Picture this. The morning sun gleams upon a quaint downtown where artwork decorates sidewalks and bikes lean on trees. As the sun rises, the snow on top of a magnificent mountain turns pink. Coffee in hand, you grab your skis, your paddle, or your fishing pole, knowing the day’s fun is minutes away. Sounds like paradise? Well, it is, and it’s Carbondale, Colorado.
Situated in the middle of the fertile Roaring Fork Valley and tucked under the shadow of 12,953 – foot Mt. Sopris, this down-to-earth town is no stranger to the “Best Places to Live” lists. Thanks to its outdoor opportunities, its thriving arts scene, and its milder climate, Carbondale is the perfect year-round destination.
In the summer, raft or fish The Roaring Fork River or ride the 44-mile paved Rio Grande Trail. In the winter, hop on one of the many Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses and catch a ride to Snowmass or Aspen Mountain for some of Colorado’s best skiing.
Looking for a more leisurely visit? Check out The Powers Art Center, dine at one of several world-class restaurants, or catch a show at the Third Street Center. In Carbondale, there is truly something for everyone.
Lindsay Diamond is a novelist and freelance writer living in the mountains of central Colorado. Visit writerlindsaydiamond.wordpress.com to learn more.
Photo Credit: Meridith Winkelmeyer