[Ruedi Reservoir located about 15 miles upstream from Basalt, Colo.] Established in 1901, Basalt is a small mountain town in the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s located about 18 miles northwest of Aspen at 6,611 feet.
Situated in both Eagle and Pitkin counties, the town had 3,857 recorded residents in 2010. The Statutory Town has several commercial businesses catering to locals and tourists. Visitors come through town in route to Aspen, and to enjoy the local nature.
Originally the town was called Ute Junction, because it was a train junction of Ute City and Aspen. It was later called Basalt after the basaltic rock formation on Basalt Mountain. In 1901 it was incorporated.
Biking – There are dozens of outstanding mountain bike trails in the region. Plus Snowmass offers lift-accessed downhill mountain biking within 15 miles of town.
Fishing – The Frying Pan River passes through known town, providing year round fishing. It’s a Gold Medal trout waters so the quality is great. There’s also Ruedi Reservoir, which offers boating to the mix.
Things To Do near Basalt, CO
- Aspen (22mi)
- Carbondale (11mi)
- El Jebel (4mi)
- Glenwood Springs (23mi)
- Marble (40mi)
- Paonia (70mi)
- Redstone (29mi)
- Snowmass Village (16mi)
- Woody Creek (11mi)
View the town’s official website.