Salida - South Central Colorado

Includes Howard, Monarch, Poncha Springs

 

Fishing, Arkansas River, Salida, Colorado
Fishing the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado
ATVing, Salida, Colorado
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's Largest Indoor Hot Springs Pool at City of Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
Monarch Pass near Salida, Colorado
Monarch Pass is along Highway 50 west of Salida -- Stop to See the Continental Divide!
 

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 E of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the Arkansas River. 3 mountain resort cabins. Open 4 Seasons! $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! Play in Rocky Mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista. Snowmobile or ATV, guided tours or unguided rentals. Pick your Season, adventures all year! Spectacular Fall Color Tours.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


River Orchard Place - Cabins on the South Arkansas River  link to Colorado vacation
Homesteaded in 1800s surrounded by mountains in Poncha Springs, Orchard Place is on 800 acres. Cabins near Salida along South Arkansas River. Ski in winter. Colorado's Garden of Eden for WEDDING!

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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 E of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the Arkansas River. 3 mountain resort cabins. Open 4 Seasons! $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! Play in Rocky Mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista. Snowmobile or ATV, guided tours or unguided rentals. Pick your Season, adventures all year! Spectacular Fall Color Tours.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Anderson Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Serving Salida and Buena Vista: Jeep rentals and trail maps. Anderson's will get you off the beaten path to play in the Collegiate Peaks. Over the Top Jeep Adventures, our sister co, offers Guided Jeep Tours.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles 


Antero Hot Springs Cabins - Private Soaking Pools  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Historic creekside cabins have a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL. Views of Mount Antero in the heart of the Fourteener Region - the Collegiate Peaks! Vacation near Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado.

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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area  link to Colorado vacation
Near Salida, Arkansas Headwaters is one of the nation's premier recreation areas! Camp (bring 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 & Kitchenette Cabins  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Along beautiful Arkansas River with 2000 foot of great fly-fishing. WI-FI! KOA Campground and Loma Linda Kitchenette Motel rooms and cabins. Riverside group pavilion. Near ATV tours, trails. Family rates.

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

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Bandera's Bunkhouse, Cabins & Motel  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
Bandera offers a great location between Royal Gorge and Salida: lodging, motel, large cabins, pets allowed, campfires, camping, Arkansas gold medal fishing, Views! WI-FI! Group area. Call for discounts.

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Chalets at Tudor Rose  link to Colorado vacation
Lodge style cabins nestled in the pines, Tudor Rose is 1-1/2 miles from downtown Salida. Chalets on 37 private secluded acres. Stunning mountain views. Family kitchen. Dogs welcome. A different world!

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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, hiking, hot springs pools, off-roading. Log Cabins have kitchen and bathroom. Some campground sites along Chalk Creek. Large full hookups RV sites! FREE WI-FI!!

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City of Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center  link to Colorado vacation Map showing location of Colorado vacation
The largest indoor hot springs aquatic center in Colorado! Open year-round in Salida. Relax in natural, hot, mineral water with family swimming and soaking pools. Private European style natural hot baths.

Hot Springs 


Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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 Bunny Lane to Wright's Lake, rainbow trout stocked.

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Heart of the Rockies Campground, LLC  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Monarch Pass and the town of Salida along Highway 50 in the heart of the Rockies Mountains for a great adventure! Campground with separate tenting and RV areas. ATV to high country ghost towns.

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome 


Monarch Spur Cabins, RV Park & Campground  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Riverside campground with trout stream and fishing pond. Mountain Cabins: kitchen, deck, porch swing, BBQ. Tent sites. Full hookup RV park sites. View of Continental Divide near Monarch Pass and Salida.

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Pleasant Valley RV Park of Howard
14 miles east of Salida off US 50 in Howard. WI-FI. Pleasant Valley welcomes RVers looking to spend a month or two along the Arkansas River. Great fishing -- Private access -- Full hookups on the RIVER!

RV Parks and Resorts Hot Springs 


River Orchard Place - Cabins on the South Arkansas River  link to Colorado vacation
Homesteaded in 1800s surrounded by mountains in Poncha Springs, Orchard Place is on 800 acres. Cabins near Salida along South Arkansas River. Ski in winter. Colorado's Garden of Eden for WEDDING!

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Snowy Peaks RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RV RIGS and Tenters: large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, views of snowy peaks near Buena Vista. NEW clubhouse guest rooms. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway with campfires, live music, trails.

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Sugarbush Campground & Store  link to Colorado vacation
Summer, Fall and Spring Campground! Walk to the Arkansas River for excellent fishing. Sugarbush is 12 miles east of Salida. Hookup RV sites under tall pines. Creekside tent sites with cool shade. WI-FI!

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For more travel information contact:

Salida Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Browns Canyon National Monument

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 & Kayaking -UPDATED-

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

Hot Springs:
Salida Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area

Snowmobiling:
Buena Vista Area Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-
Salida & Monarch Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-


 
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