Population: 1,686 (2010) : Elevation: 7,884 ft : Annual Precip. Average 9.3″
In the 1870’s, prospectors had found the nearby San Juan Mountains rich in gold and silver deposits. Many mining claims were registered and the fury of the mining activities began. Recognized as the “Gateway to the San Juans”…and the gold, Del Norte, organized and incorporated in 1872.
Attraction to the distant beauty of the Del Norte area dates further back than the first Spanish families, in 1859, and is still captivating visitors today.
Visitors to the San Luis Valley enjoy the many attractions and activities that this tiny town has to offer. In town, you must visit the Historic Windsor Hotel, a fully renovated historic luxury landmark hotel that keeps Colorado western history preserved but also offers an incredible dining experience in The Dining Room. The Rio Grande County Museum offers visitors a look into the cultural history of the area from the Native Americans, to the mountain men fur trappers, to the Mexican land grants and the settlers from New Mexico, to the gold seekers, the farmers, ranchers and merchants who came for land, freedom and a better way of life.
Of course, this town also has many attractive shopping opportunities along with delicious offerings for dining. When you are ready to experience mother nature, just take to the trails and mountains to hike, bike, hunt, fish, raft, ski or just enjoy the scenic outdoors at a leisurely rate; this it the place to be!
10 THINGS TO DO
1. ATV: Embargo Creek
2. Ship: Antiques, Gifts & Fine Art
3. Drive: The Natural Arch
4. Tour: Rio Grande County Museum
5. Dine: Spectacular Local Cuisine
6. Attend: Concert at Wildwood Sounds
7. Drive: Summitville Historic Mining Town
8. Rock Climb: Penitente Canyon
9. Fish: The Rio Grande River
10. Hike: Lookout Mountain Trails