Mayor of Paonia

Welcome to Paonia!

I and the citizens of Paonia welcome you to our unique little town nestled in the heart of the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River. For your pleasure, the Town of Paonia offers a wide variety of experiences for our residents and guests.  

Our area abounds with organic orchards, farms and wineries. You can dine on fresh, farm to table cuisine where all the ingredients come from small producers in the Valley. Or sit and take in the scenery while sipping award winning wines at a stunning wineries both on the valley floor and situated on the surrounding mesas. Raise a pint at one of the two craft breweries in town. Shop for unique wares in the boutiques on Grand Avenue then enjoy a concert at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts or the Paradise Theatre, or at one of the small, intimate venues scattered in the heart of downtown. Meet artists and view their work in multiple galleries.

If you are the adventurous type, Jumbo Mountain is laced with hiking and biking trails among the junipers and blue sage on the edge of Town. Rafting and kayaking the river in the spring and early summer are always a treat, or fishing along the banks, or just walking the trails at the River Park year round. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is about a 40 minute drive with magnificent views and more hiking and camping opportunities. Grand Mesa, the Uncompahgre Plateau and the Gunnison National Forest lie within an hour’s drive to really get away from it all.

While experiences abound here, our treasure is our people. Greeting all with smiles and open arms, it is the people of Paonia who draw visitors back and convince others to become part of our culture and community. We hold diverse opinions but value the capacity to embrace our differences for the betterment of all.

I hope you will enjoy your time here. Please stop by Town Hall at 214 Grand Ave for all your municipal needs, and questions. On the Town webpage,, you can find information about the Town of Paonia services and departments, as well as links to many other community organizations and a wealth of information about the area. I and the staff of the Town look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.


Mary Bachran, Mayor

Town of Paonia 

Voluntary Water Restrictions Requested:

9/2/2020 UPDATE: Our tank is full! Keep up the good work so we can avoid mandatory restrictions! Corinne

 Paonia Water update - 8/27/2020: WAY TO GO Paonia water users! Your work to reduce use is having exactly the affect on our system and storage we hoped for. Our storage tank continues to replenish and currently is just under 23 feet. Please stay diligent, water supply to the springs will continue to drop usually through September, where they hold steady until March, when they begin to increase. All of us working together prevents the need for harsher restrictions. On behalf of the Town Administration and staff we can't say well done and thank YOU for making this happen enough.
The Town of Paonia strongly encourages all residents to follow voluntary watering restrictions in the interest of water conservation during the current drought situation. Please reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from extra uses such as filling pools, landscaping and/or irrigation use.
Why Watering Restrictions?
Water conservation is always an important goal. In the event of drought conditions, the Town will occasionally need to place and enforce mandatory watering restrictions in order to conserve water for the most necessary purposes to support the health, safety and welfare of our community and to ensure that our water supply is not depleted. For this reason, The Town is strongly encouraging all domestic water users voluntarily reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from landscaping and/or irrigation use.
The Town will continue to monitor water usage and may enact mandatory restrictions at a later date.
Thank you, Corinne

8/17/2020 @ 2:05PM

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