Crystal River Elementary School is located in beautiful Carbondale, Colorado. Our staff is committed to providing an extraordinary education to our students! At Crystal River, students gain academic knowledge, social-emotional skills, and real world experiences. With some of the BEST teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley, we strive to engage students in the learning process, while meeting their individual needs. CRES is a great place to be, and we are proud to be YOUR neighborhood school!

School Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 7:55am - 3:15pm

Wednesdays: 7:55am - 1:45pm (Enrichment Wednesdays dismisses at 3:15pm)

Our office is open from 7:30am - 4:00pm.


Welcome Back


Important Dates for the 2015-2016 School Year

  • August 27 - First Day of School, all grades
  • September 7 - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day Holiday

There will be a $65 supply fee this year, which can be brought to school during the first week of classes.  


Construction of the CRES Outdoor Learning Space is underway!

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Clearing the space in July

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Concrete and Framing in mid-August

Status as of August 24th: We are in the midst of finalizing the seating component of the classroom right now, and we expect the project to be completed in early September.  A ribbon-cutting event will take place to officialy open the classroom in a couple weeks, although we hope parents and kids will take a close look during the Welcome Back Picnic on Tuesday, August 25.  We won't be fully completed at that time, but it will be close!!  

Some background on the project: In January 2015 our PTO was awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowe's to build an outdoor classroom on our campus.   PTO also pledged approximately $3,000 of funds leftover from earlier outdoor build projects for this learning space.  In addition, PTO has been named a finalist for another $2,000 of grant more from a local business. A group of construction-savvy, committed parents including Travis Stewart of Casey Concrete, Nic Lough of Ridge Runner Construction and Tim Fenton of Gallegos Construction have submitted a proposal and received enthusiastically-positive district approval.  When surveyed for the project, our teachers and other staff gave their 100% approval rating, as well as many constructive comments about how it could be structured to best meet our students' needs.  

We are very excited for this outdoor classroom and anticipate it being an area of a variety of learning, performing, reflecting, playing and thinking experiences!  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!  


New families: If you haven't registered for the 2015-16 school year,  please come by the CRES office to fill out paper work.  We look forward to seeing you and your family!

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Come take a closer look at CRES!

Upcoming Events


09.03.2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


09.03.2015 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


09.04.2015 7:30 am - 8:30 am






  • 2 Sep 2015

    Mostly Cloudy 77°F 50°F

  • 3 Sep 2015

    Scattered Thunderstorms 74°F 46°F

Rams Rule!


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