THE NORTH FORK VALLEY
Paonia, Colorado is located at the base of Lamborn Mountain in the West Elks on the western slope of the Rockies. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding mesas hold another 5000. It is surrounded by orchards, farms, and vineyards.
Welcome to the North Fork of the Gunnison
The North Fork Valley is becoming known as the Culinary Capital of the Rockies. The abundance of Farms and Wineries in the Valley are fueling the organic Farm to Table movement that’s sweeping the region. Fine cuisine and spectacular scenery combine to offer a unique experience and relaxing escape.
- 12 Wineries participate in the West Elks Wine Trail
- Farms & Orchards
- Almost too many to name...a lot!
- Our valley is home to artists of all kinds!
Scroll down to see photos and info about activities, events and lodging in the Valley.
Places to Stay
In addition to a few hotels, the North Fork Valley boasts a large number of cozy Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Cottages, Rentals, and other alternative lodging options. For a comprehensive list of places to stay, visit the Paonia Chamber of Commerce.
The West Elks AVA boasts the highest wineries in the Northern Hemisphere and high-quality Colorado wines grown in conditions similar to those of old Europe. For a full list of wineries, events, and tasting hours, visit the West Elks AVA.
The North Fork Valley offers hundreds of hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, and viewing options. A comprehensive list may be found through the Paonia Chamber of Commerce. The USDA also keeps a list of forest service offerings in the area, which may be found here.
Drone footage by Steve Huntley