A mix of old and new in the great outdoors!

The areas of Basalt, Carbondale, El Jebel, Willits, and Missouri Heights make up Colorado’s beauty Downvalley region. Outdoor publications consistently rank Carbondale and Basalt as some of the best places to live in the nation for those who seek outdoor activities at a slightly lower elevation—fantastic for bikers, trail runners, golfers, skiers, whitewater paddlers, and families. 

Residents also find ample opportunities for more relaxed recreation, like fly fishing and stand-up paddleboarding on the Roaring Fork’s calmer rivers. Visitors can easily drive through the town of Basalt to Ruedi Reservoir for paddleboarding, waterskiing, swimming, picnicking, or boating around. Hiking is also everywhere in the mid-valley region and skiing is just a short drive to Aspen or Snowmass.

Downvalley residents also take advantage of slightly warmer temperatures at the lower elevations than Aspen/Snowmass and can enjoy a mixture of both Old-Towne shopping and dining experiences, as well as many modern-day conveniences and lifestyles. The area is very popular for families because of these reasons. 

What to Love at a Glance

  • Fantastic outdoor recreation
  • A wide range of homes, ranches, ranchettes, and condominiums 
  • Popular for outdoor enthusiasts and families
  • Mixture of classic, “Old-Towne” areas with many modern-day amenities infused
  • Many dining, arts, retail, and entertainment options
  • Closer proximity to I-70 than Aspen/Snowmass
  • A part of the Roaring Forks School District, as well as Carbondale Elementary School District


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