m. Bible Class, Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Missouri Synod

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SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE ORTHODOX 298 Bert Street, Delta, CO • (970) 874-5225 Father Daniel Jones Saturday Great Vespers 5:00 p.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Please call for feast day services schedule

ST. MARGARET MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DELTA 1250 Pioneer Rd. • Delta • 874-3847 deltafirstbaptist.org Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Wed. AWANA Club (Sept.-April) 6:00 p.m. Saturday Night Live (grades 9-12) 7:00 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

SURFACE CREEK

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800 Palmer St. • Delta, CO • 234-7816 • 874-2856 Minister Darin Hamm Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

NORTH FORK

GRAND MESA BIBLE CHURCH 710 Crawford Ave., Delta, CO 81416 Pastor Gary Culp • 874-8315 We desire to know Jesus and make Him known! Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:30 p.m. www.GrandMesaBibleChurch.com ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

GUNNISON VALLEY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1721 H Rd. • Delta, CO 81416 Pastor: Terry Hedrick Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Evening 6:00 p.m. “We exist to glorify God, by rising up Christ centered, Spirit filled disciples” ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

20101 Deer Creek Rd. • Austin • 835-3667 On Hwy 65 - 1 mile north of Cory General Store info@allsaintslutheranco.org Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Open Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays Sunday School Sept. thru May 10:00 a.m. Adult Bible Class Sunday 9:00 a.m.

CEDAREDGE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1596 S.W. 9th St. • Cedaredge • 856-3586 Bob Hillyer, Senior Pastor; Eric Musil, Assoc. Pastor Janet Noble, Children’s Pastor • cedarag.org Sunday School Sept.-May 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 10:10 a.m.

BIBLE CENTER CHURCH (Non-Denominational) 1117 Third Street • Paonia John Owen Pastor • 527-4629 www.biblecenteronline.com Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.

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CEDAREDGE COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3rd & Aspen (P.O. Box 369) Cedaredge, CO 81413 970-856-3696 • cedaredgecumc@tds.net Pastor Deb Edwards • 970-856-4396 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Sunday Youth Choir 3:00 p.m. Sunday Youth Group 4:00 p.m.

GARNET MESA BAPTIST CHURCH

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ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA

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863 “A” Street • Delta • 874-4837 Pastor Jerry Hilterbrand Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Services 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Family Night 7:00 p.m. Independent Baptist

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763 Meeker St., Delta, CO Pastor Seth Coridon • 970-874-9482 • 210-3398 Sabbath School Saturday 9:20 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meetings Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

THUNDER MOUNTAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 5th & Meeker, Delta, CO • (970) 874-9501 church@deltamethodist.org Early Worship Service 8:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. Summer Worship 10:00 a.m. • NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE •

235 North Fork Ave. • Paonia • 527-3214 Saturday Evening Mass 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

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DELTA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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PAONIA CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

4th and Meeker • Delta • 874-4893 Rev. Alissa Secrest Adult/Children’s Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Praise Music 10:10 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Child Care Available

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DELTA CHRISTIAN CHURCH

MOUNTAIN VIEW BIBLE CHURCH 871 3100 Rd. (P.O. Box 74), Lazear, CO • 872-2139 Pastor Jim Jesser & Youth Pastor Jake Erickson Sunday Evening Service & Youth Group 6:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer 7:00 p.m.

CRAWFORD COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 297 Dogwood Ave., Crawford, CO • 921-3300 Rev. John Hiestand Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Adult Education 8:00 a.m. Children’s Education 9:00 a.m.

