The Colorado mountain town of Salida sits in the middle of the state, literally in the "Heart of the Rockies," about 2 hours from Colorado Springs and 3 hours from Denver. Our town is a welcoming Western retreat for everyone, from the solo outdoors adventure seeker to couples yearning for a romantic escape or families who wish to ‘Play and Stay' in the glorious Rocky Mountains. Here one can be inspired by the endless mountain activities, ample opportunities to reconnect with a loved one, and just plain old fun times for families. And it can all happen without breaking the bank.
Located in central Colorado in the Upper Arkansas River Valley , Salida has more than a dozen 14,000-foot tall mountain peaks , surpassing all other Colorado regions. It is an outdoors paradise with year-round activities—at non-resort prices—that includes an almost complete A-to-Z adventure list : archery, biking, camping, climbing, fishing, four-wheeling, golfing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, picnicking, rock hounding, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and a world-class zipline tour.
More recently, an amazing Aerial Adventure Park was added that is sure to put Salida “on the map” yet again. Captain Zipline Aerial Adventure Park is an interconnected network of 120 different combinations of swinging bridges, catwalks, ladders, platforms, nets, rope and cable swings, obstacles and flying elements. The Aerial Adventure Park offers 9 courses of varying levels of difficulty, and serves up just about anything that an outdoors ‘Nature Ninja' would want! For those who always yearned to climb a mountain face, Captain Zipline has several Via Ferrata courses. These ‘iron highways' along the face of the mountain have a series of iron rungs and continuous cables, allowing most novices to scale the mountain and revel in thrills usually reserved for experienced mountain climbers. Of course the much lauded Captain Zipline tour is still going strong, providing lifetime memories for singles, couples, and family groups who come to Salida for their Colorado vacation adventure.
Salida is not limited to typical Colorado mountain adventures. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along tree-lined streets and into the downtown area where century-old redbrick buildings offer café fare to fine dining and art galleries display whimsical art pieces to upscale aesthetics . Our town of about 5500 residents was included in the guidebook America's 100 Best Small Art Towns .
Those who want to roam beyond the several block downtown area can pound the paths of the area's extensive bike & trail system or follow the winding Arkansas River. A short drive out of town takes you to ghost towns, mining camps , and reminders of Salida's railroad transport past.
If a relaxing Colorado vacation is what you really want, then try the soothing natural hot spring waters of Mt. Princeton Resort and Spa. The resort offers day passes for bathers, spa services, and lodging accommodations. Of course you will want to recuperate after playing in the Rocky Mountains and bathing in the hot springs, so come and stay at one of Salida's lodging facilities. Our small but vivacious town offers reasonably priced lodging that spans the spectrum of possibilities—cabins alongside the infamous Arkansas River, vintage Victorian rooms at one of our Bed and Breakfasts, and standard hotel rooms at big chain hotels or family-owned-and-operated Salida hotels and motels. And you can choose your location—a downtown Salida hotel or motel or perhaps something a bit more remote. Other lodging options in Salida include vacation home rentals, the Salida hostel, camping and RV parks.
The region has surprisingly mild periods of weather since harsh storms arriving from the west are tempered by the mountain ranges along the Continental Divide. This phenomenon has given rise to the tag the "Banana Belt." Fierce beauty, a mild climate, and a region steeped in folklore and outdoor adventures await you. With all this to offer, it is no surprise that Salida has become a favorite place to retire as well as recreate. U.S. News and World Report Magazine called it " one of the top ten affordable retirement communities in the US."
Come to Salida, the little town with lots to offer that is the “Gem of the Rockies.”