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Mt. Sopris in Carbondale, CO

Carbondale & Missouri Heights History

Early homesteaders settled in the area that became Carbondale just a few years after Colorado achieved statehood on August 1, 1876. Situated at the base of the majestic 12,953 foot Mount Sopris (so named after politician and prospector Captain Richard Sopris who first explored the area in 1860), the region was rich in wildlife, silver and coal. Hunting, ranching, farming and mining presented abundant opportunities to those with a pioneering spirit. By 1881 twenty families established themselves in the fertile valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers. The natural resources of the area not only supported the local population, they also created a base of commerce by providing food and supplies to a growing number of communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

By 1887 Carbondale was a railroad depot with multiple railroad companies laying new track throughout the region. As a result, the population steadily expanded. In 1888 the town was officially incorporated and, by then, it had a newspaper, a commercial core with a general store, a bank, several saloons and additional building sites.

Carbondale did not escape the economic downturn that followed the silver panic of 1893. It was potato farming that saved Carbondale’s economy. In large part the potato crops were produced on the vast high mesa north of the town. The soil there was perfect for producing an abundance of high quality potatoes.
This area had attracted immigrants from many lands – Ireland, Nova Scotia, Italy and France – and those who came from Missouri named it after their home state.

The decades following the Great Depression saw a shift in Carbondale as ranching and mining took a larger part in the viability of the economy. And, by the 1960s, the growth of the ski industry in Aspen further diversified Carbondale’s economic life as the impact of tourism and the resulting demand for goods and services was felt throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

PRESENT DAY

Facts:  Population 6,600; elevation 6,181 feet; land area 2.0 square miles

Carbondale is not just another small Colorado mountain community located in a beautiful setting. It is rated to be one of the best towns in the country in which to work and play. Outdoor recreational activities abound with cycling, fly-fishing, golfing, hiking, skate-boarding, kayaking, rafting, cross-county skiing, snowmobiling and more. Alpine skiing and snowboarding is just 30 miles away at Aspen/Snowmass’s four-mountain winter playground.
Carbondale is a town that marches to its own drummer. It has maintained its unique character defined by a sense of social democracy in a valley that has witnessed a tidal wave of upscale development. This is a diverse town that fosters all creative art forms, is environmentally conscious and has a strong sense of community. Excellent restaurants, a variety of locally owned shops, several galleries, an array of public art and performance venues line downtown streets.

The people of Carbondale keep several long-standing traditions alive as evidenced by the annual Mountain Fair in July, started in 1972, and Potato Days, a festival that pays homage to the banner crop of 1909. Many other local events take place throughout the year, including a weekly summer rodeo.

Modest homes and condominiums are within a short walking distance to downtown. Within a few miles lie two extensive residential golf communities, Aspen Glen and River Valley Ranch, each featuring luxury homes with access to a variety of on-site amenities. Beyond those houses, on the north side of Highway 82 and several miles above Carbondale overlooking the majestic Mt. Sopris is Missouri Heights.

Many properties in Missouri Heights are a haven for horse lovers who seek wide-open spaces and a rural more tranquil environment with easy access to city life.
What was once home to ranches and farms is now mostly land subdivided into several developments of large homes with generous acreage and spectacular views of the entire Elk Mountain Range.

 

Carbondale Real Estate Listings

1644 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$17,650,000 €15,571,042

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 14 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 7,000 SqFt
  • 455 Acres

Located near Aspens' four mountain ski resorts in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the historic Tybar Ranch consists of 455 +/- acres of scenic and highly productive irrigated land. Tybar is currently an established, successful Angus cattl...

Tbd Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$17,650,000 €15,571,042

Vacant Land

  • 20,037,600 SqFt
  • 455 Acres

Tybar Ranch is one of Colorado's most coveted ranches presenting unparalleled views, superior location and notable historic properties. Located near Aspen, Colorado, four miles outside of Carbondale in the heart of the central Rocky Mountains. Tyb...

