Del Norte - South Central Colorado
Experience Del Norte, and Monte Vista, Colorado
Del Norte has been around since 1871 and it's not hard to see why. The town still offers the same rugged beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities that first drew Native Americans and settlers to this area. Unlike many other Colorado mountain towns, Del Norte got it's start in the agricultural industry but later gave in to mining when gold was discovered. Known as "The Gateway to the San Juans", Del Norte has cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities year round.
The name Del Norte comes from Rio Grande del norte, which translates to "grand river of the north". Visitors can fish for some amazing trophy trout in the longest stretch of Gold Medal Waters in Colorado: the Rio Grande River between Del Norte and South Fork. Or find a quiet stream to spend your afternoon.
There are miles of Jeep and ATV trails surrounding Del Norte. To the east, ride in the Upper San Luis Valley to the west, check out the South Fork trails. Both have amazing trails that take you through the Rio Grande National Forest, over mountain passes, through the alpine trees, and seeing some gorgeous views.
Snowmobiling is an awesome winter activity in the Rio Grande Area. There are over 250 miles of groomed trails, parks, and meadows for you to explore. If you want something more laid back for your winter vacation, try snowshoeing!
Bird watchers should be sure to visit the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge and The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. The 14,000 acres created to provide habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl are a great afternoon family activity. Kids will get to see various birds and learn about them: mallards, pintails, Canadian geese, egrets, herons, and white-faced ibis.
Monte Vista is a historic, lively city located in the heart of the San Luis Valley. It's name is Spanish for "mountain view" because it is surrounded by some of Colorado's magnificent 14,000' peaks. Monte Vista is home of the famous Annual Sandhill Crane Festival, Colorado's Oldest Pro Rodeo, a golf course, and various restaurants and unique shops.
Del Norte, and Monte Vista, Colorado Driving Directions and Location
Del Norte is 31 miles west of Alamosa and 118 miles east of Durango along Highway 160. Del Norte is 100 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico Border via Highway 84 and Highway 160.
Monte Vista is 19 miles east of Del Norte along Hwy 160.
Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the San Luis Valley Regional Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.
Featured Del Norte Businesses
Sitting high on its own mountain, Belmont del Norte is described as Eclectic Santa Fe. The area has the look of Northern New Mexico, while only 15 minutes from the forests of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Built in 1930, the Monte Villa Historic Inn has old world charm and new world amenities. Vacation in the high plains of the San Luis Valley surrounded by Colorado's mountain playground: fish, hike, bird watch.
In Del Norte between South Fork and Alamosa. Friendly, quiet, campground along the Rio Grande River. A BIG RIG RV campground: full hookups, 50 feet pull-thru to park, room for slideouts. Trout Fishing here!
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Del Norte Activities and Maps
Rio Grande Area Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-
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San Luis Valley Area Map