Basalt Community Resources

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    About Basalt

    Basalt, named for the basaltic rock formation on Basalt Mountain, began as a railroad town, and was incorporated in 1901. Basalt is a Statutory Town in Eagle and Pitkin counties in Colorado. Surrounded by wilderness, Basalt sits at the gate of the Fryingpan Valley along the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers in the White River National Forest at an elevation of 6,611 feet.

    In 2017, the median price of a single-family home was $1.1 million. The population within the town limits is 3,929; however, the Basalt and midvalley community is much larger due to several adjacent unincorporated areas in both Eagle and Pitkin counties, including El Jebel, Emma, Old Snowmass and the upper Fryingpan River Valley.

    2018 sales tax rates

    (at the time of publishing)

    If your business is in Eagle County your 2018 sales tax rates are:

    Town of Basalt3.0%
    State of Colorado2.9%

    Eagle County exempts certain items from sales tax: Food for home consumption; machinery and machine tools (as defined on form DR1191); gas, electricity, etc. for residential use. Contact the Eagle County Treasurer’s Office at (800) 225-6136 for more information. 

    If your business is in Pitkin County your 2018 sales tax rates are:

    Town of Basalt3.0%
    State of Colorado2.9%

    Pitkin County charges a use tax of 0.5% on motor vehicles and building materials. A use tax is collected in lieu of a sales tax, in certain instances. Contact the Pitkin County Treasurer’s Office at (970) 920-5220.

    Lodging Tax
    Basalt has a 4% lodging tax in place for lodging facilities and other accommodations/dwellings used for short-term rentals.

    Basalt Town Council
    The Basalt Town Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

    Medical Care

    Aspen-Basalt After Hours Clinic(970) 544-1250
    Aspen Valley Hospital(970) 925-1120
    Valley View Hospital(970) 945-6535
    Midvalley Surgery & Imagining Center(970) 544-1360
    Valley Emergency Pet Care(970) 927-5066

    Helpful Numbers

    Basalt Fire (non-emergency)(970) 704-0675
    Basalt Police (non-emergency)(970) 927-4316
    Eagle County Sheriff  (non-emergency)(970) 328-7697
    Pitkin County Sheriff  (non-emergency)(970) 920-5300


    Basalt Town Hall(970) 927-4701
    Basalt Recreation Department(970) 927-8214
    Basalt Swimming Pool (summer only)(970) 927-4799
    Basalt Post Office(970) 927-3891
    Crown Mountain Park(970) 963-6030
    National Forest Service (Ruedi Reservations)(877) 444-6777
    White River National Forest (Sopris Ranger Station)(970) 963-2266
    RFTA: Public Transit Service(970) 925-8484
    Basalt Chamber of Commerce(970) 927-4031