Carbondale is home to upward of 200 creative organizations, businesses, artists and artisans. Authenticity, heritage, creativity and collaboration dominate the Carbondale Creative District vision. 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.

There is so much to explore in the Carbondale Creative District from craft breweries, farm to table food and healing gardens to artist collectives, a world class museum and unusual music venues, we have a little something for everyone.



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 Photo by Shawn O'Connor

Photo by Shawn O'Connor


Connie Baker


Co-Founder and Distiller at Marble Distilling Company

What I love about Carbondale

The eclectic mix of free thinking, creative, aspiring, accepting people who love our planet.

Little known fact about me

I'm a Jersey Girl.

"Been here since '92. LOVE this town. No place on earth like it-- I've tried everywhere. A welcoming community, open, honest and caring."


Rio Grande ARTway

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The Carbondale Creative District(CCD) and RFTA announce the progress of the Rio Grande ARTway. After a year of collaboration and public input, a plan is in place, and design and implementation of that plan will begin in the spring. Additional partners in the upcoming project include: SGM Engineering and the Carbondale Rotary Clubs. The Rio Grande ARTway will encompass a one mile stretch of the Rio Grande Trail as it runs through Carbondale. The gateways are Snowmass Dr. and Main St., behind the Carbondale Clay Center, and Hwy. 133 and the trail, across from the RFTA Transit Station.

One of the first large projects will be the construction of a multi-use, soft-surface trail, adjacent to the existing asphalt trail. Brett Meredith, RFTA Trails and Corridor Manager, received a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trails Grant last year to make this dream a reality. “I began to realize how many different ways the trail is utilized and found an opportunity to create multiple trail options to accommodate the various uses.” explained Meredith.

The second endeavor is a collaborative project with the Rotary Clubs of Carbondale on DeRail Park, located at the Hwy. 133 gateway. DeRail Park will integrate art and function to create an entrance to the ARTway that will be user friendly and reflect the history of the railway and Carbondale’s bicycle and creative culture. Design plans for DeRail Park will be available in February.

Another project in the design phase is starts in February for the Latino Folk Art Park. This park is funded by The Colorado Health Foundation and a Live Well grant. Collaborators include: The Valley Settlement Project, English In Action, Radio La Tricolor and El Montanes news. This park will be located at 8th Street and the Rio Grande Trail and will feature gardens, gathering spots and interactive art.

Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community's interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place. “The Rio Grande ARTway will give voice to underserved communities, while creating a linear park that will connect Carbondale through creativity’” stated CCD committee member, Amy Kimberly, “ It will also attract others to explore what Carbondale is about." Other projects slated for the ARTway include The Youth Art Park, more public art, history and landscaping. A crucial piece to this project is community participation.


Discover the Carbondale Creative District Potato Head Style!


Potatoes are kind of a big deal around here... Did you know that Carbondale was once the potato capital of the United States?! Carbondale’s climate and fertile soil yielded an abundant supply of potatoes, a profitable cash crop for local farmers from the late 1880s to the 1940s. During both World Wars, tons of potatoes were shipped out to feed American soldiers and the prized red McClure Potato developed in Carbondale, was sent East to upscale restaurants such as Delmonico’s in New York City. Every fall the town celebrates Potato Day in Sopris Park with a community parade and pit-barbecue. [Information via the Mt. Sopris Historical Society]