On Colorado's Western Slope about 40 miles south of Grand Junction, you'll find the town of Delta, Colorado: the county seat of Delta County. With nearly 9,000 residents at last count, Delta is also the most populated municipality in the county. Situated along the Gunnison and Uncompaghre Rivers, Delta was named because of its location on the river delta, and was originally Ute territory. A trading post called Fort Uncompaghre was built there by settlers in 1828, and the town was incorporated in 1882. Today, Delta is filled with lively activities, cultural celebrations, and outdoor recreation. Confluence Park in town is centered around the 60 acre Confluence Lake and is open year-round for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating. Local shops and restaurants line the town's main street, and historic buildings with unique architecture set the city apart.
This unique, recreated fur-trading post offers visitors a glimpse into the western frontier of 1828, when Delta was home to both native Utes and mountain men. Everything here is authentic: from the dirt floors to the animal furs and hides on display. Men, women and children in period costume re-enact the past and bring the fort to life; making it look and feel as it might have 150 years ago. Visitors can watch a woman bake bread inside the Spanish-style Horno ovens; or watch a blacksmith work at his forge. The museum and gift shop also provide further information into Delta County's early days.
Though not quite as old as the pyramids, this historic Egyptian Revival movie house opened in 1928. This was at the height of fashion for thematically designed cinemas: in fact, the same architect built the famous Mayan Theater in Denver! However, years of neglect left the Egyptian Theatre in a state of disrepair. Thankfully, it was eventually restored and reopened in 1997 as a community theater. Today, visitors to the Egyptian can watch the latest 3D movies while enjoying the 750 seat theater's unique architecture.
This hometown celebration takes place every July in Delta and is a celebration of community and western heritage. The four-day festivities begin on a Thursday and carry on into Sunday. Highlights include a professional rodeo, parade, game tournaments, a classic car show, and a boot-stompin' street dance. Visit Delta during Deltarado Days and you'll have plenty to do!
Western Colorado's premier American Indian event takes place in Delta in late September. Held in a traditional outdoor arbor along the Gunnison River, the Council Tree Pow Wow began as a way to remember the heritage of the Ute tribes in the region. The Utes' historical meeting place, the ancient cottonwood Council Tree, still stands today directly across the Gunnison River from the site of the Pow Wow. Today, the event attracts not only tribal members but hundreds of non-tribal members who wish to learn about American Indian history through the traditional song, dance and regalia of the Pow Wow. There are also cultural events for all ages; as well as games, a Tipi Village, an outdoor American Indian Market, food vendors, a drum contest and more!
For delicious Italian favorites in a hometown setting, look no further than Daveto's. Family owned and operated since 1987, this local favorite specializes in classic Italian dishes and newly inspired creations made from fresh, high quality ingredients. Enjoy one of their pizzas, made from fresh dough and topped with 100% real cheese; or try a pasta dish smothered in thick, homemade marinara sauce. Get it topped with meatballs or Italian sausage made from Mama's Secret Recipe. Pair it all with the perfect local wine from their extensive selection. You're gonna love it!
Folks love Starvin' Arvin's for their heaping portions of delicious breakfast creations, like the Supreme Hobo Breakfast and Endless Pancakes. They also offer some crave-worthy lunch items and dinner items, including the Mile High Burger and Chicken Fried Steak Dinner. Oh, and don't leave without trying one of their famous homemade cinnamon rolls! From what we hear, Starvin' Arvin's is the place to go for comfort food and great service here in Delta. Don't miss it!