When gold and silver were discovered near Aspen in 1879, prospectors poured into the upper Roaring Fork Valley to settle and establish mining claims. Carbondale was highly coveted because of its rich and fertile land, and early settlers started cattle and sheep ranches and began growing potatoes. For over 50 years potatoes was the mainstay crop of the Carbondale economy. The town of Carbondale incorporated in 1888 and was named after one of its original settlers.
Known as the gateway to the Crystal River Valley, Carbondale is anchored to the South by 12,953 ft. Mount Sopris, hailed as Colorado’s greatest continuous vertical gain.
Carbondale is a timeless mountain town, abundant with charm and is characterized by its sunshine, low humidity and mild winters. Activities here are ideal for recreation enthusiasts. From hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing…there is always plenty to do. In the winter, downhill skiing is only minutes away or try cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing at any one of the many hiking trails nearby.
Carbondale’s quaint downtown area offers fine dining, live music, theater, galleries and arts. Special events and festivals pepper the summer months in Carbondale, from the Carbondale Mountain Fair to Potato Days, the longest standing annual event and began with a celebration of the potato harvest in 1909. Carbondale’s residents have the perfect sense of community, extraordinary surroundings and a great quality of life.
Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles north of Aspen.
At an altitude of 6,181 feet, Carbondale enjoys mild winters, comfortable summers, low humidity and an average of 285 days of sunshine.
The population of Carbondale is 5,706.
Carbondale is in the Roaring Fork School District, but there are many options to consider in Carbondale. There are three private schools and two chartered schools in the area. There are several day care centers and pre-schools.
Fine medical establishments are nearby in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Basalt. Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen and Mid-Valley Clinic. Mid Valley Medical Center just outside of Basalt. Valley View Medical Center in Glenwood Springs.
Carbondale offers many recreational activities in the area. They include hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, rafting, and fly-fishing to name a few. In the winter, cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing on any one of the many hiking trails. Downhill skiing is only minutes away in Aspen, Snowmass or Glenwood Springs.