The Roaring Fork River runs 70 miles from Independence Pass through Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale until it reaches its confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. During its journey, the water drops over 6,000 feet in elevation, more than the Mississippi River drops in its entire length!
The Ute Indians called it "Thunder River" no doubt from the roaring sound it makes during spring runoff. Many species of wildlife rely on the river corridor for their survival, making it a great place to view elk, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, moose, mule deer, and more.
The Roaring Fork River offers abundant recreational opportunities including white water rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. Gold Medal trout waters can be found within the section between Basalt and Glenwood Springs.