Carbondale Colorado is a unique place found at the intersections of Highways 82 and 133.  Mt. Sopris dominates the skyline. Carbondale has local breweries, bike shops, a rec center with climbing wall, another climbing club, a yoga studio with tranquility garden, yearly fashion show and the Roaring Fork Coop where ranch hands can get their gear.  Carbondale Arts lends a vibrancy to the town with the First Fridays event, and there are no HOAs in the downtown core. Learn more about Carbondale’s Creative Art’s district to discover the creative energy bounding through this mountain town.

There’s a neighborhood on the Roaring Fork River called Satank, with its special bridge; and an incredible boarding school called Colorado Rocky Mountain School.  Sopris Park hosts the Mountain Fair each year, and the town is surrounded by bike paths and a dog park on one side.

The Prince Creek bike trails lead a biker up to the Crown.

River Valley Ranch is a planned development featuring high end homes around a golf course, but the golf course is open to all.

Here the Crystal meets the Roaring Fork river.

Carbondale has a mix of mountain appreciators from mountaineers looking for a town with a more laid back vibe than Aspen, farm to table folks building on the restaurant scene, people who want to live in an arts community, entrepreneurs incubating and anglers, of course.  If you live in or near Carbondale, you are close to the trail head, day trips to start multi day camping adventures, a variety of mountain bike groups and meet ups, and a community pool for the kids.  Everything you want in a town, dining, night life and recreation wise, and feel like you’re almost out of town everywhere you are.

I love the mushroom rock trail and the park and ride at the base of it, on the east side of 82. It’s a great place to meet up to carpool. Carbondale is a great place to start your day from, wind up an evening, or go out on an adventure. Its base camp for whatever you’re into.