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Overlooking the Crystal River Valley from the lower end of the Placita Trail
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Overlooking the Crystal River Valley from the lower end of the Placita Trail
Description - The Sopris Ranger District surround the communities of Carbondale, Basalt, Redstone and Marble. The District Office is located near Sopris Park, in Carbondale.

Attractions - The Sopris Ranger District encompasses the area surrounding the small mountain communities of Carbondale, Redstone and Marble, which exist in the lower Roaring Fork Valley. Highlights in the district include the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, the gold medal waters of the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal Rivers, the mining district of Marble, Sunlight Ski Area and picturesque Mt. Sopris.

Recreation - This district of the White River National Forest is amazingly beautiful and wonderment in natures majesty is always part of any adventure within it. Activities during the winter months include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. During the summer months the heights of the backcountry open for hiking, backpacking, fishing, camping, scenic driving and four-wheel driving.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - The Sopris Ranger District is located along the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers near Carbondale. The terrain includes that surrounding Carbondale, Basalt Redstone, Marble and south of Glenwood Springs.


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Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Additional Information:
Aspen Area - Aspen sits at the upper end of the scenic Roaring Fork Valley, in the mountains of west-central Colorado. Aspen is a world-class ski resort, and with its mountain setting, a center for endless other outdoor recreation activities.
Basalt Area - The small town of Basalt lies at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and the Fryingpan Rivers. The nearest highway to Basalt is Colorado 82 which passes through the southern end of town.
Carbondale Area - The Carbondale area includes the Crystal River Valley and portions of the lower Roaring Fork River Valley, south of Glenwood Springs. The area is approximately 175 miles west of Denver. Colorado Highways 82 and 133 intersect at Carbondale.
Glenwood Springs Area - The Glenwood Springs Area includes Glenwood Canyon, the portion of the Colorado River around Glenwood Springs and the lower Roaring Fork River Valley. The area is located approximately 160 miles west of Denver.
Redstone Area - Redstone is a gem of the Crystal River Valley. The ultimate Rocky Mountain Resort town, it has one street that parallels Highway 133 filled with galleries and shops. The historic Redstone Inn lies at the end of the street.
White River National Forest - The White River National Forest encompasses two and one-quarter million acres of Colorado's central mountains, including many of Colorado's resort destinations.

Links:
Basalt Chamber of Commerce - Basalt Chamber site for visitor information including lodging, dining, recreation and a membership directory.
Forest Conservancy - Current Information From Local Volunteers, conditions and Closings
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers - Volunteer Opportunities in This Area
Shenandoah Inn - "One of Colorado's finest inns." Doris Kennedy, Denver Post.
Sopris Surfers - A local ISP and community website.
White River National Forest - Official Forest Service website.

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