River Center

Since its inception in 1996, Roaring Fork Conservancy has envisioned creating a River Center in Basalt, the center of the Roaring Fork Watershed. Like the nature centers of the 1960s and 1970s, that sprang up in response to the growing disconnect between people and their environment, the River Center aims to strengthen the connections among people, their local rivers and watershed by creating an inviting space with a highly visible facility to serve as a base for educational community programming.

Situated near Old Town Basalt and the new Pan and Fork Park, The River Center provides easy access for both residents and visitors to drop in and learn more about the pivotal role rivers play in the community, the watershed, the state and the American West. The River Center would also boast an ideal location to host water-related educational seminars and classes, in addition to providing much needed lab space for water quality testing and river research.

With the unique combination of accessibility, visibility and functionality, the River Center is not just a building; it is an innovative concept to demonstrate, experience and share the actions and interactions necessary to protect our exceptional rivers and watershed.



Architectural design, planning and renderings provided by Harry Teague Architects.




Carter & Dane Brooksher
Randy & Ken Kendrick
Roaring Fork Club Partners
Barb & Pat McMahon



Judy & David Baum
Eleanor & Hal Davis
Mary & Jim Griffith
Janet & Robert Hoffman
Hyde Family Foundation
Ann & Tom Korologos
Dianne & Jim Light
Cornelia & Meredith Long
Clarisa & Tom McMahon
The Roaring Fork Club
Carolyn & Dick Shell
J. Robert Young Foundation/Alpine Bank
David Wilhelm



Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund/Environment Foundation
Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Judith & Nick Huston
Marianne & Dick Kipper
Colleen & Craig Slater
Mary Ann & John Virant
Kay & Robert Watson
Wise Family Foundation



Janie & Edward Bradley
David Burden
Crown Family Philanthropies
The Forest Fund
Bonnie & Harold Kloosterman
Elizabeth McGeachin McKee Foundation
Ann Nichols
Bill Poss & Associates
Julie D. Roth Charitable Fund
Diane & Rob Schwener
Anne & Bill Tobey

River Center Updates

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Please Save the Date! - Please Save the Date for our Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 10 at 11:30am and Community Open House on Saturday, August 11! More details to come.

Road Work Starts April 16th - Roadwork on Two Rivers Road will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 with an expected completion by Friday, June 15, 2018. This project is part of the construction plan to add parking, traffic control features, and a realignment of Two Rivers road. The roadwork will take place between Homestead and the Midland Spur and will entail one lane, two way traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Traffic patterns will be controlled by light with both timing and stacking controls. Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Thank you to Basalt Library, Harry Teague Architects, and community members for being a part of our first public Open House! RFC's Christina Medved and Rick Lofaro provided an introduction before Harry Teague and Matt Armentrout, presented a virtual tour of the River Center design! 

Monday, June 26, 2017 marked the start of construction on Roaring Fork Conservancy’s River Center, located in downtown Basalt. Read more HERE.

Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290
EMAIL: info@roaringfork.org

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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