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ECKERT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 13025 Highway 65, Eckert, CO 81418 Pastor Jo DeVinney • (970) 835-3441 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Church School for all ages www.eckertpresbyterian.com

CRAWFORD FRIENDS CHURCH Non-denominational 3842 Stearman Lane • Crawford • 921-LORD (5673) Sunday Worship Service 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship 10:00 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery 10:30 a.m. www.crawfordchristians.org

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH HOTCHKISS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2nd & Orchard • Hotchkiss • 872-3540 Rev. John Hiestand • 872-4881 Children’s & Adults’ Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Nat’l Historical Register Site ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

290 S.W. 2nd Ave. • Cedaredge 970-210-3398 Pastor Seth Coridan Sabbath School Saturday 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship 10:50 a.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday 3:30 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

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Calendar of Events Events School (www.deltarelayforlife.com)

JUNE 2012

1-23 Delta Fine Arts Summer Exhibition at the AppleShed in Cedaredge. (970-835-3212) 2 Thunder Mountain 5K & 10K Walk/Run sponsored by the Cedaredge Rotary Club. Registration at 7:30 a.m. at Cedaredge Middle School (970-778-2868) 2 Outdoor Heritage Day & Youth Fishing Derby at Confluence Park in Delta, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (www.outdoorheritageday.org) 8-10 Crawford Pioneer Days - Vendors, melodrama, parade, cookoff, outhouse race, music, dance, fireworks (www. crawfordcountry.org) 9 Get Outdoors Day - free admission on all public lands 10 Ride the Rockies stop at Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss 12 Night on the Town at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 6-9 p.m. (970-856-7554 or www.pioneertown.org) 14-17 Colo. State Trap Shoot at Delta Trap Club (970-8358604) 16 Return of Huck Finn Days Fishing Derby sponsored by the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery at Volunteer Park in Paonia (970-872-3170) 23 Art & Wine Festival at the Garden Center, Hwy. 50, Delta, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Benefit for Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter (970-874-9009)

JULY 2012

4-8 Paonia Cherry Days - Sidewalk sales, parade, carnival, rodeo, arts & crafts and entertainment (970-527-3886 or www.paoniachamber.com) 4 Fireworks at Confluence Park in Delta (off Hwy. 50 on Gunnison River Dr. west of McDonald’s (970-874-8616) 12-15 Top of the Rockies BMW Motorcycle Rally at Paonia Town Park. Live music, vendors, field events, rides, seminars & more. (970-527-3886 or www.paoniachamber. com) 13-15 54th Annual Little Britches Rodeo at Cedaredge Rodeo Grounds - oldest continuously run Little Britches Rodeo in America. (970-856-6961 or www.cedaredgechamber. com) 14 Community Street Dance in Cedaredge (www.cedar edgechamber.com) 14 1st Annual Bike Day in Crawford at Skooterz & Shooterz - vendors, bike contests, horseshoes, tattoo contest (970-921-5362) 19-22 77th Annual Deltarado Days in Delta - arts & craft vendors, parade, mural & art tours, entertainment, barbecues, kids games and more. (970-874-8616 or www.deltacolorado.org) 28 Ice Cream Social at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town, Cedaredge hosted by the Surface Creek Historical Society. (856-7554) 28 Old-Fashioned Day at the Park, Orchard City - farmers market, music, dancing, wagon rides. (970-835-3337) 29-30 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Delta High

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AUGUST 2012

Pickin’ in the Park featuring Carrie Rodriguez with Sea Stars at Paonia Town Park, 6 p.m. Free. (970-5274791 or www.pickinproductions.com) 3-5 International Serenity Motorcycle Rally in Cedaredge. Parade, motorcycle games & contests, kids track & field day. (970-856-6961 or www.cedaredgechamber.com) 3-4 Olathe Sweet Corn Festival in Olathe. All-you-can-eat Olathe Sweet corn, music, contests, karaoke, vendors. (970-323-6006 or www.olathesweetcornfest.com) 4-5 West Elk Wine Trail - pairing the best of Colorado wines with the best of Colorado cuisine. (www.paoniacham ber.com) 5-11 Delta County Fair at Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss - exhibits, livestock sale, rodeo, demolition derby & more. (970874-9197) 9 Pickin’ in the Park featuring Rosie Ladet and the Zydeco Playboys with Stray Birds at Paonia Town Park, 6 p.m. Free (970-527-4791 or www.pickinproductions.com) 10-12 Farm, Food, Film & Wine Festival in Paonia. (www. paoniachamber.com) 16 Pickin’ in the Park featuring Liza’s Gogo Lab with Jaden Carlson at Paonia Town Park, 6 p.m. Free (970-5274791 or www.pickinproductions.com) 23 Pickin’ in the Park featuring Darrell Scott with Ashleigh Flynn at Paonia Town Park, 6 p.m. Free (970-527-4791 or www.pickinproductions.com) 25 Orchard City Annual Picnic at the town park and fireworks (970-835-3337 or orchardcityco.org) 1

