Why Do We Love this Valley?

May 25, 2022
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Why Do We Love The Roaring Fork Valley?

Ahhh, Aspen where do we start? It is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture. And even still Aspen maintains enough small-town charm for year-round residents to call it home. Aspen is one huge reason why we love the Roaring Fork Valley!

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen Colorado is a unique diamond in the rough. It also has a knack for bringing big-city features to you in a way that defies the ordinary. 


Roaring Fork Valley area map

If you are planning a getaway or STAYcation in or around Aspen, contact Engel & Völkers Aspen to be your “tour guide” for the Valley. E&V is the premier luxury real estate brokerage for living, renting, building, or playing in Aspen. Our advisors know the market and the communities in the valley. Their expertise and experience is a valuable asset for learning about the opportunities and advantages offered.


Here are our reasons why we LOVE the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado!


Uniquely Nestled in the Rocky Mountains

aspen lake

If you are looking to relocate to or visit one of the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ve come to the right spot! Its great location is another reason why we love the Roaring Fork Valley. Located in western Colorado, the Roaring Fork Valley is one of the most affluent regions in Colorado and the U.S. and one of the most populous and economically vital areas of the Colorado Western Slope.

The Valley is defined by the valley of the Roaring Fork River, including the Crystal and Fryingpan Rivers. The Roaring Fork River is 70 miles long and is located exclusively in Colorado, flowing through several canyons in the state’s west-central part. The river is known for having deep, powerful, clear water and is a famous tributary of the Colorado River.

The RFV is surrounded by mountains on all sides and on its southwest edge by the high Elk Mountains, which is the location of the Aspen/Snowmass ski resorts. The upper (southeast) end of the valley is sometimes called the Aspen Valley. Locals simply refer to it as “up-valley” – Aspen/Snowmass – and “down-valley” – Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Mount Sopris dominates the lower (northwest) end of the valley and also serves as an unofficial symbol of the region. Many think the Roaring Fork River, from which the valley was named, is the unofficial symbol of the region. 

Engel and Völkers is honored to serve this geographically proud region with shops in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Willits, and Carbondale.

Great For the Sports Enthusiast

world cup at aspen mountain

It’s not hard to love the Roaring Fork Valley (RFV), especially if you are a sports enthusiast. Because there is everything to do here! From controlled hunting and camping, to river floats and glamping, the Roaring Fork Valley offers a plethora of outdoor activities suited for the most discriminating sportsman, including:

  • Archery
  • Mountain and Road Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Dirt Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • OHV Trails
  • Paddleboarding
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skating & Sledding
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing & Snowmobiling
  • Swimming

And if you are looking for more than sports activities, there are unique adventures waiting for your next family vacation, anytime of the year:

  • Dog Hiking and Trail Exploration
  • Geocatching (Ready for a real old-fashioned scavenger hunt?)
  • Gold Panning
  • Leaf Peeping (Fall colors adventures)
  • Music in the John Denver Park
  • Stargazing
  • Wildflower Viewing…. And so much more!

Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for more information on outdoor recreation and activities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Roaring Fork Valley Lifestyle

aspen mountain gondola at night

There is so much more than world-class hiking, skiing, and water sports in this valley. There is also a way of life that you can’t find anywhere else. From world-class art galleries and installations, to renowned music festivals, spiritual and meditation retreats, and hot springs for yoga enthusiasts, the lifestyle is one-of-a-kind.

The Economic Engine of the Valley

The main economic engine of the Valley is the Aspen/Snowmass recreational skiing complex. This complex drives related tourism that also includes hospitality, retail, construction, real estate, professional services, and property maintenance industries.

Engel and Völkers is proud to be a part of this economy by serving the luxury real estate needs of our clients from all over the world with shops throughout the Valley. Contact Engel & Völkers Aspen today and speak to one of our advisors to plan your tour of the area – (970) 925-8400.

