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Cedaredge, Colorado

Cedaredge is a Statutory Town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,253 at the 2010 census. Cedaredge sits in the Surface Creek Valley beneath the southern slopes of the Grand Mesa, the largest mesa in the world. Its elevated vantage point allows for spectacular southern views of the San Juan Mountains, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the communities of Delta, Olathe, and Montrose. Cedaredge is a small, agricultural community which produces apples, peaches, bananas and wine from the region's several vineyards. Notable attractions include Deer Creek Village Golf Club, Historic Pioneer Town, and an art gallery and craft store housed in a renovated apple packing shed. Regional sporting activities include camping, trophy hunting, hiking and Gold Medal fishing at more than 250 lakes on the Grand Mesa. During the winter locals partake in snowmobiling and Nordic skiing on the Mesa's numerous trails. Powderhorn Resort is located 30 miles north of Cedaredge and offers a variety of ski terrain such as groomers, bumps, glades, and boulder fields, as well as two quality terrain parks.

Early History

Up until 1880 much of central and western Colorado was inhabited by the Ute Indians. Under the Act of June 15, 1880, the Utes ceded a large portion of their land to the United States, including the Surface Creek Valley. On September 1, 1881, the last band of Utes made their exodus from western Colorado to the northeastern part of Utah under escort of troops from Fort Crawford. Settlers soon began arriving, building homesteads, barns, businesses, and churches. Much of the land was carved up into cattle ranches, fruit orchards, and fields of alfalfa, hay, corn, and other grains.

The town of Cedaredge was officially incorporated on March 25, 1907.

McGruder Fire

Lightning struck a tree on Friday July 2, 2004. The fire smoldered overnight and hot dry winds fanned the flames into a large wildfire on July 3, 2004. By Sunday July 11, the fire was considered 100 percent contained. Thanks to the efforts of the Cedaredge volunteer and other area fire departments, San Juan Hot Shots, the BLM and Forest Service, no homes or lives were lost. The total area consumed by the McGruder fire was estimated at about 3,000 acres, 1,467 acres of which was private land, the rest belonging to BLM and Forest Service.

Fire on 7-3-04 below Rollins Sandstone.

The living and the dead. Looking north, up the eastern edge of Wilbanks Mesa, 7-4-04

Aircraft dropping retardant, 7-4-04. Note other aircraft just right of upper center.


Fire on 7-03-04, look northeast over Wilbanks Mesa.

Centennial Celebration

The Town of Cedaredge celebrated its centennial in 2007.

Sites of Interest and Events


Pioneer Town

Pioneer Town is a museum and historical village. The centerpieces of Pioneer Town are the octagonal Bar-I silos, moved from their original location in 1984. Visitors can go back in time by visiting the museum's replicas of early 20th century town buildings, including a western saloon, marshall's office, barber shop, bank, clothing store, jail, creamery, and a working blacksmith's shop. Pioneer Town is also the home of the Chapel of the Cross. The latest major addition to Pioneer Town is the Doll and Toy House, a building designed to display a portion of the museum's large collection of dolls and toys from the past.

Deer Creek Village Golf Club

Opened in the Spring of 1988, Deer Creek Village Golf Club is a premier public golf course in Cedaredge, Colorado. The golf course was completed in April 1992 and is located on what was part of the Bar-I hayfields of the early 1900s. This 18 hole course can suit both the serious sportsman and the occasional enthusiast; the back nine has some of the most difficult golf terrain on the Western Slope. The course offers four tee boxes per hole, and adapts to any playing level. Deer Creek Village includes a driving range, clubhouse, and grill.

Nestled in a protected valley at 6,100 feet (1,900 m) in elevation, the Deer Creek Village golf course features natural cedars and winding creek beds. Adding to the challenge of play and the beauty of the surroundings is a variety of trees, lakes and bunkers. Each hole offers breathtaking views of the 14,000-foot (4,300 m) peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the West Elk wilderness, Grand Mesa, and the Uncompahgre Mountains.

