carbondale and missouri heights
small towns with a big view
Here, on these heights, and in this wide valley, you'll find the big view of life: Green ranchlands. A massive profile of Mt. Sopris. Unending Colorado sky.
Carbondale and Missouri Heights lie just 45 minutes from Aspen, but it feels like you've entered another world.
Missouri Heights perches on a bluff where horses rule and the annual Strang Ranch Sheepdog Trials bring competitors from all over the country.
With a population slightly over 6,000, Carbondale boasts a Main Street that celebrates al fresco sculpture and hearkens back to bygone days. Parades feature everything from dogs and bikes to a "procession of the species."
Carbondale boasts an uncommon number of nonprofits devoted to the arts and the environment, as well as its own solar-powered public radio station.
Community feeling here translates into community action. Young companies are encouraged and people in need are given a hand.
Check out the gala Mountain Fair; a midsummer gathering with craftspeople from everywhere and a never-ending stream of balloons, munchies and dancing.
If time hasn't quite stopped here, it has certainly paused to catch its breath.