Welcome to Carbondale

Sparse, suburban enclave with a vibrant local culture
Carbondale, Colo., is a quiet mountain town located in the Roaring Fork Valley of the Rocky Mountains. This small community offers an array of outdoor activities for visitors and residents, including fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding. Carbondale also has a historic downtown area with unique shops, galleries, and restaurants.

The real estate market in Carbondale has a wide variety of housing options ranging from single-family homes to condominiums and townhouses. Many of these properties offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains or are situated near rivers or streams. The real estate options are ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the noise and hustle of everyday life.

What to Love

  • Stunning views of Mount Sopris
  • Rich local history and culture
  • Abundant outdoor amenities
  • Above-average public schools

Local Lifestyle

The local lifestyle in Carbondale is laid-back, relaxed, and inviting. The town has a variety of attractions to entertain those looking for adventure or relaxation. In the summer months, popular activities include rafting, kayaking, and fishing in the nearby rivers and lakes, while winter brings snow sports like skiing and snowmobiling. Several parks are located throughout Carbondale, offering visitors a chance to picnic or explore nature trails. Carbondale is an ideal destination with its spectacular setting, vibrant culture, and recreational activities.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Brass Anvil prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients to create elevated, creative dishes. The restaurant has a spacious patio and an impressive selection of craft cocktails served at their stylish bar.

Phat Thai is a lively restaurant that combines craft cocktails with a menu inspired by classic Asian cuisine. Drawing on a wide range of inspirations, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience that will satisfy your cravings. Named after a Japanese cooking style that involves grilling food on an iron griddle, 450 Teppanyaki is a great place to try out this unique cooking method and enjoy a delicious meal.

Finally, The Goat Kitchen & Bar serves American Mediterranean food in an intimate and dimly-lit interior. With an impressive selection of handcrafted beers and cocktails, this delightful eatery is an ideal place to unwind with friends.

Things to Do

Held every July, The Carbondale Mountain Fair is a celebration of the beauty and culture of the area. Come for live music, competitions, and over 145 art and food vendors.

Carbondale’s Annual Potato Day is an annual event that has been a local tradition for over a century. Every October, this festive celebration of the local farming community includes a parade, BBQ, live music, a farmers’ market, and children’s activities in Sopris Park.

The 5point Adventure Film Festival brings people together through the shared experience of outdoor films, art, and performances. Founded in 2007 by Julie Kennedy, this annual festival leaves attendees feeling motivated, creative, and renewed.

The Carbondale Farmer’s Market is a small and unique market that takes place every Saturday from April to November. The market features a blend of local farmers and artisans and is a great place to find locally grown and produced goods while supporting the community.

Finally, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo offers visitors a chance to experience the Wild West right in Carbondale. Carbondale’s lucky residents can participate in traditional rodeo activities like bull riding and barrel racing every summer.
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Overview for Carbondale, CO

6,464 people live in Carbondale, where the median age is 42 and the average individual income is $45,416. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Carbondale, CO

Carbondale has 2,633 households, with an average household size of 2.41. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carbondale do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,464 people call Carbondale home. The population density is 3,196.92 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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58.62 / 41.38%

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Schools in Carbondale, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Carbondale. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Roaring Fork High School
9th - 12th
Carbondale Community Charter School
K - 8th
No rating available
Crystal River Elementary School
PreK - 4th
Ross Montessori School
K - 8th
Carbondale Middle School
5th - 8th
9th - 12th
No rating available

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