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Paonia is located on the North Fork of the Gunnison River in a large mountain valley in Delta County, Colorado. The name of the town is a derivative of the Peony flowers that were, at one time, very abundant in the area. Today, Paonia is still a very lush area that is known for its' wonderful climate and award-winning vegetables and fruit orchards (cherries are the major crop in the area.) The town itself has a population of approximately 1,600, with another 5,000 residents in the surrounding valley. The Paonia State Park is nearby and other attractions in town include the Bowie Schoolhouse Museum and Paonia Museum, which both offer a step back in time to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fishing, swimming, hiking and tubing are available in the area, and each July the town celebrates the Paonia Cherry Days with a parade, fireworks, barbecue and tons of cherry pies and other cherry delights. Paonia is also home to the nationally famous environmental paper, The High County News. There are two other major communities located in the North Fork Valley on Colorado's Western Slope - Hotchkiss, home to the annual North Fork Valley Bluegrass Festival and the town of Crawford, home to Crawford State Park and host to the annual Pioneer Days Festival.

Surrounding areas: Hotchkiss, Colorado (8.3 mi), Crawford, Colorado (11.4 mi), Cedaredge, Colorado (18.1 mi), Grand Mesa, Colorado (22.3 mi), Marble, Colorado (25.8 mi), Irwin, Colorado (26.6 mi), Delta, Colorado (27.1 mi)

Paonia Vacation Rentals

Paonia Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Lodge406 Hwy 133Hotchkiss, CO8.3 mi.(970) 872-2200
Howard Johnson Express Inn530 South Grand Mesa DrCedaredge, CO18.1 mi.(970) 856-7824
Comfort Inn-delta180 Gunnison River DrDelta, CO27.1 mi.(970) 874-1000
Riverwood Inn677 Hwy 50 NDelta, CO27.1 mi.(970) 874-5787
Montrose Comfort Inn2100 E Main StMontrose, CO29.9 mi.(970) 240-8000

Paonia Weather & Climate

West-central Colorado has a four-season climate that is either semi-arid or alpine, depending on location. Places that are just a short distance apart can have different weather. Valley areas have a semi-arid climate, while the mountains have an alpine climate. The wettest season in western Colorado is usually winter, while June is the driest month. Summers are mild in the mountains, sometimes with a high of only around 60 degrees F. Thunderstorms are possible, and sometimes cause the temperature to drop dramatically. At the higher elevations, winters are cold with lots of snow, but with abundant sunshine in between storms. Lower areas on western slope of the Rockies have summer temperatures similar to those on the plains - hot and dry.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 14°F 1.22 in. -
February 45°F 21°F 1.10 in. -
March 54°F 28°F 1.48 in. -
April 62°F 34°F 1.18 in. -
May 73°F 42°F 1.45 in. -
June 84°F 50°F 0.79 in. -
July 90°F 56°F 1.14 in. -
August 87°F 55°F 1.09 in. -
September 78°F 47°F 1.37 in. -
October 67°F 37°F 1.70 in. -
November 51°F 26°F 1.38 in. -
December 40°F 17°F 1.17 in. -

Paonia Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located about 29 miles southwest of Paonia in Montrose, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located approximately 42 miles southeast of Paonia in Gunnison, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located roughly 45 miles northeast of Paonia in Aspen, Colorado, the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located around 46 miles north of Paonia in Rifle, Colorado, and finally Walker Field (GJT) located about 53 miles northwest of Paonia in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Paonia Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO53.2 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT107.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Deer Creek Village Golf CourseCedaredgeCO17.8 mi.
Devils Thumb Golf ClubDeltaCO26.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO32.5 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO35.8 mi.
AspenAspenCO47.2 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO47.2 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO47.2 mi.
TiehackAspenCO47.2 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO49.3 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO65.4 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO74.6 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO84.2 mi.
VailVailCO84.2 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO93.4 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO104.5 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO111.2 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO116.7 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO118.8 mi.
State Parks
Chipeta State ParkCO33.6 mi. 
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO53.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO53.2 mi.(Science)

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