Basalt Community Information

Basalt is located in Eagle and Pitkin counties and is home to roughly 4,000 residents. Known as the "Heart of the Roaring Fork Valley," Basalt is about 25 minutes from Aspen and is situated at the convergence of the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers.

The Ute Indians once roamed here using it as summer hunting and fishing grounds long before Europeans explored the area. The first reliable account of European presence in the Eagle River Valley was in 1840 when Kit Carson guided the Fremont party through the region. Fortune hunters and settlers scoured the state, striking lead carbonate ore in 1874.

In this part of the state, cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking trails abound through thousands of acres of pristine mountain wilderness. Anglers go after the trout along the banks of two gold medal trout streams, the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers and the Ruedi Reservoir offers the most beautiful setting for windsurfing, sailing and skiing.

Basalt is home for many of the local families of the Roaring Fork Valley and provides a full range of year-round services. The area offers great schools, libraries, hospitals and public transportation. Basalt is located a short drive to Interstate 70, providing you with easy access to Denver and the rest of Colorado.