Welcome to the North Fork Valley Tourism Website by the
North Fork Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Last Update: 8/16/2023
To our North Fork Valley Visitors,
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Phase 3 of the Visitor Card Project is not yet scheduled but includes new Visitor Cards being considered for:
- North Fork Valley Hunting & Fishing Resources
- North Fork Valley Real Estate and Reclocation Resources
- North Fork Valley Specialty Food Offerings
- North Fork Valley Travel Services (Auto Parts, Service, Towing)
- North Fork Valley Critical Resources
- Paonia Merchants
- Hotchkiss Merchants
Permission is granted to Chamber Members to copy these materials to hand out to visitors. North Fork Valley Visitors may copy or print. Please be GREEN with any printed copies.
Visit The North Fork Valley for a Spectacular Vacation
Charming B&Bs, restaurants serving farm fresh to table food, locally produced wines, art studios by renowned artists, music performances, and ongoing entertainment events and festivals make the three towns of Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia of the North Fork Valley a special place to visit. We are on the east side of Delta County, on the Western Slope of Colorado.
The North Fork Valley is a beautiful and pristine area tucked away in the West Elk Mountains nestled between the North Fork and South Fork of the Gunnison River and two National Forests and the majestic Black Canyon National Park.
Starting with river activities, enjoy our Gold Medal fishing on the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Try stand up paddling out of Hotchkiss. Go on guided raft trips and fishing trips out of Crawford or at Pleasure Park near Hotchkiss. We have experienced guides for all activities along the river or enjoy your own solitude at several accessible river spots in the National Forest and BLM land. See more on Outdoor Activities.
Western Slope SUP (Stand Up Paddling) Hotchkiss
Gunnison River Expeditions - Crawford and Pleasure Park West of Hotchkiss
Pleasure Park - Between Hotchkiss and Austin
Hotchkiss Fish Hatchery - Hotchkiss - Stocks the area reservoirs with over 600,000 fish annually.
Hiking and biking are favorite activities in the area. Rent bikes in Paonia and find a bike trail leaving the town towards Jumbo Mountain. Or hike our numerous hiking trials around all three towns. And for the heartier, hike down from Crawford's North Rim of the Black Canyon to the Gunnison River. The North Rim of the Black Canyon is the more secluded, "road less traveled" and is a great area for camping. More Black Canyon National Park.
Ace Gambles Electric Bike Sales (Chamber Member'23) Hotchkiss
Weekender Sports (ATVs and Backcounty goods along with Electric Bike Sales (Chamber Member'22) Hotchkiss
A trip to the North Fork Valley is not complete without tours of our area wineries and organic farms and orchards, some of which have onsite Bed and Breakfast accommodations. The North Fork Valley is recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) with a climate and elevation conducive to producing high-end wines by a dozen local wineries. Visit and grab a taste of wine and take home a bottle of your favorite using the West Elks AVA map as your guide (map). And try out our area brew pubs for beer and Big B's Delicious Orchards , a local manufacturer of hard cider.
Here are some Winery options from our Chamber Members:
Big B's Delicious Orchards & Hard Cider (Member'23) Between Hotchkiss & Paonia (1m west)
Phone: 970-527-1110 Address: 39126 Highway 133
High Country Local Living 2023 Ad
Black Bridge Winery at Orchard Valley Farms (Member'23) Paonia Area
North Fork Valley Winery (Member'23) - Hotchkiss Area
Address: 13793 3750 Road Hotchkiss CO , 81419
The Storm Cellar (Member'23) - Hotchkiss Area
14139 Runzel Gulch Road
PO Box 434, Paonia, CO 81428
Hotchkiss CO, 81419
Tri-fold Rack Card at the Chamber's Hotchkiss Kiosk
Tri-fold Rack Card Part 2
Mesa Winds Winery (Member'23) - Hotchkiss Area
Address: 31262 L Rd Phone: 970-399-7491
Chamber Virtual Kiosk
Qutori Wines (Member'23) - Paonia Area
While touring the wineries, also plan your trip around visits to some of the numerous organic farms and orchards. The North Fork Valley has one of the highest concentration of organic growers, that are organized by the Valley Organic Growers Association (VOGA) who provide both a printed and online directory of farms and tours at the area's Visitor Kiosks in each town. Every town has a Farmer's Market to easily purchase local food, and typically arts and crafts. And catch one of the The Learning Council's Pop-up kitchens that serve vegan and glutton free lunches by our area creative chefs using locally gown food.
