Seniors Find Basalt Full of Fish and Fun

Downtown Basalt ColoradoSenior travelers will find Basalt, with a population of 4,000, right in the Heart of Roaring Fork Valley on the western slope of the Rockies. The area is a year-round vacation destination for anglers and adventure-sports lovers.

Incorporated in 1901, the town was named for the basaltic rock formation on Basalt Mountain, and years ago began as a railroad town. Today Basalt maintains that “small town feeling” that attracts senior tourists.

The Roaring Fork Valley is one of the most affluent regions in Colorado as well as one of the most populous and economically vital areas of the Colorado Western Slope. The Valley is defined by the  Roaring Folk River and its tributaries, including the Crystal and Fryingpan River.


The Fryingpan River, particularly the section below the Ruedi Reservoir dam, produces trout as big as 10 pounds. Significant elevation changes in the course of the Roaring Fork River create the rapids that give the river its name.

Seniors: Trout Fishing and Mountain Biking

Senior fishermen, bring your best trout fishing pole along for your visit to Basalt…it is known for  Gold Medal trout fishing on the Frying Pan River. Don’t you love the name of that River?

The Taylor Creek Fly Shop can fix you up with supplies and advice for a success venture. You will find many different and varied fishing options within a short drive from their store.

Basalt is a hub for mountain biking in the Roaring Fork valley. There are a dozen world class cross country trails as well as lift-accessed down hilling within 15 miles of Basalt, both up and down the valley.


Originally the valley was inhabited by the Ute people prior to the arrival of the first U.S. settlers over Independence Pass in 1879. Historically a boom-bust economy rocked by an erratic mining industry, contemporary Basalt flourishes in a solid real estate market and strong business environment.

The local Chamber of Commerce notes that…“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.”

White River National Forest Draws Senior Visitors

The 2.3 million acre White River National Forest offers vast wilderness for remote hiking and camping and developed areas near resorts. Seven campgrounds in the Basalt area have wooded sites near the river and the Ruedi Reservoir, and hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails run through the forest.

DocumentBasalt is loaded with Victorian buildings. Read all about the early history and in particular the Basalt Kilns that date back to the early 1880’s. The kilns stand approximately 25 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter. They are constructed of unfired brick and native stone.

Basalt is not all that far from Aspen (16 miles) and Glenwood Springs on Interstate 40, a major highway through the Rocky Mountains. Seniors, put Basalt on your list…it’s on our’s. jeb

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