SEPTEMBER 2012

Community Picnic in Cedaredge Town Park, 5-7:30 p.m. Food, music, bring a side dish. (970-856-6961 or www.cedaredgechamber.com) 1-3 Labor Day Trap Shoot at Delta Trap Club (970-8358604) 8 Valley Symphony Orchestra’s season opener “Picnic With the Pops” at Cedaredge Town Park, 445 Main St., 5 p.m. (970-856-6961 or www.cedaredgechamber. com) 27-30 Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia. Concerts, dances, art, food, farmers market, pub crawl, chili cookoff & more (970-527-3424 or www.mountainharvestfestival. com) 29 Free day at National Parks including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 30 Color Sunday on Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway (www.grandmesabyway.org) TBA Colorado Grand - sports & racing cars pre-1961, traveling 1000 miles with a stop at Hotchkiss (www. hotchkisschamber.com) 4

teer Fire Dept. at the firehouse, 5 p.m. (970-856-6961) Golden Gala at the Appleshed in Cedaredge (970-8566961 or www.cedaredgechamber.com) 6-7 AppleFest at Cedaredge Town Park - Music, Arts & Crafts, Car Show, & More. (970-856-6961 or www. cedaredgechamber.com) 5-7 Delta Fine Arts Show at the Stolte Shed, Pioneer Town in Cedaredge. 5

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NOVEMBER 2012

Del Rose Chorus Annual Show “This Is Your Life Mrs. Claus,” 2 & 7 p.m. at Delta Christian Church (970-8743028 or www.delrosechorus.org) 23-24 Crawford Town Lighting, Parade of Lights and Craft Fair (970-921-4725 or www.crawfordcountry.com) TBA Arts & Crafts Fair and Snowflake Sale at Memorial Hall and various businesses in Hotchkiss (970-872-3226 or www.hotchkisschamber.com) 1

DECEMBER 2012

Christmas Celebration and Parade of Lights in Cedaredge, 6 p.m. (970-856-6961 or www.cedaredge chamber.com) 7 Parade of Lights in Delta at 6 p.m. (970-874-8616 or www.deltacolorado.org) TBA Holiday Craft Fair at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta (970-874-0923) 10

FEBRUARY 2013

Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza at Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss (www.creameryartscenter.org) TBA Annual Old Timers and Newcomers Potluck in Crawford (970-921-4725 or www.crawfordcountry.com) TBA Internationally Sanctioned Sled Dog Race and Skijoring Competition on Grand Mesa (970-856-6961)

MARCH 2013

TBA Eckert Crane Days - Annual arrival of 20,000+ Greater Sandhill Cranes at Fruitgrowers Reservoir (www.

blackcanyonaudubon.org) TBA Home & Garden Show at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta (970-874-8616 or www.deltacolorado.com) TBA Ice Fishing Contest on Grand Mesa (970-856-6961)

MAY 2013 10-12 Annual Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials & Sidewalk Sales in Hotchkiss (970-872-3226 or www.hotchkisschamber. com) 11 Ute Trails Car Club Annual Classic Car Show in Hotchkiss

OCTOBER 2012

Five Alarm Chili Cookoff hosted by Cedaredge Volun-

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