The Fork In The Road: Responsible Tourism in Carbondale

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Detour to Carbondale, the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley, for a fall adventure where you'll be steeped in not only local culture but our core value of responsible tourism.

Sustainability Activity
Help Educate and Preserve

If you are interested in helping do your part to educate and preserve our state’s resources, then we encourage you to volunteer with any of the fantastic organizations in the valley. Roaring Fork Conservancy, Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are always looking for people who share their passion to volunteer!

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Activity
Participate in a Habitat Restoration Workshop

Wilderness Workshop’s Habitat Restoration Program conducts volunteer projects during the year to restore ecosystems and spur community volunteerism on National Forest Lands. The purpose of the Habitat Restoration Program is to repair ecological damage to local public lands caused by past human activities and inspire and engage Roaring Fork Valley residents in stewardship of their public lands. Be sure to check the website for projects during your stay!

Activity
Bike to Rock Bottom Ranch

The 113-acre wildlife preserve and educational ranch sits between the Roaring Fork River and the Crown of Mount Sopris. Its acreage includes wetlands, spring-fed ponds, a braid of the Roaring Fork River, cottonwood bottomlands, a view of piñon-juniper woodlands on adjacent BLM land, teaching farmyards, pasturelands and gardens.

Dinner
Allegria Restaurant
Allegria Carbondale is a European-Italian restaurant with a French flair, within the heart of Carbondale, Colorado. Guests can enjoy the…
Activity
Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs
On 36 acres located in the heart of the Roacky Mountains, Avalanche Ranch is the perfect cabin getaway. Thirteen charming log cabins, a tiny house…
Insider's Tip
Stay After Your Soak

Roll out of the hot springs and into your accommodations at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. Stay in one of their 13 cozy log cabins or in their three-bedroom ranch house. 

Day
2
Breakfast
The Village Smithy Restaurant
A legendary tradition in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1975, the Village Smithy is everyone's choice for the best breakfasts available in the…
Activity
Hike or Bike Red Hill

Right at the intersection of Highways 82 and 133 is a local favorite for a quick hike with the dog or a challenging mountain-bike trail system. The Red Hill Recreation Area is a series of short trails that lead to the Mushroom Rock overlook, which has a great view of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys.

Insider's Tip
Rent Your Bike

Pop by Basalt Bike & Ski to get your bike.

Lunch
True Nature Healing Arts Organic Cafe
An intentional sanctuary, True Nature Healing Arts offers yoga in Carbondale, CO. We also have a tea room, Ayurvedic spa and eco-friendly boutique…
Insider's Tip
Stay for Yoga

After a delicious lunch — choose from a variety of offerings at True Nature Healing Arts! Enjoy a walk around the peach garden and relish in the zen garden, Labyrinth and reflexology path. Enjoy a yoga class or spa treatment. You can't go wrong. It's off-the-hook amazing!

Dinner
Phat Thai Restaurant
We're a curious new breed of southeast Asian eatery, offering imaginative food and tasty drink inspired by our travels to Thailand, Malaysia,…
Activity
Visit the Marble Bar

This bar is crafted from the same marble as the Lincoln Memorial and dishes up delightful cocktails.

Lodging
Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Sleep with the Stills . . . Marble Distilling Co. is the only distillery in the world to boast five luxury hotel rooms where guests can "Sleep…
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3
Breakfast
Bonfire Coffee
Ethically and sustainably sourced coffees roasted to order.
Activity
Sustainable Settings
Established in August 1997 Sustainable Settings is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that inspires people and communities to embrace…
Insider's Tip
Take a Private Tour

Make sure to call to set up your private farm tour and learn more about their commitment to research, education and production of superior quality botanicals to yield highly potent, vibrant and healing herbs for people, pollinators and the planet.

Lunch
Granetta Panini
Baked goods, high quality coffee and sandwiches make up the menu of this adorable cafe in downtown Carbondale.
Activity
Bike Missouri Heights

If you take your road bike out in Missouri Heights, you will be able to see one of the best views of the Elk Mountains in the entire Roaring Fork Valley from Fender Road. Stop for a minute and breathe it in. Rent your bike from Basalt Bike & Ski.

Dinner
The Homestead Bar & Grill
Our menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices as well. Come relax on our welcoming patio that offers simply the best views of Mt Sopris…
Activity
Cedar Ridge Ranch
A beautiful family ranch that offers glamping. Yurts, farm stays, Alpaca Yoga, farm tours, felting workshops, horseback riding. We will rent out…
Lodging
Cedar Ridge Ranch
A beautiful family ranch that offers glamping. Yurts, farm stays, Alpaca Yoga, farm tours, felting workshops, horseback riding. We will rent out…
Day
4
Breakfast
Silo Culinary Productions
SILO’s philosophy is all about simplicity. Our classic American fare allows the fresh, local ingredients to speak for themselves. Whenever possible,…
Activity
See What's Shaking With the Roaring Fork Conservancy

The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a range of fun and informative events throughout the year, from fly-tying competitions and river cleanups to area tours and presentations.

Lunch
Axkawa
The best Mexican food in Colorado — or pretty darn close. Tacos, tortas, burritos, soups, beer and margaritas.
Activity
Carbondale Creative District
Supported by the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, the Carbondale Creative…
Dinner
Izakaya Carbondale
Never disappointing, dinner at Izakaya in Carbondale will be one to remember. True to Carbondale’s casual vibe, the menu combines sushi and sashimi…
Activity
Carbondale Beer Works
Carbondale Beer Works is located in the heart of downtown Carbondale.  We are committed to providing our customers with world class food and craft…
Lodging
Comfort Inn & Suites Carbondale
Centrally located in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley, the Comfort Inn & Suites' hotel is ideally situated at the crossroads between Aspen,…