Thanks to everyone who came out to the community night in August! No community nights are scheduled at this time.

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Vision Statement

  • 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.

News and Events

The Problem

Project Contact -- Emma Reesor

Del Norte Riverfront Project


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Project Map

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 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.

  • 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 

Project Funders

The Del Norte Riverfront Project acquired the three permits necessary to complete the project, meaning it's shovel ready! The Town of Del Norte has already begun construction of the boat ramp, access road, and parking lot this fall. We are still acquiring funds to finish the other aspects of the project.

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
Community Donors!

Project Partners

623 Fourth St 
Alamosa, CO 81101