About the Area: Carbondale, CO

We’re a small mountain town situated in the Roaring Fork Valley, downstream from Aspen and upstream from the mouth of the Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs. The Crystal River runs right through town, and just north of us is the confluence of Crystal and the Roaring Fork Rivers. Every day, we enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Sopris to the south.

At 6,181 feet of elevation, there are a few things to consider to make your visit a pleasant one. The weather can change quickly, so it’s always a good idea to have layers as well as a rain jacket or waterproof outer layer. You also won’t want to forget the sunblock!

Areas We Tour

•   Roaring Fork River, from Aspen to Glenwood Springs
•   Colorado River, from Dotsero to Silt
•   Crystal River, from Carbondale to Redstone
•   Eagle River, from Vail to Dotsero
•   Frying Pan River & all State Wildlife Areas

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Explore our area

Sure, Aspen Is Nice. But Carbondale is Colorado’s Hottest Summer Playground

Sure, Aspen Is Nice. But Carbondale is Colorado’s Hottest Summer Playground

Serious food cred, big mountain adventures, and a growing stock of luxury hotels are putting this little-known town on the cusp. Barely 30 miles northwest of Aspen, in the shadow of the majestic Elk Mountains, tiny Carbondale is becoming Colorado’s most exciting summer destination.

A Guide to Carbondale, Colorado

This Colorado charmer packs in plenty of appeal—restaurants, galleries, museums, hot springs, spas, and easy access to the slopes—all with lodging priced at a fraction of the cost of an Aspen-based vacation. Explore things to do in Carbondale, including where to shop, eat, stay, and local creative districts.

Carbondale Magazine – Business Directory

Learn about Carbondale activities, history, and all the best places to shop, eat, drink, stay, and play in the Carbondale Magazine.
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Outside Magazine – September 2013

Ranked as one of Outside’s Best Towns in 2013, many think that Carbondale is one of the best places to live in America. Learn about food, nightlife, biking, and more. Continue reading »

additional outfitters

If you’re interested in visiting a river that we don’t cover, we happily recommend the following outfitters for your tour.

White River
Private Waters

Rip-N-Lips Fly Fishing
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Rio Grande

Ramble House Outfitters
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Arkansas River

Ark Anglers
Fly Fishing
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Front Range Rivers

Pat Dorsey
at The Blue Quill Angler
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Gore Creek Fly Fisherman
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Black Canyon
Gunnison River

Gunnison River Rats
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Vail Valley + Front Range Rivers

Minturn Anglers
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Arkansas White + Norfork Rivers

Riffletrip Outfitters
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Tierra Maya Lodge

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Contact us to book a day trip or inquire about pricing. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our area and what to expect from your experience.