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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

$18,650,000 €15,842,765

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 14 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 7,400 SqFt
  • 460 Acres

Located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado close to Aspen, the historic Tybar Ranch consists of 460 +/- acres of incredible scenic beauty and highly productive irrigated land. Tybar Ranch is secluded, yet close to town and includes panoram...

1644 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$18,650,000 €15,842,765

Vacant Land

  • 20,037,600 SqFt
  • 460 Acres

Located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado close to Aspen, the historic Tybar Ranch consists of 460 +/- acres of incredible scenic beauty and highly productive irrigated land. Tybar Ranch is secluded, yet close to town and includes panoram...

541 Diamond A Ranch Road Carbondale, CO

$6,950,000 €5,903,872

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...

4930 Upper Cattle Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$5,900,000 €5,011,920

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 Prince Creek Carbondale, CO

$5,665,000 €4,812,293

Vacant Land

  • 8,537,760 SqFt
  • 194 Acres

A uniquely situated property with incredible mountain and valley views, this acreage offers an elusive combination of wilderness, privacy and convenience. Surrounded by open ranch land and BLM wilderness, this nearly 200-acre parcel is located at ...

Tbd Prince Creek Carbondale, CO

$5,665,000 €4,812,293

Vacant Land

  • 8,537,760 SqFt
  • 194 Acres

A uniquely situated property with incredible mountain and valley views, this acreage offers an elusive combination of wilderness, privacy and convenience. Surrounded by open ranch land and BLM wilderness, this nearly 200-acre parcel is located at ...

18 Antelope Drive Carbondale, CO

$5,625,500 €4,778,738

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 13,318 SqFt
  • 7.45 Acres

Step back in history, the Crystal Farm Compound is located just 15 minutes from Carbondale and a mile from Redstone. This is one of Colorado's Gold Medal Scenic Roads. Drive along the Crystal River past the old historic Coke ovens and cross over...

Tbd Garfield County 100 Road Carbondale, CO

$5,500,000 €4,672,129

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...

45 Pheasant Circle Carbondale, CO

$5,450,000 €4,629,655

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 ...

0311 Spring Park Court Carbondale, CO

$4,950,000 €4,204,916

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 6,590 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...

21 St Finnbar Farm Road Carbondale, CO

$4,400,000 €3,737,703

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...

12907 Highway 82 Carbondale, CO

$3,850,000 €3,270,490

Residential, Single Family

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 4,758 SqFt
  • 15.02 Acres

Rare opportunity for a private, mid-valley residential river front property with spectacular views of Mount Sopris. This lodge like home is 4,758 +/- sf nestled among tall pines. This spacious home features 5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 2 half...

 

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