Welcome to Basalt

This quiet, historic town is best known in Aspen as the site where two Gold Medal waters—the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers—converge. Basalt is both charming and energetic, where people still talk politics at the barbershop, love the outdoors, and shop at the local farmers’ market on Sunday mornings. While the historic settlement is downtown, the modern neighborhood of Willits, on the town’s western edge, is home to new stores and loft-style living.

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small community, organic food, fishing, rivers, families


Commute Times
Aspen 20m by car
East to West Roaring Fork Club to El Jebel
North to South Southside and Emma to Basalt Mountain and the Fryingpan Valley
Nearby Neighborhoods Old Snowmass, Carbondale

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A world-class fly-fishing and mountain biking destination with a fresh perspective.

The landscape and look of downtown Basalt has not changed in 150 years. At the confluence of two rivers, small restaurants and shops line Basalt’s main street, Midland Avenue, while more modern development has emerged to its west, a neighborhood known as Willits.

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What to expect:
A confluence of Colorado cool and international sophistication.

Basalt is a place where neighbors gather at the local coffee shop to discuss art, politics, and the day’s outdoor pursuits. Centrally located within the Roaring Fork Valley, equidistant between both Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Basalt enjoys easy access to both of these larger communities. The town encompasses the best of today's American West—at once historic and modern, with an eye towards sustainability and innovative design.

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The lifestyle:
An unassuming community, bound by a shared love of mountains, rivers, and family.

The Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers define Basalt, but the way of life here is also about exploring the surrounding mountains, building community and protecting the wildlife and the natural resources that first put Basalt on the map more than 130 years ago. People here enjoy a slower pace of life, and take pride in its historic downtown, as well as it’s New Urban community of Willits. Here people enjoy lingering meals by candlelight, outdoor movies in the parks, and friends and family waving hello from their front porch.

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Unexpected appeal:
A surprisingly sophisticated culinary scene.

Home to locally owned restaurants, chefs from around the world, and wine lists that are diverse and expansive, the dining scene in Basalt offers both fine dining options as well as cozy, casual bistros. From pans brimming with seafood paella, to mile-high homemade pies, French crepes, modern Mexican and barbecue, Basalt suits every taste and appetite.

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The market:
Appealing, approachable, and brimming with potential.

Lured by a quieter lifestyle—yet wanting to remain near enough to the bustling ski resorts of Aspen—buyers flock to Basalt where there is a more approachable lifestyle and lower price point for larger properties.

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You'll fall in love with:
Life along the river in a small Western town.

Raft, kayak, or fly-fish the Gold Medal waters of the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers or drop anchor in the expansive Reudi Reservoir.

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