Peaches, apples, cherries, plums, apricots and pears make up the bulk of the harvest from the North Fork Valley orchards. Grapes for wine grow particularly well in our higher altitude vinyards.
The North Fork Valley hosts many major annual events but three are dedicated to celebrate our bountiful harvest. Paonia hosts Cherry Days and the Mountain Harvest Festival. Crawford is host to the popular Crawford Pioneer Days. Hotchkiss has a multi-event celebration every year on Mother's Day Weekend anchored by the Hotchkiss Sheep DogTrials and the Ute Trails Auto Club Car Show.
In addition to an organic farmer belief system, we care about our beautiful North Fork Valley and enjoy having the Western Slope Conservation Center and Citizens for a Healthy Community help keep our area special.
Budget time to check out the local art scene centered around the Paonia Creative District which is one of only twenty-three Creative Districts in Colorado. The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition based in Paonia and the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss anchor the art activities in the area. A stroll down Paonia's Grand Avenue with historic buildings that house numerous art studios is a must. The historical Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss houses a beautiful and large collection of local artist's best work that is available for purchase. See more on Arts & Culture.
Or take it easy and grab a new or used book from our local bookstores and enjoy reading at one of several coffee shops serving locally roasted coffee. All three towns have comfortable and quaint coffee shops, with some showcasing arts and crafts from local artists.
Will's Gallery and Used Books (Chamber Member'23) Hotchkiss
The Secret Door Bookstore - Crawford
Paonia Books (Chamber Friend'23) - Paonia
Drive Brew Coffee & Blends (Chamber Member'23) - Hotchkiss
Lazy J Coffee (Chamber Member'23) Crawford
Root & Vine Market Cafe (Chamber Member'23) - Paonia
Paonia Breadworks - Paonia
Sweetgrass - Paonia
Two-Four-Six Coffee - Hotchkiss
Do not forget to browse our local merchants that provide the more traditional goods to the more eclectic fine apparel, post cards, glassworks, etc. from our local creative artists. Enjoy our local brew pubs for beer and our own local orchard creating fine hard apple cider. Every town serves ice cream from our own local ice cream producer, Third Bowl Ice Cream in Hotchkiss. And each of the three towns has a Farmers Market.
Find locally made Ice Cream at these Chamber Members:
Big B's Delicious Orchards and Restaurant (Chamber Member'23) Between Paonia and Hotchkiss
Creamery Arts Center (Chamber Member'23) Hotchkiss
The Learning Council Kitchen (Chamber Member'23) Paonia
Lazy J Coffee (Chamber Member'23) Crawford
We have two historical museums, one in Hotchkiss that showcases Hotchkiss and Crawford history, and one in Paonia which includes a historical schoolhouse. The three towns are 15 to 23 minutes from each other by car so a trip to the North Fork Valley provides easy access to everything the three towns have to offer, each with its own unique charm. More on the Heritage and History of the area.
Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society and Museum (Chamber Member'23) Hotchkiss
Paonia Museum (North Fork Society Incorporated (Chamber Friend'23) Paonia
And while enjoying the daily activities, save some energy for evening fun with the available music and theatrical performances at the Blue Sage Center for the Ars and Paradise Theater in Paonia and the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. Local bands play at Big B's outdoor restaurant (great climate) between Hotchkiss and Paonia and at the Boardwalk in Crawford. There is Picking in Park in Paonia during the summer months to name a few of the several music venues.
The North Fork Valley hosts numerous annual festivals and events. Pioneer Days in Crawford, Cherry Days in Paonia, and the Delta County Fair and Rodeo in Hotchkiss start the list. April's outdoor “Hestival” at Big B's hosted with Picking in Park Productions, the Mountain Harvest Festival followed by the Hotchkiss Sheep Dog Trials and Ute Trails Auto Show follow on Mother's Day weekend.
Art events occur throughout the year ending with the November three venue Holiday Arts and Craft Fair in Hotchkiss, followed in December by the "close the street" outdoor Art Show in Paonia add to the list. Plan ahead and book your lodging early as these events are quite popular with the locals and visitors alike.
B&Bs & Motels:
Please consider these Chamber Members for your overnight accomodations.
Hotchkiss Inn Hotchkiss
Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast Paonia
Immunity Farms B&B Hotchkiss Area
Leroux Creek Inn and Lavender Farm Hotchkiss Area
Big B's Camping Between Hotchkiss and Paonia (1 mile from Paonia)
Jacobs Ranch Homestead Hotchkiss Area
Kebler Corner Somerset Area
The Lodge at Needle Rock - Crawford Area
Redwood Arms Motel Paonia
See the detailed Lodging Directory here.
