CRMS is situated in the heart of the majestic West. By car, the campus is only three hours west of Denver, a city with the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication, and one-and-a-half hours east of Grand Junction, a western Colorado city with a charming downtown and desert landscape.
The campus is located on the outskirts of Carbondale (elevation 6,100 feet), a bucolic hamlet filled with locally owned businesses, art galleries, and excellent dining options. Situated at the confluence of two major rivers and in the shadow of 13,000-foot Mount Sopris, Carbondale is a unique blend of small community charm and world-renowned outdoor recreational offerings. Possessing the close-knit feel of a classic American small town, Carbondale springs to life with monthly art walks, the annual Mountain Fair, and other community festivals. The town is a magnet for nonprofits, recreationalists
, and second-home owners who see it as an ideal Colorado hideaway.
Those eager to mix mountain charm with urban sizzle can head the 28 miles to Aspen (elevation 7,900 feet), the international resort whose four peerless ski mountains share the stage with a wealth of cultural opportunities. Aspen hosts acclaimed film, classical music, jazz, theater, literary, and dance festivals, as well as influential cultural and political thinkers at the Aspen Institute. The Winter X Games is a can’t-miss spectacle for CRMS students—but the games are not the students' only chance to discover Aspen, served from Carbondale by one of America’s best rural bus systems.
CRMS’s home is an expansive 300-plus acres
of pastoral land, boasting a distinctive array of buildings from authentically restored wooden outposts that reflect the school’s ranch history to modern and state-of-the-art buildings such as the Jossman Academic Building & Science Facility, Pargiter Library, Weber Music Building, and Woody Pasture North and South Dorms.
The school’s signature structure, the Barn, hosts all-school meetings, plays, films, student concerts and art shows, plus cultural events for the general public. The Bar Fork building, a hub of social activity, is home to meeting rooms, lounges, and the cafeteria. CRMS has one computer lab and campus-wide wireless Internet access (laptops are required). Boarding students live in age-specific, single-gender residences where residential faculty mentors them. Dorm spaces are ample yet intimate, encouraging interaction.
Offering the best of both worlds, the campus is removed from the bustle of urban life while travel to and from CRMS is not difficult. Several airports are within driving distance (Aspen, Eagle, Grand Junction, and Denver), and local lodging and dining amenities are plentiful.
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