Colorado's Winter Base Camp

Carbondale has so many great places to explore in the winter season. There are hundreds of trails for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. The Town also offers a public rink for ice skating and hockey games. For downhill skiing, Carbondale is the perfect base camp. Aspen and its four famous mountains are only 30 minutes away. Steeps, bumps, and smiles can be found only 12 miles south of town in Glenwood Springs at a laid-back, family resort.


Just a few of the adventures to be had in and around Carbondale in the winter season:

Downhill Ski Mecca

Carbondale is ideally located to take advantage of some of Colorado's best skiing. Just a half hour away is the four classic mountains of Aspen Snowmass. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. If you're looking for Colorado's other big ski destination, Vail is only a little more than an hour away. And right in the backyard is the Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs. 


Backcountry Access

Experienced skiers and snowboarders who seek extreme challenge outside of the resort boundaries don’t have to venture far.  Carbondale is just minutes away from larger-than-life backcountry access around Marble, Aspen, and our own Mt. Sopris.  Stop by the Forest Service for information on winter access points to public lands and trail maps.  With the proper equipment, snow conditions, and knowledge, you too can experience a winter of endless powder right out of your own back door.  If you’re heading into the back country for the first time, go with an experienced group, and remember, never ski or ride alone.

 Cross-Country Skiing

In and around Carbondale is some truly epic cross-country skiing. Right behind town is Spring Valley, a well-groomed trail system that is a cross-country enthusiest dream come true. Another great way to enjoy xcross is on some of the golf courses in the Aspen Valley. Snowmass and Aspen both have great trails that built for speed and casual skiers alike. And last, but not least is the Rio Grande Trail, a local's favorite for a quick lunch time trip.


Every flyfisherman knows winter is the best time hit Colorado's Gold Medal rivers is winter. Carbondale is centrally located to access the big Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Colorado Rivers. Start planning your fishing trip here, then visit one of the local fly shops to help you get the best out of your time in the Roaring Fork Valley. 


Ice Climbing

There is a reason climbers call Carbondale home, and it doesn't stop in winter. Learn more about the climbing in the area here.




Hot Springs

If there is one thing all Colorado mountain getaways include, that is hot springs. Every weekend trip should finish, heck, even start, with a soak in one of the local hot springs. Carbondale just happens to be 15 minutes south of one of the states biggest and best in Glenwood Hot Springs. If you're looking for something a little more low key, just outside town is the Penny Hot Springs and beyond that towards Redstone, is Avalanche Ranch, offering the area's latest hot spring destination. 

That is just the beginning for hot spring hunters. There are hot springs tucked at the end of epic hikes, and even one that may land you in the hot seat with the law, but we'll let you discover that one. Click here to learn more about the area hot springs.


Otherwise known as hiking in winter, snowshoeing is a great way to get out into the wilderness and experience Colorado's backcountry with a peaceful blanket of show.  Stop into the local ski shops to learn where the best conditions are.





Don't forget your expensive toys when heading to the Roaring Fork Valley. There is endless back-country to explore via snowmobile. What ever direction from Carbondale you wish to explore will provide incredible views. 




Hot Spring Hopping

With the world's largest natural hot spring in Glenwood, and some great much smaller springs just down towards Redstone, Carbondalians have always had excellent options to sooth sore muscles after a weekend of adventures.





Winter Base Camp Map

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