Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado
Home Of Browns Canyon National Monument & Monarch Mountain
Monarch Mountain located near Buena Vista & Salida Colorado is redefining the Colorado winter vacation. Monarch Mountain offers skiers and snowboarders a quieter ski resort experience. With 100% natural snow the snow is just better! This resort is one of the highest in the country located along the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11, 952 feet above sea level. Off the beaten path of the traffic jams of Interstate 70 this place is laid back an all natural. If you are just learning to ski this place is very affordable to try this new experience.
When visiting Monarch Mountain be sure to stay in the historic towns of either Buena Vista or Salida, Colorado. These towns are unique non-resort towns located right on the Arkansas River. You may be familiar with these rafting towns for riding Monarch’s natural powder down the Arkansas River but they offer more as a year round destination. At an elevation of about 5,000 feet below the peak of Monarch Mountain this valley has an average daily temperature of just 43 degrees. The snow hardly sticks around long in the Arkansas River Valley so you may experience the best of both worlds on your winter vacation. Fish, hike and mountain bike the incredible trails surrounding these towns as the valley is dry and the mountains are white. Most summer activities are available year round here in the valley floor. Salida filled with unique historical buildings it is the largest National Historic District in Colorado. Both Buena Vista and Salida are filled with art galleries, pubs, breweries, distilleries and wineries to wet your Apre’s adventurous appetite.
On Feb.19, 2015, President Obama designated 21,586 acres of pristine canyons, rivers and backcountry forest in Colorado as the Browns Canyon National Monument. Plan your rafting or fishing trip through Colorado's newest National Monument.
Most famous for whitewater rafting and incredible views, Chaffee County is located along the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, here the peaks often climb above 14,000 feet and the water in the natural hot springs bubbles out of the ground at 140 degrees.