Welcome To Basalt
Two rivers merge to create the perfect mountain town landscape
A historic town settled between the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers, Basalt’s way of life is highly influenced by its surroundings. Locals live a slower-paced life but have a strong interest in the environment and exploration. The rivers and mountains offer a great mix of tranquility and adventure.
What started as a railroad town has merged into a peaceful oasis. The name Basalt comes from the basaltic rock of the Black Mountain near town and helps maintain the town’s strong sense of environmentalism. Basalt locals spend as much time as possible outdoors.
The market in Basalt has lower price points than the neighboring ski resorts, making it more accessible for buyers interested in a quieter location but who still want to stay close to the Aspen slopes. The town is split into two sections: the historic downtown and a new, urban neighborhood, Willits, on the western edge of town, leaving room for lifestyle diversity.
What To Love
- Nestled between Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers
- Perfect blend of historic and modern
- Surprising amount of exciting cuisine
People & Lifestyle
The natural flow of life in the town has built-in approachability and steadiness. Basalt has a charming sense of community, and you're likely to see neighbors chatting at the coffee shops or meeting up at the farmers’ market on Sunday morning. Even in the more modern Willits, locals move at a slower, more introspective pace, and the historic downtown is a place of pride.
Basalt is built for both outdoorsmen and successful professionals. The Willits neighborhood creates an alluring feel for younger individuals with an urban desire while the older, historic section of the town is perfect for those looking for relaxation and laid-back charm.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Midland Avenue, Basalt’s main street, is lined with restaurants and shops and is the main hub of the historic downtown.
Basalt has many local boutiques and outdoor gear supply stores. With stores ranging from Hot Mama’s Boutique to Taylor Creek Fly Fishing Shop, you’re sure to find a little something you’ll love. If you're looking for more high-end options, Aspen is only a quick drive away.
Check out Cafe Bernard for great food paired with a small-town ambiance, or grab a coffee from CC’s Cafe. Head to Free Range Kitchen and Wine Bar for a more immersive, lingering experience or Tempranillo for Spanish and Italian-styled tapas. The Willits Town Center is great for additional shopping needs—there’s even a Whole Foods.
Things To Do
For a quieter town, Basalt has many opportunities for entertainment. Try your hand at a more low-key activity like fly-fishing or jump into the water for sailing, waterskiing, and paddleboarding. Or, enjoy some local events!
The Sunday farmers’ market is full of local produce and community. The free summer concert series is definitely worth taking advantage of—it’s a fun way to catch up with the locals and enjoy some outside time. The Basalt Public Library is beautiful and great for a peaceful day of browsing. Don’t forget to take advantage of nearby festivals like Aspen Food & Wine!
For warmer months, the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers are known for their gold medal fly-fishing. Ruedi Reservoir is nearby and great for boating activities. There are many local trails for hiking or cycling, and in winter, the slopes are only a short drive away.
Basalt is home to excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Basalt Elementary School, PK-4, Public, Roaring Fork School District
- Basalt Middle School, 5-8, Public, Roaring Fork School District
- Basalt High School, 9-12, Public, Roaring Fork School District