Basalt is a quaint mountain town that owes its rich history to the Midland railroad and its former mining days. Only 18 miles from Aspen, Basalt is the ideal mid-valley location for those who have a passion for fishing, but also want to enjoy easy access to all of the amenities that both Snowmass and Aspen have to offer.
What sets Basalt apart from its neighboring towns is its famous Gold Medal waters. Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Frying Pan River, Basalt provides fishermen an exceptional location to master their craft. Surrounded by nature, this is an angler’s paradise for those who enjoy the tranquility while eagerly waiting to catch brown and rainbow trout. The Roaring Fork River also offers a beautiful setting for those who would like to pursue canoeing, whitewater rafting or take leisurely float trips in the summer. The Whitewater Park is the perfect place to hone in on your kayaking skills or practice standing on your paddleboard. Located in close proximity to Basalt, the Ruedi Reservoir is a popular spot to take out your boat and pursue different types of water sports. Additionally, there are many hiking, biking and running trails to explore in the surrounding wilderness, as well as many recreation areas for camping and hunting in the nearby White River National Forest.
This charming town prides itself on being a friendly, close-knit community made up of a diverse group of residents who share common values. The vibrant Downtown Basalt offers locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, businesses and art galleries. Locals really appreciate having everything they could want or need be within walking distance. The community gets together every Sunday in the summer for a Farmer’s market that is held adjacent to Lions Park and hosts a variety of vendors, demonstrations and live music.
The close proximity to the Willits Town Center with its up-and-coming developments is another draw to Basalt. Less than 10 minutes away, Willits is a thriving mixed-use neighborhood featuring a variety of shops and restaurants including a Whole Foods and City Market grocery stores, health and spa services, as well as lofts and upcoming apartment buildings. The central town square serves as the main site for community gatherings and events. Enjoy the summer concert series at Triangle Park, where you can snuggle up with a cozy blanket and socialize with your local neighbors while listening to live music.