Nestled between the majestic Sopris and Basalt mountains, cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking trails abound through thousands of acres of pristine mountain wilderness.

Today, Basalt is known as a vacation haven for families and sports enthusiasts. Located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, world-class skiing and cultural opportunities are only minutes away. Amid the myriad of activities, Basalt still preserves it original, quaint charm.

This fishing paradise sits at the confluence of two Gold Medal rivers, the Frying Pan River and the Roaring Fork River, which appropriately roar out of the Sawatch Range east of Aspen. The Roaring Fork’s waters slow considerably as they reach Basalt, entering town with a pleasant gurgle. Look for serious whitewater rafting and kayaking from west of Aspen to Basalt, while leisurely float trips drift down the 12-mile lower part of the Roaring Fork, from Basalt to Carbondale. Ruedi Reservoir offers the most beautiful setting for windsurfing, sailing and skiing. Nearby White River National Forest, which blankets Basalt on both sides, is ideal for fishing or hiking. Ruedi Reservoir is a popular place for paddleboarders.

Walkers, runners and cyclists alike will enjoy the Rio Grande Trail. Forty-two miles of scenery await on this mostly paved riverside route. The trail runs from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, with Basalt serving as it's halfway point.

For a shorter stroll, take the historical walking tour to soak up the sights while learning about the town's history. If you happen to be in town on a summer Sunday, meet the Roaring Fork Valley's makers while stocking up on fresh snacks at the Sunday Market.

There is also very hospitable lodging right in town within walking distance to great shopping and dining. More than 20 restaurants and countless boutiques and specialty stores complete the serene scene. 

Read 2 Days in the Roaring Fork Valley for an itinerary of things to do in the area.

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