The Roaring Fork Valley—and Aspen, its crown jewel—is the quintessential Colorado Rocky Mountain High. A row of the state's famed Fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet) guards this valley. This area has it all.
It's a region of meadows, aspen groves and the soaring alpine peaks of the Elk Mountains, as well as stark red cliffs and pine forest. The Ute Indians inhabited the area before the mining boom of the late 19th century. Following the silver crash of 1803, coal mining drove the local economy, through the early 20th century. Today, the valley towns are largely comprised of refurbished original storefronts housing galleries, boutiques, cafes, bakeries, coffee houses and restaurants, but the remnants of ghost towns can be found throughout the valley.
The Roaring Fork Valley is an the ultimate place for outdoor recreation. Summer provides for camping, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, fishing, climbing, hiking, road cycling, and mountain biking to name a few. And in winter, world-class skiing abounds with five major resorts within a 30 minute drive.
The Roaring Fork Valley begins on Independence Pass and follows the Roaring Fork River from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.
River valleys connecting to the Roaring Fork valley include the Castle Creek valley, home of the Ashcroft ghost town; the Maroon Creek Valley, home to the famous Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak; the Fryingpan Valley, home to Ruedi Reservoir and the remote towns of Meredith and Thomasville; and the Crystal River Valley, home to the historic town of Redstone and the famous Redstone Castle.
Cities and towns in and around the Roaring Fork Valley include: Aspen, Snowmass Village, Old Snowmass, Woody Creek, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
One highway, Highway 82, winds its way the length of the valley connecting with Interstate 70 forty miles away in Glenwood Springs. Public buses, operated by the Roaring Fork Transportation Agency, serve the entire valley and stop about every half hour at stops from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. There are intercept parking lots that accommodate the bus system in Carbondale and Basalt. Ample public parking is available at the intercept lot at the intersections of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road and in Aspen at the Rio Grande parking facility.
There are abundant opportunities for recreation in the Roaring Fork and adjacent valleys. You can find everything from skiing to gold medal fly fishing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, climbing, golf, tennis and more.
Arts and cultural offerings include everything from a world famous music festival to ballet, celebrations of food and wine, gatherings for the intellect and the environmentalist and for writers and poets.
Think of this area as a place where one can find the comforts and stimulation of the city within the insulation of a pristine mountain getaway
The home is the prefect place to relax and unwind after exploring the vast opportunities that await you.