Back in the day, Basalt was a farming, logging and mining hub, sitting at the junction of two main western railways. Trains chugged aside the winding Fryingpan River to the mid-valley depot before continuing east to Aspen or west to Glenwood Springs.
Today, Basalt is an idyllic mix of story-book charm and ever-increasing commercial vitality, the only town in the country to rise up from confluence of two Gold Medal fly fishing rivers.
Within the pages of our magazine, you'll discover the magic that is our town. From the heart of the historic downtown to the towering peaks of the Frying Pan Road's Seven Castles. From the miles of mountain trails to the lively eateries and chic stores of the Willits Town Center. World-class dining, eclectic arts, recreation and adventure... it's all here and more.
This is an unprecedented time of creativity and innovation in Basalt. We invite you to read about the soon-to-open Element Basalt Hotel at Willits and the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute's new Innovation Center in downtown along the Roaring Fork River. You'll even find information about the unique "Our Town Planning" that has impassioned our residents.
Then when you can wait no longer, take a stroll down Midland Avenue, travel out to Ruedi Reservoir, hike or cross country ski on nearby trails, or listen to music under the stars...
Discover first-hand why Basalt is the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley at the confluence of rivers, recreation and culture.