The Town

WELCOME! We are pleased to welcome you to Carbondale, Colorado, located at the base of majestic Mt. Sopris and resting in a broad plain defined by the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers.



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Located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado's central Rocky Mountains, the picturesque town of Carbondale was first occupied by the Ute Indians, then by silver prospectors, cattle ranchers and potato farmers. The first known residents were Ute Indians... more Carbondale History.


Touted as one of the “Top 12 Towns" in the "50 Next Great Places to Live and Play" by National Geographic Adventure magazine and as one of the 50 Best Places to Live/Most Active Towns by Men’s Journal magazine, Carbondale is a great base camp for recreation enthusiasts. Resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris, there is plenty to do, including biking, hiking, gold medal fly-fishing, kayaking, and world class skateboarding. In winter, excellent cross-country skiing can be found at Spring Gulch and beautiful snowmobiling and snowshoeing trails are accessible in all directions. World famous downhill skiing and snowboarding is 30 miles away in Aspen/Snowmass and also 15 miles away at Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs.

For a spectacular driving experience, the West Elk Loop, a Colorado Scenic Byway, starts/ends in Carbondale and wanders on the edge of town, and the commercial airports of Aspen, Eagle/Vail, and Grand Junction offer convenient access to Carbondale.

At an altitude of 6,181 feet, the Carbondale area is characterized by an average of 295 days of sunshine, low humidity, cold but mild winters and comfortable summers. The Carbondale area often avoids storms that can inundate the surrounding mountains, creating its reputation as the “banana belt” of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys. The monthly average temperature varies from 24.2 F in January to 70.8 F in July. There is a significant day to night temperature swing, and precipitation can vary greatly from year to year. Average snowfall is approximately 69 inches. The growing season averages 98 days with the last spring frost about June 1 and the first killing frost about September 15. Carbondale residents embrace a sense of community that manifests itself in the promotion of recreation, great dining, art and artists, public radio, renewable energy and resources, community gatherings and events, and a wide range of economic, social, and philosophical viewpoints.

The Town of Carbondale strives to provide up-to-date information on town services and is working to enhance your quality of life.  To learn more about the Town of Carbondale, and to visit the Town's website, click here.   To download a map of parks, open space, and trails in Carbondale, click here.