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Delta County Quality of Life

Delta County is located in a large mountain valley at the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers. Just south of the Grand Mesa (the world's largest flat-top mountain), Delta County offers a mild climate with warm, dry summers and moderate winters.

The climate and setting of the Delta area are ideal for year-round outdoor activities. State and national parks surround this area and offer varied recreational choices, including skiing, gold-medal fishing, hiking and hunting within an hour's drive.

Delta County's wide range of elevation - with a low of 4,758 feet and a high of 11,396 feet - allows for secluded valleys within the county. These sheltered, quiet valleys provide a perfect environment for growing unique fruits and vegetables that grow in few places in the world.

Delta County has shown steady growth in the number of farms between 1987 and 1997. In 1987, the number of farms in the region was 900, but had reached 1,041 farms by 1997.

  Average Mean Temperature Precipitation
January 26º F .96"
April 43º F .87"
July 74º F .96"
October 45º F 2.68"
Number of Days of Sunshine Per Year 300+
Average Growing Season 143 days
Average Annual Rainfall 7.7"
Average Annual Snowfall 16"
Distance to Other Cities
To Major Cities To Points of Interest
Denver, Colorado 276 Grand Mesa 25
Salt Lake City, Utah 322 Colorado National Monument 50
Las Vegas, Nevada 546 Powderhorn Ski Resort 46
Phoenix, Arizona 617 Black Canyon Nat'l Monument 40
Los Angeles, California 821 Blue Mesa Reservoir 60
Kansas City, Missouri 877 Telluride 93
Dallas, Texas 931 Crested Butte 116
San Francisco, California 1,056 Vail 150
Chicago, Illinois 1,277 Arches National Park 160
Detroit, Michigan 1,544    
Atlanta, Georgia 1,678    



Four airports service Delta County:

Delivery Services

Numerous motor freight companies serve Delta County. Several express companies (such as Federal Express, UPS and Roadway Express) provide overnight delivery services.


Passenger rail service provided by Amtrak, is within 30 miles of Delta County. Union Pacific stops in the City of Delta, and is the link for transporting all types of freight around the world.


Delta County is centrally located in the Western Slope of Colorado and can easily be accessed by U.S. Highways 50 and 550, and State Highways 92, 133, 65 and 348. The major combinations of U.S. 50 and 550 running North and South through the Western Slope serves as the only major North/South connection for the western half of the state.

Construction on U.S. Highway 50 is complete and is now a four-lane highway. Access to Interstate 70 takes approximately 30 minutes.

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