High up in the glorious Rocky Mountains, you can book an RV in Paonia, Colorado for the trip of a lifetime. Paonia was first settled in 1880 by Samuel Wade and William Clark and later established as an incorporated town in 1902. The name of the town was chosen by Samuel Wade, who was inspired by the Paeonia flower, although the "e" was dropped to make the name Paonia.
Paonia was once a coal mining haven in the mountains, although its mines have since closed. One thing that still remains is the town’s reputation for being an agricultural community, with lots of orchards growing peaches, apples, cherries, and plums among other fruits.
No matter the time of year, Paonia is sure to impress you. This gorgeous mountain town is pleasant in both the wintertime and during the hot summers when wildflowers are in full bloom, and the surrounding mountain peaks are climbable. The town is far removed from Denver in the front range, but cities like Grand Junction and Aspen aren’t too far away from Paonia. Additionally, there are lots of celebrations held in town throughout the year, giving you a perfect reason to rent an RV here and have some fun. The Paonia Cherry Days Festival, the Mountain Harvest Festival, and the Paonia Film Festival are just a few of the events you can take part in while you visit this charming town high up in the Rocky Mountains.
The Great Outdoors
Colorado is packed with vast expanses of wilderness, and a large assortment of parks, recreation areas, and forests. There is something for everyone when you rent an RV in Paonia, CO, and tour the state. Paonia State Park is a natural place to kick off your trip. The park is centered around a scenic reservoir, surrounded by sandy beaches and rigid canyon walls. An assortment of wild animals like elk and mule deer can be seen frolicking throughout the park, and there are some ancient geological formations and fossilized palm fronds embedded into the rock. You can enjoy day use areas, boat ramps, and campsites when you arrive in your Paonia RV rental by owner.
Crawford State Park is just south of town, with lush views overlooking a large lake and rolling hills of tall grass. Here you can also find boat launches, beaches, campsites, and a visitor center to learn about the habitats contained within the park as well as the animals who call it home. Both bicyclists and hikers enjoy the trails that circle around the water, making for some stunning views at sunset and sunrise.
Curecanti National Recreation Area is a bit farther away but well within reach of you and your Paonia motorhome rental. The park features a section of the Gunnison River that flows right through, making for some excellent fishing, boating, and swimming in the mountains. There are a few visitor centers, as well as marinas, campgrounds, and hundreds of nature trails. The Dillon Pinnacles are the most noteworthy feature overlooking the river, and one of the many beautiful sites at the recreation area.
The closest national park to Paonia is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, named for its distinguished black canyons carved deep into the Earth’s crust. In fact, the canyon is so deep, that it only receives about a half an hour of sunlight each day, another contributing factor to the name “Black Canyon.” The famed canyon is neither the longest or the deepest, but it rivals even the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Kings Canyon in California in terms of beauty and mystique. Rock climbing and canyoneering are popular within the park, and you can camp out in your Paonia RV rental if you feel like spending the majority of your trip at this gem of an outdoor area.
You should encounter no trouble when looking for a place to camp overnight in your Paonia motorhome rental. Mountain Valley Meadows RV Park is one place you can consider, complete with bathrooms, laundry facilities, badminton courts, disc golf, and more.
Peaches RV and Campsites is another place to stay the night, and a great place to host events or family reunions. The park could be ideal for hunters and fishing enthusiasts, as well as people with their own horses who want to explore the area on horseback. There is wireless internet, but who needs that when you have some of the most sublime views imaginable.
Shady Creek RV Park is minutes from Grand Mesa, the largest mesa in the world. Additionally, there are lots of nearby forests and lakes where you can hike, hunt, or fish. There are also golf courses quite close to Shady Creek, and vineyards you can tour to sample some of the region’s best wines.
Paonia is a small town with a small population, so you shouldn’t expect much by way of attractions. There are historic buildings harkening back to the frontier and the days of the Wild West, as well as a dazzling array of wineries and breweries. Several vineyards and wineries in the area are famed for their pinot noir, which cannot be made in many other places in the western United States. The Orchard Valley Farmers Market is a perfect way to get a feel for the town, with lots of fresh produce, artisan crafts, fresh food, and live entertainment.
The Paradise Theatre is an old restored theater where you can catch a movie in a small, intimate space. This historic treasure is locally owned, and home to the Paonia Film Festival. There are modern sound systems and a refurbished bar inside the theater.
If you still find yourself longing for some city sightseeing, Grand Junction is not too far away. There you can find some more wineries, botanical gardens, and the fabled Museum of the West. This incredible institution pays homage to the Wild West with hundreds of exhibits and an in-depth collection of artifacts, vehicles, and firearms used by outlaws and lawmen over a century ago. This museum is packed with information and definitely an interesting destination when you bring your Paonia RV rental for a trip to Grand Junction.
The Trailhead Children’s Museum is a wonderful place to bring small children to keep them entertained, happy, all while helping them to learn about the world. Natural sciences exhibits, jungle gyms, and fun building rooms make this a perfect place to visit on a rainy day. Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is the ultimate resource for those wanting to learn about the history of snowboarding and skiing. The museum operates alongside a ski gear shop and paints a marvelous and detailed picture of how the winter recreational pastime came to the area so many decades ago.