Town of Del Norte
Del Norte Trails Organization
Upper Rio Grande Economic Development
Trout Unlimited
Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
Riverbend Engineering
Windsor Hotel
Three Barrel Brewing
University of Colorado

The new Del Norte boat ramp and access is currently closed due to flooding and unsafe conditions. For your safety, please do not float the river or access the area until further notice. (7/8/19)

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Vision Statement

The purpose of the Del Norte Riverfront Project is to improve recreation opportunities and access and the ecological condition of the riparian areas for fish and wildlife habitat on the Rio Grande near North Park in Del Norte. The Del Norte Riverfront Project will, most importantly, create connectivity between the communities and visitors of the San Luis Valley and the river that sustains it.

Current Status

Rio Grande County
Gates Family Foundation
Laura Jane Musser Fund
San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative
Colorado Water Conservation Board
New Belgium Brewing
Del Norte Bank

and Community Donors!

Del Norte Riverfront Project


  • Revitalization of the town park, with possible new amphitheater
  • ADA accessible picnic area, with a new parking lot and access road
  • Aquatic habitat improvement with increased breeding and feeding areas
  • Riparian restoration with willow planting and other stabilization projects
  • Permanent hardened boat ramp for put-in and take-out  
  • New boat play wave structure 

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Project Partners

  • Enhance the health of the Rio Grande and the surrounding community
  • Improve the fishery and water quality
  • Encourage the local members of the community and tourists to fish the river
  • Create public access points on the Rio Grande in Del Norte, allowing for recreation in a section of the river that is currently very difficult to access
  • Build inviting space for people to experience the outdoors and enjoy the area
  • Promote recreation tourism, diversifying the town’s economic base


  • Degraded riparian habitat and eroded streambanks due to changing land use practices, removal of  anchoring vegetation, and altered hydrologic regime. 
  • Fragmented aquatic habitat due to multiple upstream diversions. 
  • A disconnection between the community of Del Norte and the Rio Grande, due to lack of recreation and river access infrastructure.

During the winter solstice party on December 21, children from the community helped cut the ribbon, christening the new boat ramp.

Project Funders

News and Events


Phase I of the Del Norte Riverfront Project has begun! The Town of Del Norte and Robins Construction completed the boat ramp in mid December, and the access road and parking lot have been cleared and graded. These areas will not be graveled until after playwave construction, which is planned for next fall. We have secured funding to complete the playwave, ADA accessible picnic area, pedestrian river access, aquatic habitat, riparian restoration, and educational signs, starting next fall as well.

Project Map

623 Fourth St 
Alamosa, CO 81101



Project Contact -- Emma Reesor

The Problem