Basalt Bucket List: 10 Things You Must Do
1. Go out for a date night with dinner and a show. Let your taste buds determine your mood and choose from the many different restaurants in Downtown and Willits, then head over to The Temporary (TACAW) for a comedy show, live music or a film festival.
2. Challenge yourself and hike (or run) up the Arbaney Kittle Trail (White River National Forest #2186). From the trailhead, it’s a steep climb that is just shy of 2 miles to the Fryingpan overlook, which has amazing view of the valley. The trail continues on for 17.5 miles, although many people hike as far as they like and double back. Bring your dog, but be sure to follow leash laws. Download the Pitkin Outdoors app for trail inspiration.
3. Enjoy our Gold Medal waters by casting a line in the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers or test your kayaking skills in Basalt’s new whitewater park. For a leisurely afternoon, grab a blanket and read a book in the Basalt River Park.
4. Drink local with a trip to the Capitol Creek Brewery for locally crafted beer and a bite to eat or visit the tasting room at the Woody Creek Distillers (vodka, rye whiskey, gin).
5. Brush up on Basalt history on the historic walking tour. Visit the Swinging Bridge and watch trout swim in the Fryingpan River and view the charcoal kilns in Arbaney Park, which date back to the 1880s. The walking tour starts at Basalt Town Hall.
6. Explore some of the best shopping in the Valley. In addition to locally owned retailers with unique offerings, Basalt has a great collection of consignment stores to add a special piece to your closet.
7. Attend a summer concert in either Triangle Park (Willits) or Lions Park (Downtown). Depending on the band, try out your best dance moves.
8. Get to know your local farmers and artisans, savor an amazing lunch, and shop for fresh produce at the Basalt Sunday Market, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 17 to September 30. Bonus points if you stop during a group bike ride.
9. Express your creativity through an art class at The Art Base or attend a gallery opening — there is one every second Friday of the month. Visit theartbase.org for a list of classes and events.
10. Take advantage of the Rio Grande Trail no matter what the season. Walk, run or bike in the warmer months, and when the snow begins to fall, cross-country ski to your heart’s content on the 12 miles of groomed trail (one-way, upvalley).