Top O’ The Rockies Rally Frequently Asked Questions
Is the rally limited to only BMW motorcycles?
Not at all. All makes are very welcome as long as they are QUIET! Please be careful and courteous when riding in the area of Paonia. These are great people who live in Paonia and look forward to our visit each summer. Let’s be good guests!
What’s the weather like in Paonia at that time of year?
The temperature can get well into the 90’s during the day, but with very low humidity. Bring SUNSCREEN! Afternoon thunderstorms are always a possibility, but usually pass quickly. Nights get cool at the 6,000 foot elevation. Current and forecasted Paonia weather.
What's the camping like?
The main camping area is the City Park and in typical BMW rally style, there are no individual campsites. The park has many large trees and is quite shady. It is against city ordinance of the town of Paonia to bring glass containers into the park. Violation of ordinance may result in fines of up to $1,000 plus clean up costs and removal from park.
Sherpa Packer will be renting tents with chair rentals and towel service available to all campers at the Rally. They sold out last year so if you like to travel light click HERE to reserve your tent or to learn more about Sherpa Packer.
Portable toilets will be arranged around the perimeter of the Park, including sanitizing lotion, wash stations, and regular cleanings. There are 2 showers each in the men’s and women’s bathrooms at the Ellen J. Smith Center. There are also shower facilities located at the High School about 3/4 of a mile away from the Park. Both facilities are open 24 hours. Quiet camping is also located at the High School.
I don't camp. What's the lodging like in the area?
There are a few motels and B&B’s in the town of Paonia and more in Hotchkiss about 10 miles away. They all usually fill up during the Rally so make your reservations well in advance. Click HERE to go to a list of motels and B&B’s in the area.
I just want to stop by for a couple hours to check out the bikes and vendors, why do I have to register and pay?
Events like our Rally take a lot of money to put on. Many thousands of dollars actually. This is non-profit event and the club donates most of the proceeds to deserving charities in the Paonia area. Like any event, if it consistently loses money, it will go away. Also there is the concern about security. We need to know that the people who are there belong there. Our security will check for wristbands and anyone without one will be asked to register or leave the rally site.
Is there anything I should know about riding in the area?
Yes, watch for DEER, DEER and more DEER! It seems every year a few riders have encounters with Bambi. The roads in the area are great but in many places the trees and brush grow right to the edge of the shoulder and you never know what will step out into the road! You may encounter DEER at any hour of the day or night.
What's the rally location like?
The Rally has been held for over 20 years in the modest sized ranching community of Paonia in western Colorado. The good folks who make Paonia their home are the nicest you will find anywhere and look forward to our coming every year. Let’s be good guests! The Rally site is right in town and grocery stores; ATM’s, and most anything you may need are within walking distance of the park.
How many attend the rally?
Attendance is generally around 600 riders. Some years more, some less.
Can I arrive early?
You can arrive early but you can not set up your tent any earlier than 5:00 pm on Wednesday since the park grass will be watered heavily that day in anticipation of no further watering during the rally. If you need to camp earlier than that, there are nearby State & National Parks campgrounds available.
Can I get tires, oil changes and services done at the rally?
TBD. If you need service before the Rally, please visit the Rally Trip Planning & Resource page for a list of BMW dealers and shops in Colorado.
Will my cell phone work at the rally site?
AT&T and Sprint service works well in the park area but Verizon customers need to ride a bit southwest of town to get a good signal. Check your providers coverage maps.