A dynamic and bustling town nestled in the heart of the Elk Mountain and Sawatch Mountain ranges, Aspen is an iconographic resort town known for its world-class skiing, exclusive restaurants and clubs, and glamourous residents and tourists. It is home to 6,600+ permanent residents. At an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, Aspen is surrounded by opportunities for outdoor activities, from winter sports to summer adventures.
Aspen balances its historical roots as a silver mining camp with its emerging identity as an international resort destination and important economic and cultural hub of the Roaring Fork Valley.
To learn more about the City of Aspen, please visit its Chamber of Commerce.
Situated nearby to Aspen is the town of Snowmass, which includes Snowmass Village and Old Snowmass. Centered around the renowned Snowmass Mountain Ski Resort, Snowmass is a bustling small town. Whether winter or summer, adventure, culture, and arts abound throughout the area. In 2010, the fossilized remains of a Pleistocene ecosystem were discovered, an important and historical paleontological discovery.
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Adjacent to Aspen is Woody Creek, former home of Hunter S. Thompson and the landmark Woody Creek Tavern. Click for more about Woody Creek.
Located at the confluence of the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers, Basalt originated as a railroad hub for the area. Its name Basalt derives from the basaltic formation on nearby Basalt Mountain. The area boasts two Gold Medal fishing rivers, a vibrant downtown area, and a thriving arts culture. Throughout the summer, residents and visitors buy fresh produce and enjoy live music at the Sunday Farmer’s Market. Winter sports in the area include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. For downhill sports enthusiasts, Basalt is located less than 30 minutes away from some of the best skiing in the state.
Nominated by Outside Magazine as one of the Best Towns of 2013, Carbondale sits at the convergence of the Crystal River and the Roaring Fork, at the base of iconographic Sopris Mountain. With a growing green energy job market, and a lively cultural heart that includes visual and performance arts, as well as the annual Mountain Fair, Carbondale’s been recognized as a great place to work and live. The community embraces it’s quirkiness through the annual Mountain Fair, annual Rodeo, midnight full moon bike rides, and monthly First Friday events.
Named a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Carbondale has earned its reputation as a bicycle-friendly community. This includes a 3-acre terrain-oriented bike park, miles of paved and unpaved trails, and community events centered around bikes. Whether geared, single-speed, fixed-gear, tandem, uni-, or recumbent: all bikes are welcome!
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Head through Carbondale on 133 and you will eventually reach the towns of Redstone and Marble. Historic Redstone holds tight to its roots as a mining camp, and is home to the historic and beautiful Redstone Castle and Redstone Inn. Not to mention the developed and undeveloped hot springs along the drive to Redstone.
Glenwood Springs, CO
Located just off 1-70 at the Highway 82 exit (which will take you to Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen), Glenwood Springs is one of the centers of business and commerce in the Roaring Fork Valley. The world-renowned Hot Springs Pool & Lodge greet visitors and residents as they enter the town or cross the bridge that spans the Colorado River. Glenwood Springs is steeped in history and legend; the Hotel Colorado is one of the oldest hotels in Colorado, and has hosted a list of famous visitors, including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt, as well as the “unsinkable” Molly Brown. Rand McNally and USA Today named Glenwood the Most Fun Town in America because of the diversity of activities. From skiing to rafting, horse riding to ice skating and hockey, in addition to its annual fairs, Glenwood never disappoints in the array of activities available. World-class nearby hikes include popular Hanging Lake, a gem of Glenwood Canyon and a National Natural Landmark. Discover the secrets of the fairy caves at the Glenwood Caverns, or fly over the edge of the canyon on the Glenwood Canyon Flyer. For more information about Glenwood Springs, please click here.
New Castle, CO
Settled between the Colorado River and the beautiful Rocky Mountain Flattops, New Castle is surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of Bureau of Land Management and Division of Wildlife land. Because of this, New Castle provides easy access to a wide variety of outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting, white water rafting, hiking and camping, downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. In addition, the charming and historic downtown area boasts several restaurants, a grocery store, bank, dental and health offices. The Lakota Canyon Ranch and Golf Club, named one of Colorado’s Top Golf Courses, has 18 holes of world-class golf with stunning views of Colorado’s rugged Western slope mountains.
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Legend has it that an old cowboy surveyor had left his rifle leaning against a tree near a creek, noted it as “Rifle,” and the name has just continued living on. Described as where “old west meets the new west,” Rifle carefully balances its rural and western heritage with innovations in energy, including oil, natural gas, and solar power. Its downtown boasts restaurants, gift shops, and clothing stores, many of which operate out of historic buildings constructed in the early 1900s. In its backyard, Rifle boasts some of the best technical rock and ice climbing routes in North America, as well as the picturesque Rifle Falls. Harvey Gap State Park is a favorite spot for fishing in both winter and summer, as well as boating in the summer. The Rifle Creek Golf Course is another spectacularly scenic 18-hole course constructed in the natural terrain of the Hogback Range. Learn more about Rifle here.
Located between New Castle and Rifle on Interstate 70, Silt is a small, tight-knit, rural community with deep ties to Colorado’s rich ranching, mining, and farming heritage. Today, the primary industries are ranching, engineering, and oil and gas development. Recreational activities include hunting and fishing, hiking, camping, rafting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing and snowboarding. Silt has grown to become a bedroom community for Aspen and Snowmass, and many people live in Silt and commute to jobs nearby.
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Parachute and Battlement Mesa, CO
Located west of Rifle along Interstate 70, Parachute and Battlement Mesa are two communities separated by the Colorado River. The Town of Parachute and the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa are legally separate entities, but folks from both communities support each other, and students attend the Garfield County School District 16 public schools, which includes pK – 12 education.
Throughout the years, Parachute and Battlement Mesa have seen booms and busts of a variety of industry, mainly mining and oil and gas. In fact, the area has recently become a gateway to the oil and gas fields of the Piceance Basin, where oil shale in the cliffs has attracted researchers and companies interested in the area’s potential production. As a result, there are an abundance of highly trained professionals who live and work in Parachute and Battlement Mesa.
Additionally, Parachute and Battlement Mesa boast access to some of the best hunting, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, and snowmobiling in the area. Both communities can easily access both the White River National Forest and the Grand Mesa National Forest. The White River National Forest includes the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, which is considered the birthplace of the U.S. Wilderness Area system.
Both communities boast affordable housing with amazing views, friendly neighbors and endless opportunities for adventure.
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Historically, DeBeque was where wild horses were rounded up in the surrounding areas and sold. In 2001, DeBeque was designated as the only Wild Horse Sanctuary in the west. Now, the town works in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and other private organizations to protect the remaining wild horse and burro population in the area.
DeBeque also is close to the Grand Mesa, as well as the Colorado Plateau. There are plenty of locations nearby for camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Because of the geology of the area, there are several day hikes nearby where visitors can explore unique rock formations and canyons.
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