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What to see and do in Salida Colorado

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Salida is nestled amongst the tallest mountains in Colorado and is a popular travel destination for river rafters, kayakers, fishermen, hikers and more. A vibrant art and food scene make Salida one of the best places to visit in the Rocky Mountain region.

Salida, Colorado

Located at an elevation of 7,083 feet, and nestled amongst several mountains reaching 14,000 ft, Salida has an abundance of natural beauty.

The Arkansas river runs right through the area and provides a popular destination for river rafters/kayakers and fishermen alike.

If climbing, hiking and water sports are not really your thing, there is plenty more to do.

Besides a vibrant food scene that is impressive for a town of less than 10,000 people, Salida also has plenty of antique stores and art galleries.

I also noticed a variety of vintage clothing stores that would make my sister in law jealous – she lives in NYC.

For those who prefer relaxation, a spa treatment or long soak in any of the several hot springs that exist in the area, will do the trick.

What to see and do in Salida, Colorado

[ 1 ] Lodging: there are many options for all tastes and budgets in Salida, nearby Nathrop or Buena Vista.

If you want a historical place, stay at Palace Hotel in downtown Salida.

For a weekend of nothing but relaxation and even a couple getaway, head over to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

If you want to be close to nature, camp in one of several State run campsites available in the area.

Buena Vista also offers some chain hotels for the less adventurous.

[ 2 ] Eat and drink: there are several places to eat in the region. We tried Amica’s in Salida and the restaurant at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

We enjoyed the food at both places and can’t wait to go back to explore more restaurants in the area.

If you stop by Amica’s, try one of their pizzas. They are delicious!

For lovers of craft beer, the area doesn’t disappoint with several microbreweries and watering holes.

[ 3 ] Activities: there is something for everybody year around. From skiing and snowmobilling  in the winter to a full plethora of activities in the warmer months from zip lining, archery, mountain biking and more.

If you are into conquering high mountains, you will invariably be drawn to the region which boasts more than one fifth of Colorado’s 53 “fourteneers.”

[ 4 ] Arts: there are several galleries in Salida and even a artist studio tour that you can take. There is also a 3-day Art Walk that happens every June in Salida.

[ 5 ] History: Salida has the oldest historic downtown in Colorado filled with rich history. The Ute tribes inhabited the region before mining and farming took hold of the area.

We really enjoyed this weekend getaway. If you would like to see our vlog, click here.

Have you been to Salida? If so, what is your favorite activity/place?

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    • Jana
      June 15, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you! Hard to take a bad picture in Salida!

  1. May 19, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    A very nice travel guide! I like that you covered all the angles of food, lodging, and entertainment

    • Jana
      June 15, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you very much! I tried to cover a little of everything!

  2. May 19, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Sounds like such a fun adventure to take! Thanks for sharing it! I will definitely be looking into checking out this area!

    • Jana
      June 15, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      It’s a great place to take a vacation! Need to plan another getaway this year!

  3. Michelle Lensky
    June 21, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    During a summer of adventure we bought a camper, packed up our two kiddos and the dog, bought a gold claim on the Arkansas River and drove from Michigan to a small town near Salida. We spent the mornings dredging for gold in the cold river and our afternoons exploring Salida and nearby abandoned mines. My favorite part of Salida was the awesome little restaurants with great food and the friendly people of the town. I often think of our summer in Salida. We didn’t get rich on our gold claim but the wonderful memories we made are worth far more!

    • Jana
      June 22, 2019 / 10:54 pm

      wow! That sounds like an amazing summer for the whole family!

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