Cedaredge, Colorado

Coordinates: 38°53′39″N 107°5′32″W / 38.89417°N 107.09222°W / 38.89417; -107.09222
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Cedaredge, Colorado
Town of Cedaredge[1]
Cedaredge as seen from Cedar Mesa.
Cedaredge as seen from Cedar Mesa.
The Southern Gateway to the Grand Mesa.
Location of the Town of Cedaredge in Delta County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Cedaredge in Delta County, Colorado.
Cedaredge is located in the United States
Location of the Town of Cedaredge in the United States.
Coordinates: 38°53′39″N 107°5′32″W / 38.89417°N 107.09222°W / 38.89417; -107.09222[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyDelta County[1]
IncorporatedMay 2, 1907[3]
 • TypeHome rule municipality[1]
 • Total1.961 sq mi (5.078 km2)
 • Land1.961 sq mi (5.078 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation6,135 ft (1,870 m)
 • Total2,279
 • Density1,162/sq mi (449/km2)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP Code
Area code970
FIPS code08-12635
GNIS feature ID2413184[2]
WebsiteTown of Cedaredge

The Town of Cedaredge is a home rule municipality located in Delta County, Colorado, United States.[1] The town population was 2,279 at the 2020 United States Census.[4] 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 affords 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 beef cattle, elk, apples, peaches, and wine from the region's few basic vineyards. Tourist attractions include Cedaredge Golf Club, Historic Pioneer Town, and an art gallery and craft store housed in a renovated apple packing shed.[citation needed]


Early history[edit]

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.[citation needed] Settlers soon began arriving, building homesteads, barns, businesses, and ranches. Much of the land was carved up into cattle ranches, fruit orchards, and fields of alfalfa, and grass, but the most successful business is cattle ranching to the west of the town.[citation needed]

The town of Cedaredge was officially incorporated on March 25, 1907 by a few ranchers.[citation needed]

Cedaredge is on the Loewen database of possible sundown towns.[6]

McGruder Fire[edit]

McGruder fire on 7-3-04 below Rollins Sandstone

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 (12 km2), 1,467 acres (5.94 km2) of which was private land, the rest belonging to BLM and Forest Service.[citation needed]

Centennial celebration[edit]

The Town of Cedaredge celebrated its centennial in 2007.


At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 1,255 acres (5.078 km2), all of it land.[4]


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).


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 2,253 people, 894 households, and 554 families residing in the town. The population density was 898.9 inhabitants per square mile (347.1/km2). There were 1,000 housing units at an average density of 484.9 per square mile (187.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.01% White, 0.50% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.39% of the population.

There were 894 households, out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.8% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 31.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,381, and the median income for a family was $35,052. Males had a median income of $32,426 versus $21,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,059. About 10.0% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over. The median gross rent was $796 a month (2011), estimated rent burden was 34.6%.[8]

Sites of interest and events[edit]

Pioneer Town[edit]

Pioneer Town entrance in Cedaredge, Colorado. Pictured are Stolte fruit packing shed and historic Bar-I grain silos.

Pioneer Town is a museum and historical village. The centerpieces of Pioneer Town are the octagonal Bar-I Silos, the last remaining structures of the Bar-I Ranch, a cattle ranch that was established in the early 1880s. You 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, with its summer season concerts; available for private weddings. It is a prairie-style chapel housing one of the world's largest digital organs. Also in 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, and the Sutherland Indian Museum housing one of Colorado's largest arrowhead displays. The old Stolte Packing Shed also serves as a rental facility for local events and receptions. Open Memorial weekend in May through the first weekend in October, with its renowned Antique and Classic Car Show as part of the town of Cedaredge's Applefest weekend celebration.

Cedaredge Golf Club[edit]

Opened in the Spring of 1988, as the Deer Creek Village Golf Club, Cedaredge Golf Club is a 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 Cattle Ranch hayfields of the early 1900s. This 18 hole course has four tee boxes per hole. Cedaredge Golf Club includes a driving range, clubhouse, and grill.[citation needed]

Located in a protected valley at 6,100 feet (1,900 m) in elevation, the Cedaredge Golf Club course has natural cedars and winding creek beds.[citation needed]


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, antique tractor show, and motorcycle show.

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

Applefest 2014 marked the 37th Anniversary of the event.[citation needed]

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway[edit]

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 (3,000 m). 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[edit]

Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Station has held an annual "5-Alarm Chili Cook-off" fundraiser since 2000. This yearly fundraising event kicks off the town of Cedaredge's Applefest celebration during the first week of October.


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[edit]

Completed in 1982, the current Cedaredge High School has an enrollment of approximately 250 students. Unusual for a school of its size,[citation needed] 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 1A football, and basketball, and in division 3A for volleyball, wrestling, baseball, swimming, tennis, and track. The Cedaredge High School Bruin Marching Band has won seven state marching titles in class 1A (2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) The band set the record in 2011 for the smallest band (23 members) to win a state championship in Colorado and broke that record in 2012 with 17 members.

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;[9] the Denver Post criticized as its primary weakness the "lack of playing as a team."[10] 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.[11] The team finished the season with Stubler with 2 wins out of 10 games (no draws).[12] They hired Brandon Milholland the next year (2010) and he would lead the team to a state championship in 2012.

Roger Ellison, a 17-year-old senior, disappeared from the basement of the former Cedaredge High School on February 10, 1981. He has been neither seen nor heard from since, and authorities believe he was killed by someone he knew shortly after he vanished.[13][14]

Cedaredge Middle School[edit]

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[edit]

The original school was built in 1959 and also known as Cedaredge Hunsicker Elementary School. A new school was completed on the south side of the road in 2012, and the parts of the old school on the north side of the road now serve the Surface Creek Vision Program.

Surface Creek Vision Program[edit]

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

Cedaredge Public Library[edit]

The current home for the Cedaredge Public Library was built in the 1990s.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cedaredge, Colorado
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
  6. ^ "Using the Sundown Towns Database". History and Social Justice. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "Cedaredge, CO". Address-Data.com.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Wayne Crick (2 September 2009). Cedaredge football has new coach. Delta County Independent (retrieved 25 February 2010)
  10. ^ Brian Forbes & Michael Hicks (1 September 2009). Prep football Class 2A team previews. The Denver Post (retrieved 25 February 2010)
  11. ^ Sam Farnsworth (20 August 2009). Football Campin': Cedaredge High School. NBC11News (retrieved February 25, 2010)
  12. ^ (no author, no date). Cedaredge Bruins High School Football Home. MaxPreps (retrieved 25 February 2010)
  13. ^ "Roger John Ellison – the Charley Project".
  14. ^ "Have you seen this child? Roger Ellison". missingkids.com.

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