Living in Carbondale



Mountain Fair Sopris in Winter Sopris in Spring Aussie on Mushroom Rock


  • The weather—sunshine (295 days a year), mild winters, cool summers, clear skies
  • Year round outdoor sports: Skiing on Aspen and Snowmass’s world renowned skiing and snow board mountains (Only 30 scenic miles away) and 
  • Biking in Carbondale, a nationally recognized Bike Friendly Community.  It is the hub of a hiking and biking trail system that goes along the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers from Aspen to Basalt to Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, and up the canyon.
  • Golf on any of the three nationally recognized golf courses:  Aspen Glen, River Valley Ranch, or Lakota Canyon and more.
  • White water rafting and kayaking on the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers.
  • Gold medal fly fishing from Carbondale up the Roaring Fork River through Basalt to Aspen or Ruidi or bait fishing up the Crystal to Redstone or the clear, cold mountain streams and lakes in the mountains.
  • Hunters travel here in search of mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep; as well as turkey, coyotes and small game. 
  • Gazing at the magnificent Mount Sopris from downtown, or taking scenic drives into the mountains to hike, camp and marvel at the unbelievable beautiful of the surrounding mountains.
  • Carbondale’s sense of belonging to this unique small community including year round special events:  Mountain Fair, Potato Days, First Friday Nights on Main Street, Rodeos.  The unique mix of people and culture:  Yuppies. Hippies, rednecks, old timers, children and retired baby boomers, all living together, expressing their differing opinions at Carbondale Trustee Meetings, and meeting as friends at the Post Office the next day.
  • Carbondale brims with art and music.  The Carbondale Arts Council holds special events, from plain air painting to gallery tours, and offers classes ranging from dance to workshops in beginning sewing, painting with acrylics, visual journaling, lace knitting, weaving, etc.
  • Cows on Main Street—no kidding.  In the spring local ranchers drive their cattle down local streets to the mountains to graze, then bring them back down in the fall. 
  • The best kept locals secret is Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs where guests soak in springs fed by 85 gallons a minute pour into 10,000 gallons of water contained in red sandstone and flagstone tubs so there is no need for chlorination. 
  • The most beautiful rivers — The Crystal and the Roaring Fork Rivers surround Carbondale, and Red Mountain overlooks the town to our Mt. Sopris.



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