Basalt is the only town in North America located at the confluence of two Gold Medal fishing rivers. Flyfish, sail the Ruedi Reservoir, or enjoy take delight in various hiking trails. Enjoy local restaurants, galleries, and boutiques in historic downtown and the urbanesque development of Willits Town Center.


Welcome to Basalt

World-class fly-fishing and mountain biking destination with a fresh perspective.
The landscape and look of downtown Basalt have not changed in 150 years. At the confluence of two rivers, small restaurants and shops line Basalt’s main street, Midland Avenue, while more modern development has emerged to its west, a neighborhood known as Willits.
This quiet, historic town is best known in Aspen as the site where two Gold Medal waters—the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers—converge. Basalt is both charming and energetic, where people still talk politics at the barbershop, love the outdoors, and shop at the local farmers’ market on Sunday mornings. While the historic settlement is downtown, the modern neighborhood of Willits, on the town’s western edge, is home to new stores and loft-style living.

The Neighbors

Long-term residents enjoy living in the mountains and among one another.

Many Basalt residents moved to the Roaring Fork Valley for the Aspen-area mountains. Attracted by more affordable real estate and an approachable lifestyle, you will often hear of Basalt residents who “moved down-valley” to buy a home and raise a family. Basalt is an outdoor and cultural destination that appreciates year-round amenities, good food, and strong community connections.

What to Expect

A confluence of Colorado cool and international sophistication.

Basalt is a place where neighbors gather at the local coffee shop to discuss art, politics, and the day’s outdoor pursuits. Centrally located within the Roaring Fork Valley, equidistant between both Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Basalt enjoys easy access to both of these larger communities. The town encompasses the best of today's American West—at once historic and modern, with an eye towards sustainability and innovative design.

The Lifestyle

An unassuming community, bound by a shared love of mountains, rivers, and family.

The Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers define Basalt, but the way of life here is also about exploring the surrounding mountains, building community, and protecting the wildlife and the natural resources that first put Basalt on the map more than 130 years ago. People here enjoy a slower pace of life and take pride in its historic downtown, as well as its New Urban community of Willits. Here people enjoy lingering meals by candlelight, outdoor movies in the parks, and friends and family waving hello from their front porch.

Unexpected Appeal

A surprisingly sophisticated culinary scene.

Home to locally-owned restaurants, chefs from around the world, and wine lists that are diverse and expansive, the dining scene in Basalt offers both fine dining options as well as cozy, casual bistros. From pans brimming with seafood paella to mile-high homemade pies, French crepes, modern Mexican, and barbecue, Basalt suits every taste and appetite.

The Basalt Real Estate Market

Appealing, approachable, and brimming with potential.

Lured by a quieter lifestyle—yet wanting to remain near enough to the bustling ski resorts of Aspen—buyers flock to Basalt where there are a more approachable lifestyle and lower price point for larger properties. Steven Shane is a Basalt real estate agent, realtor & broker that can find houses, condos, cabins, and homes for sale in Basalt, CO.

You'll Fall in Love With

Life along the river in a small Western town.

Raft, kayak, or fly-fish the Gold Medal waters of the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers or drop anchor in the expansive Reudi Reservoir.
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