The Surface Creek area is the area that starts on your ascent to the beautiful Grand Mesa National Forest. This area below the Grand Mesa consists of Cedaredge and Orchard City which consists of Eckert, Cory, and Austin. Quiet and community centered, it is well sought after by retirees, and working class citizens that want a healthier lifestyle than what a busy city has to offer, with more land for all their recreational purposes. It offers easy access to the Grand Mesa, and all the adventures that abound in our National Forest. There is a quieter, small town feel with the small towns that border the Surface Creek area. Historic Cedaredge lies just south of the National Forest boundary, which is dotted with farms, orchards and wineries. The views from anywhere in Surface Creek valley are unparalleled showcasing the West Elks, The Raggeds, and the San Juan mountain ranges and the valley below. The county seat, Delta, is a quick 15 minutes drive from this area, making for easy access to bigger stores if needed. Surface Creeks’ local grocery store is Cedaredge Foodtown.
There is a lovely golf course, Cedaredge Golf Course that in some years can be accessible even in January. The Grand Mesa National Forest which encompasses over 500 square miles is not only known for its summer recreation, it is also known for it’s winter recreating with snowmobiling, snowshoeing and is hugely popular with cross country skiers that come from all over to ski. The Grand Mesa Nordic Council boasts “With funds largely donated from users, we groom 54 kilometers (32.4 miles) of ski trails on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward Trail Systems on the Grand Mesa providing access to one of the few Nordic ski areas in the United States without trail use fees. The Grand Mesa is the largest flat top mountain in the world at an elevation of over 10,000 feet and has more than 300 lakes.”
North Fork Valley
The North Fork Valley consists of Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia. All offer a much slower way of life, with very tight knit communities, and the ease of access to Mountains, Valleys, the Black Canyon, the Blue Mesa, the Grand Mesa National Forest and Gunnison County National Forest. The affordable prices, scenic countryside, and way of life are a sought after priority for those that call this valley home. This valley begins with Paonia, the hub of the North Fork. Organic farms, restaurants and wineries dot the landscape up and down the North Fork Valley. At the end of winter going into spring, there are weekly summer and fall farmers markets, art shows, festivals and live music events.
Delta is our county seat with a population of 8,860 residents. The town of Delta is sandwiched between the Grand Mesa, and the Uncompaghre and West Elk mountain ranges, and has numerous mesas and canyons in the vicinity. The access to outdoor activities and bigger city amenities adds to the appeal of this town. Rugged like the west is, Downtown Delta has many local shops and restaurants to visit. Delta also has Wal-Mart, City Market and Safeway. If one is in need of more selection, Montrose is merely 20 miles away, and Grand Junction is 40 miles away. Located in the center of the Grand Valley there is plenty of day tripping to go explore the quaint towns of Ridgeway and Ouray which are on the cusp of the San Juan mountain range. The beauty of these towns are unparalled and they are very popular tourist destinations, known for their hot springs and winter ice climbing events. Approximately an hour southwest of Delta is the town of Gateway, which has beautiful Red Rock canyons and are very popular destinations for hiking, horseback riding, and 4 wheeling. Gateway is a little taste of Utah, right here in our own backyard. Roubideau Canyon, Escalante Canyon, and Dominguez Canyons are just a jaunt away, producing river rafting adventures, hiking, waterfalls and amazing petro glyphs. In every direction there are different climates and scenery to explore. From Alpine forests, deserts, mountains, and canyons, Delta provides the ease of access to it all.
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