More than Just Skiing

outdoor performers in aspen

Aspen is one of the most-well known Colorado ski and snowboard destinations in the world. This is why people flock here in the winter. With four separate ski and snowboard areas, there is an amazing selection of terrain. There is a vibe for everyone – from movie stars to powder-hounds alike.

Although skiing forms the foundation of the economy, other activities continue to draw visitors to the area in increasing number. There is non-winter recreational and cultural activities such as fly fishing on the Fryingpan and whitewater rafting on the Roaring Fork. You can hike near the Maroon Bells in the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, or enjoy the caverns and hot springs in Glenwood Springs. Many come from around the world to attend the Aspen Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute conferences, and the very popular Aspen Music Festival, and other cultural events.

During the summers, you can hit one of the dozens of trails or join the yoga group on the mountaintop. And for the nature lover, take a naturalist tour to learn about the wildlife and plants, or hop on a gondola for the view. After an action-packed day on the mountains, relax and appreciate the breathtaking views of Ajax (Aspen Mountain) and the Elk Mountain Range. There is plenty to do in the Roaring Fork Valley all year long!

Living in the Roaring Fork Valley

Visiting the RFV is something to add to your annual bucket list, so you may want to consider the value of LIVING here in the Valley.

Tucked away from overcrowded cities, you’ll find a relaxed and high-end lifestyle in the Roaring Fork Valley. People come from all over the world to experience the unique charm and environment of this Colorado oasis. The communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs are of themselves exclusive enclaves for family living. There really is something for everyone who wants to experience life in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Real Estate in the Region is Vibrant!

living in roaring fork valley

Not only is the real estate market strong in the Valley, the rentals for family vacations are a hot commodity too. For settling-in and raising children, the Valley offers exemplary schools and job opportunities. So if you’re looking for a quaint, active community that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than the Roaring Fork Valley. 

The Valley has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of Colorado in recent years. Not only in the vicinity of Aspen, but throughout the Valley. The communities of Basalt and Carbondale have served as bedroom communities for day workers in Aspen. However in recent years, the affluence is gradually leaking into the rest of the Valley.

State Highway 82 serves as the principal transportation artery of the Valley, having many freeway characteristics. The once rural character of much of the Valley has been replaced with strong development that is linking the region’s four main cities.

To learn more about the current real estate market in the Roaring Fork Valley, the demographics, home evaluations, and rental opportunities of the cities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, reach out to Engel & Völkers. Because our advisors are deeply rooted in the area, many of them are natives, they can help you navigate the landscape of this area to find the right home for you and your family.

Live your Luxury

live your luxury red chairs overlooking aspen

Living a life of luxury includes more than opulence, it’s also about having FREEDOM, freedome to choose the lifestyle you desire and LIVE IT! In Aspen and the local communities, there is a variety of choices at your fingertips.

Whether you choose to spend your time at Aspen’s Little Nell, a five-star, five-diamond property and only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen (Ajax) Mountain, or settle in for the season at a lush mountain ranch rental, you can live your luxury in YOUR style. 

Aspen is right up there when you think of a luxury, star-studded, ski town, and it has its own version of “Rodeo Drive” shopping. Aspen is an idyllic hotspot for casual fine dining in a chic atmosphere where the people-watching potential is epic. As for the skiing and snowboarding, it’s nothing short of mind blowing.

No wonder John Denver loved this area so much. With its wild west mining heritage and small-town feel set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenery, it will leave you breathless. Settled along the floor of the Roaring Fork Valley, by the river, the town is gorgeous; stylish timber dwellings, historic hotels, galleries and boutiques, and all kinds of quirky with that backdrop of pure, solid meringue-coated mountain. Rocky Mountain High? You betcha!

Make the Roaring Fork Valley Your Home

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Engel & Völkers Aspen-Roaring Fork is heavily invested in the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley. Our advisors are ready to guide and advise you in the purchase or rental of luxury real estate in this incredibly special region.

Contact Engel & Völkers Aspen today to start your adventure into luxurious Colorado living – (970) 925-8400.



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