Salida, Colorado

Heart of The Rockies

Salida is located in the Heart of the Rockies in Central Colorado.  This historic mountain town is situated between the Sangre De Cristos and Sawatch mountain ranges. At 7,000 feet in elevation, this wonderful town draws outdoor enthusiasts for many reasons including the Arkansas River and the Monarch Mountain Ski area.  Anglers, hikers, rafters and nature lovers are not disappointed with the endless recreation and incredible vistas!  As Colorado’s largest National Historic District, with 136 preserved buildings,  downtown has much to offer visitors and locals alike.  Enjoy the many dining options, breweries, artistic vibe and the natural breathtaking views! Located in Colorado’s “Banana Belt,” the four seasons tend to be very moderate in temperature in comparison to many other mountain areas.  With a population of 5300 friendly and welcoming residents, this gem of a town is sure to capture your heart! Did I mention the Arkansas River runs right through our downtown? YES, it does!!

One thing is for sure, you won’t get bored!

Salida School Information

Find out more details on the local schools

Salida Schools represent the best of many worlds. Salida is an education community that has supported their schools unequivocally. Residents can enjoy the gorgeous mountains just off their doorstep and still rest assured that they are getting a first rate education. Salida is ranked 23 out of 182 districts in the state in 2012.  If you would to see the testing results across the District, you can get that information here:

School and District Performance Ratings

Salida School District
Longfellow Elementary
Crest Academy
Salida Middle School
Salida High School
Horizon’s Exploratory Academy

There are six schools in the Salida District;

Early Childhood Center


Salida High School

Salida Middle School

Horizon Exploratory Academy

The Crest Academy

Places to Stay

Chaffee County offers many lodging options from Hotels to B&B’s, to Vacation Rentals as well as Camping!  Take a peek at some of the most popular places to stay.


Adventure Awaits You in Salida!

So Many Outdoor Adventures!

Quaint, friendly and historic — There is so much to do in Salida!


Hiking the Sawatch Range is spectacular!  Did you know Chaffee County has the most Fourteener Peaks in a single range within Colorado. There are 164 miles of Wilderness trails in the Chaffee County area! Many of these areas have access to Rivers, Creeks, Streams, Lakes and Resevoirs. Click here for some great trails!

What are the Collegiate Peaks anyway?

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Collegiate Peaks hikes and trails

Hot Springs

Also within the area are hot springs, and yes, they are Family Friendly! Experience the relaxing therapeutic waters and take in the incredible views.  Click here for information.

White Water Rafting and Fishing

If rafting and fishing are your thing, you will love having access to the beautiful Arkansas River! There is also the Salida White Water Park and Beach, you heard me right..BEACH!

Click  here to check out a rafting expedition!

Horseback Riding

Maybe you’d like to take a sunset trail ride? Click here for more information!

Clubs, Recreation and Things To Do

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Whether your ending your day of relaxation or adventure, you are sure to find the type of dining experience you are looking for, from casual to fine dining, in one of the many local restaurants.  If you’d like to enjoy a glass of wine or a brew with friends – we have that covered as well!  Often on weekends you can also find live music in one of the downtown venues or park.

Here are some dining options to take a look at:



Fine Dining


Music/Entertainment Venue


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