North Fork Valley - Northwest Colorado

Includes Hotchkiss, Paonia, Somerset

 

The North Fork Valley is a land rich in history of coal, fruit and cattle. The first settlers came to the North Fork Valley from Lake city in 1880. Soon Ira Quimbly Sanborn discovered coal in the Somerset area of the upper North Fork in 1899. Then, when the railroad came to the area in 1902, the railroad changed the commercial scale of the fruit industry. Today, the area is known for the worlds best apples, along with peaches, cherries, wine grapes, apricots and pears.

A North Fork Valley Farm with mountain in background in Colorado
The North Fork Valley is known for its Fruit
A bunch of green apples grown from the the North Fork Valley in Colorado
The Best Apples in the World are Grown Here
 

The close by West Elk Wilderness is a magnificent place for hiking and hunting. The entire area is a focal point of back roads and trails leading into the wilderness. Take a drive along the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway and record some of this area's uniqueness with your camera.

A black and white sheep dog herds sheep in tall grass at the Sheep Dog Trials in the Town of Hotchkiss, Colorado
May is Sheep Dog Trials Time, See These Amazing Work Dogs in Action
Hunter leads two pack horses into the snowy mountains of the North Fork Valley, Colorado
The Abundance of Elk Bring in Hunters to The West Elk Wilderness Area
 

The town of Hotchkiss contains many orchards, farms and small ranches. Hotchkiss hosts several events throughout the year, such as the Delta County Fair in August, the North Fork Valley Bluegrass Festival and Black Canyon Art Exhibit in June, and the Sheep Dog Trials in May.

Classic cars parked in front of Snow Dogs Hot Dogs, Chicago Style Hot dogs in Colorado
Illinois Natives Brought Tasty Chicago-Style Hot Dogs and Polish Sausages To Western Colorado
Bluegrass Musicians at the North Fork Valley Blue Grass Festival in Hotchkiss, Colorado
Come to the Town of Hotchkiss for The North Fork Valley Bluegrass Festival in June
 

Nearby, in Paonia, you'll find abundant orchards filled with sweet and sour cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and a large variety of apples. Samuel Wade founded the town of Paonia in 1882 when he brought the first fruit trees into the valley. In addition to Paonia's farmers, the area's economy is based on coalmines and ranching. The area is now known as a New Age community.

North Fork Valley is near: Crawford, Delta, Grand Junction & Grand Mesa Area

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Featured North Fork Valley Businesses

GR Bar Ranch: Cattle - Vacation - Hunting  link to Colorado vacation
Away from it all -- secluded furnished cabins tucked in the aspens, among deer and elk on Grand Mesa. Settle in at GR Bar Ranch - 8 miles from Paonia - enjoy our mountains! Weekend and weekly rentals.

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Gunnison River Expeditions: Fishing, Rafting, Hunting  link to Colorado vacation
Experience the Gold Medal Waters of the Gunnison River in the North Fork Valley near Montrose and Delta Colorado! Adventure Expeditions: Float fishing, river rafting, jet boating all with an expert guide.

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Hotchkiss Inn Motel  link to Colorado vacation
Hotchkiss is in the North Fork Valley stay in elegant motel rooms with the comforts of a BIG CITY Inn: DirecTV, WI-FI, deluxe breakfast. Family owned and operated for families and pets. Walk to fly-fishing.

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North Fork Motel
On the east side of Hotchkiss, walk to everything. In The North Fork Valley, along the West Elk Scenic Byway at junction of Highways 92 and 133, near Delta, cozy motel rooms: satellite TV, air-conditioning.

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Redwood Arms Motel  link to Colorado vacation
Walk to river fishing! Redwood Arms Motel is on 20 acres near Paonia along The West Elk Scenic Loop Byway. A quaint hotel, spacious rooms with coffeemaker, air conditioning, DirecTV with HBO, free WI-FI.

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Stewart Homestead Cabin  Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
This SMOKE FREE CABIN is for you. Fully equipped, quiet, peaceful -- an unplugged family vacation. Secluded on 160-acres for your privacy. In the picturesque Onion Valley, 9 miles southeast of Crawford.

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For more travel information contact:

North Fork Valley Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Snowmobiling:
Black Canyon Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Delta, Montrose & North Fork Valley Area Map -UPDATED-


 
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