Hot Springs & Historic Downtowns

In Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

While many cities have traded their history for modern buildings, it’s just the opposite in Buena Vista & Salida. History is not only embraced and celebrated but also proudly visible. The Salida Downtown Historic District is the largest historic district in Colorado.

THREE PUBLIC HOT SPRINGS

100% Natural & Odorless

Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

Pure geothermal mineral waters flow into five large, rock-lined soaking pools ranging from 94 to I IO degrees at Cottonwood Hot Springs. The quiet, meditative environment may be similar to that experienced by the native Utes, who regarded the hot springs as spiritual sites with healing waters. Massage therapy, spa services and lodging available.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is one of the most unique settings of all the hot springs in Colorado. Sit in the source of the hot springs in Chalk Creek and create your own hot springs pool. Ride the 400-foot water slide while surrounded by the 14,000 fool peaks on either side of the resort The Spa & Club offers an adults-only experience with a relaxation pool and three Japanese-style cascading pools Hot springs are included with your overnight stay; purchase a spa treatment and enjoy all the hot springs amenities.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is fun for the whole family. A zero-depth-entry play pool of 97 to I 00 degrees borders one end of the largest indoor hot springs pool in North America. The opposite end features a 6-lane, 25-meter lap pool and diving area around 85 degrees. You can also reserve a private soaking pool and customize the water depth and temperature.

Rimmed by the mighty Sawatch, Mosquito and Sangre de Cristo mountains, Chaffee County is a breathtaking place to get outdoors. Like sentinels lining the horizon to the west, Sawatch peaks dominate the Upper Arkansas Valley. Running some 100 miles, from south of Salida to north of Leadville, 15 of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks rise in the Sawatch. The range features four of the state’s five tallest peaks including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet the state’s highest and second only to California’s14,505-foot Mount Whitney in the lower 48. The Collegiate Peaks – five mountains named after colleges – are included in the Sawatch.

THREE MOUNTAIN RANGES

Surrounding The Arkansas River Valley

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Sawatch Mountain Range

Running from north of Leadville to southwest of Salida, 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 Collegiate Peaks, named after five famous universities, are a part of the range.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range

Running south from Poncha Springs to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This portion of the Rocky Mountains is the southernmost subrange.
A wilderness area and multiple 14,000-foot peaks are located here, as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Mosquito Mountains

Mosquito Mountain Range

Alpine tundra, adjoining forests and rare plant species are found in this area northeast of Buena Vista. The Mosquito Range features five fourteeers: Lincoln, Bross, Democrat, Cameron and Sherman. It is also home to the highest vehicle route in the country, Mosquito Pass, cresting at 13,185 feet.

SAWATCH RANGE FOURTEENERS

(Peaks over 14,000 feet or 5,000 Meters in elevation)

    • Mt. Elbert 14,433
    • Mt. Massive 14,421
    • Mt. Harvard 14,420
    • La Plata Peak 14,336
    • Mt. Antero 14,269
    • Mt. Shavano 14,229
    • Mt. Princeton 14,197
    • Mt. Belford 14,197
    • Mt. Yale 14,196
    • Mt. Tabeguache 14,155
    • Mt. Oxford 14,153
    • Mt. Columbia 14,073
    • Missouri Mountain 14,067
    • Mt. Huron 14,005
    • Mountain of the Holy Cross 14,005

SAWATCH RANGE THIRTEENERS

(Peaks over 13,000 feet or 4,000 Meters in elevation)

      • Grizzly Pk A 13,988′
      • Ouray, Mt 13,971′
      • Ice Mtn 13,951′
      • French Mtn 13,940′
      • Hope A, Mt 13,933′
      • Casco Pk 13,908′
      • Emerald Pk 13,904′
      • Frasco BM 13,876′
      • Cronin Pk 13,870′
      • North Apostle 13,860′
      • Oklahoma, Mt 13,845′
      • Holy Cross Ridge 13,831′
      • Iowa Pk 13,831′
      • “Lackawanna” 13,823′
      • Rinker Pk 13,783′
      • Garfield Pk A 13,780′
      • PT 13,768 13,768′
      • “Magdalene Mtn” 13,762′
      • Deer Mt A 13,761′
      • Bull Hill A 13,761′
      • Aetna, Mt 13,745′
      • Sayres BM 13,738′
      • PT 13,736 13,736′
      • PT 13,712 13,712′
      • Twining Pk 13,711′
      • Grizzly Mtn 13,708′
      • Jackson, Mt 13,670′
      • White, Mt 13,667′
      • Carbonate Mtn A 13,663′
      • PT 13,660 B 13,660′
      • Taylor Mtn A 13,651′
      • Mamma, Mt 13,646′
      • Champion, Mt 13,646′
      • “Anderson Pk” 13,631′
      • “Esprit Point” 13,630′
      • PT 13,626 13,626′

National Trail Systems

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail stretches 486 miles from Denver to Durango. Trail users experience six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet, just below Coney Summit at 13,334 feet. The average elevation is over 10,000 feet and it rises and falls dramatically. Users traveling from Denver to Durango climb 89,354 feet. The Chaffee County section is popular with day and overnight hikers alike.

The Colorado Trail Foundation

Colroado Trail

Biking Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Continental Divide Trail

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide separates the rivers and streams that flow eastward into the Atlantic Ocean from those that flow westward to the Pacific.

The portion of the Continental Divide in the United States is about 3,000 miles long – from Glacier National Park in Montana, south through the Rocky Mountains, to the Mexico border in southwest New Mexico.

The Sawatch Range segment in Chaffee County follows the flanks of Colorado’s highest peaks, with nice stretches above timberline in portions of the Holy Cross, Mount Massive, and Collegiate Peaks wilderness areas.

Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

American Discovery Trail

The Colorado Trail stretches 486 miles from Denver to Durango. Trail users experience six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet, just below Coney Summit at 13,334 feet. The average elevation is over 10,000 feet and it rises and falls dramatically. Users traveling from Denver to Durango climb 89,354 feet. The Chaffee County section is popular with day and overnight hikers alike.

American Discovery Trail Society

American Discovery Trail