Paonia is located in Delta County and is situated on the North Fork of the Gunnison River in the North Fork Valley. The valley lies at the foot of 11,396-foot Mount Lamborn to the southeast and the Grand Mesa to the northwest. It is also near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The North Fork Valley also includes nearby Hotchkiss and Crawford, and this area is known for organic fruits and vegetables, Colorado wineries, and arts community. Paonia is a small community with population of less than 1500. The fabulous road rides are not well know but abundant, and with the development of the Jumbo mountain bike trail system, Paonia is no longer a town people pass through to get to nearby Crested Butte!