Named as one of the Top 12 Towns in the “50 Next Great Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure and as one of the 50 Best Places to Live/Most Active Towns by Men’s Journal, unpretentious Carbondale thrives under the shadow of snow capped Mount Sopris in a lush mountain valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers. A haven for adventure seeking intellectuals, competitive athletes, and artists of every configuration, Carbondale boasts a rich and dynamic history with a prosperous contemporary presence. Surrounded on all sides by the Elk, Ragged and Maroon Bells wilderness mountain ranges of Colorado’s uppermost Continental Divide, Carbondale is a gem among some of the last pristine wilderness in the continental United States. Where local cowboys still run free-range cattle down Main Street twice a year and internationally acclaimed musicians entertain to sold-out audiences, Carbondale delivers unlike anything you are likely to find – anywhere.
A fifteen minute drive in two directions takes you to the Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs or historic Glenwood Springs’ natural hot springs and Yampah Spa Vapor Caves. Thirty minutes to the east is epic Aspen, Colorado – boasting larger-than-life skiing, night life, shopping, music, art, and wilderness among several of the country’s most imposing 14,000 foot peaks, including the foremost photographed Maroon Bells. With easy access to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Aspen Institute, Jazz Aspen-Snowmass, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Aspen Historical Society, Carbondale is a gateway to year-round and world-renowned sights, attractions, and events.
Featuring world-class skiing, hunting, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting and white water kayaking, Carbondale is the Roaring Fork Valley’s epicenter for outdoor adventure. On the banks of gold-medal waters, Carbondale and local fly-fishing has set industry standards and drawn anglers worldwide. Casually informal, Carbondale’s spirit is friendly, diverse and welcoming. Roughly 6,000 strong, with metropolitan and rural transplants from across the globe, Carbondale has attracted an inquisitive and adventuresome populace, uniquely committed to each other in support of environmental preservation, education, recreation, and the arts. Hospitable to transients and guests throughout the year, Carbondale has become a national hotspot for sustainable design, green building, recreational leadership and progressive education. With something for everyone, Carbondale is sure to invigorate and inspire.