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North Fork Valley Tour

North Fork Valley Tour
3 days

Nestled in western Colorado’s North Fork Valley, Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia offer access to some of the state’s greatest natural treasures and activities. Explore landmarks like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, partake in quintessential pastimes like fly-fishing, hiking and wine tasting, and enjoy Rocky Mountain hospitality at its finest.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Hike the Needle Rock Trail

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This less than 1-mile hike is located about 4 miles east of Crawford on Needle Rock Road and offers stunning views of the surrounding area and aptly named Needle Rock.
Lunch

Diamond Joe Cafe and Saloon

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Family-friendly cafe with delicious down-home cooking, and Good Time Honky Tonk Saloon. Read More
Activity

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Hiking and ranger-guided programs. Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to the South Rim: Located about 13 miles from Crawford, the South Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is home to a visitor center and several trails offering spectacular views of the canyon's sheer walls and the rushing Gunnison River below.
Dinner

Old Mad Dog Cafe

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Originally established in 1997 by late rock/blues star, Joe Cocker and his wife, Pam, the restaurant is now under new ownership. Old Mad Dog Cafe has a large bar in the back room, pool tables and... Read More
Lodging

Stone House Inn

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The Stone House Inn is a renovated 1907 stone home located in the lovely North Fork Valley on the western slope of Colorado, in the heart of historic Crawford. The Inn offers two beautiful and... Read More

Insider's Tip

Admire the Dark Skies:

Cozy up on the porch swing at the Stone House Inn for some primo stargazing. If you're up for a drive, the Needle Rock trailhead — where artificial light is nonexistent — is another incredible stargazing locale. 

Day 2
Breakfast

Zack's BBQ

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Zack's has been a local favorite for nearly 40 years. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Zack's is the place to rub elbows with the local characters. Our recipes are authentic and time-tested. The... Read More
Activity

Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery

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Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Hatchery System. Hotchkiss NFH provides many exciting visitor opportunities, and supports local... Read More

Lunch

Pat's Bar & Grill

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Pat's Bar and Grill is located in the town of Hotchkiss in the beautiful North Fork Valley.  In fact it was previously called the North Fork Valley Restaurant until it was recently purchased by... Read More

Activity

Gunnison River Pleasure Park

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Offering access to Gold Medal fishing on the Gunnison River, jet boat services, raft rentals, RV and tent camping, cabins and more. Read More
Dinner

PJ's Neighborhood Pub

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PJ's Pub is your neighborhood pub in Hotchkiss, serving soup, pizza, wonderful entrees and desserts. Read More
Activity

Delta County Fair and the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival

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During the first full week of August in downtown Hotchkiss, enjoy an old-fashioned rural county fair and take in some great live music and visit vendor booths at the Farm to Fiddle Festival.
Lodging

Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards

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Our vineyards cover 4 acres of our 54 acre farm which provides a lovely B & B setting. Each of our tastefully decorated guest rooms offers its own unique views. You have a choice of Mountain... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Remedy Juice Bar Cafe/Remedy After Dark

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Remedy Juice Bar Cafe offers organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, paninis, delicious daily specials and Sunday brunch. Remedy After Dark brings a fine array of spirits, wine and craft beer... Read More

Activity

Paonia River Park

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Launch a boat or kayak in the North Fork River at Paonia River Park, which provides direct river access for the public. Created and built by the Conservation Center, the park has an instructional kiosk to educate the public about the local river habitat. Find it off Grand Avenue, north of downtown Paonia on Shady Lane.
Lunch

Nelle's Cafe

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Nelle's Cafe is one of Paonia's favorite locations for locals and visitors. With it's quaint indoor seating area and expansive covered & uncovered patio there's something for everyone. Whether... Read More

Activity

The West Elk American Viticultural Area

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The West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA) spreads through Delta County on Colorado's Western Slope and boasts of some of the highest vineyards in North America.

Insider's Tip

Enjoy a Tasting Tour: Sip wine on the patio amid stunning views of the West Elk Mountains at Azura Winery (don't miss their great art gallery) Move on to Stone Cottage Cellars and Terror Creek Winery, and end at Black Bridge Winery/Orchard Valley Farms. Besides a nice wine-tasting room, Orchard Valley Farms has pick-your-own fruit, a nice farm store and riverside seating.
Dinner

The Living Farm Cafe

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Welcome to The Living Farm Café and Inn. We are one of the very few true farm-to-table restaurants in Colorado. Our café features farm-fresh and organic produce, meat, cheese and eggs from our... Read More

Activity

Blue Sage Center for the Arts

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A nonprofit organization located in Paonia, Colorado, the Blue Sage Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing community members with opportunities to create and experience art in all its... Read More

Lodging

Bross Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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The Bross Hotel is a graceful frontier hotel noted for its genuine hospitality located on the western slope of Colorado. The ten guest rooms all with private baths are appointed with beautiful... Read More