Carbondale – Aspen Colorado

Carbondale, Colorado
(Population 5,500)
The Ultimate Rocky Mountain Hideout By Melissa Wagenberg

All racked up in town.

Home both to ranchers in white cowboy hats and sporto types in fleece, quaint Carbondale is set at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers and is anchored to the south by 12,953-foot (3,948-meter) Mount Sopris. The classic Rockies town is also home to new-school cool: A 13,000-square-foot (1,208-square-meter) skateboard park just opened, and a white-water park is in the works.

Sopris, towering 6,783 feet (2,067 meters) above Main Street, claims what is perhaps Colorado’s greatest continuous vertical gain. Hike it via the Mount Sopris Trail, stopping to swim en route (14 miles round-trip; White River National Forest; +1 970 963 2266), or explore the peak by bike on the Hay Park Trail (30 miles, or 48 kilometers, round-trip). Ajax Bike and Sports has rentals ($40 a day; +1 970 963 0128).

Around now, the last of the season’s real white water is flowing on the Class III-IV Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River (Blazing Adventures; $85 for a full-day float trip with lunch; +1 970 923 4544; Climbing season runs through October an hour northwest in Rifle Mountain Park, which claims one of the nation’s most challenging collections of limestone sport climbing routes. For more information and directions, stop by Glendale rock shop Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Carbondale (800 360 6994 [U.S. and Canada only];, or simply follow the traffic out of town on Saturday morning. Anglers should splurge on a fly-fishing float trip down the Roaring Fork River with Alpine Angling ($395; 800 781 8120 [U.S. and Canada only];, or just join the locals casting for trout on the Roaring Fork under the Highway 133 bridge.

Visitor Vitals: Carbondale is three and a half hours from Denver, under an hour from Vail’s Eagle Airport, and 45 minutes from Aspen. Stay at the Thunder River Lodge ($48 and up; +1 970 963 2543; and rise early for breakfast at the Village Smithy (+1 970 963 9990; Mi Casita (+1 970 963 5866) is one of the town’s many authentic Mexican joints. Six89 (+1 970 963 6890; serves a raved-about ahi tuna carpaccio. (There’s an abbreviated menu on powder days, when the staff hits the hill and races back in time for dinner service.)

Relocation Plan
Why Stay? Carbondale exudes the unpretentious, outdoors-centric vibe that fueled Aspen, its up-valley neighbor, in its pre-fur, pre-Hummer days. Plus, the town gets 295 days of sunshine a year.
$300,000 Buys: A new, three-bedroom, two-bath single-family home with views of the Crystal River—and $75,000 left over.
Job Market: Bootlicking in Aspen, or hammer swinging right here in town, thanks to the local real estate boom.
Meet the Locals: Writer and adventurer Jonathan Waterman, and Lou Dawson, the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners.
Know Before You Go: The demographics lead to involuntary celibacy. “Bring a significant other, especially if you’re male,” says local Jeff Achey. “It’s a small community, and some of the single people that have come here to work have had a terrible time getting a date.”

Nine other tempting towns await inside the September issue of Adventure. Pick it up and discover your own adventure oasis.

Welcome to Carbondale, Colorado! The picturesque town of Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver, 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains. At an altitude of 6,181 feet, and resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris, the Carbondale area is characterized by an average of 295 days of sunshine, low humidity, cold but mild winters and comfortable summers.

Carbondale is a great base camp for recreation enthusiasts. There is plenty to do including hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, and world-class fly fishing. In winter, experience excellent cross-country skiing.

