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The town was officially incorporated in 1902. The peony roots that Samuel Wade brought with him to Colorado in 1881 inspired him to submit the Latin name for peony, “Paeonia” as a town name. The post office wouldn’t allow the extra vowel, so Paeonia became Paonia. Significant industries include ranching, mining and orchard farming. Warm air flows up the valley during the day and cool air flows from the mountains during the night, resulting in optimal conditions for growing cherries, apricots, grapes, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and apples. Paonia is a focal point of back roads and trails leading into the forest, attracting hunters, hikers bicyclists and cross-country skiers. Hunters outfit themselves in Paonia before setting out to get their elk, deer, and bear. Few places offer such a wonderful combination of climate, scenery, lifestyle and recreation.


The Rocky Mountains and its magical outdoor lifestyle makes for a healthy and vibrant experience that you wont soon forget. The amazing people here make as much of a difference to the quality of the Colorado Experience as anything else.
In the quiet mountain community of Paonia ( elevation 5680ft), one finds a unique community filled with artists and creative thinkers, where the spirit of Colorado shines brightly.
There are exciting things to see and do, all year round, and the scenery is truly magical in any season.

When you visit Paonia, stop by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, which showcases local and regional artists and is renowned for it’s wonderful promotion of cultural events.

The famous Paradise Theater is everything you expect from the name of this colorful venue, where anything from movies to plays to special events and concerts can be seen and experienced at this wonderful piece of history.

Other adventures and places worth seeing are Elsewhere Studios and also the Living Farm Cafe. These places are grand examples of the unique experiences that Paonia offers.

During your visit, You can experience one of the many great food and drink locations found all over town. Look forward to the wonderful culinary experiences you can enjoy in places like Paonia’s The Flying Fork Cafe.

The region is also famous for it’s vineyards and wineries so have a drink of something local and enjoy the taste of The Western Slopes best wines from places like Alfred Eames Cellars.

Take a trip to the Western Slopes and take experience the Rocky Mountain High in wonderful Paonia, Colorado!!!!

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