Roaring Fork Valley
The Roaring Fork Valley is the geographical region of Colorado that includes the communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale & Glenwood Springs. The valley extends 50 miles from the up valley reaches on Independence Pass following the Roaring Fork River down valley to Glenwood Springs with its boundaries surrounded on all sides by mountains. Each community within the valley has its own personality and charm which increases the appeal of the Roaring Fork Valley as a tourism destination and provides visitors the opportunity to explore even more outside of Aspen and Snowmass.
Basalt/El Jebel (17 Miles Down Valley) – The closest town to the ski resorts in Aspen and Snowmass, Basalt is a hot spot for fly fishing enthusiasts. It sets at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers and is a top destination in North America for those in search of catching trout on a fly. It has some great dining/shopping options and is home to the town largest grocery stores in the upper valley (Whole Foods & City Market).
Carbondale (28 Miles Down Valley) – Nestled at the base of Mt. Sopris, Carbondale holds the reputation in the valley as the local’s town. Many of its inhabitants work up valley, but call the quaint mountain town home. This locally driven economy allows its residents to enjoy more affordable housing, shopping and dining options. It is our valley’s agricultural epicenter, with expansive farms and ranches flanking the city limits. A notable arts and music scene drive the amazing personality of this community.
Glenwood Springs (44 Miles Down Valley) – Known as the gateway to the Roaring Fork Valley. Glenwood springs sits at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River and is situated on the Interstate 70 corridor. It is the largest community in the Roaring Fork Valley and often calls residents from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to visit is large department stores (Target, Lowes & Wal-Mart) to gather up necessities not easily obtained elsewhere. Glenwood is famous for its Hot Springs pools and is a thriving tourism destination in the summer.