Fall is a great time to discover Basalt, as it offers more opportunities to see beautiful places and enjoy them without crowds or interruptions.
Scenic drives and pumpkins
The changing of season means golden aspens, and, in Basalt, it also signals the long-awaited return of the pumpkins along Frying Pan River Road. An annual tradition with mysterious origins, bright orange pumpkins begin appearing along the scenic drive from Basalt to Ruedi reservoir. The gourds can be found placed up high on craggy rocks, and on little islands in the river itself. No one knows who is behind the natural décor which makes it all the more fun. See how many you can spot along the way!
Fly-fishing in the foliage
The Fryingpan River is a tailwater with consistent flows, so it is possible to catch trout year-round in Basalt. The fall has less traffic, making it easier to have a special fishing hole all to yourself. Surrounded by red mountains and golden aspens, you can experience Gold Medal fly fishing in a spectacular part of Colorado.
Bikes and brews
Crisp fresh air with hints of wood fires make a bike ride along the Rio Grande bike trail an immersive experience. Challenge yourself with an uphill adventure or take a more leisurely approach by starting in Aspen and riding down valley toward Basalt. Through mid-November. take advantage of the bike racks available on RFTA buses for a one-way adventure. Stop by the Woody Creek Distillers or the Capitol Creek Brewery for fall-themed libations and ghoulish brews.
Basalt is home to many parks, open spaces and trails – giving you the opportunity to pick the outdoor adventure that is right for you. Stroll around downtown Basalt and learn more on the historic walking tour or challenge yourself to the steep incline of Arbaney Kittle. Once on top, hike the rolling hills of the Arbaney Traverse with its views of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt Mountain and Capitol Peak.
Enjoy the bounty of the harvest
As temperatures drop, there is no better way to enjoy the harvest season than with comfort food. Fresh, local produce and gourmet goods are available at Skip’s Farm to Market which brings farmers market experience to you year-round. Farm to table dining is available at Free Range Kitchen & Wine Bar, who offers special harvest dinners in the fall. For the ultimate comfort food, visit Heather’s Savory Pies, where in addition to delicious savory pot pies and sweet dessert pies, you can enjoy live music several days a week.
Visit www.basaltchamber.org for more information. Read more in the 2018-19 Discover Basalt magazine, which is available throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
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