Salida - South Central Colorado

Includes Howard, Monarch, Poncha Springs

 

Fishing, Arkansas River, Salida, Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Fishing the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado
ATVing, Salida, Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Salida, Colorado has some great ATV trails

 

Salida grew quickly in the 1880s when the railroad made it a hub. This rip-roaring town had a famous madam, Laura Evans, who ran a bordello in from 1896 to 1950! Today, it's still a roaring town, roaring with rapids, that is. Salida boasts the headquarters for the Arkansas River Headwater that flows north and east of town. The town has one of the largest, indoor, hot springs pools' in the nation.

The Arkansas River is a launching point for some of the best whitewater rafting and is the most boated in the country with rapids ranging from easy to challenging. Accessible from this area is the Colorado Trail for mountain bikers and hikers to enjoy. In the winter try skiing at the much-praised, less-visited Monarch Ski Resort whose basin traps 300 inches annually of fluffy powder.

Salida Whitewater Park is right on the Arkansas River is one of the most popular in Colorado. This course is great for beginners to start running whitewater especially at the lower hole; it's slower and gentler. More advanced kayakers will like the upper hole better as it's faster and gets rowdier at higher flows.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, Salida, Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Colorado's largest indoor hot springs pool at City of Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
Monarch Pass near Salida, Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Monarch Pass on Highway 50
Elevation 11,312

 

Located at the junction of US 285 and 50, PONCHA SPRINGS (AKA the Crossroads of the Rockies) is an excellent jumping-off point for a Colorado adventure. The town was named after a local natural hot spring by frontiersman Kit Carson. Today water from the springs is piped into Salida's Hot Springs Pool. Mountain bikers can hop a shuttle from the local gas station to the famed Rainbow Trail. There are several short loop and riverside trails that link to other trails running into Salida. Poncha Springs is also home to an 18-hole golf course and a popular Disc golf area.

The Collegiate Peaks Byway, was designated in November of 2005 and stretches 57 miles north to south connecting Granite, Buena Vista, Salida and Poncha Springs. This byway also connects to the nearby Top of the Rockies and West Elk byways. The impressive Collegiate Range, lies to the west with the most concentrated number of peaks above 14,000' in Colorado, and abounds with hiking trails, ATVing trails, Jeeping along old rail beds, mountain bike trails and is riddled with ghost towns. The snowmobile areas around Salida offer groomed trail riding with large meadows, snow play areas, and steep hill climbing. Snowmobile trails are in the Rio Grande and Gunnison National Forests.

In the heart of Pleasant Valley, 13 miles east of Salida, is HOWARD quiet and peaceful, and popular among recreational vehicle travelers. With the famed rushing waters of the Arkansas running right through Howard, this area is a popular whitewater rafting site and trout fishing area. To the west, the San Isabel National Forest provides many opportunities for adventure, from hiking to crystal-clear mountain lakes, looking for black bear, elk, wild turkey and mountain lions to ATVing to an old gold camp.

Salida is near: Buena Vista Area, Northern San Luis Valley & Royal Gorge Area

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Premium Salida Businesses

4 Seasons RV Resort  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
In the Heart of the Rockies, 2 miles east of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the churning Arkansas River. 3 mountain cabins. Open all year. $AVE MONEY, LONGER STAY! Multi-night discounts.

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All Season Adventures Inc. - Snowmobile & ATV Rentals & Tours  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Ride the Divide! Snowmobile or ATV, guided or unguided, rentals or tours. Pick your Season, adventures all year. Spectacular Fall Color Tours. Play the rocky mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


River Orchard Place - Cabins on the South Arkansas River  link to Colorado vacation
Homesteaded in 1800s with a majestic settings in Poncha Springs on 800 acres. Acclaimed by guests - Colorado's Garden of Eden. Near Salida surrounded by mountains. Plan your wedding or reunion here.

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Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Salida and Buena Vista the Outdoor Center is in the Heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Fun, exciting raft trips for all ages and abilities, all with Free WETSUIT Use! DISCOUNTS for Groups of 10+.

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Featured Salida Businesses

4 Seasons RV Resort  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
In the Heart of the Rockies, 2 miles east of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the churning Arkansas River. 3 mountain cabins. Open all year. $AVE MONEY, LONGER STAY! Multi-night discounts.

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All Season Adventures Inc. - Snowmobile & ATV Rentals & Tours  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Ride the Divide! Snowmobile or ATV, guided or unguided, rentals or tours. Pick your Season, adventures all year. Spectacular Fall Color Tours. Play the rocky mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Alpine Hot Springs Hideaway  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
This private vacation hideaway is located in a spectacular alpine setting between Buena Vista and Salida. Soothe your body and soul -- Soak in the private hand-built soaking hot mineral springs pool!!

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Anderson Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Serving Salida and Buena Vista areas with Jeep or pop-up camping trailer rentals -- No need to tow your camper across the country. Plan a guided Jeep tour through Over the Top Jeep Adventures our sister co.

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Antero Hot Springs Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Historic creekside cabins each have a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL out your backdoor. They are in the heart of the Collegiate Peaks Colorado's fourteener region, near Buena Vista and Salida.

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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area  Colorado vacation make reservations
Near Salida, Arkansas Headwaters is one of the nation's premier recreation areas! Camp (no drinking water), fish, raft, kayak, picnic, hike, mountain bike all along 152 miles of the Arkansas River.

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Arkansas River KOA & Loma Linda Motel  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
2000 foot frontage on beautiful Arkansas River with great fly fishing. WI-FI on-site. Campground & cabins with kitchenettes. Motel rooms. Family rates. Riverside pavilion for groups. Near ATV tours & trails.

