Colorado Vacation Stops

Discover a Mountain Paradise in Salida

From weekly festivals to unparalleled outdoor recreation, Salida is a mountain town that offers it all.

From early May through October, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a weekend without an event going on in beautiful Salida, nestled under Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks. Head to Riverside and Alpine parks to take in one of the many festivals like the Brewer’s Rendezvous in July to sample Colorado craft beer, or the Salida Wine Fest in September. 

Grab lunch to go at Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop and eat it in the park overlooking the Arkansas River where you can watch kayakers practicing their moves in the current. If all that paddling has you itching to get out on the water, rent a stand-up paddleboard along the banks of the river, or hit downtown’s beach for some fun in the snowmelt-fed river.

Deborah Lee of Queen Bee Brews serves up her honey mead at the Salida Wine Festival
Deborah Lee of Queen Bee Brews serves up her honey mead at the Salida Wine FestivalCatherine Eichel Photography courtesy of Salida Chamber of Commerce

Perhaps one of Salida’s best features is its proximity to beautiful wilderness. For a challenging day hike, the area is home to a dozen 14,000 peaks known by locals as “14ers” and sections of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail also pass through the county. You don’t have to be a pro to mountain bike in Salida. Little Rainbow Trail offers easy mountain biking for the whole family. Head to Salida Mountain Sports for gear and local knowledge on the best hikes in the area.

Heading out to climb one of Colorado's 14,000-ft. peaks in Chaffee County
Heading out to climb one of Colorado’s 14,000-ft. peaksCourtesy Chaffee County

Or, hit the water for the day with one of the many rafting companies that call Salida home. Difficulty of the trips vary by season and area, so there’s always something for every skill level.

For a unique trip, head to Browns Canyon National Monument with River Runners to float through one of Colorado’s newest national monuments.

Rafting in Brown's Canyon National Monument near Salida with Noah's Ark Rafting
Rafting in Brown’s Canyon National Monument near Salida with Noah’s Ark RaftingCourtesy of Salida Chamber of Commerce

End the day with an amazing whiskey, gin or vodka cocktail at local Woods High Mountain Distillery. Or, try some other local libations at one of the town’s two craft breweries, Soul Craft or Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub, the latter of which serves up delicious pizza.

For more information:
Salida Chamber of Commerce