Welcome to Paonia!
All photos courtesy of Terri Cook
Autumn—when lush orchards, vineyards and gardens are bursting with fresh produce—is the ideal time to visit Colorado’s beautiful North Fork Valley. Here, the Gunnison River’s crystal-clear waters meander lazily through a fertile vale fringed by tall mesas and towering peaks dotted with aspens,...
September 16 2015, 2:36 PM
The Night Sweats; Courtesy of NathanielRateliff.com
Update, August 13: The Night Sweats' debut album is now streaming on NPR's First Listen.
We at 5280 have been tracking the rise of Nathaniel Rateliff for years. We even named him Denver's best musical act in our 2014 Top of the Town issue.
Our admiration for...
August 11 2015, 8:30 AM
The bright and spacious tasting room at Snowy Peaks Winery in downtown Estes Park.
Credit: Terri Cook
The Winery: Snowy Peaks Winery
The People: Snowy Peaks owners Candice and Erik Mohr are clearly not afraid to take a chance. Scientists by training, the duo worked as ecologists first in Arizona, where they met, and then in Colorado, where Candice grew up. But in 2003, after...
July 30 2015, 4:10 PM
—Courtesy Kaitlin Sullivan
In Colorado, getting “R & R” means something more—rest, relaxation…and ranches. In 2012, the most recent year for which figures were available, Colorado was fourth in the country for agritourism revenue (from corn mazes to vineyard tours) with $28 million. Expect that to climb as more...
On a warm day this past September, Bill Koch rode on horseback through Bear Ranch, his 4,500-acre property located just outside of Paonia. Koch’s six-foot-four-inch frame—clad in a collared shirt, chaps, boots, and spurs—sat comfortably atop his palomino mount as we toured his estate, which lies...
Palisade gets all the love: It’s soaked in sun, and the land produces the majority of the state’s wine grapes. But it would be an oversight to ignore the West Elks, located in the fertile North Fork Valley (roughly 45 miles from Palisade). Paonia is the epicenter of the West Elks, and it’s a food...
June 26 2012, 3:14 PM