Del Norte, Colorado Est. 1871
Visitors are often attracted to the natural and rugged beauty of Del Norte, as were the first Europeans to settle the area from Northern New Mexico in the late 1850’s. Beginning its history with agriculture and wool production, this area quickly changed in the late summer and fall of 1870 when gold was discovered in the Summit district. Del Norte became the county seat when Rio Grande County was formed in 1876. The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a boom-time with the town providing supplies to the San Juan mines and towns to the west.
Today the mines are gone and the once rough and ready Del Norte is a town frozen in time. The shops that once supplied the mining needs of western Colorado, today provide a unique shopping experience featuring antiques, sporting goods, and fine gifts. For a glimpse into the past, visit the recently restored Windsor Hotel.
The Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center offers displays and programs on the area’s cultural and natural history as well as featuring regional artists. The River Walk along the Rio Grande gives young and old alike the chance to enjoy the great outdoors on a paved, handicapped accessible sidewalk
As the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains, Del Norte is an ideal location to start your Rocky Mountain Vacation. Fire and Ice formed and shaped the San Juan Mountains into a spectacular landscape for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and ATV’s. Winter now transforms the landscape into an ideal area for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
For a quiet time with a chance to experience starry nights and get away from the “fast lane”, come and enjoy the unsurpassed, year round magic of Del Norte.