Basalt Today: The Confluence of Rivers, Recreation and Culture
Today, Basalt is a progressive community situated at the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley on Colorado’s Western Slope. Basalt extends down Highway 82, the Roaring Fork Valley’s main artery, from Historic Downtown to the newer Willits residential and commercial development. Historically a boom-bust economy rocked by an erratic mining industry, contemporary Basalt flourishes in a solid real estate market and strong business environment.
Surrounded by wilderness, Basalt sits at the gate of the Frying Pan Valley along the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers in the White River National Forest at an elevation of 6,610 feet. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy camping, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, biking, snow shoeing and cross-country and downhill skiing, all within a 15 mile radius. Restaurants and eateries serve everything from picnic lunches to gourmet dinners, galleries showcase local and international artists, and shopping abounds with boutique shops offering great keepsakes and specialty items.
In 2011, the median price of a single-family home was $700,000. Primary residents number approximately 3,500, and are for the most part evenly split between single and married, with the median age being 34. Visitors and second home owners bolster the community, particularly in summer when town celebrations and recreational activities hit high gear. With an average high temperature in July of 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 242 sunny days a year, Basalt draws talented teachers to the valley, enriching the lives of children in grades K thru 12 through the Roaring Fork School District. Basalt is also home to an extended network of medical and health professionals ranging from traditional specialty clinics to yoga, massage, acupuncture and muti-service spas.
Basalt has everything to offer. Whether relocating, passing through or currently established in this bustling community, you are sure to find what you are looking for in this quaint mountain town. Stop in and discover Basalt.