Re: Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, or Basalt Colorado?
This one is easy. As a guy who lived in Carbondale for eight years, I say head to Basalt. You are right at the confluence of the Pan and Fork, and if you want to try the Colorado, it's only 20 miles down valley.
Basalt has many good restaurants, and the Aspenalt Lodge Motel is very good value right in town.