The communities that formed along the rivers flowing out of the West Elk mountains in western Colorado comprise an area known as the North Fork Valley. The name comes from our main river, the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

Two sides of the North Fork Valley are national forest: the Gunnison National Forest to the east and north, which includes the West Elk Wilderness and Raggeds Wilderness, and the Grand Mesa National Forest to the north. The southern boundary is the Black Canyon, which includes Black Canyon National Park.

The North Fork Valley is a great place to live because of its proximity to the mountains. It’s hard to find a place that doesn’t provide spectacular views of the mountains or a 360-degree panorama from one of the many mesas.

The climate is four seasons, allowing for a long growing season for our many organic farms and orchards. One can often see snow-covered peaks while enjoying a warm, sunny day in the valley.

Recreational opportunities abound. You can hike, bike, hunt, fish, ski, snowshoe, ride horses, camp, snowmobile, 4-wheel … Surrounded by public lands, the North Fork Valley is a base area for explorations. Climb a mountain or down into a canyon! Fly-fish a stream or canoe across a mountain lake. Ride past a desert landscape of sagebrush and pinyon into a forest of aspen and pine.

For less strenuous options, consider wine-tasting at a high-altitude vineyard, visiting a community owned art center or theater, or listening to live music.

What our clients say

When I listed my property with Bob and Linda Lario in 2017, I knew it would be a difficult property to sell; however, I had no idea just how complicated and draining the process would be. I truly believe that without Bob and Linda as my Realtors, the property would still be for sale and I might be in some sort of lock-up! I cannot recommend them highly enough. Although the property had a lot of positives, it also had a bundle of negatives, that, at times, seemed to be total deal killers. From the beginning Linda was on top of all the complicating details regarding water rights and title. Bob was turning the negatives into positives and focusing on making the property desirable to buyers. It’s hard to put into words the qualities of attention to detail, creativity, professionalism, commitment, knowledge and skill that the Lario Team brought to the table. The expertise gained through their years in the business made all the difference. There wasn’t a single problem that couldn’t be solved or frayed nerve (mine and others’) that couldn’t be calmed. And, in the end, I received nearly my full asking price! It was a pleasure doing business with them; wish I had more land to sell!

— Leah Audin