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Welcome to Basalt ...

The town of Basalt is primarily located in Eagle County. A portion of Basalt extends into Pitkin County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Basalt has a population of 3,921 people<1> (see below for details).

Basalt was incorporated August 26, 1901.

The town of Basalt was named Aspen Junction before it was changed to Basalt and going back to its beginning, it was originally named Fryingpan Town.

The community of Basalt is 6,660 feet [2,030 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the altitude of Basalt is about 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Basalt lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Basalt: (970)

The ZIP code for Basalt: 81621<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Basalt had a population of 3,857 people (which is 7.39% of the total population of Eagle County). This makes Basalt the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Basalt represents 0.08% of the population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 87th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,857 people, the population of Basalt increased 43.86% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 2,681 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Basalt had an population of 3,921 people. This is an increase of 1.66% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 46.25% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Basalt.

Communities near Basalt ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<4>.

Community   2016
Aspen   [Map]   6,871   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Biglow   [Map]   ---   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Carbondale   [Map]   6,777   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
Gypsum   [Map]   6,969   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Lenado - Historic   [Map]   ---   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Meredith   [Map]   ---   E   16 miles [25.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Basalt.

Communities Also Named Basalt ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Basalt - they are located in Idaho and Nevada (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Basalt.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Basalt. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Basalt. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Basalt.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Basalt:

Websites for Basalt ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Basalt ...

Looking for more information about Basalt? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Basalt, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Basalt.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Basalt. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Basalt.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Basalt - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Basalt). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Basalt or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Basalt. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Basalt) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Basalt. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Basalt

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Basalt. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3691, Longitude: -107.0332     [Map].

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Basalt.