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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

6800 Upper Cattle Creek Rd Carbondale, CO

$19,500,000 €17,081,649

Residential, Farm/Ranch

  • 10 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 8,191 SqFt
  • 4231 Acres

The 4,231-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...

1644 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$17,650,000 €15,461,082

Residential, Farm/Ranch

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

Located 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 a highly successful Angus cattle Ranch. Ranch improvements include a main ho...

Tbd Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$17,650,000 €15,461,082

Vacant Land

  • 20,037,600 SqFt
  • 455 Acres

Located 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 a highly successful Angus cattle Ranch. Ranch improvements include a main ho...

860 County 121 Road Carbondale, CO

$8,500,000 €7,445,847

Vacant Land

  • 84,070,800 SqFt
  • 1930 Acres

Major price reduction! The cornerstone of the last pristine ranching valley in proximity to Aspen, Jeff Gordon's Coulter Valley Ranch encompasses 1,930 acres, 524 on the lower, Coulter Creek tract, and 1,406 on the upper, mountain tract. The lowe...

860 County 121 Road Carbondale, CO

$6,500,000 €5,693,883

Vacant Land

  • 22,825,440 SqFt
  • 524 Acres

If you have driven around Missouri Heights, you have surely noticed this extraordinary ranch as it seems to remain green even in dry years because of its significant water rights. The lower parcel, listed here, is 524 acres. 1,406 acres in the up...

541 Diamond A Ranch Road Carbondale, CO

$5,950,000 €5,212,093

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 €5,168,294

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 €4,817,901

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...

000102 Blue Creek Trail Carbondale, CO

$5,499,000 €4,817,025

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...

0311 Spring Park Court Carbondale, CO

$5,000,000 €4,379,910

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...

5325 Co Rd 100 Carbondale, CO

$4,850,000 €4,248,513

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 €4,248,513

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...

18 Antelope Drive Crystal Farms Carbondale, CO

$4,500,000 €3,941,919

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...

45 Pheasant Circle Carbondale, CO

$4,495,000 €3,937,539

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 ...

000153 Park Meadows Lane Carbondale, CO

$4,475,000 €3,920,019

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 €3,722,924

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...

21 St Finnbar Farm Road Carbondale, CO

$4,150,000 €3,635,325

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...

3677 County Rd 103 Carbondale, CO

$3,995,000 €3,499,548

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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3220 Co Rd 100 Carbondale, CO

$3,950,000 €3,460,129

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...

890 County Road 102 Carbondale, CO

$3,695,000 €3,236,753

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 ...

1567 Prince Creek Road Carbondale, CO

$3,495,000 €3,061,557

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 €3,061,557

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 €3,044,037

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 €3,022,138

Residential, Single Family

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

 

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