The Carbondale area offers a variety of comfortable lodging options, great casual and exquisite fine dining, creative arts and entertainment, and intriguing historical areas. There’s something for everyone in Carbondale!
Carbondale Area NewsSaturday June 28, 2008
Sponsored by . . . K U U R – Your Radio in the Roaring Fork Valley
The Post Independent
Top Stories
90 years for Sam Lincoln: GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Samuel Kingman Lincoln as a boy was twice named Peach King and rode at the head of Palisade’s Peach Festival. As a 27-year-old man he now faces 332 years in prison.
Let the games begin: Hello from Eugene, Oregon – “Track Town, USA.” Many of you that know me understand that the sport of track and field is never very far from my mind. Like a dream come true, I am about to immerse myself in the sport by attending the 2008 U.S.
Community news & notes: The Saturday Farmers Market, the longest running farmers market in the area, is once again offering locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, meats, breads, cheese, jams, preserves and honey from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 28 to Nov.
Carbondale resident’s sights set on Olympics: BEND, Ore. – Training in mountainous Bend, Ore., this week, Carbondale’s Carrie Messner-Vickers is putting the finishing touches on years of grueling training done with one goal in mind – that of making the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
The Aspen Times
Top Stories
Basalt golfers ready to take their games to the next level: Former Basalt golf coach Pat Riley is currently reading John Feinstein’s “Tales from Q School: Inside Golf’s Fifth Major”. The book chronicles the travails of golfers striving to earn their PGA Tour cards.
Meredith Carroll: Meredith Pro Tem: Although I’m generally happy as a clam, I think I’ll always regret just a tiny bit that I never dated an upright bass player.
Celebrate solar: Dear Editor:
Scientists work on short-term climate predictions: ASPEN – Strange as it might seem, it is easier to predict changes in the climate 100 years from now than one decade from now, say scientists gathering this week in Aspen.

For the complete guide to America’s best adventure getaways, pick up the September issue of Adventure.
Where to Live and Play Now: Spend a week in these enticing base-camp burgs and you may never go home.
– Bellingham, Washington: The Essential Northwest
– Carbondale, Colorado: The Ultimate Rockies Hideout
– Woodstock, Vermont: Green Mountain Playground
Pelton’s World: Surviving a foreign fleecing
The River Wilder: Maine’s classic American river trip
K2 at 50: The controversy surrounding the world’s most vicious mountain



  1. dino3535 Said:

    Favored as one of the hottest vacation spots on the globe, Aspen, Colorado is one of the most glamorous towns in the Colorado Rockies. Here you will find the rich and famous, the cultured and the sportive, and those who simply want to steep themselves in some of the most exquisite mountain views that nature has to offer. With a plethora of winter and summer activities, Aspen is an ideal travel destination all year round.

    Winter Activities in Aspen, Colorado

    Famous for its four ski mountains, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands, Aspen boasts over 5,203 acres of wildly diverse terrain. As a haven for downhill and cross-country skiers as well as snowboarders, Aspen offers the visitor some of the world’s most exciting tracks and trails. The four mountains are serviced by 44 lifts and include 338 trails, enormous vertical drops, and several cross-country parks that are all located within a 12 mile radius, allowing visitors to go back and forth via free and frequently running shuttle buses.

    Aspen Mountain
    Aspen Mountain, also known as Ajax, rises directly from the heart of downtown Aspen. With its 673 foot altitude, the mountain is perfect for the intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders who enjoy its steep runs. A hot spot for hobnobbers, Aspen Mountain hosts five restaurants, two of which are located at the bas and three of which are on the mountain. Take the Silver Queen Gondola up to 11,212 feet and enjoy one of the 76 trails the mountain offers.

    Not a mountain for beginners, Aspen Mountain boasts a trail rating of 48% for intermediate skiers, 26% for advanced skiers, and 26% for experts.
    Vital statistics: 3 mile longest run, 3,267 foot vertical drop, four double chair lifts, comfortable gondola, patrol, ski school, equipment rentals, snowmaking, bars, restaurants.

    Snowmass is known as the youngest of the four mountains. With 3,125 acres of exceptional terrain, Snowmass offers everyone the best conditions for a full skiing or snowboarding experience. For the widest open runs in the Colorado Rockies, try the Big Burn. For breathtaking views and superlative steeps, take a turn on Hanging Valley. Snowmass offers twelve on-mountain restaurants as well as a childcare center, making it an ideal destination for families. Scooper Run, a children’s facility, is serviced by a platter-pull lift, a picnic area, and a warming hut. Take the new Village Express Lift, a 9.5 mile lift ride for six passengers that takes you to the top of Sam’s Knob with a mid-way loading station and a Sky Cab to connect Snowmass Village with New Base Village.
    Vital statistics: 5.3 mile longest run, 4,406 foot vertical drop, seven quad, two triple chairlifts, six double chairlifts, two magic carpets, four platter pulls, patrol, ski school, equipment rentals, snowmaking, restaurants, bar, nursery.

