Authenticity, heritage, creativity and collaboration dominate the Carbondale Creative District vision. We believe strongly in building community through art, culture and creativity. The Carbondale Creative District nurtures a vibrant economy and community through the arts, and support Carbondale’s identity as a place that fosters creativity, collaboration, and artistic exploration.

Our Story


Carbondale, Colorado is a small mountain town located in the Rocky Mountains between Aspen and Glenwood Springs in the Roaring Fork Valley, in Garfield County. Its sense of place stems from peaks of Mount Sopris, and the rolling land and rivers that surround it. The Town of Carbondale has carved it's own special niche in the Roaring Fork Valley with its rich mixture of ranching, recreation, local food production, creative enterprises, culinary and healing arts, heritage and renewable energy industries all tied together by the land. This enduring link to the land has helped Carbondale through many cycles of change and is the connector that keeps young and old, progressive and conservative and the many valley cultures bonded through an intersection of culture and community.

Photo by Julie Albrecht

In addition to its heritage in western ranching and farming culture, Carbondale’s community is heavily bicycle-centric and boasts extensive bike trails throughout the town and the Roaring Fork Valley. The two rivers, The Roaring Fork and The Crystal, provide river rich experiences, along with exceptional mountain biking, hiking, climbing and skiing. Arts and history are a significant part of the community's culture, as well as a significant part of the local economy. The town owns a state treasure, The Thompson House, a unique home built in the late 1800’s that still holds the original artifacts of the family who lived there. It is a designated National Landmark and State Historical site.

Photo by Eric Allen

Photo by Eric Allen

Art is a keystone of culture and valued as a way of life in Carbondale. It is found in grassroots businesses, studio collectives and events. Carbondale is considered as a place that fosters creativity, collaboration and artistic exploration. In addition to its plethora of creative organizations, artists and artisans, Carbondale boasts many annual arts and cultural events.