In Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

When hunting for a place to spend Easter week, discover the beautiful “now this is Colorado” towns of  Salida and Buena Vista. Here you’ll experience old-fashioned, small-town Easter celebrations complete with the Easter bunny, baskets, and brunch. All this family-fun is found amidst truly breath-taking surroundings. Easter falls on Sunday, April 1, this year (no fooling) so make plans now to hop on over to beautiful Chaffee County for tons of eggstravaganza celebrations to savor. While you’re here, make time to ski at Monarch Mountain Ski Area, soak in the hot springs, take a hike, ride a bike, discover historic and artsy downtown areas and take in everything else the area offers.


Surrounding The Arkansas River Valley

Underwater Egg Hunt:  This unique “Underwater Egg Hunt,” begs the question – can bunnies swim? Apparently so, because he hid his stash of colorful (waterproof!) eggs at the bottom of Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center pool. On Thursday, March 29 from 5-6:30 pm., kids of all ages are invited to jump (or hop!) into the pool and retrieve colored eggs, including some very special “golden eggs” too. The eggs are then exchanged for goodies like pool toys, pool passes and candy. Kids are divided into age divisions, with the youngest ones starting first. The $5 entry includes treats, prizes and swimming until 8 pm. This family-friendly aquatic facility is part of the City of Salida’s Parks and Recreation Department and is one of the largest indoor hot springs pools in the country. Its two hot springs pools are filled with fresh, chemical-free and mineral-rich water piped directly from underground springs. The large 25-meter Lap Pool is kept at 84-86 degrees. The Leisure Pool is 97-100 degrees.  410 W. Hwy 50, http://salidarec.com/public-pool/

Inter-generational Egg Hunt: Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida is hosting their annual Easter Egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Children ages 12 and under are invited to hunt for eggs and prizes in the center’s backyard. Afterwards, the residents give out stuffed toys. This event has been held for a decade and has the special added bonus of bringing children and senior citizens together. The event is free and open to both locals and visitors. http://columbinemanorcarecenter.com/

Easter Bunny and Hunt: Join the fun in Salida’s Thonhoff Park on Saturday, March 31 for the annual Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Upper Arkansas Service Club. Like a rabbit rock star, Mr. Bunny arrives on a Salida Fire Department truck. He will pose for photos with kids before the big hunt begins. Following the hunt, take part in the exciting and challenging Raw Egg Toss. Pairs move farther and farther apart until the last team with an intact egg wins. UASC is a merge of Kiwanis, Lions and Sertoma clubs. Local Boy Scout volunteers also help with this event. The park is located across from the City of Salida Municipal Buildings. http://salidachamber.org/upper-arkansas-service-club/

The Poncha Springs Annual Easter Egg Hunt:  A traditional small-town egg hunt will be held in Poncha Springs just west of Salida. Meet with baskets ready at 9:30 am, on Saturday, March 31 at Chipeta Park in front of the Town Hall. The Easter Bunny will be on-hand for a meet-and-greet and photo ops.  http://www.ponchaspringscolorado.us/

Community Easter Egg Hunt: Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vista holds an annual celebration on Saturday, March 31 from 10:15 am to noon full of activities for everyone. In addition to the hunt, there are arts and crafts, decorating eggs, face-painting, cookies, and storytelling. http://valleyfellowship.net/

Buena Vista Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Bring your Easter baskets and coloring skills to Columbine Park from 10-11 am on Saturday, March 31. This 12th annual event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buena Vista and the Community Bank of Colorado features an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a special coloring contest (with prizes!) http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/

Brunch and Hunt: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Spa’s Easter Day Brunch in the Princeton Club Restaurant will be from 10 am to 3 pm on Easter Sunday, April 1st. Then join  the Easter Egg hunt with the Easter Bunny at 1 pm around the lodge and pavilion. Complimentary Pony Rides will be held on the front lawn with Mt. Princeton Riding Stables from 11-2. For reservations call 719-394-2447 ext. 232. https://mtprinceton.com/colorado/princeton-club

Kids’ Fest: Monarch Mountain Ski Area hosts the free Annual Kids’ Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Kids 10 and under are invited to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt, arts and crafts projects,  avalanche dog demonstration and the snow slide.  Oh, and of course, the cookies and hot chocolate, too.  Head to the rental and lesson center, the children’s center’s yurt and the Safari lift kids’ area for all the fun festivities. Afterwards, you may even see the Easter Bunny taking some turns on the slopes, too. Kids’ Fest is free, but doesn’t include a lift ticket. http://www.skimonarch.com/

Church Services: If Easter means a spiritual celebration for your family, you’re in good hands. Between Salida and Buena Vista, there are 26 churches covering nearly every denomination. Check local listings for service times.