    Located three miles outside of Aspen, Buttermilk is known as the friendliest mountain for the beginner skier. With its 435 acres of terrain, advanced skiers love Buttermilk as well, taking on the powder stashes on its black-diamond runs and following its many winding trails across the wooded slopes. With the longest terrain park in the world along with a world-class half-pile, Buttermilk is famous for snowboarding. As such, this mountain hosted the extreme ESPN Winter X Games from 2002 to 2007. With nine lifts, 44 trails, three restaurants, and slope-side lodging, Buttermilk skiing makes for a great stay.
    Rating: 74% for beginner and intermediate skiers.
    Vital statistics: 3 mile longest run, 2,030 vertical drop, two quad chairs, five double chairlifts, two handle tows, patrol, ski school, equipment rentals, snowmaking, cafeteria, restaurants, bar, nursery.

    Aspen Highlands
    Aspen Highlands offers 130 trails to accommodate all levels of expertise. Spanning 970 acres, with a base of 8,040 feet and a summit of 11,675 feet, Aspen Highlands offers expert trails along with excellent mogul runs. With its four ski lifts and seven restaurants, this mountain is both friendly and accommodating, making it one of the locals’ favorite.

    Ratings: 18% for beginner skiers, 30% for intermediate, 16% for advanced, and 6% for expert.
    Vital statistics: 3.5 miles longest run, 3,635 foot vertical drop, 3 high speed quads, 2 triple chair lifts, patrol, ski school, equipment rentals, snowmaking, bar, and restaurants.

    As the continuing host to the ESPN Winter X Games, Aspen, Colorado will participate once again in 2008, presenting skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers from all over the world. With four days and nights of competition, the event is free and open to the public.

    Other Outdoor Activities
    Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, guided dog sled tours, snowcats, and horse drawn sleighs are some of the ways visitors can enjoy their stay in Aspen, Colorado. With its dizzying mountain ranges, it wide valleys, its gladed trails, and its pure Colorado Rocky air, any winter activity that you choose will bring you closer to finding the most exquisite natural sights imaginable.

    Summer Activities in Aspen, Colorado

    Whether its golf, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, or fly fishing, Aspen has enough to keep the summer visitor well occupied. With the lifts running all year round, it is easy to get to some of the more backcountry trails located at the tops of the mountains. Redolent with alpine wildflowers, dense forests, and some of the most majestic vistas seen anywhere in the world, Aspen is an ideal summer vacation destination in the Colorado Rockies.

    Culture in Aspen, Colorado
    Aspen, Colorado is home to many galleries and concert halls and is famous for its year-round festivals and concerts. Visit the Aspen Institute where business leaders, heads of state, artists, and activists from all over the world gather to participate and enjoy the various programs.

    With its amazing restaurants, trendy bars, hip discos, as well as more down-home watering holes, Aspen’s nightlife is one of the most active and exciting. Always peppered with famous faces, paparazzi, and starlets, you can revel in the posh surroundings each night after a full day of outdoor activity.
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  2. dino3535 Said:

    Avon, Colorado
    by Michele Kadison

    Named after the English Avon River Valley, where William Shakespeare was born, Avon, Colorado is perched within the Eagle River Valley, at the base of the Beaver Ski Resort and just nine miles west of Vail. Only 20 years ago the town had a mere 1,500 residents, but due to the wild popularity of skiing in the area, it now is home to over 6,000 full-timers, with the number doubling during peak tourist season.

    With its majestic scenery and proximity to two of the major ski areas in the Colorado Rockies, Avon offers visitors lots of things to do. Head over to Gore Creek to enjoy the fishing, rafting, and kayaking; hike or bicycle along the trails leading up up and away; or take your gear over to the mountains where you can ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile as the spirit moves you.

    As in the neighboring town of Vail, you can visit many interesting art galleries and attend numerous exhibitions in Avon, Colorado. Whether you’re a snow bunny, a nature enthusiast, or a travel adventurer, there’s something for everyone in Avon, Colorado, known as one of the gems of the Rockies.

    Avon is 106 miles west of Denver on I-70

  3. I read in a book of several women climbing Gree Mountain in Aspen, Co. Is there such a mountain? Do you have any details about it??
    Thank you,
    Shelly Wickersham

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