Basalt, Colorado

The Town of Basalt is a home rule municipality located in Eagle and Pitkincounties, Colorado, United States.[7] 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.[4] Basalt is a part of the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Town in Colorado, United States
For other uses, see Basalt (disambiguation).
Home rule municipality in Colorado, United States
Basalt, Colorado
Town of Basalt[1]

Downtown Basalt with Basalt Mountain in the background

“The Heart of the Roaring Fork Valley”

Location of the Town of Basalt in Eagle and Pitkincounties, Colorado.

Location of the Town of Basalt in the United States.


Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Eagle County[1]
Pitkin County
Incorporated August 26, 1901[3]

  Type Home rule municipality[1]
  Mayor Bill Kane

  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)

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 SH 82
SH 82

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Basalt was first named Aspen Junction after the railroad junction which led to present day Aspen, Colorado. Aspen Junction was a territory serving Aspen to Leadville Mining towns, with the Railroad Junction, also going West and South to Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. It was first served by the Colorado Midland Railroad, it was later bought out in 1901 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.[8][9]

The town was named for the basaltic rock formation on Basalt Mountain, and began as a railroad town.[10] The town was incorporated in 1901.

Basalt is located along State Highway 82, and at the confluence of the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers.

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 1,280 acres (5.178 km2) including 4.9 acres (0.020 km2) of water.[4]

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