Open year-round, Deer Creek Village Golf Club generally enjoys a moderate climate of warm, sunny days and cool, refreshing evenings. Western Colorado's unique combination of sunshine and temperate weather makes it possible for golfers to play around 320 days per year.


In 1978 the "Cedaredge Harvest Festival" officially changed its name to "AppleFest." Applefest is an annual celebration of apples, arts, music, and food held the first weekend in October in Cedaredge, Colorado. It is attended by around 15,000 visitors each year and typically over 200 food, arts and crafts vendors. The event features a classic car show and antique tractor show.

Musical guests feature folk, gospel, blues, country, rock, bluegrass and others with local, regional and national artists.

Applefest 2008 marked the 30th Anniversary of the event.

Little Britches Rodeo and Parade

The Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo was organized in 1958 by Dr. Walter H. Simon and Webb Bryson of Cedaredge. Land was provided east of town by Harry Palmer for $1.00 a year and a rodeo arena was built. In September 1958, fifty-four boys and girls entered the first Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo. The Western Slope Little Britches continues to this day and consists of a rodeo, parade, car show, and Lion's Club barbecue in the park.

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

The Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway scenic and historic byway was approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1991. It runs North from Cedaredge along Highway 65, to the top of the Grand Mesa at more than 10,000 feet. Grand Mesa visitors center has maps, books and other information about the area. The byway sneaks past Island Lake, one of more than 300 trout-filled lakes in Grand Mesa National Forest. On the north side of the Mesa are the towns of Mesa, Collbran, and Powderhorn Ski Resort. The byway continues along De Beque Canyon, with its colorful sandstone bluffs, and eventually meets Interstate 70 in the town of De Beque.

Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department

Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Station has held an annual "5-Alarm Chili Cook-off" fundraiser since 2000.


Education in the early days of Surface Creek Valley consisted of several one-room school houses scattered across the rural countryside. In 1920 the new Consolidated Cedaredge High School was constructed and regular bussing began in the area.

Cedaredge High School

Completed in 1982, the current Cedaredge High School has an enrollment of approximately 300 students. Unusual for a school of its size, it contains a technology lab, geodesic greenhouse, and an integrated cafeteria/auditorium. The mascot for its athletic teams is the Bruin and it competes in 2A football, and in division 3A for volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, swimming, tennis, and track. The Cedaredge Bruin Marching Band has won three state marching titles in class 1A (2002, 2003, and 2005).

The (boys') football team won second place in the state championships in 1993, with the final being held at Cedaredge High School. After the team had not been to the state play-offs since 2002 and the 2008 season resulted in a win of 4 out of 10 games (no draws), the team was considered to have been "down the past several years" even by local media;[5] the Denver Post criticized as its primary weakness the "lack of playing as a team." The school managed to hire Rich Stubler, who coached for 22 years in the Canadian Football League including being head coach for the Toronto Argonauts for 10 games in 2008, as new head coach starting in the off-season of 2009; Stubler explained his choice of working for a small town high school with needing a break. The team finished the season with Stubler with 2 wins out of 10 games (no draws).

Cedaredge Middle School

Cedaredge Middle School occupied the original building of the Cedaredge Consolidated High School from the early 1980s until the current home for Cedaredge Middle School was built in 2004. It is located between the High School and Deer Creek Village golf course at the foot of Cedar Mesa.

Cedaredge Elementary School

Built in 1959 and also known as Cedaredge Hunsicker Elementary School.

Surface Creek Vision Program

Founded in 2003, the Surface Creek branch of the Delta County Vision program is a synthesis of homeschooling and public schooling philosophies.


Cedaredge is located at 38°54′06″N 107°55′35″W (38.9016487,-107.9264540).


The climate in Cedaredge, like much of the Grand Valley and Uncompahgre Valley, consists of mild, snowy winters; summers are hot and dry with scattered afternoon thunderstorms occurring often but delivering a small amount of total precipitation. Summers see typical highs of 92 and lows of 60, winters can see highs in the 50s and lows of 11 °F (−12 °C).


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