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Ranch broker Gary Hubbell, United Country Colorado Brokers Realty and Land

Paonia, Crawford, and Hotchkiss, Colorado, located at the upper end of the beautiful North Fork Valley, form a “golden triangle” area that has been called one of the greatest places to live in the beautiful state of Colorado. Blessed with a mild climate, outstanding mountain views, an enjoyable rural lifestyle, and tremendous recreational opportunities, the North Fork Valley is a haven for folks seeking a quiet life. Located approximately one hour southeast of Grand Junction, Colorado, the North Fork Valley is situated on the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

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A small town of approximately 1,500 residents, Paonia is at the eastern end of the valley. Known for its beautiful fruit, the town is surrounded by cherry, apple, pear, and plum orchards. The West Elk Wilderness, just a few miles east of town, offers outstanding access to the high mountains. Elk hunting, mule deer hunting, wilderness hiking and horseback expeditions, nature photography, and simple peace and solitude are found within minutes of the town boundaries.


Thirteen miles to the south of Paonia, the town of Crawford is tucked away into the foothills of the West Elk mountain range. Home to 390 residents, Crawford is a ranching community with a sprinkling of artists and entrepreneurs. Crawford has wide expanses of ranchland in all directions from town, and these irrigated hayfields and pastures are home to families with thousands of cattle and horses. Crawford is just a few miles away from the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and the area is widely known for its outstanding elk and deer big game hunting, wilderness access, and fishing opportunities. The Smith Fork of the Gunnison flows through Crawford, and the Crawford Reservoir is a favorite spot for summer fishing, boating, and camping.



Hotchkiss is downriver from both Crawford and Paonia, at an elevation of 5,365 feet. Despite having only 1,000 residents, Hotchkiss is a busy little hub of commerce, with several banks, restaurants, a fair-sized grocery store, a small car dealership, copy and shipping center, coffee house (with excellent coffee and pastries, by the way), and several gift shops. Truly one of the “garden spots” in Colorado, Hotchkiss has a mild climate and is surrounded on all sides by ranches, orchards, and even a newly emerging vineyard industry. Hotchkiss is known for its beautiful produce, including organic fruit (apples, pears, peaches, and even wine grapes), vegetables, mountain-grown lamb and beef, and alfalfa and grass hay.


The Paonia/Crawford/Hotchkiss area is a wonderful place to live. The main industries are ranching and coal mining, but there’s also a nice mixture of retirees, artists, entrepreneurs, alternative energy experts, vintners, horse trainers, musicians, and contractors. If you’re looking for symphony orchestras and pro sports, this is not the place. If you’re looking for a place with good schools, where your kids can walk safely down the street by themselves, with a beautiful climate, lots of recreation, hunting and fishing, outstanding local produce and fruit, this is the place. Colorado ranches and farms are still affordable in the North Fork Valley, and single-family homes are reasonably priced.

Gary Hubbell, an associate broker with United Country Colorado Brokers , is the architect and owner of this website. Gary invites you to browse around, read his articles, and if you like his style, give Gary a call. He’ll be happy to help you find your dream home, vacation cabin, Colorado cattle ranch, or commercial property. Gary is a Colorado realtor with extensive experience as a hunting guide, outfitter, rancher, fly-fishing guide, and location scout for photo shoots and commercials. Put Gary to work and he’ll help you find your dream property.

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