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 an architectural gem in the National Historic Register comprise our Salida rental collection. Enjoy our local hot springs or great music 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. Howard vacation homes include riverside cabins and homes with vast views, high green mesas, natural springs, creeks and ponds.

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
Lodge with Pinon Vacation Rentals and receive discounts from these esteemed businesses!

Ululani Events
Nuptials. Feasting. Merriment. Inspired event coordination, wedding planning, design & styling, and location scouting!

Chaffee County’s premier holistic wellness center, spa and functional training gym. We offer many health care options including:
Massage Therapy ~ Rolfing Structural Integration ~ Acupuncture ~ Facials ~ Waxing ~
Feldenkrais Movement Therapy ~ Psychotherapy ~ Nutritional Counseling ~ Yoga ~ Pilates ~
Gyrokinesis ~ CrossFit ~ Monkey Bar Gym CNT Trainers ~ Personal Training

Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association
Wedding professionals for Salida, Buena Vista, Nathrop and beyond.
Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association is a collaboration of multiple vendors and venues involved in the wedding industry of Chaffee County. Its mission is to provide excellent services, fair prices and friendly advice.

Mt. Shavano Ski Shop
Ski/Snowboard packages: shaped skis, twin tips, snowboard, telemark, snowblades, snowshoes, or x-country. Our shop is the largest clothing and accessory shop in the area featuring a full selection of quality name brand winter apparel and accessories.
You can find us at: 16101 W. Hwy. 50, Salida, Colorado
10 Miles West of Salida on Your Way to Monarch Mountain
Call us at 719.539.3240 or 800.678.0341

Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rentals
Come to Monarch Tours this season and ride where the snow is. Just 18 miles west of Salida Colorado on Hwy 50. Minutes from the Monarch Ski area.
Phone: 719-539-2572 • Toll Free: 1-800-539-2573

Independent Whitewater
We are a small, locally-owned company located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley between the towns of Salida and Buena Vista. Independent Whitewater has been running the Arkansas River for over 20 years and our safety record is impeccable.
At IW you will never be herded about with a hundred other people waiting to go rafting. Unless it is specifically requested, we won’t run more than five boats on a trip.
Call 719.539.7737 or 800.428.1479

Absolute Bikes
Absolute Bikes is a full service bicycle shop located in historic downtown Salida, Colorado.
330 W Sackett Avenue Salida Colorado
Call 719.539.9295

Moonlight Pizza
Come check out the best pizza in town, relax and enjoy the local atmosphere!
242 F Street (corner of 3rd/F Street) in historic downtown Salida.

Cafe Dawn
Cafe Dawn is a community minded and environmentally conscious coffee shop in historic downtown Salida. Come check out Café Dawn and get the BEST mood enhancer in town!
203 W 1st Street
Salida, Colorado

The Fritz
Gastro- Pub? Americana Bistro?, Global Cafe? Call it what you want, we call it delicious, and hopefully you will too. Sandwiches by day, Small and large plates at night.
113 E Sackett Street
Salida, Colorado

Mountain Sports Haus
Mountain Sports Haus provides premium ski, snowboard and snowblade rentals for Monarch Ski Resort and surrounding area ski resorts, including Crested Butte, Vail, Aspen, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Wolf Creek. We provide quality ski and snowboard rentals to the Salida, Buena Vista and central Colorado area.
10240 U.S. 50
Poncha Springs, Colorado
Call us at 719.539.7618 or 800.588.4287

Canyon Marine
Canyon Marine Whitewater Rafting is a premier Colorado Rafting outfitter for the Arkansas River and Royal Gorge. Come find out what makes Canyon Marine Whitewater Rafting standout. We offer exceptional service, outstanding safety, and a whitewater rafting adventure that will provide memories to last a lifetime.
Call us at 719.539.4444 or 800.539.4447

Natural Nail, Massage and Facial Spa
124 East 2nd Street
Salida, Colorado

Salida Mountain Sports
Prepare for your excursions with a wide range of camping gear and outdoor clothing from our specialty sports store in Salida, Colorado. With 18 years of experience, Salida Mountain Sports specializes in outdoor clothing and camping products to met all your needs.
110 North F Street
Salida, Colorado

Wilderness Ski and Snowboard Shop
Wilderness Ski and Snowboard Shop has been family owned and operated since 1979. We have earned our reputation for fantastic customer service, and it’s the reason we enjoy our customers coming back year after year. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an old pro- our experienced friendly staff will take the time to fit you with comfortable quality equipment for your ability level.
Call us at 719.539.3747 or 800.639.3747

RMOC offers instruction for kayaking, rafting, biking and rock climbing…they have it all! RMOC has been the premier whitewater kayaking school in the Rockies since 1982!
You can talk to the experts by calling 719.539.2420