6800 Upper Cattle Creek Rd Carbondale, CO

$17,500,000 €15,438,710

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 10 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 8,191 SqFt
  • 4191 Acres

The 4,191-acre Three Meadows Ranch outside, Carbondale CO, with its pristine, rolling meadows, lakes, and forests is a scenic, recreational retreat property that has been been painstakingly assembled over many years by the current owner, resulting...

4930 Upper Cattle Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$5,900,000 €5,205,051

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 4,743 SqFt
  • 40.44 Acres

Exceptional ranch located directly on Spring Park Reservoir. The majestic five bedroom log home enjoys this very special location with spectacular views. Extremely private and pristine. Built from impressive, reclaimed logs from Yellowstone Park...

Tbd Garfield County 100 Road Carbondale, CO

$5,500,000 €4,852,166

Vacant Land

  • 23,161,288 SqFt
  • 394.07 Acres

Set on a private, hidden, south-facing mesa with awesome panoramic views that include Mt. Sopris and the Elk Range, this unimproved, agriculturally-productive, 394-acre Missouri Heights ranch borders BLM land and Cattle Creek and possesses water r...

541 Diamond A Ranch Road Carbondale, CO

$5,495,000 €4,847,755

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 9,551 SqFt
  • 1.53 Acres

Overlooking the 15th Green of the golf course, and the Roaring Fork River, no detail was spared in the conception and execution of Aspen Glen's most incredible custom-built home, RiverSong. Every facet of this home shines with the touch of thought...

5325 Co Rd 100 Carbondale, CO

$4,850,000 €4,278,728

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 8,559 SqFt
  • 35 Acres

TOP OF THE WORLD VIEWS, with Sun filled Days and Star Gazing Nights. A country, 5 bedroom home for a family compound. Master on main level for easy living in mind. Gourmet kitchen with formal dining area and entertaining/deck areas with extensi...

5325 Co Rd 100 Carbondale, CO

$4,850,000 €4,278,728

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 8,559 SqFt
  • 35 Acres

TOP OF THE WORLD VIEWS, with Sun filled Days and Star Gazing Nights. A country, 5 bedroom home for a family compound. Master on main level for easy living in mind. Gourmet kitchen with formal dining area and entertaining/deck areas with extensi...

0311 Spring Park Court Carbondale, CO

$4,750,000 €4,190,507

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 6,404 SqFt
  • 35.07 Acres

Quality New construction in a gated community. Mountain paradise on 35 acres with views from every room. Open concept floor plan with soaring ceilings, Stone fireplace in great room, Custom wet bar with walnut bar top and double Perlik wine cooler...

45 Pheasant Circle Carbondale, CO

$4,495,000 €3,965,543

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 8,192 SqFt
  • 4.09 Acres

Sometimes it takes spending time in a home to completely appreciate its pure elegance, ease of living and surrounding beauty. This Aspen Glen property site was handpicked by the developer for his own home. Strategically sited to provide a unique ...

000102 Blue Creek Trail Carbondale, CO

$4,490,000 €3,961,132

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 9,859 SqFt
  • 3.37 Acres

Blue Creek Trail is one of the most stunning large estate residences in all of Missouri Heights. This 10,000+ sq. ft. property enjoys views of Mt. Sopris and the Elk Mountain Range, yet is just minutes to all the shops and restaurants at Willits T...

000153 Park Meadows Lane Carbondale, CO

$4,475,000 €3,947,899

Residential, Single Family

  • 6 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 10,808 SqFt
  • 40.2 Acres

One of the most spectacular estate homes in all of Missouri Heights. This property has it all; endless views of the Elk Mountain Range, outdoor heated swimming pool, gourmet kitchen, generous master and guest master suites, private dining room, pr...

Tbd Basalt Mountain Rd. Carbondale, CO

$4,250,000 €3,749,401

Vacant Land

  • 28,226,880 SqFt
  • 648 Acres

Unspoiled beauty! This private playground with over 600 acres of inspirational views, water, wildlife and thousands of acres of public land at your fingertips, lends itself to endless opportunities. Soak your feet in Cattle Creek or revel in the s...

