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Basalt, Colorado
Town of Basalt
Downtown Basalt with Basalt Mountain in the background
Downtown Basalt with Basalt Mountain in the background
"The Heart of the Roaring Fork Valley"
Location of the Town of Basalt in Eagle and Pitkin counties, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Basalt in Eagle and Pitkin counties, Colorado.
Basalt, Colorado is located in the United States
Basalt, Colorado
Basalt, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Eagle County
Pitkin County
Incorporated August 26, 1901
 • Type Home rule municipality
 • Total 1.999 sq mi (5.178 km2)
 • Land 1.992 sq mi (5.158 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.020 km2)
6,611 ft (2,015 m)
 • Total 3,984
 • Density 2,000/sq mi (800/km2)
 • CSA
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-04935
GNIS feature ID 0175038
Highways Colorado 2.svg SH 82
Colorado 82.svg SH 82

The Town of Basalt is a home rule municipality located in Eagle and Pitkin counties, Colorado, United States. The town population was 3,984 at the 2020 United States Census with 2,917 residing in Eagle County and 1,067 residing in Pitkin County. Basalt is a part of the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.


The town was named for the basaltic rock formation on Basalt Mountain, and began as a railroad town. The town was incorporated in 1901.


Basalt is located at 39°22′6″N 107°2′18″W / 39.36833°N 107.03833°W / 39.36833; -107.03833 (39.368382, -107.038263), along State Highway 82, and at the confluence of the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.03%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 382
1910 235 −38.5%
1920 185 −21.3%
1930 148 −20.0%
1940 212 43.2%
1950 173 −18.4%
1960 213 23.1%
1970 419 96.7%
1980 529 26.3%
1990 1,128 113.2%
2000 2,681 137.7%
2010 3,857 43.9%
2020 3,984 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,681 people, 1,052 households, and 637 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,394.8 people per square mile (539.1/km2). There were 1,218 housing units at an average density of 633.7 per square mile (244.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.53% White, 0.48% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 4.77% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.75% of the population.

There were 1,052 households, out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 42.3% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,200, and the median income for a family was $73,375. Males had a median income of $40,791 versus $30,532 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,746. About 4.9% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


Ruedi Reservoir
Ruedi Reservoir in July.

Basalt is well known for its Gold Medal trout fishing in the Frying Pan River. Ruedi Reservoir is also a popular regional destination for boating and other watersports. Basalt is a hub for mountain biking in the Roaring Fork valley. There are a dozen world class cross country trails as well as lift-accessed downhilling within 15 miles of Basalt, both up and down the valley.


  • Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) provides bus transit in Basalt.
  • Basalt's public transit system (WE-CYCLE) supplied by PBSC.

Notable people

See also

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