Local Area Attractions Near Carbondale / Crystal River KOA
We are located just 40 minutes from Aspen, 20 minutes from Glenwood Springs and in the very heart of the best of Colorado. Scenery is unsurpassed, the Crystal River Valley has so much to offer-take a short day trip to Marble, hike any number of trails into the high country, go four wheeling or go rafting on all the local rivers, including the Crystal River which runs through our property. You can ride your bicycle on the paved path right from our site to Aspen, Glenwood Springs or a short jaunt to Carbondale and lively shopping and great restaurants. We are the ideal base camp for all of the attractions in this magnificent part of Colorado.
Historic Glenwood Springs
Historical Glenwood Springs is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River, offering vacationers diverse natural amenities, most particularly the hot springs; also offering various recreational activities including, white water rafting, kayaking, biking, jeeping and hiking trails, shopping, dining and visits to historical sites.
An adventure to Aspen, Colorado isn't complete without a visit to its main attraction. The Maroon Bells, a series of distinctively bell-shaped, wine-colored peaks towering 14,000 feet above the pristine, glacial Maroon Valley, remain the most photographed mountains in North America and offer some of the most spectacular natural views in the world. From meadows of vibrant wildflowers, to airy groves of Aspen trees, to summit-based alpine tundra, the Maroon Bells promise a variety of natural habitats and a diverse, vivid representation of the wild Rocky Mountain range.
Local Area Recreation Near Carbondale / Crystal River KOA
River fishing: Carbondale is close to many gold-medal water options. Our campground sits right on the Crystal River, offering easy access from our campsites. Just a short drive North from our campground, the Roaring Fork offers amazing fly-fishing opportunities and a boat ramp. As well as south towards Aspen, the Frying Pan River is another gold-medal water opportunity to cast your line. 17 miles from our camp, in Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork River connects with the Colorado River at Two Rivers Park, which offers a boat ramp for easy in and out. There are numerous opportunities to book a guided float trip as well on any of these close rivers.
Lake Fishing: Just 20 miles south of our campground, past Redstone, you'll find Beaver Lake and several other small ponds. These are great opportunities to explore during the run-off season, when the rivers are too fast to fish. Great family picnic area too! Or take your paddle board and soak up the incredible views. Another opportunity for lake fishing would be less than an hour away at Ruedi Reservoir.
Carbondale boasts of biking adventures! Take in the numerous easy, paved trails for leisure bicycling and walking, many of these trails follow the rivers and creeks, spreading from our campground all the way to Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, or Glenwood Springs. Take in the gorgeous scenery on your way peddling through the central Rocky Mountains, with photo opportunities around every corner!
For those who are looking for more of a challenge, technical style ride on a single-track trail, Carbondale offers all types.
Carbondale is just 20 minutes away from the world's largest hot springs pool. Glenwood Springs now offers a new addition to your hot springs choice-Iron Mountain Hot Springs or Glenwood Hot Springs! Both will renew and re-energize your tired muscles and spirits with its natural minerals and picturesque settings. Come enjoy what so many have been enjoying for hundreds of years!
Many come to our beautiful area to experience the rush of rafting the Colorado River! At early times in our run-off season, you can be so lucky as to raft right along side our campground on the Crystal River!
Use Defiance Rafting to save 10% on your next rafting adventure, just let them know you're staying at the KOA! They will pick you up at our campground at no extra cost (offer good for 6 guests or more). Give them a call today to schedule your time on the River!
1308 County Road 129
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601