Welcome To Carbondale
Fiercely unique blend of historic ranching town and modern-day hub of sustainable living
Sitting just under an hour outside of Aspen, this eclectic and passionate town prides itself on independence. The landscape highly influences the lifestyle of Carbondale residents, and it’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing locals out horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, or finding other ways to include the beautiful land in their daily routines.
Carbondale’s Main Street holds on to its old-school ranching days with old saloons and cattle pastures in the middle of town and lets residents take pride in the history of their town. As the town progresses, they keep their history close to its heart.
The market in Carbondale is made up of a wide range of housing styles and grabs the attention of a good mix of buyers. With lots available for new development and price points below communities further up-valley, Carbondale offers buyers much more bang for their buck without sacrificing access to the outdoors.
What To Love
- Fierce connection to the outdoors
- Pride in historic ranching blended with modern arts and culture
- World-class dining
People & Lifestyle
Carbondale thrives on community. There’s a heavy focus on local support that extends to local artists, local restaurants, and other small businesses and a general willingness to always extend a hand to a neighbor in need.
With incredible attention to healthy lifestyles, local businesses, the arts, and the outdoors, there is an amazing blend of people in Carbondale. Artists and activists sit among retired professionals—both business professionals and professional athletes, with the median age coming in around 37 years.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Main Street has a wide range of retailers and dining options while still holding true to its old ranching style. There's a beautiful blend of ambiance that mirrors the electric mix of people that reside in Carbondale.
With shops for outdoor gear supplies as well as local boutiques and jewelry stores, the retail on Main St. is great for a leisurely day of browsing. With shops ranging from thrift stores like the New New Store and Ragged Mountain Sports, there’s something here for everyone.
Carbondale is home to many incredible chefs and restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine, resulting in a wonderful dining experience for everyone. Phat Thai has an innovative menu full of classic Asian recipes. White House Pizza is an absolute must-have. Check out Village Smithy for an American-style diner.
Things To Do
The community is proud of its natural connection between arts and culture and the outdoors and aims to bring both of these aspects into daily life.
The Carbondale Farmers’ Market brings together local produce and artisan food and crafts every Sunday. Don’t miss First Fridays—a monthly event for the community to come to celebrate the historic main street and all its offerings—or Mountain Fair—a 50+-year-old summer art and music fair.
Take advantage of the outdoors by enjoying local trails for hikes and cycling. Mushroom Rock is a great one! During the winter, check out Mount Sopris for backcountry skiing or the Spring Gulch Nordic ski trails.
The neighborhood is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 9-12, college-prep school with a strong tie to outdoor adventure
- Waldorf School, K-8, spectacular 13-acre campus with a strong dedication to moral character and global citizenship
- Roaring Fork School District, PK-12, Public