Rated a top mountain location for living the good, active, outdoor life in Colorado, Carbondale has a unique, laid-back vibe that has remained true to itself in spite of the burgeoning development in the Valley. Many arts organizations, yoga studios, and groups immersed in environmental issues blend seamlessly with upscale commercial enterprises, golf club communities, and the many newcomers drawn to the area. The town of Carbondale lies at the foot of Mt. Sopris, wide at its base and nearly 13,000 feet tall. Many residential subdivisions to the north of town – built on former ranchland now known as Missouri Heights – enjoy views of Sopris from on high. No two sunrises or sunsets are alike here and the mountain vistas bring joy 365 days a year.

Photos contributed by Kent Nichols, Noah Crescimanno, Hayden Zigurs, Keith Johnson, Kelly Johnson