Carbondale is a wonderful small town in a big valley; 40 minutes from world-class skiing but a destination in itself, full of year-round activities. Events such as the 5Point Film Festival in April and the Mountain Fair Music and Art Festival in July draw large crowds in spring and summer, and Carbondale is only 35-40 minutes from the 4 world-renowned ski mountains of Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk. Sitting at the junction of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys, adjacent to White River National Forest land and at the foot of majestic, 13,000-foot tall Mt. Sopris, Carbondale offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure as well as relaxation. Local hot springs include Avalanche Ranch and Spa and the Glenwood Hot Springs, and the True Nature Healing Arts yoga center is located right in town.
Summer activities include hiking, biking (both mountain and road), river play of all kinds including kayaking and white-water rafting, and even surfing on the Colorado River! The nearby Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers offer gold-medal fly fishing, and the surrounding National Forest and BLM lands offer endless backpacking and camping opportunities. In the winter Carbondale boasts the largest collection of cross-country ski trails in the valley, located at Spring Gulch. Snow bikes are hugely popular and available to rent, and make it easy to enjoy the trails year-round.
Carbondale is also ideally located on the Rio Grande Trail, a multi-use paved path running 42 miles from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. The Rio Grande trail is an incredible resource for runners, walkers, bikers and cross-country skiiers. Horses are allowed too! From Carbondale you are also only 12 miles from the Glenwood Canyon bike trail, a spectacular way to experience the Canyon with its famous stretch of I-70 and the Colorado River.