Adventure By Nature Pledge

Take the Pledge & Receive a Free Discovery Pass


Visit Salida, Colorado
See The Largest Christmas Tree In Colorado
November 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022


Move over, New York City. Salida’s got something even better – higher and brighter—than the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center. How about a 750 foot tall Christmas tree? Not just a tree either; it’s a whole Christmas Mountain. This holiday symbol made up of 4,500 brightly-colored LED bulbs strung from Tenderfoot Mountain’s summit to base shines over Salida throughout the whole holiday season, from late November into mid-January.

See the largest Christmas tree in Colorado with the magical power to transform Salida into Christmas Town and Riverside Park into Holiday Park, too. It’s been a local holiday tradition since 1989.

This much-anticipated tree lighting is always held the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. As soon as Santa makes his much-anticipated appearance, it’s time for the countdown. 3-2-1…Just as the lights are turned on at Tenderfoot Mountain. Now it’s officially Christmas Mountain.


Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado are located in the heart of the Rockies along the Arkansas River. The Sawatch Range and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain surround these charming, friendly, artistic and historic towns. These towns are know known for their laid-back, mountain town vibes, filled with opportunities for adventure.


Colorado Hot Springs

Hiking Colorado
Motorcycle Colorado

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Camping Colorado
Fishing Colorado

Colorado Scenic Drives

Mountain Biking Colorado

Off Roado Jeeping & ATV


No Experience? No Problem!

We have you covered, no equipment or experience required. Monarch Mountain, along with other outdoor shops in town offer skis, snowboards and clothing rentals. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you are a seasoned skier or snowboarder, Monarch Mountain’s ski school instructors will make you feel comfortable from the very start. Send the kids to ski school and enjoy the day exploring the mountain on your own.

Tubing on Snow

Snow tubing is the easiest way to enjoy Monarch’s all-natural snow and is sure to be fun for everyone in your group. The magic carpet will carry you to the top of the hill. No hiking! The tubing park features individual lanes to race down the hill. Double up with a little one or challenge someone to a race. Experience après ski at the lodge.

Snow Cat Skiing

Looking to elevate your Monarch experience? Monarch Cat Skiing offers 1,635 acres of diverse, expert terrain featuring wide open bowls, steep chutes, beautiful glades and some of the best tree skiing you’ll ever experience.

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet— more than any other state in the country

The Sawatch Range consists of 15 peaks of 14,000 feet or more, including Mt. Elbert at 14,440 feet, the highest in Colorado and second highest in the lower 48 states. The Sawatch Range rises over 7,000 feet from the valley floor to the top of the Continental Divide.

The Adventure By Nature pledge

The Adventure By Nature Pledge is an outreach and education project supporting outdoor recreation, economic and visitor growth in Chaffee County by encouraging responsible recreation, stewardship principles and best practices for visitors and residents recreating in the outdoors.

We believe that stewardship of the environment is everyone's responsibility. Please help us protect and preserve our home so future generations can enjoy it just as you have.


Take The Pledge & Get A Free Discovery Pass