Heritage & Agritourism

In recent years, there has been a movement to revive local agriculture from a younger generation of farmers and producers, who are collaborating with the community’s long-standing ranching families to lease land for small-batch farm operations. Farm tours and workshops are part of the Carbondale agritourism experience, with new farm stays and restaurants offering visitors a taste and place of the farm. And it’s worth noting that Carbondale’s farm culture is truly instilled in the imbibe culture as well—with the local distillery using locally grown grains for most products.

Roaring Fork + Farm Map

The deep roots of the Roaring Fork Valley’s agricultural history and local food culture come to life as the five tourism organizations—Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Snowmass Tourism, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale Tourism, and Visit Glenwood Springs — have produced a visitor guide designed to give tourists a greater connection to the food on their plate and the local terroir through farms and ranch experiences. The Roaring Fork & Farm Map is a printed pocket guide to the Valley’s experiences that include guest ranches, public gardens and visitor-ready farms, visitor attractions, along with specific restaurants, food outlets, and producers that were identified as “local food champions” for their noted efforts and relationships that support local and regional Colorado farmers through menu items and culinary offerings.

Farm Visits & Tours

Experience the workings of Carbondale’s farms, meet our local farmers and ranchers. These farms open their doors to visitors and offer tours.
• Cedar Ridge Ranch – Intimate Alpaca Interactions, Horses
• Sustainable Settings – Dairy, Biodynamic Farming
• True Nature Healing Arts Peace Garden – Biodynamic Edible Garden
• Heritage Garden – Pioneer Gardening Methods
• Crystal River Hatchery

Classes & Workshops

From bee-keeping and fiber arts, to biodynamic farming and beekeeping—many of our local farms are renowned centers for agricultural education and craft experiences.
• Cedar Ridge Ranch – Agritourism, Alpaca Fiber Workshop, Horse Riding
• Sustainable Settings – Bee Keeping, Agricultural Education

Farm to Table Restaurants & Field Dining Experiences

Carbondale is surrounded by a bounty of local produce and for several chefs, sourcing local has never been a trend—it’s just the only way to cook. Several farms pair with local chefs to host seasonal harvest and dinner events. The town’s distillery also supports local agriculture, by sourcing grains from the local farms.
• Marble Distilling Company
• Allegria
• Silo
• Granetta Panini
• Field2Fork Kitchen at Sustainable Settings

Farm Stays & Glamping

What can be more authentically Colorado than a western welcome by staying on the ranch?

Cedar Ridge Ranch
Avalanche Ranch and Hot Springs

Where to Buy Local

Carbondale boasts two farmers markets: weekly during summer and fall season, as well as a new night market each First Friday’s. Plus Mana Food’s offers full range of locally grown and raised produce all year round.

Carbondale Farmer’s Market
Mana Foods
Nieslanik Beef
Potter Farms
Wild Mountain Seeds

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Events & Activities

Jul 26
>53rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair
53rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

July 26th-28th, join Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley community in celebrating the best event of the summer, Mountai...

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Jul 27
>Carbondale Clay Center’s Mountain Fair Pottery Throwdown Relay
Carbondale Clay Center’s Mountain Fair Pottery Throwdown Relay

Join us for CCC’s third annual Pottery Throwdown Relay on Saturday at 6pm under the judging tent. Eight teams of four wi...

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Jul 28
>Porcupine Loop Bike Race
Porcupine Loop Bike Race

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Aug 2
>August First Friday
August First Friday

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Aug 10
>Gymkhana
Gymkhana

Sopris Gymkhana Club

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Aug 11
>Summer Park Concert Series
Summer Park Concert Series

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