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.
Ruedi Reservoir – Although closed in the winter, Ruedi Reservoir attracts recreationalists the rest of the year. The boating and fishing are great on the 1000-acre reservoir. There are also campgrounds by the lake.
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.
Camping – Basalt is the gateway to Ruedi Reservoir. There is both dispersed camping and campgrounds back there.
- Read about camping near Basalt, Snowmass and Aspen.
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.
- Read about the lakes and rivers to fish around Aspen.
Hotels and lodging:
- Read about the best hotels in Basalt.
Activities near Basalt
- Fryingpan River
- Lake Ann Reservoir (11mi)
- Roaring Fork River
- Thomas Lakes (11mi)
- Ruedi Reservoir (18mi)
- White River National Forest
- Hagerman Pass 4×4 (41mi)
- Aspen (22mi)
- Carbondale (11mi)
- El Jebel (4mi)
- Glenwood Springs (23mi)
- Marble (40mi)
- Paonia (70mi)
- Redstone (29mi)
- Snowmass Village (16mi)
- Woody Creek (11mi)