Area Restaurants serving Burgers, home cooking, TexMex, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, farm fresh, and good ole fashion BBQ.
Please considere these Chamber Members for your dining.
Pat's Bar & Grill (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Burgers, Tex Mex, and an extensive bar
476 Eatery (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Thai, sushi, chinese food, and bar
Big B's Delicious Orchards and Restaurant (Member'23) Between Hotchkiss and Paonia (1 mile from Paonia)
Hard cider and wine
Black Cat Pizza (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Pizza with an attitude, wine and beer
Desperado (Member'23) Crawford
Rio Bravo (Member'23) Paonia
Taco Hut (Member'21) Hotchkiss
North Fork Boardwalk (Member'23) Crawford
Mesa Winds Restaurant (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Zack's BBQ (Member'23) Hotchkiss
(BBQ, homemade pies and breakfast)
Lunch, Breakfast and Take Away and Food Truck Options
Farm Runners Station (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Blue Sky Baking (Member'23) Hotchkiss (inside of Farm Runners Station)
Rogers Mesa Store (Member'23) Hotchkiss Area
Stop & Save (Member'23) Hotchkiss
Stop & Save (Member'23) Paonia
See the detailed Restaurant Directory here.
Some pictures of the North Fork Valley's original roots as farm and ranching communities.
Getting to the North Fork Valley from Denver or surrounding counties is part of the fun. Enjoy coming to the North Fork Valley via the West Elk Scenic Byway. The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway is a 205-mile National Forest Scenic Byway AND Colorado Scenic and History Byway. The Byway reaches its zenith at Kebler Pass, elevation 10,007 feet, open in the summer months and connects Paonia and Somerset to Crested Butte. It's a great day trip from the North Fork Valley towns.
The North Fork Valley is 50 minutes from the Montrose Airport, and 60 minutes from the Grand Junction airport. Aspen is two hours away by car over beautiful McClure Pass and Denver is four hours away either by I-70 or the more scenic McClure Pass that goes by the Redstone Castle and the Paonia State Park. And if you come by Gunnision and the North Rim of the Black Canyon to Crawford, here's a picture of why the three towns of Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia are part of the West Elks Scenic Byway.
The North Fork Valley is beautiful, charming, and pristine with numerous activities to make for a special vacation. Come for a visit.
And if you want to look at some of the beautiful properties in the area, here are our Chamber Members that can help you find your perfect place in the North Fork Valley:
Finally, to relocate a business in the North Fork Valley, please contact the following:
One Delta County (Economic Development for Delta County which includes the North Fork Valley)
Region 10 (Economic Development in a six county area that includes Delta County)
North Fork Valley Chamber of Commerce through our original organization Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce.
North Fork Valley Tourism Websites and Online Guides:
NorthForkValley.net - Maintained by the North Fork Valley Chamber. You are here. This site is being actively updated in May 2023.
NorthFork Valley Tour from the State of Colorado Official Tourism Site.
NorthForkVisitorGuide Over The Hill Media website that supports their printed North Fork Valley 2023 Tourism Guide.
Colorado Scenic Byways - West Elk Loop - This is a nice site describing the loop through Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia.
North Fork Valley Printed Tourism Guides available at the North Fork Valley Chamber Kiosk in Hotchkiss:
North Fork Valley 2023 Visitor Guide - By Over The Hill Media released May, 2023
Valley Organic Growers Association Directory 2023 Directory of Farms, Business, and Supporters in the North Fork Valley
Delta County Printed Visitor Guides available at the North Fork Valley Chamber Kiosk in Hotchkiss:
Delta County Official Visitors Guide released May, 2023 by the Delta County Independent and the Delta County Board of Tourism
See VisitDeltaCounty.com or Our Side of the Divide at www.deltacountycolorado.com.
The North Fork Valley is on the east portion of Delta County, in Western Colorado surrounded by the beautiful Grand Mesa and Gunnison National Forests and the majestic Black Canyon National Park. Please take a moment to read a North Fork Valley Introduction.
This website is maintained with the help and support of Thin Air Web. Last Updated on August 11, 2023.
Blue Diamonds next to a business indicates Membership in the Hotchkiss Chamber dba North Fork Valley Chamber. More than one Diamond indicates that the business has donated additional time and money to the Chamber. DIAMONDS ARE NOT A RATING. See The Diamond List for details.