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Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers, Basalt is 16 miles north of Aspen and 22 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs. The town takes its name from 10,800-foot Basalt Peak just to the north of town. The name comes from the black igneous rock in the area.

The Colorado Midland Railroad, built to carry coal and silver ore between Leadville and Aspen, established the town of Frying Pan Junction in 1887. Incorporated as Basalt in 1901, the mountain town filled with immigrants from Switzerland and Northern Italy to work for the railroad mines and coal smelters. With the closing of the mines, the railroad rolled up its tracks and the few remaining folks began ranching. Signs of the great railroad era still remain today in a town now reborn as a vibrant community catering to both tourists and residents.

Basalt, with its close proximity to Aspen, is a gateway to all the valley's recreational activities. Enjoy a quaint town that has become a favorite treasured destination all its own.


Elevation: 6,610 Ft

Population: 3,857 (2010 estimate)

County: Bisected by Pitkin and Eagle


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The Basalt Lifestyle

Basalt is well known for its Gold Medal trout fishing in the Frying Pan River and boating and other watersports at Ruedi Reservoir, It is a hub for mountain biking in the Roaring Fork valley. In the winter there are a dozen world-class cross-country and downhill ski trails within 15 miles of Basalt. When in Basalt, get outside and enjoy yourself! Whether you’re looking for some relaxing fun or an adrenaline spiked adventure, there's an abundance of outdoor pursuits at your disposal.

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