/ Fall ------- Winter / Spring ------- Year 'Round
Summer & Fall Recreation
No matter what time of year you visit, Salida, Colorado is an ideal vacation spot. This area abounds with outdoor activities, wonderful restaurants, and unique tours, as well as a variety of art galleries, specialty shops, concerts, theater performances and historic sites to enjoy. Use the information and links below to start planning your Salida getaway today. Then contact us at the Salida Super 8 Motel for reservations.
Hot Springs: To
Native Americans, hot springs were sacred places. To today's active,
harried humans, hot springs are slices of heaven where you rejuvenate
the body in soothing, naturally mineral-rich waters. Historic
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is a family-friendly public
indoor facility. Open-air creekside facilities can be found at Mount
Princeton Hot Springs Resort outside Nathrop and Cottonwood
Hot Springs Inn and Spa just west of Buena Vista. Ready for
a real hot springs experience? Visit Joyful
Journey in the San Luis Valley. Arrive just before sunset and
you will see why the mountains are called the Sangre de Cristo (Blood
of Christ) Mountains. Visit our Rates & Discounts page for information about our hot springs vacation packages.
White-water rafting on the world-class
on the Arkansas: We work with American Adventure Expeditions,
they have a great deal of experience in the world of rafting,
our guests have had great experiences. The team at 4
Corners Rafting, will do a do a great job with
1/2 day, full day and multi-day rafting experiences. To find out
about the current water flows on the Arkansas just click here for
a fantastic link with superb information: River
and Climbing: During your stay enjoy hiking and climbing in the Sawatch Mountains, Collegiate Peaks, Sangre de Cristo range or many other local destinations. We are proud to have 15 of Colorado's "fourteener" mountains nearby. We found a great website about the Fourteeners
Riding: Take scenic rides through sage meadows, aspen glens and evergreen forests. Mt. Princeton Riding Stables provides a fantastic riding experience. A great way to see the fall
: Take a fun ride through town on an old-fashioned "town
bike," check out some of our nice road bike rides or try some
of the great local mountain bike trails, including the famous Crest
Trail and Rainbow Trail. Do not miss Absolute Bikes! Shawn and his team
are just wonderful. They have teriffic maps of the options in our
area. If you are ready to try the Crest Trail you can use High Valley Shuttle. Nathan Ward has written books on Mtn Biking, Road Biking and Hikes in the Salida area. Check it out.
Trout fishing in the Arkansas River: (try
a guided float trip).
Great fly fishing opportunities also exist
on some of our smaller streams. Ask about lake and pond fishing
for a family fishing experience. Rod and Greg at Arkanglers have a superior crew and
know all the county's secrets. Click here for river flow information: River
driving/ATV/Dirt Biking/Transam Trail: Head to the mountains for fantastic high-altitude
scenic views. Visit some historic ghost towns, mining locales, or
the highest mineral collecting park in North America on Mount Antero. Jeep Rental.
You can rent ATV's from All
Seasons Rental, located just down the road from our hotel. Take
in a real live Ghost
Town. Salida is located on the Trans America Trail, an off road coast to coast motorcycle trail. Click here for more information Trans America Trail Trans America Trail Web Site
Dining: Guests may enjoy meals alfresco on our Barbecue & Picnic Patio!
Springs Heaven: You are coming to the best hot springs area
in Colorado. Salida Hot Springs
Pool is located right across the street. Joyful
Journey, Mt Princeton, and Cottonwood are only a beautiful 30-minute drive away.
Want more summer fun?
- Enjoy a restful afternoon in one of Salida's shady parks.
- Take a trip to beautiful alpine O'Haver Lake.
- Kayak down the Arkansas River slalom
on the Arkansas. Take a kayaking course from RMOC. Try the newest craze... duckies...inflatable kayaks what a trip!
- Try rock-climbing along the Arkansas River.
- Check out local rock
and gem shops and some great rock hounding areas. Chaffee County - (Gem Collecting) has some of the most beautiful Colorado Aquamarines
you have ever seen. We are renowned as the highest gem collecting area in North American.
- Relax by the pool and sun on our deck.
Winter and Spring Recreation
- Enjoy some of Colorado's
best powder at Monarch. Unspoiled since 1938. Monarch Mountain. Visit our all inclusive ski packages.Ski Monarch Packages
How about trying your hand with our world famous Cat Skiing. Read this article Ski Monarch Cat Skiing
- Reward yourself with a long soak in our hot tub afterwards.
- Rent a snowmobile
and explore some astounding mountain trails. For guided tours
we recommend Monarch Snowmobile
Tours. Every tour that we have taken with Bill's crew has
been fantastic and full of fun. Our guests rave about their experience
with Monarch Tours. For machine rental we recommend All
Seasons Rental. They will take the sleds to the trailhead
for you, provide maps and send you on your way.
- Ice skate on nearby lakes and ponds.
- Explore some of the
gorgeous scenery on cross-country skis. The back-country and telemark
skiing is great on Monarch pass, while track skiers and skate
skiers will enjoy three different sets of groomed trails in Leadville.Cross Country Information
- Go ice fishing on a local pond with your kids or drive a bit
for an extraordinarily scenic experience on Twin Lakes.
- Snowshoe into a quiet
winter wonderland. Snowshoe Information
Year 'Round Recreation
- Take a walking tour of historic downtown Salida. The Salida Steam plant features year round concerts, theatrical performances and gallery shows. Its beautiful location on the river brings you to the heart of Salida. Salida Steam Plant
- Join the cheerful
locals in one of our many wonderful restaurants, sample the wares
of the local bakery, coffee shop, brew pub, or winery. At Salida Cafe you can sample a variety of wonderful live entertainment, sit on the deck and sip your favorite coffee beverage.
- Swim or soak at the Salida Hot Springs Pool or one of the other developed hot springs
in the area.
- Visit the National Mining Museum in Leadville.
- Experience the stupendous
Royal Gorge bridge and narrow gauge train. Enjoy the dinner or
gourmet lunch. Royal
- Visit Great
Sand Dunes National Park nearby.
- Ask us about scenic drives of all lengths.
- Visit the shops, antique stores and many unique art galleries
in Historic Downtown Salida and elsewhere in the area.
- Pamper yourself with a massage
from a local therapist. Joyful
Journey or Cottonwood
- Roller blade or walk
our new trail system Area Trails
- Visit a real mine. Lost
Mine or how about a Zip Line Tour. It is a real thrilling experience: Captain Zip Line
- Have you visited our vibrant art galleries: Chivvis & Lovell, Mountain Spirits, The Green Cat, Brodeur Art Gallery, Gallery 150, Bungled Jungle, Sunlight Art Gallery
Salida, Colorado is a happenin' kind
of place! Visit our local newspaper The
Mountain Mail to see what is happening.
Area special events are listed online at Salida.com and at the Chaffee County Visitors Guide online at Events