With 12 mountains that tower more than 14,000ft in Chaffee County, it’s easy to reach alpine lakes for fabulous fishing, as well as meadows of wildflowers, evergreen forests and transparent streams. Relax. Listen to hummingbirds whiz by, view deer and elk in their natural habitat, smell the fresh mountain air, enjoy the views.
Central Colorado is home to the highest concentrations of alpine lakes found in the Rockies. Whether you are looking for a scenic destination hike or a secluded fishing spot, there are many to choose from. Besides the beautiful hikes that lead up to these picturesque alpine lakes.
After a couple of hours of mountain biking head up to Fisherman’s Bridge in Nathrop and drop your raft into the Arkansas River. Spring snowmelt causes the water levels on the river to rise each day in Browns Canyon. This stretch of class 3 and 4 rapids will test your skills as you cruise through a landscape of towering walls, rock outcroppings, and curious wildlife.
Before the sun sets, head back to town and drop a line in the Arkansas River near the Buena Vista River Park. During early spring, the runoff from snowmelt hasn’t quite started yet, creating an ideal situation for catching fish in the cool clear pools and eddies that line the river. Practice your casting technique while recounting the awesome day you just had.
Challenge yourself and your friends and family to a fun series of catwalks, bridges, trapezes, ladders, hanging skateboards and much more. Courses are high above the ground, yet you’re secured with harnesses, belts, and safety lines.
Scenic rides include paved county roads, single- and double-track mountain trails, the Midland Trail’s historic railroad tunnels, Salida’s Arkansas Hills and easy rides around Sands Lake and Frantz Lake. Biking is a year-round sport that ramps up during warm weather with numerous races, rides and cycling events for all skill levels.
While the west side of the valley is still covered in tons of snow, the east side is drying out and perfect for spinning your wheels in the dirt. Start at the F Street bridge in downtown Salida, cross the railroad tracks, and head up the Frontside Trail to the top of Tenderfoot Hill. There you’ll find miles of narrow singletrack with amazing views of 14,000ft mountains across the valley.
Challenge yourself, and your friends and family, to a fun series of catwalks, bridges, trapezes, ladders, hanging skateboards and much more. Courses are high above the ground, yet you’re secured with harnesses, belts and safety lines.