Welcome to Salida, Colorado. You are going to fall in love with this amazing setting in the center of Colorado while listening to some incredible music. Salida Colorado is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and features the Arkansas River flowing through its town center. Get wet on a whitewater rafting adventure, or perch next to the kayak play hole and watch boaters do tricks. Experience Colorado’s largest National Historic District with unique riverside dining, music venues, riverfront ‘beaches’ and many art galleries.
Salida is a true Colorado mountain town, with residents that actively pursue the outdoors and are passionate about preserving this piece of Colorado paradise. Come experience the Heart of Colorado.
There are many hot springs near Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. Any season is a great season for a Colorado hot springs visit, especially when surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From rustic to elegant, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for a natural, relaxing hot springs experience. All natural and odorless hot springs can be found in Chaffee County, where geothermic waters seep out of the ground to soothe and relax locals and tourists.
Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado are whitewater rafting towns located on the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in Colorado.
If you are looking for the perfect river community, your search just may end here. The mighty Arkansas River flows through the heart of Chaffee County, gracing the downtowns of both Salida and Buena Vista with her beauty and world-renowned whitewater, fly-fishing, scenery and river festivals.
Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado are home to some incredible artists and entertainers. With such inspiring scenery all around, it’s little wonder that the Arkansas Valley is home to a vibrant arts community. Some art lovers have remarked that the area reminds them of Santa Fe before it was “discovered”. Indeed, Salida was named one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America in a recent travel book of the same name.
Cycling, in all forms, is part of the culture here in Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado. Whether your method is to mountain bike, road bike or ride the parks, we have it all. Many bicycling tours and races happen in this area. Come cycle train year-round in our clean Colorado high altitude air.
There are two golf courses in Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. Modest greens fees, a casual atmosphere, incredible scenery and confidence-boosting altitude-enhanced drives make golf in the Upper Arkansas Valley a special treat. Nine-hole regulation-length links that can be played as 18 are found at both ends of the valley, Salida Golf Club and Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, Buena Vista.
There are many horseback riding trails and trail rides near Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. A popular mode of transportation in the Colorado outdoors is by horseback or llama. Commercial outfitters offer a range from short, one-hour guided horse trail trips to rigorous multi-day excursions.
Kayaking mecca. Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado are incredible whitewater kayaking destinations. The Arkansas River attracts kayak enthusiasts from around the world. Visitors are often amazed as kayakers in itty bitty plastic boats intentionally paddle into churning rapids to play in the waves and holes that, to the uninitiated eye, look like certain doom. Both Buena Vista and Salida roll out the red carpet for kayakers with park-n-play whitewater parks. In Buena Vista drive down Main Street to its dead end at the river to find a trio of playholes; Salida has two, on either side of the F Street Bridge right in historic downtown.
The best off road Jeeping and ATV in Colorado are found near Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. The 10,000-acre Fourmile Travel Management Recreation Area is widely acclaimed as one of the best off-road vehicle recreation playgrounds in Colorado. It would take weeks on end to explore the spaghetti-like network of trails. Maps and trail signs indicate roads open to general driving, extreme four-wheeling, ATV-only or single track (dirt bikes), as well as trails reserved for non-motorized recreation. Open year-round, though seasonal gates close some areas from Dec. 1 to around April 30. Check with local off-road retailers and outfitters for current conditions.
There are a few Zipline Tours and Aerial Parks in Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. Flying through the air on a zipline at speeds up to 40+ miles per hour with a pulley harnessed to a steel cable is a pure adrenaline rush. No longer reserved for high profile Hollywood action heroes, zipline thrills are right here in Chaffee County.