Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is now open to the public Monday-Saturday, 8 to 5 p.m. Admission fees apply.
With the end of season in sight, Fort Uncompahgre adds a new feather to enhance the last Saturday Trade Day of the season.
The Cedaredge Methodist Church under the leadership of Pastor Joe Agne will be at the fort from 1 to 3 p.m. for the first annual Blessing of the Animals.
Fort Uncompahgre was a lively site Saturday. Visitors in period costume sampled traditional Mexican fare while browsing the open air market. Vaqueros traversed the courtyard on horseback, while kids gathered under a large canopy for games organized by the Girl Scouts.
The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management have entered into a partnership with the City of Delta and the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC) to establish an interpretive center at Fort Uncompahgre highlighting the Old Spanish Trail, a national historic trail.
The Interpretive Association is taking applications for volunteers to help with the operation of Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center located at 440 North Palmer Street next to Tractor Supply.
Volunteers are needed for the visitor center and gift shop, and to help with exterior exhibits, social media, the native plant garden and historic restoration workshops.
During the BoCC's final meeting of 2016, commissioners received a report about programs being offered at Fort Uncompahgre. Chris Miller of the Western Colorado Interpretative Association, who gave the presentation, got a pledge for some financial help from the county to help with the fort's expanding list of projects and attractions.
Do you have 3-4 hours (one day per week) to spare? Fort Uncompahgre is looking for folks who can help with the general operations and maintenance the fort.
A lover of history, John York volunteers at Fort Uncompahgre once a week. As a docent, he shares the history of the original fort, which was built by Antoine Robidoux in 1828. The Indians and trappers brought furs to trade for sugar, coffee, beads and other goods brought in from the United States and Mexico.
"Pioneer Living History Days" is the theme for "Meet Me at The Fort" on the Old Spanish Trail, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is looking for four-generation families that helped settle the Delta area.
"Trade Day Saturday" is the theme for the "Meet Me at The Fort on the Old Spanish Trail" Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fort is looking for vendors with historic and/or appropriate items to sell or trade at this event.
Robidoux's Encampment is set for Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10 a.m. William Bailey, founder of Fort Uncompahgre will be hosting a volunteer interpreter training.
Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is getting ready for the 2016 season and has many opportunities for volunteers who can devote three to four hours a week. The mission of the fort is to promote and preserve the heritage and history for locals and visitors using Fort Uncompahgre as a centerpiece to disseminate local, regional and national information.
Between the removal of invasive tamarisk and Russian olive trees, and the creation of a tepee village, Fort Uncompahgre looks much different than it did a year ago when the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC) took over operation of the city-owned attraction.
The coming year will bring additional changes,
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