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Salida Ranger District- The Salida Ranger District includes the southern Sawatch Mountains, the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Arkansas River Valley.

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This vista lies west of Highway 285 a few miles north of Salida
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
This vista lies west of Highway 285 a few miles north of Salida
Description - Salida is home to a variety of festivals throughout the summer season. The first is the FIBArk Festival (First in boating on the Arkansas) for kayakers and their fans. The entire town participates in this celebration of water with concerts and concessionaires in Riverside Park downtown. Fourth of July is celebrated in a grand way in this small town with live entertainment, micro-brews and fireworks. The Aspen-Salida Music Festival brings classical music to the banks of the Arkansas in a series of live performances.

In addition to these festivals the Salida Hot Springs Pool is open throughout the year for visitors and locals alike. A great way to mend sore muscles from any sport, this pool boasts Colorado's largest indoor hot springs pool.

Recreation - The recreation opportunities are endless in the mountains, rivers and canyons surrounding Salida. The Arkansas River literally runs through town and provides a challenging course for all levels of boaters. Mountain climbing in the Sangre de Christos or Sawatch Mountains will keep hiking enthusiasts busy for years. Mountain biking fans, beginners to advanced, will enjoy the terrain that surrounds Salida. The BLM land in the area supports hundreds of miles of four-wheel drive roads and motorcycling trails. The Arkansas River and its many tributaries offer many fishing opportunities. Look at the information for the Salida Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest to find the details.

Climate - Salida's climate depends on the sun. When it is shining brightly the weather is warm - summer or winter. When the clouds build in front of the sun the temperature can be very cool. Generally, the summer weather is warm. Because of the elevation, 7,036 feet, the sun burns intensely during the summer months. Don't forget to wear sunscreen, because the thin air doesn't filter harmful rays as well as the air at sea level.

During the winter months the sun can burn, too. Many a cross-country skier has come home with a sun burn in early February. Layers are the key to comfort during the winter. The clouds can come from the mountains quickly and bring precipitation with them. Being prepared for bad weather is a necessity when you're playing in extreme terrain.

Location - Salida is located south of Buena Vista in the Arkansas River Valley. It is immediately east of Mt. Shavano, which is the southern most fourteener in the Sawatch Mountain Range. About five miles south of Salida the Sangre de Christo Wilderness begins. These mountains loom in Salida's southern horizon. Highway 50 borders Salida on its southern side, and leads east to Canon City and west to Gunnison.


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Filed By: markmarshall (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went on a nice backcountry ski trip out of Salida. Going west on hwy 50 to Monarch Ski Area. Keep going another mile, and on the right is a pretty large parking area. Park here and ski up the road. A few snowmobiles ride here, so the trail is packed. We did not see any on our trip. The road is marked on the map as Old Monarch Pass. Ski up the trail about two miles to the actual pass. From here, you can ski down the backside for several miles. But, we took off our skiis and hiked about 100 yards up a windswept ridge to a nice summit. Just like a real mountaineering trip. Some people were yo yo skiing this hill, a little to steep for our skill. We had a quick lunch out of the wind and walked down. Skiing back to the car was fast and easy. Ready for dinner in Salida.

Filed By: mark marshall (Austin, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We visited Salida and Buena Vista Colorado for a combination Snowmobile and Fishing trip. The snowmobile trip was really fun, we rode up to Taylor Pass on a guided trip. Great views, good weather. We even got to ride around alittle on our own, with having to follow the guide. The fishing on the Arkansas River was great, I like dry fly fishing, and the conditons were good, but a little early for the big caddis hatch. Lots of people were nymph fishing, but that is not for me. caloraw


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Contact Information:
Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.

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Centralcolorado.com - A site dedicated to central Colorado with links and visitor information.
Fourteenernet - This site provides visitor information for the communities of the Arkansas Headwaters.
Homestead Sports - Poncha Springs, Your Outdoor Headquarters
Now This Is Colorado - This site provides visitor information,regional headlines and classified ads for the communities of the Arkansas Headwaters.

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