Located at the base of Mt. Sopris and at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Crystal River, Carbondale is a charming, close-knit community that is home to a diverse group of people including ranchers, farmers, nature and art enthusiasts. It is a special place that fosters creativity and innovation by providing plenty of opportunities for members of the community to explore their ideas and pursue their passions or interests. Carbondale is also an environmentally-friendly town that is committed to achieving sustainability and is constantly finding ways to enhance the quality of life for its residents.
The arts have been a fundamental element in shaping the town of Carbondale. Members of the community first deemed the arts to being imperative to the town’s livelihood in the early 1970’s when they founded “Carbondale Arts” to promote its importance. Today, the arts continue to be at the heart of Carbondale. There are over 200 creative organizations and artists that make up the Creative District. Downtown Carbondale is particularly known as an art and culture hot spot. There are so many places to explore such as art galleries, performing art studios, exhibits and sculpture gardens. In addition, there is a series of cultural events organized every year to promote the appreciation of the arts. Perhaps the most renowned is the Mountain Fair Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country to Carbondale. The event celebrates the town’s local artists as well as those from out of town and brings together more than 150 vendors exhibiting handmade works of art including paintings, photography, glass, crafts, accessories, jewelry, pottery, clothing and more.
Don’t miss First Fridays once a month, which is also a celebration of the arts and an opportunity for the whole community to come together. There’s no better time to take a walk down Main Street, which is hopping with live music and entertainment. Choose one of the many award-winning restaurants for an exquisite dining experience that will surely not disappoint. From American cuisine to Italian, Thai, Japanese and Mexican, Carbondale offers a variety of food that will satisfy any craving.
Carbondale is viewed as one of Colorado’s finest base camps for adventure, as there are endless active ways to revel in the beauty of your local surroundings. In a matter of minutes, find yourself miles away from civilization or enjoying the resorts of Aspen and Snowmass!