How to Love Local in Carbondale

Responsible Travel

It is our responsibility to respect and protect our state’s natural resources. Through responsible tourism, we encourage visitors and residents alike to be aware of their economic, social, and environmental impact on these special places. Through organizations like Leave No Trace and the Colorado Tourism Office, we can supply the necessary educational resources to help keep Colorado, Colorado. 

Responsible tourism is the act of making choices, on an individual level, that supports the longevity of tourism in a particular location, respecting the environment and trying to improve the quality of life for the local population.

It’s no secret, Colorado has seen a significant increase in tourism over the last four years. With more people coming to visit our national parks, utilize our trail systems, and eat and stay in our towns, it is our responsibility to help educate and encourage those visitors to leave no trace. Through educational resources, conversations, and advocating responsible tourism we can help to keep our beautiful home maintained for future generations to come. Click to learn more. 

Upcoming Events

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First Friday

Join us every month in the heart of Carbondale’s Creative District to enjoy a wide range of local arts, galleries, shopping, award-winning restaurants and spirits, and live music and entertainment. More information.

Lodging and Restaurants

The Carbondale area offers a variety of lodging options including rustic lodges and cabins, rugged yet comfortable campgrounds, a historical landmark inn, quaint bed & breakfasts, and more traditional hotels with modern-day amenities.

Lodging Options
Restaurant Directory

Public Fishing Access 

The Roaring Fork Valley offers some of the finest fly fishing in Colorado, and Carbondale lies in the heart of it. Sitting at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers, and only a 15-minute drive to both the Colorado and Frying Pan Rivers, Carbondale serves as the perfect base-camp for anglers wanting to explore our remarkable fisheries. Learn more.

Be respectful of property lines while fishing and you must have a fishing license. Carbondale parks that offer fishing access are: Bob Terrell State WildlifeArea & Boat Ramp, Riverfront Park, Stairway park and Catherine Store Road (the bridge/boat launch area).

Dog Leash info

Dogs are only allowed at the Carbondale Town Parks: Glassier Park, Hendrick Dog Park, and the Carbondale Nature Park.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the Town of Carbondale. Anything else?

Dog parks

Hendricks Park is the only classic Dog Park.
Address: 2-48 Holland Dr, Carbondale, CO 81623

Glassier Park (Downtown Carbondale) & Carbondale Nature Park (422-464 Merrill Ave, Carbondale, CO 81623) both allow dogs.

Outdoor Recreation

Carbondale has a wide variety of amazing outdoor recreation opportunities! We have Gold Medal biking trails and fishing spots to beautiful golf courses and water activities. Click here to see them all!


Carbondale is home to upward of 200 creative organizations, businesses, artists and artisans. Authenticity, heritage, creativity and collaboration dominate the Carbondale Creative District vision. Carbondale is considered as a place that fosters creativity, collaboration and artistic exploration. In addition to its plethora of creative organizations, artists and artisans, Carbondale boasts many annual arts and cultural events. Learn More.

Carbondale Creative District

There is so much to explore in the Carbondale Creative District from craft breweries, farm to table food and healing gardens to artist collectives, a world class museum and unusual music venues, we have a little something for everyone.


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. Learn More.

Carbondale Farm Map

The deep roots of Carbondale’s agricultural history and ranching culture come to life as Carbondale Tourism launches a new visitor experience designed to give tourists a greater connection to the local food and farming scene. The Roaring Fork & Farm Map is a printed pocket guide to Carbondale’s agritourism which includes guest ranches, public gardens and farms, visitor attractions, and experiences, along with restaurants and retailers that were identified as specifically supporting the local food movement through menu items or connections with local farmers.

Carbondale Farmers’ Market

Our Market emphasizes and depends on a small eclectic blend of local farmers, producers, and artisans. Each Wednesday we gather here to provide you the freshest & finest produce grown on the Western Slope. All of our vendors strive to incorporate wise & sustainable business practices. We are also proud to be part of the local Carbondale Business Community. Starts June 16th and is held each summer Wednesday from 10 am – 3 pm. September 29th is the last one for the season.


When gold and silver were discovered near Aspen in 1879, droves of prospectors poured into the upper Roaring Fork Valley to settle and establish mining claims, and the rich and fertile river-bottom land in Carbondale was coveted by hunters and farmers wishing to supply food to the mining boom towns. Learn More. Additional Information.

Giving Back

If you are interested in how to give back to the communities in Carbondale, we would greatly appreciate your gratitude. We encourage you to donate your time and money to the following organizations: Non-profit directory listing.

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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

Sopris Gymkhana Club


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Aug 11
>Summer Park Concert Series
Summer Park Concert Series


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