Picking Your Own Fruit in Paonia
Barring the odd year that a late frost decimates the crop, the orchards around the western Colorado
town of Paonia, located about four hours away from Denver, get heavy with fruit every summer and fall, thanks to a valley microclimate friendly to agriculture. Families yearning to get their hands dirty can pick a peck or two themselves. McClure Orchards in Paonia gives guest a crack at their organic peaches and cherries, while Camelot Farms has raspberries, apples, pears, tomatoes, and more. Most orchards require a reservation, so call ahead to make sure you get a spot.