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Salida’s Story

Salida and the Arkansas River Valley – A Destination With Heart


Salida and the surrounding river valley and mountains are visually amazing. Some say the pace here is “slower”, the people “real”, the town “genuine.”
Explore unique shopping, antiques, art galleries, creative dining and entertainment. Music, art, boating and cycling festivals dot the seasons. Add the Salida hot springs pool and Salida’s public nine-hole golf course, surrounded by the awesome sight of 14,000-foot peaks, and you’ve got a vacation to remember!

We’re happy to acquaint you with the place we call home. Start with the following information and let us know how we can help.

Arkansas Valley Map

Learn more from these articles:

  • U.S. News & World Report calls Salida a “top ten bargain retirement spot.”
  • HGTV voted Salida one of the top 10 cities in America.
  • The Denver Post recently recognized Salida’s creative arts community.
  • MSN called Salida one of America’s 10 best outdoor towns.
  • USA TODAY included Salida in an article, “Ten Great Small Towns with a Backyard.”
  • Outside, Men’s Journal and Sunset Magazines have published articles about Salida.
  • Salida is one of Fine Living Network’s 10 perfect places to live.

Places and Properties:

Salida: Genuinely small, friendly and real, Salida boasts Colorado’s largest historic district. Quaint
cottages, luxury lofts, authentic Victorians and mountain retreats comprise our Vacation Rental collection. Enjoy our local hot springs pool-www.salidapool.com and great music and films at the SteamPlant Event Center.

Maysville: A lovely wide spot in the road just ten miles west of Salida, on the way to Monarch Mountain. Our
Maysville properties include woodsy mountain homes with green meadows, great vistas and rushing creeks.

Monarch / Garfield: This historic townsite is a huddle of chalets and mountain cabins, and is the gateway to Monarch Mountain ski area. Walk to the Monarch Lodge for a meal or hot tub soak. You’re five miles from the lifts at Monarch and 18 miles from Salida.

Howard: A scenic 13-mile drive east of Salida through Big Horn Sheep Canyon, Howard flanks the Arkansas
River against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Nathrop: Between Salida and Buena Vista, Nathrop is desirable for it’s proximity to the Arkansas River and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. A range of 14,000-ffoot peaks create a dramatic backdrop for this scenice region.

In addition, Salida boasts Colorado’s largest historic district, a magnificent Rocky Mountain four-season climate, annual river and art festivals – FIBArk and Salida Art Walk, all natural powder skiing and snowboarding at Monarch Mountain and the Arkansas River, one of America’s most popular destinations for whitewater rafting.</>p

Facts about Chaffee County:

80% National Forest and Wilderness Area
The most 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado
Teeming with natural hot springs
Two hours to Colorado Springs
Less than three hours to Denver International Airport

Pinon Vacation Rentals Selected Partners

Salida Walking Tours

Experience Salida through storytelling, costumed guides and historic buildings on our small-group tours.  www.salidawalkingtours.com

The Next Eddy
Guided Fly Fishing – River Supply – Travel Apparel
129 W 1st Street Unit B Salida, CO 81201

Absolute Bikes

An award winning, full service bike shop in the heart of historic downtown Salida.  Maps, gear, rentals, guides…  www.absolutebikes.com

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