Featured Town: Redstone
If the phrase “small mountain town” puts joy in your heart, Redstone is the place to be. With only 130 people counted in the 2010 Census, it’s safe to say that if you’re a resident, you’ll get to know most people in town.
Snapshot of Redstone
The tranquil village, on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, includes several properties that are listed separately on the National Register. Its coal mining heritage, established in the late 1800’s, is evidenced by the refurbished coke ovens lining Highway 133. The Redstone Castle sits at the south end of town, a monument to the glory of the coal mining days and Rocky Mountain living. The quaint main street offers wonderful dining choices and beautiful paintings, drawings and sculpture by local artists. Located almost due south of Carbondale, Redstone sits in a gorgeous narrow mountain valley surrounded by National Forest, with 2 creeks and the magnificent Crystal River flowing near town. Biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing top the list of activities in the area.
Redstone Labor Day Weekend Art Show
Redstone is particularly lovely in early September, with the leaves just starting to turn their golden hues. The annual art show is a testament of how local artists interpret their visions of the area’s glorious peaks and valleys. Workshops, demos, book signings and a “Meet the Artists” reception fill the festival schedule with opportunities to be creative and to purchase artwork. Handwoven baskets, pastels, wearable art, beaded jewelry, photography, metal sculptures and wood bowls are just some of the offerings.
Just when spring fever may hit, Redstone WinterFest comes along in February—a celebration of mountain life and the season of snow. Ice climbing clinics, a fat tire bike race, a snowshoe race, kid crafts, a dog parade and beer tasting enliven the village’s activities for the day. Delectable food is on tap along with a bonfire to light up (and heat up) the wintery night.
The Crystal Club Café has been the local gathering spot for over 20 years. Lunch and dinner are offered most days, with Seared Ahi Tuna, a Rib Sampler and Volcano Fried Shrimp topping the appetizer menu. Salads, sandwiches and hearty entrees fill out the menu, with kid’s options and a warm welcome for well-behaved dogs.
The Redstone General Store is the place to pick up pizza, snacks, ice cream and hot dogs. Groceries, knick-knacks and a fun outdoor western theme dining area will keep the kids busy. The “G Store” is open year round and is located on main street across from Redstone Park.
The Redstone Inn is the benchmark for fine dining in the valley. Serving continuously from 11am in the winter and 730am in the summer, there are 3 dining spots to choose from. The Cowboy Grill, Poolside Patio and the historic dining room offer a variety of menus and environments. Dinner reservations are encouraged and the facility hosts many weddings and conferences in one of the prettiest places in the valley.
If a sense of community, exceptional outdoor opportunities and quality mountain living are calling you, visit Redstone and experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle.