Paonia State Park
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If you're looking to get away from it all, and rough it in a real rustic setting, you've found the place!
Paonia State Park is bordered by Buck Mesa and Raggeds Wilderness on the east and west. Steep 11,000 and 12,000-foot peaks tower above the narrow valley. Bring your camera, because the views don't get much better than this!
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Paonia Reservoir is the center piece of the park, and is fed by Muddy,
Williams and Deep Creeks. The park covers 1,507 acres total, with 337
surface acres of reservoir. Wildlife abounds here, so take proper
Most visitors to Paonia State Park come for the boating in a beautiful, mountainous setting. Water skiing, sailing and jet skiing are also popular activities during the summer months. The fishing is mediocre in the lake due to large amounts of silt from Muddy Creek. Below the dam, where Anthracite and Muddy Creeks meet, fly fishing is good. Hiking in the park is very limited, but the the surrounding National Forest lands provide ample terrain.
To get there from Glenwood Springs, take Colorado Highway 82 south to Carbondale, then south and southwest on Colorado Highway 133 for 46 miles to the park. From Delta, take Highway 92 east to Hotchkiss, then go north on Highway 133 through Paonia and 16 miles farther to the park.
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