Paonia State Park has campsites located in two
separate campgrounds. Spruce Campground,
located next to Highway 133, offers six campsites
in a scenic setting with towering Blue Spruce trees
and a babbling stream a few feet away. Hawsapple
Campground, across the river, is popular with waterskiers and offers seven campsites. All campsites have
a picnic table, a fire ring and vault toilets are nearby.
No drinking water is available in the park.
For camping reservations, please call in Denver:
(303) 470-1144 and outside Denver: 1-800-678CAMP (2267) or online at www.cpw.state.co.us.
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
All commercial, religious and medical facilities can
be found in the town of Paonia,16 miles further
west on Highway 133.
There are no hiking trails at Paonia State Park,
however, during the summer months, hikers may
visit the trail systems in the Ragged Wilderness
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All boaters must follow current Colorado boating
statutes and regulations. All motorboats, sailboats
and personal watercraft must have a current year
registration. Boating activities include waterskiing, boat fishing and general recreation.
Paonia is known for its trout
fishing, best from late June
until late August. Ice fishing
is not allowed.
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Chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and other small
mammals are found throughout the park. Paonia
State Park is a popular place to spot all
types of birds. Visitors may see an
occasional mule deer, elk or
even a black bear.
Paonia State Park
elcome to Paonia State Park, located
in the shadow of Colorado’s majestic
Ragged Mountains. At an elevation of
6,500 feet, the park is a popular place for camping,
picnicking and outdoor photography. The 334
surface-acre reservoir offers visitors water-skiing,
fishing and boating.
The dam was constructed in 1960, and the area has
been administered by Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Paonia offers campsites, vault toilets and a concrete
boat ramp. There is no drinking water available,
so please bring your own.
The park is located approximately 16 miles
northeast of the town of Paonia on State Highway
133. From Glenwood Springs, travel nine miles on
Highway 82 to Carbondale, turn south on Highway
133 and travel 44 miles to the park.
Paonia State Park is surrounded by the Gunnison
National Forest and spectacular mountain scenery
abounds. Whether you are coming for just a day to
sight-see or picnic, or if you are camping overnight,
we hope your visit is an enjoyable one.
Paonia State Park is maintained for your use and
enjoyment. In the interests of safety and for the
preservation of the park, we ask that you:
1. Place trash in the receptacles provided.
2. Keep vehicles on
designated roads and
3. Keep pets on a leash no
more than six feet long.
4. Use the fire grills or fire
rings provided, and be sure
your fire is completely out
before you leave it.
5. Camp only in designated sites.
6. Have only one camping unit per site
and no more than six people per site.
7. Report any problems to a Park Ranger.
A Colorado State Parks pass is required on
all motor vehicles entering the park. An annual
pass is valid at any Colorado State Park. For
annual pass holders who own another car, a
multiple pass is available at a reduced fee.
Colorado residents 64 and over qualify for a special
Aspen Leaf annual pass, available at a discounted
rate. These allow admission to all state parks every
day and reduced-fee camping on weekdays. The
regular fee is charged on weekends and holidays.
Where available, an electrical fee is charged.
Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado
Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted
free without a pass, however, camping fees
In addition to a parks pass, campers are required
to purchase and display a camping permit at their
Passes are available at the park entrance.