Ahhh, Aspen, where do we start? It is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture, but still maintains enough small-town charm for year round residents to call it home. Aspen truly is a unique diamond nestled in the rough of the Rocky Mountains that has a knack for bringing big city features to you in a way that defies ordinary.
In the late 1940s, skiing arrived in Aspen as did modern day founders Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke. With a vision for the community that focused on Mind, Body and Spirit, the Paepckes helped Aspen begin a civic and cultural renaissance – one that continues to this day…we call it “The Aspen Idea.” Learn more about Aspen’s historical past.
That idea drives the internal energy of Aspen. Forget what you think you know about our mountain town, come and experience “The Aspen Idea” for yourself. Enjoy a day on the mountain in the winter or a bike ride along the Rio Grande Trail in the summer, fantastic food, incredible environment, but most of all great people…that’s what Aspen is all about.
Today, Basalt is known as a vacation mecca for families and sports enthusiasts. Located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, world-class skiing and cultural opportunities are only minutes away. Amid the myriad of activities, Basalt still preserves it original, quaint charm.
This fishing paradise sits at the confluence of two Gold Medal rivers, the Frying Pan River and the Roaring Fork River, which appropriately roar out of the Sawatch Range east of Aspen. The Roaring Fork’s waters slow considerably as they reach Basalt, entering town with a pleasant gurgle. Look for serious whitewater rafting and kayaking from west of Aspen to Basalt, while leisurely float trips drift down the 12-mile lower part of the Roaring Fork, from Basalt to Carbondale. Ruedi Reservoir offers the most beautiful setting for windsurfing, sailing and skiing. Nearby White River National Forest, which blankets Basalt on both sides, is ideal for fishing or hiking. There is also very hospitable lodging right in town within walking distance to great shopping and dining. More than 20 restaurants and countless boutiques and specialty stores complete the serene scene.
In Battlement Mesa, the American Dream is alive and well. Whether you are looking for your first home, making room for a growing family, or dreaming of a retirement home at the edge of a golf course, Battlement Mesa has a place for you. You CAN afford to live and play in one of Colorado’s finest communities. Here at Battlement Mesa, our beautiful vistas, friendly neighborhoods, and amazing amenities truly can’t be beat.
Centrally located between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs in the heart of Colorado’s scenic western slope, Battlement Mesa offers “The Authentic Colorado Lifestyle … For Every Lifestyle.”
As one enters this area from the junction of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers today, awed by the beauty of the magnificent mountain to the south (Mt. Sopris), so too were Colorado’s first people, the Northern Ute Nation, many thousands of years ago. Northern Utes were a migratory Native American tribe. Today, we would call them “snowbirds,” leaving their mountain homelands here for warmer climes in the winter.
Through all the cycles of boom and bust, the Town of Carbondale has developed, and continues to promote, a sense of community, manifesting itself in the promotion of the artist’s community, public radio, community gatherings and events, and a proclivity for accepting a wide range of economic, social, and philosophical viewpoints into the community fabric. The Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, KDNK Public Radio, the Mountain Fair, Mount Sopris Nordic Council, Potato Day Celebration, and the Festival Las Americas are all examples of the vibrant sense of community connection.
The downtown’s most unique attraction is the American Service Women’s Memorial, a beautiful marker built to recognize the efforts of women who served in the armed forces. A Korean War veteran raised the funds to have this monument created and dedicated to The Silent Defenders of America. The town of Collbran donated the land and became the first community to host a memorial of this kind.
One of the most popular local recreation areas is Vega State Park, located about 20 miles outside of Collbran. In the summer, campers and day-use visitors can hike or use the lake for boating, fishing and water skiing. In the winter, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular activities. For longer stays, area guest ranches give visitors a unique way to experience rural Colorado.
DeBeque is a quaint and historic community nestled along the Colorado River and Roan Plateau with many area attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Easily accessed off I-70, just 25 miles east of Grand Junction in Mesa County, Colorado, and 212 miles west of Denver, we are the perfect Western town to explore on your travels or to consider when looking to relocate.
