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About Carbondale

Carbondale is a quaint and quiet town, a desirable destination in its own right with a history of supporting nearby cities and communities with its abundant resources. Many who work in Aspen live in the more affordable Carbondale, and it’s also a popular spot for second homes, affordable mountain getaways, and artistic and cultural events. Because it is situated near the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers, it’s an ideal outdoor recreation destination, known for hiking, biking, fly fishing, hunting, rafting, kayaking, and cross country skiing.

Located at the base of Mt. Sopris and at an elevation of 6,181 feet, Carbondale is situated about 170 miles from Denver and 30 miles from Aspen. Carbondale is part of Garfield County and had a population of 6,427 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The climate is lovely with an average of 295 days of sunshine, comfortable summers, low humidity, and chilly but mild winters.

History of Carbondale

This land was part of a large area of western Colorado originally inhabited by the Northern Ute Nation. Then in 1881, homesteading opportunities attracted settlers from Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and the new town began to take root, officially incorporating in 1888. As mining increased in Aspen and neighboring areas, Carbondale’s fertile land became a critical place to grow food for miners, distributed throughout the area by the many railroads that passed through town. Potatoes were the primary crop for 50 years, and this is still celebrated today with Carbondale’s annual Potato Day festivities.

As the Great Depression hit Carbondale, and throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, the town transitioned from an almost exclusive agriculture economy to include more ranching and mining. This diversification helped the city tremendously; to this day, working cowboys, cattle drives, and prizewinning livestock are an active part of Carbondale and the town’s unique and significant coal resources were a major part of Carbondale’s growth and economy through the early 1990s. The growth of Aspen as a top international ski destination has also contributed to the town’s history and growth, as many Aspen workers have made their homes in Carbondale.

Today, it has developed into a tourism, outdoor recreation, artistic, and cultural destination in its own right. Despite many periods of change, Carbondale maintains a deep sense of community and connection, a feature that draws many to this quaint and quiet spot.

Entertainment and Activities in Carbondale

Between outdoor recreation, rodeos, historical spots, music, and the arts, there’s no shortage of activities and entertainment to suit every interest in Carbondale, Colorado.

The Thompson House Museum
Wild West Rodeo
Carbondale Annual Potato Day
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails
Fly-fishing Spots
The Carbondale Mountain Fair
Art aRound Town
Thunder River Theatre Company
First Fridays Art Walk
Summer Concert Series

Restaurants in Carbondale

Carbondale features many locally owned and operated restaurants with something for every customer and budget. Here are a few examples:

Village Smithy
26 S. 3rd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Phat Thai
343 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

335 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

The Goat Kitchen & Bar
995 Cowen Dr. #103
Carbondale, CO 81623

Whitehouse Pizza
801 Main Ct.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Town Carbondale
348 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Konnyaku Restaurant
568 CO-133
Carbondale, CO 81623

Dos Gringos Burritos
588 CO-133
Carbondale, CO 81623

Mi Casita
580 Main St. Ste. 100
Carbondale, CO 81623

Beijing Tokyo
1194 CO-133
Carbondale, CO 81623

Pour House
351 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Art Galleries in Carbondale

There’s a vibrant and growing interest in the arts in Carbondale. Local art galleries are one of the best places to experience this part of the town’s unique culture.

Main St. Gallery & The Framer, LTD
399 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Roadside Gallery
320 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Kahhak Fine Arts
417 Main St., #411
Carbondale, CO 81623

Schools in Carbondale

Education is important to Carbondale, and there’s a number of schools to suit any need.

Crystal River Elementary
160 Snowmass Dr.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Roaring Fork High School
2270 CO-133
Carbondale, CO 81623

Carbondale Middle School
180 Snowmass Dr.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Carbondale Community Charter School
1505 Satank Rd.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Colorado Mountain College Carbondale
690 Colorado Ave.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Churches in Carbondale

St. Vincent’s Catholic Church
397 County Road 101
Carbondale, CO 81623

Crystal River Baptist Church
2632 Highway 133
Carbondale CO 81623

Carbondale Community United Methodist Church
385 S. 2nd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

The Orchard Life
110 Snowmass Dr.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Mid Valley Baptist Church
16472 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623

Grace Church of Roaring Fork Valley
20 Eagle County Rd.
Basalt, CO 81623

385 S. 2nd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall
97 Lions Ridge Rd.
Carbondale, CO 81623