3677 County Rd 103 Carbondale, CO

$3,995,000 €3,524,437

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 6,178 SqFt
  • 15 Acres

This unique estate is convenient, accessible yet totally private. You enter through a wooded drive and then the world opens up to a timeless architectural statement by Michael Manchester set on a lovely grassy oasis with dramatic views of Mount So...

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918 Brookie Carbondale, CO

$3,975,000 €3,506,793

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 7,365 SqFt
  •  

Priced to sell. One of the newest additions to Aspen Glen (completed in Nov 2017), this home is simply spectacular! Hands down the best views in the neighborhood of Mt. Sopris, the Roaring Fork River, the 18th Hole of the Aspen Glen golf course, a...

21 St Finnbar Farm Road Carbondale, CO

$3,950,000 €3,484,737

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 3,880 SqFt
  • 3.23 Acres

Custom contemporary four bedroom home on 3.2 acres with 375 feet of Roaring Fork River frontage. Expansive river views from each room with walkout decks. 2 master suites. No design detail has been overlooked. Radiant floor heating and AC throughou...

3220 Co Rd 100 Carbondale, CO

$3,950,000 €3,484,737

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 6,934 SqFt
  • 4.84 Acres

Own a piece of Carbondale's history. This property was one of the 13 original parcels that made up Carbondale when it was incorporated in 1887. Spanning over 4 acres, the property includes four structures, a gym, an income producing ADU, private p...

1567 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$3,495,000 €3,083,331

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 4,402 SqFt
  • 29.31 Acres

Located just minutes from Carbondale, this exquisite 29+ acre property offers a five bedroom home, a second home and an eight-stall barn, surrounded by postcard perfect views, and Mt. Sopris at your door step. This one level ranch home has recent...

1567 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$3,495,000 €3,083,331

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 4,402 SqFt
  • 29.31 Acres

This exquisite horse property is located just minutes from Carbondale, and, on 29+ acres, offers a five bedroom home, a second home and an eight-stall barn, surrounded by postcard perfect views, and Mt. Sopris at your door step. This one level ra...

16 St Finnbar Farm Road Carbondale, CO

$3,475,000 €3,065,687

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 5,250 SqFt
  • 6.35 Acres

Your fairy tale home awaits! This enchanting chateau on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in Carbondale is nestled on a large corner lot in St. Finnbar Farm. The French country style home which sits on 6.3 acres boasts 4 bedrooms, all with en-s...

929 Cedar Creek Drive Carbondale, CO

$3,450,000 €3,043,631

Residential, Single Family

  • 6 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 8,357 SqFt
  •  

Sited graciously, overlooking the shimmering pond on the second green of the RVR golf course is this custom designed, quality built country estate. A labor of love including handpicked stones from Colorado quarries, distressed oak hardwood floors ...

890 County Road 102 Carbondale, CO

$3,250,000 €2,867,189

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 5,872 SqFt
  • 32.68 Acres

Timeless, peaceful, alluring...words that describe the ambiance of this designer created home built around 40 doors reclaimed from Mexico, South America and Morocco and beautiful hand-hewn beams. This 5,872 sq ft home captures the essence of true ...

540 Fox Run Drive Carbondale, CO

$3,200,000 €2,823,078

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 6,231 SqFt
  • 2.06 Acres

Exquisitely Furnished Mountain Contemporary Five Bedroom/Five Bath home in prestigious Fox Run. Meticulously remolded interior providing ease and comfort. The spacious living room features soaring ceilings with wood trusses and huge picture window...

3847 Crystal Bridge Drive Carbondale, CO

$3,175,000 €2,801,023

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 7,019 SqFt
  • 1 Acres

You will be wowed with the approach to this handsome 7,000 square foot River Valley Ranch estate. This private, timeless designed home sits impressively on its own acre of impeccably maintained land and backs up to acres of additional natural, un...

 

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