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Carbondale, Colorado

Classroom Location:

520 South Third Street  Calaway Room
Carbondale, Colorado 81623

Click here for map of classroom location

SEI's classroom is located in the Third Street Center, which is the Carbondale Community's Non-Profit Center.

The Third Street Center promotes community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice.  By providing long-term, affordable rental space, the Center brings together non-profit organizations, artists and small businesses under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths and acting as a catalyst for environmental awareness, artistic expression, social service, health and wellness, and inventive enterprise.

The address of the Carbondale Office is
520 South Third Street  Room 16
Carbondale, Colorado 81623

Click here for a map of the area.

Bring your family and plan to spend some extra time in the area. Go to http://www.carbondale.com/sitepages/pid29.php for information on all the fun things to do in the Roaring Fork Valley. There are many recreational activities in the Carbondale area, and throughout the Valley. Hiking trails, biking trails, fly-fishing, climbing, rafting and kayaking are only some of the outdoor sports that can be enjoyed. Bicycle rentals are available for more adventurous mountain biking. For info on bike rentals call Ajax Sports - (970) 963-0128, or Ute City Cycles - (970) 963-2500. Again, please remember: If you are coming from sea-level please be aware of the higher elevation. Do not attempt any strenuous exercise until you are acclimated, and remember to drink plenty of water.

The town of Aspen is just 30 miles east of Carbondale, where you can find entertainment, shopping and gourmet dining. Redstone, a historic art community, is 18 miles south of Carbondale. And the famous Glenwood Springs Hot Springs pool and Vapor Caves are only 12 miles away. For more information, check out the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce website!

Class Details:

Class will run from approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day of class. Please plan to arrive at the classroom no later than 8:45 on the first day so that the instructors can check you into the class. Lunch will be from approximately 12:00-1:00 pm each day, in addition to a short morning and afternoon break. 

Transportation and Travel:

Closest Airports:

  • Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE)—25 miles from the classroom
  • Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE)—40 miles from the classroom
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)—4 hour drive to the classroom.

Carpools and Ridesharing: We highly encourage participants to arrange carpools.  Go to http://www.solarenergy.org/ride-share-bulletin-board for information on arranging rideshares.  Students receive log in information for the rideshare board by email after registering for an in-person course.

Rental Cars:  For a list of rental car agencies and directions from each airport, please click on the respective links:

Bus Stations: There is a Greyhound Station at 51171 Highway 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, CO, which is approximately 13 miles from the classroom. Colorado Mountain Express goes from the Denver International Airport to Carbondale, and SEI students receive a 10% discount. To reserve a seat click here.

Train Stations: There is also an Amtrak Station at 413 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO, which is approximately 12 miles from the classroom.

Public Transportation and Shuttle Services:
Here is a list of local taxi/limousine services that serve the airports:

  • Ajax Limousines, Carbondale (970) 925-4144
  • High Mountain Taxi, Aspen (970) 925-8294 (Eagle Airport only)
  • Colorado Mountain Express, Denver (800) 525-6363
  • Colorado Airport Shuttle, Aspen (970) 920-9124
  • Oz's Limo Aspen, Aspen (970) 379-7968
  • Star Limousine, Aspen (970) 379-2118
  • Aspen/Snowmass Limo (970) 925-5549, (877) 925-5549, cfeldon@rof.net

Finally, the Roaring Fork Valley is blessed with an excellent public transportation system. There is frequent bus service between Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Carbondale. See the Roaring Fork Transit Agency’s (RFTA) website (www.rfta.com) for a schedule and fare information or call them at 970-925-8484. SEI is about 5 blocks from the nearest bus stop.


Nearby Lodging: Carbondale offers a wide range of quality lodging options, to meet any budget. Indoor commercial accommodations range from $50 - $165 per night. There is also a hostel in nearby Glenwood Springs. In addition, we have a lengthy list of rooms, guest houses, and personal camping options for rent from local folks that is provided to you once you have registered.

Camping is the most inexpensive option. Campgrounds and RV parks with facilities range from $13 - $20 per night. Carbondale is bordered by National Forest and BLM land - for more information about camping on public land, please call the U.S. Forest Service at (970) 963-2266 or the BLM at (970) 928-2800. Camping on BLM land is limited to seven days and is limited to recreational camping only (not residential). People staying longer than seven days can be ticketed. And if you are camping on Forest Service or BLM land, please bring your own toilet, and dispose of your waste at an approved dump station.

As a note, there is NO camping or housing available at our Carbondale Office.

Food:Downtown Carbondale has a wealth of amazing restaurants, ranging from quick and tasty pizza at Peppinos, to fine dining at Restaurant Six 89, to gourmet Thai (Phat Thai) and Italian (Ella), to amazing breakfast (The Village Smithy), to great pizza and beer (The White House Pizza and The Pour House), cold Margaritas and savory Mexican food (Mi Casita). For a list of restaurants in the immediate area, please click here. Also, feel free to ask the Carbondale staff for their recommendations.

Weather: The weather in Carbondale in summer should be in the 70s or 80s during the day and then drop into the 50s at night. For a more detailed look at the weather, go to weather.com.


What to Bring:

Please bring the following to the workshop:

Pen and pencil
Calculator
Paper for notetaking