Originally known as a railroad town named Aspen Junction, the name wasn't changed to Basalt until 1895. This name was taken from the basaltic rock formation of Black Mountain (now known as Basalt Mountain), located to the north of the town. Old Snowmass shares its name with the nearby ski resort, when not long ago, the primary industry in the area was agriculture. Today, over 80 percent of the land is comprised of national forest, United States Forest Service Wilderness Area Bureau of Land Management open space and Colorado public land, preserving the rural integrity of the county.
In this part of the state, cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking trails abound through thousands of acres of pristine mountain wilderness. Anglers go after the trout along the banks of two gold medal trout streams, the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers. Ruedi Reservoir offers the most beautiful setting for windsurfing, sailing and skiing.
Naturally, the skiing in this part of the state is literally some of the best in North America and during winter there is always plenty to do while surrounded with beautiful panoramic views. However, there is no shortage of great activities in the summer and both communities are great places to live year-round. Each town comes together to celebrate community events, including the annual Basalt River Days and the Chili Pepper and Brew Fest featured by Snowmass Village every summer. A great Snowmass Village tradition is the annual Snowmass Mardi Gras Festival held in late February.
You will also find that even though these towns are thought of as seasonal with many weekend and vacation homes, they still feature a full range of year-round services. The area offers great schools, libraries, hospitals and public transportation. Basalt and Snowmass are located a short drive to Interstate 70, providing you easy access to Denver and the rest of Colorado. Discover some of the finest resort-living in Colorado by visiting Snowmass, Snowmass Village and Basalt, today!