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

Construction of the playwave has finished, and the river is now flipped to construct additional fish habitat. the boat ramp is still closed to the public during this time.  (1/3/20)

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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

             Great Outdoors Colorado                Colorado Water Conservation Board       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 playwave 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.

Construction of the grouted rock playwave, which began in November, 2019. 

Project Funders

News and Events


Construction of the instream infrastructure elements began in mid-November. Pictured below is the construction of the grouted rock playwave. Next, fish habitat improvements will be made near the boat dock. The Town of Del Norte and Robins Construction completed the boat ramp, access road, and parking lot last winter. Planned for spring 2020 is an ADA accessible picnic area, pedestrian river access, riparian restoration, and educational signage.

Project Map

623 Fourth St 
Alamosa, CO 81101


Project Contact -- Emma Reesor

The Problem