Explore the Valley

Paonia is a small town in the North Fork Valley on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and is rich in attractions and activities. Known for its orchards, farms, ranches, and vineyards, Paonia is frequently referred to as Colorado’s farm-to-table capital.   The bounty of the area is celebrated at events like Cherry Days, held each year over the 4th of July and the longest standing community festival in Colorado; live concerts in the Town Park held on Thursday nights throughout August; and the Mountain Harvest Festival in late September. Federal lands surrounding Paonia provide boundless opportunities for outdoor activities and endless possibilities for day trips. The inspiring beauty of the valley attracts artists and musicians to make their homes here. In fact, renowned sculptor Lincoln Fox lives locally and created the bronze art piece in the hotel’s entry parlor.

Located at the foot of Mount Lamborn in Delta County and surrounded by federal lands, this is your headquarters for engaging in outdoor activities and exploring all that Mother Nature has provided. Bicyclists and motorcyclists from around the world come here to ride the challenging mountain roads. Other folks come for the food and wine. With a growing a number of wineries as well as the highest concentration of organic growers in the state, Paonia has become known as the farm-to-table capitol of Colorado. The inspiring beauty has made this a center for artists and musicians to pursue their crafts. We encourage you to visit Paonia, stay at the historic Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast, and savor all that the area offers.

Natural Attractions

Explore the grandeur

Explore the awesome grandeur of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Drive scenic Highway 65, hike, mountain bike, explore hundreds of lakes, and cross-country ski or snowshoe on Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world

Stand up paddle, raft, or kayak the Gunnison Gorge or Colorado River with Western Slope SUP

Go rafting or fishing in the streams and lakes on Grand Mesa or the Gunnison River with Gunnison River Expeditions

Taste the wares of local farms and orchards

Sample local beer and cider


Enjoy live music, festivals & more

Join the fun at these annual events and festivals:

Live at the Bross (throughout the season; national and internationally-recognized artists in an intimate listening room setting)
Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials (May)

Pioneer Days (June)
North Fork Uncorked (June)
Colorado Lavender Festival (June)

Cherry Days (July)
West Elks Wine Trail (August)
Pickin’ in the Park (Thursdays in August)
Colorado Wine Week (September)
Mountain Harvest Festival (September)
Applefest (October)
Ciderfest (October)

For an up-to-date calendar of local concerts, art openings, festivals, and other events, visit www.northforkvalley.net

More Activities

Get Active

Explore the West Elks and Raggeds Wilderness Area

Drive the Grand Mesa and West Elk Loop Scenic Byways

Bike scenic country lanes and back roads – SK Bikes

Go downhill skiing at Powderhorn

Hone your golf swing:
Devil’s Thumb Golf Club

Cedaredge Golf Club

Best B and B I have experienced. Amazing service and hospitality! Clean comfortable and perfectly located for all the wine tasting. The breakfast was simply delicious and nothing I had ever had before. Cheers to Mike and Suzanne for making our visit so comfortable and welcoming.”

~ Susan O.