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Basalt Neighborhood

Basalt Neighborhood

Basalt, Colorado

Basalt, Colorado, is a charming town nestled at the confluence of the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers. Located approximately 25 minutes down the valley from Aspen and surrounded by the stunning red bluffs and the expansive White River National Forest, Basalt sits at an elevation of 6,610 feet. Its historic downtown area bursts with a selection of restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife options. Basalt caters to outdoor enthusiasts with a plethora of activities including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, biking, snowshoeing, and both cross-country and downhill skiing all within a 15-mile radius. The world-renowned blue ribbon waters of the Frying Pan River and the scenic Rio Grande bike trail, providing an enjoyable route to Aspen or Carbondale, make Basalt a hub for recreational activities.

History

Originally established in 1887 as Frying Pan Junction by the Colorado Midland Railroad, which transported coal and silver ore between Leadville and Aspen, Basalt was incorporated in 1901. Historical remnants like old charcoal kilns from the era still stand, bearing testament to its rich past. Today, Basalt serves as a gateway to the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and lies within easy reach of seven golf courses, five ski areas, a commercial airport, and a myriad of world-class cultural events.

Location

Basalt is strategically positioned 16 miles north of Aspen and 22 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs along Highway 82.

Climate

At an altitude of 6,610 feet, Basalt enjoys an alpine climate characterized by minimal humidity during the summer months.

Population

The population of Basalt totals approximately 3,857 residents, with the immediate area, including El Jebel, Old Snowmass, and the Frying Pan Valley, housing around 5,000 individuals.

Education

Basalt falls within the Roaring Fork School District, offering numerous educational facilities including day care centers and preschools. Local students have access to school bus transportation to two private schools in Aspen: The Aspen Country Day School and Aspen Community School.

Medical

Medical resources near Basalt include the Aspen Valley Hospital – Basalt After Hours Clinic, the Basalt Clinic, and the recently completed Mid Valley Medical Center located just outside the town.

Recreation

Positioned at the meeting point of two Gold Medal fly fishing rivers, Basalt is a prime location for angling enthusiasts. Adjacent to the White River National Forest, it offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities. Downhill skiing locations such as Aspen, Snowmass, and Glenwood Springs are just minutes away. During the summer, the nearby Ruedi Reservoir is a popular spot for boating, sailing, and windsurfing, drawing visitors from all over.

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