Recreation: Basalt’s Great Outdoors
By Jeff Anderson, Bristlecone Mountain Sports (www.bristleconemountainsports.com)
When in Basalt, get outside and enjoy yourself! Whether you’re looking for some relaxing fun or an adrenaline spiked adventure there are a plethora of outdoor pursuits at your disposal.
For the sun and surf crowd, rent a stand up paddleboard and head up to Ruedi Reservoir for a relaxing cruise, and once you’ve got your sea legs step up to some rapid riding on the Roaring Fork. The water fun doesn’t stop there; hit up some bigger water in a raft or kayak for a thrill that you won’t soon forget. The angler can enjoy world class fly fishing year round on Basalt’s two Gold Medal waters, the Frying Pan River or Roaring Fork River, either with a guide or in solitude, and the summer season just expands the possibilities.
If terra firma is your playground, Basalt is your gateway to the stunning wilderness or a quick day hike. With easy access to both, whether you’ve got a couple of hours or a couple of weeks, you’ve got a great leaping off point. For the more vertically inclined the Frying Pan and Lime Creek areas offer some phenomenal climbing routes and puzzles.
Any cyclist will fall in love with the miles of trails and roads out of Basalt. Whether it’s a picnic cruise on the Rio Grand bike trail or your next century ride, the tarmac rolls however you want. And if tarmac doesn’t do it for you, explore the miles of single-track nearby for a wilder ride.
The sportsman will love our local shooting range facility, and come Fall Basalt is an ideal home base for your hunting adventures.
As the snow falls it’s time to break out or rent some gear for an exhilarating skate, an in track cruise, a backcountry tour, or some powder turns. Basalt offers all this and more, so dream it and get out there!
Pitkin County Whitewater Park Now Open
Get Outside and Enjoy Yourself!
- Biking – Mountain Biking
- Biking – Road Biking
- Boating – Sailing and Motor Boating
- Fly Fishing
- Four Wheeling
- Hunting and Shooting Range
- Kid’s Activities
- Paddle Boarding
- Ruedi Reservoir
- Trail Running
- Water Sports
- Whitewater Rafting