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Arrowhead Point Campground, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
AMAZING VIEWS! Arrowhead Point is in Buena Vista: campground tent sites in the trees, RV sites BIG RIG friendly, cabins some have kitchen & bathroom. Raft, hike, fish, ATV/4WD trails, hot spring pools!

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Bandera's Bunkhouse, Cabins, Motel & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between the Royal Gorge and Salida: large air-conditioned cabins, bunkhouse motel, RV & tent park. Bandera's has GOLD MEDAL fishing! Views! Restaurant. WI-FI. Group area. Horses and pets welcome.

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Chalets at Tudor Rose  link to Colorado vacation
Lodge style cabins nestled in the pines, 1-1/2 miles from downtown Salida. It's a different world!! 37 private secluded acres. Stunning mountain views. Equipped kitchen. Dogs welcome. No cleaning fees.

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Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, off-roading, hiking, and hot springs pools. Log Cabins have a kitchen and bathroom, sleep 6. Some RV & tent sites along Chalk Creek. Large BIG RIGS full hookups!

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City of Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center  link to Colorado vacation
Colorado's largest indoor hot springs facility is open year-round in Salida. Relaxation in natural, hot, mineral water. Public family swimming and soaking pools. Private European style natural hot baths.

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Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Nathrop near Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Enjoy your mountain vacation at this historical log cabin built in 1878 with a kitchen, BBQ grill and claw-foot tub. Walk to Wright's Lake stocked with rainbow trout.

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Cutty's Resort Hayden Creek  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In the Rockies of Central Colorado, Hayden Creek is surrounded by National Land between Canon City and Salida off Highway 50. Family Vacation Destination: clubhouse, teen center, adult lodge, playground.

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Heart of the Rockies Campground, LLC  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Halfway between Monarch Mountain and the town of Salida along scenic Highway 50 in the Heart of the mountains for a great adventure! Tents separate from RVs. See high country ghost towns. FREE WI-FI.

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Holiday Inn Express - Salida  email this Colorado cabin Colorado vacation make reservations
Enjoy western hospitality at our small mountain town motel, with the modern amenities of a big city hotel chain. Indoor pool and hot tub. Free wireless high speed internet. Deluxe continental breakfast bar.

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Holiday RV - WELCOMING TRAVELERS to SALIDA!  link to Colorado vacation
A full service RV dealership! Your small town dealer with big city selection featuring America's top brands of travel trailers, fifth wheels, A-frames & truck campers. New, Used, Rentals. Service & Parts on-site.

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Monarch Spur Cabins, RV Park & Campground  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Mountain Cabins: kitchens, bathrooms, decks with porch swings, BBQs, view of Continental Divide near Monarch Pass & Salida. On-site: trout stream & fishing pond. Riverside tent sites. Full hookup RV sites.

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Mountain Goat Lodge  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Vacation in Salida, casual and comfortable rustic-style lodging with all the modern conveniences of home. WI-FI access, flat screen TV, DVD player, mini-fridge, log beds, mountain views, and balconies.

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Pleasant Valley RV Park of Howard  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
Between Salida and the Royal Gorge off US Hwy 50. WI-FI access. RVs, campers and tenters welcome. The Arkansas River runs next to the park providing great fishing -- 2 miles of private access. Free WI-FI.

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River Orchard Place - Cabins on the South Arkansas River  link to Colorado vacation
Homesteaded in 1800s with a majestic settings in Poncha Springs on 800 acres. Acclaimed by guests - Colorado's Garden of Eden. Near Salida surrounded by mountains. Plan your wedding or reunion here.

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Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Salida and Buena Vista the Outdoor Center is in the Heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Fun, exciting raft trips for all ages and abilities, all with Free WETSUIT Use! DISCOUNTS for Groups of 10+.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Salida Inn & Monarch Suites  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations
In Salida near Monarch Ski Resort: Motel Rooms, Suites & Cottages. 100% Smoke-Free Inn! Fastest WI-FI in Salida. Free healthy continental breakfast. Family suites: Jacuzzi tubs, microwave, mini-fridge.

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Snowy Peaks RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RIGS and Tenters; large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, cable TV. Near Buena Vista, hot springs, hike, ATV/4WD trails, raft, fish. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway wondrous views, campfires, live music.

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St Elmo General Store, Inc. TRV & Side By Side Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
NO TRAILERING -- trails start at our front door! St. Elmo Colorado was officially founded in 1880. Most reasonable priced rentals in the area. 56 miles of mapped trips visiting ghost towns and gold mines.

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Sugarbush Campground & Store  link to Colorado vacation
COLORADO'S BANANA BELT: Summer & Winter Camping! Walk to the Arkansas River. FREE WI-FI. 12 miles east of Salida under tall pines with cool shade. Full hookup RV sites. Creekside tent sites.

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Anderson Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Serving Salida and Buena Vista areas with Jeep or pop-up camping trailer rentals -- No need to tow your camper across the country. Plan a guided Jeep tour through Over the Top Jeep Adventures our sister co.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals RV Services, Sales and Information 


Holiday RV - WELCOMING TRAVELERS to SALIDA!  link to Colorado vacation
A full service RV dealership! Your small town dealer with big city selection featuring America's top brands of travel trailers, fifth wheels, A-frames & truck campers. New, Used, Rentals. Service & Parts on-site.

RV Services, Sales and Information 



For more travel information contact:

Salida Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
Rainbow Trail Hiking
The Colorado Trail

Fishing:
Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - East
Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - North

Rafting & Kayaking:
Arkansas River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Salida & Monarch Jeeping & ATV Trails

Hot Springs:
Salida Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area

Snowmobiling:
Buena Vista Snowmobile Trails
Salida & Monarch Snowmobile Trails


 
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