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In Del Norte, Co. you will be attracted to the far-off beauty of the area just as the first Spanish families, in 1859, were drawn to this peaceful niche in the shadows of the San Juan Mountains. But long before the Spanish Conquistadors arrived, Del Norte was first inhabited by the Folsom peoples 10,000 years ago, followed by the Anasazi, Navajos, Utes and others who came and went. By the mid 1870's, prospectors had found the nearby San Juan Mountains rich in gold and silver deposits. Many mining claims were registered and the fury of the mining activities began. Recognized as the "Gateway to the San Juans"...and the gold...Del Norte, organized and incorporated in 1872.

Map: Del Norte

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Rio Grande

Proximity to other towns: Located 135 miles from Colorado Springs, 15.9 miles from Monte Vista, 19.9 miles from South Fork, 31.7 miles from Saguache, 36 miles from Alamosa

Population: 1,685

Elevation: 7879 feet

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