North Fork Valley

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The Nork Fork Valley area is named for the Nork Fork Gunnison River, known by locals as the North Fork. A tributary of the Gunnison River, the Nork Fork flows southwest past the towns of Somerset, Paonia, and Hotchkiss. This area is part of Delta County.

The North Fork Valley has long been a fruit-growing center as well as a regional center for the coal mining industry.

Today the North Fork Valley is known for ranching, organic farming, wineries and vineyards, and a wealth of outdoor activities including some of the best hunting and fishing in the state.

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The official website for the North Fork Valley puts out an excellent relocation guide for those considering buying property in the area. You can access it here.

Principal towns in the North Fork Valley are Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, Orchard City, and Paonia. Delta is the county seat and the most populous municipality.

The North Fork Valley local economy is powered by organic and sustainable agriculture, coal mining, recreation and tourism, and a thriving health and wellness community. A flourishing arts community has earned the area a designation as a Colorado Creative District.

North Fork Valley Recreation

Fifty-five percent of the North Fork Valley are public lands that are open for outdoor recreation. These include Black Canyon National Park, Grand Mesa National Forest, and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular recreational activities in the North Fork Valley. The area is also a popular center for hiking, mountain biking, and off-road vehicles.

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Health Care

Delta County Memorial Hospital in the town of Delta provides a full range of general medical and surgical services for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room care.


Montrose Regional Airport in Montrose is located about 40 miles from Hotchkiss. Montrose serves Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and United.

Grand Junction Regional Airport in Grand Junction is located about 65 miles from Hotchkiss. American Airlines, Delta, and United provide direct flights to Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.

Public airports open to private planes include North Fork Valley Aiport in Paonia.

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