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Named (although misspelled) for the vast array of peonie flowers in the area, Paonia is still a lush landscape that produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Fishing, hiking and river floating are all popular in this small town.

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Delta, CO 81416

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Cherries are the top crop here, and the town celebrates the tart, but tasty fruit for three days during the Paonia Cherry Days each July. A parade, barbecue, fireworks, and, of course, cherries and cherry pies fills the streets.

On Grand Avenue — the town's main drag — serious journalists still crank out a nationally recognized and highly progressive environmental newspaper known as the High Country News. Unabashed, investigative journalism reigns above all, and the paper's supporters, including some Grateful Dead members, cherish it.

Nearby Paonia State Park lures nature photographers to its fields of wildflowers, aspen forests and wildlife. Anglers revel in its cold-water fishing and boaters love to explore its crystalline reservoir. Two small campgrounds offer a quiet, remote place to lay your head. 

Paonia is a Certified Colorado Creative District and part of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, an area full of galleries, artist studios, shops and arts-related events.

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