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El Jebel is a growing residential community near Basalt in the southwestern corner of the county. Its location in the Roaring Fork Valley along the Frying Pan River provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Originally inhabited by nomadic Ute Indian tribes, this area of bubbling hot springs has long been a destination for the health seeker. In the early 1880’s, James Landis homesteaded the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Grand Rivers that would become Glenwood Springs.
Early settlers Isaac Cooper and Walter Devereux saw the potential for Glenwood Springs to become a highly regarded destination and developed these amenities into a world class resort. The arrival of the railroads in 1887 brought the first trainloads of tourists to enjoy all that Glenwood had to offer. The addition of the Vapor Caves, Hotel Colorado and Fairy Caves provided a total package for travelers. The local economy was not only fueled by tourism but also by coal mining, farming and ranching, commerce and outdoor recreation. A visit to historic Glenwood Springs will take guests back in time to enjoy all of the amenities that were formerly reserved for the well-to-do.
Meeker is the gateway to the heart of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and the head of the White River offering a plethora of year round outdoor activities. Our Town is steeped in the history of the American West with Indian battles and the rangeland issues of the early Cowboys & Sheepmen. Enjoy Meeker’s downtown boutiques, art shops and Museums and catch an outdoor summer concert.
New Castle is a quaint town situated in a narrow valley with views of mountain peaks, and it is the proud home of an award-winning golf course. This town is rich in history and charm. At an elevation of 5500 feet and with four distinct seasons, the town offers year-round recreational opportunities. We invite you to learn more about the history of this unique town and join us for one of our special events.
The Town of Parachute is a small community of approximately 1,100 people located on I-70 halfway between Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The community consists of hardworking and friendly folks adjoined to the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa just across the river. Although legally separated, both communities act as one and support each other in a variety of endeavors.
After enjoying the booms and surviving the busts, Parachute has grown into a thriving community of quiet residential neighborhoods with supporting businesses and services. We have ample commercial property available to support these businesses and welcome any inquiries. The population of the Town consists of an abundance of professionally trained people.
About 15 miles north of town, you’ll come across the Rifle Gap State Park. Camping, fishing and boating on the reservoir are popular here, as is spelunking next door at Rifle Falls State Park’s limestone caves formed by a 50-foot waterfall. The area if also known as the gateway to the Flat Tops Wilderness and a good jumping-off point to Colorado’s Grand Mesa.
The Rifle Creek Museum, in the town’s former city hall, exhibits area history with themed rooms that showcase everything from American Indian artifacts to an old-fashioned general store.
The Silt Historical Park, which may be of interest to history buffs, is just a few blocks from downtown. Here guests can walk through seven buildings that have been relocated and restored to reflect what life was like in Silt around the turn of the century. In the summer months, tour guides lead visitors through log cabins, a cow camp, country store, tool shop and old school house.
Exploring the Colorado River is another way to discover Silt. Those on float trips can stop for a rest at a small riverside pull-off park. Or birdwatchers can follow the signs to the Heron’s Nest RV Park, which is the access point to an interesting heron rockery right on the river.
Harvey Gap State Park is Silt’s backyard playground. Stocked with rainbow trout, crappie, catfish and small-mouth bass, the lake is especially popular for fishing. The 160-acre lake is also ideal for windsurfing. Adjacent park property, covered in cedar and sagebrush, also offers places to hike, picnic, snowmobile and cross-country ski.
Bordered by thousands of acres of BLM land and just minutes from the White River National Forest, Silt is also an easy place to spot wildlife such as elk, mule deer, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, wild turkeys and pheasants.
Snowmass Village sits in a small valley beneath some very large mountains. Since the 1900s, ranchers have come here for the creeks and meadows that are nourished by the mountain’s snowpack. But around the middle of last century, people got excited about something else they could do with that snow, and Snowmass hasn’t been the same since. It’s become the home base of another breed of mountain folk; artists, athletes, adventurers and enthusiasts of all stripes now thrive here.