Monarch is “Salida’s Hometown Mountain” and one of the area’s best kept secrets. The ski area depends on all-natural, Rocky Mountain snow, and with 350 inches of average snowfall each year, the mountain consistently ranks top in the state for storm totals. Monarch has one of the highest elevation base areas in ski country at 10,790 feet. The area’s vertical tops out at 11,960 feet on the Continental Divide. This mountain skis big, with 800 acres of in-bound and hike-to terrain that includes everything from groomers, to tree skiing and steeps. Looking for a more extreme experience? Try Monarch Cat Skiing’s 1,000 plus acres of backcountry terrain. Monarch is usually open from November to April, weather permitting.
Monarch Dog Sled Rides provides exciting dog sled tours through the beautiful San Isabel National Forest located one mile east of the Monarch Mountain ski area! We have over seven years of guiding experience and some of the friendliest, happiest dogs in the world. You and your family are invited to experience this northern sport, come and give our dogs some love as we take you on a three- to five-mile tour through our breathtaking terrain.
Monarch Snowmobile Tours offers a wide variety of tours in and around the historic and scenic areas of Garfield/Monarch, Colorado and the Monarch Ski Area. No matter what your snowmobile skills or level of snowmobile experience, we have the ride for you.
All-terrain vehicles, ATV rentals & tours, snowmobile rentals.
Salida’s Park & Recreation Program
The City of Salida offers many great year round recreation programs for kid’s pre-school age and up. We provide a variety of exciting classes including swimming, arts and crafts, biking, educational indoor and outdoor programs and much more! Pick up a Summer Recreation Program brochure for schedules and fees. These brochures are available at the Hot Springs Aquatic Center and the Chamber of Commerce.
To check out all the recreation programs currently going on visit www.salidarec.com
Salida Hot Springs The Salida Hot Springs is a year-round facility which offers aquatic recreation and relaxation in natural hot mineral water. Public hours: 1-9pm www.salidapool.com
Salida Golf Club Dow Stewart-PGA Professional (719)-539-1060 A 9-hole course with fabulous mountain scenery. Cart, Pull Carts, Rental Clubs, Driving Range, Restaurant and Bar. Club and Private Tournaments.
Check out our local Rafting & Kayaking Outfitters and book your trip to float down the Arkansas River in style! What a fun way to spend your spring and summer!
Visit the Rock Doc and learn about Rockhounding and Prospecting in Chaffee County.
Horseback Riding is a great way to see our beautiful county! Check out all of our experienced Riding Outfitters and book your next equine adventure!
Fishing the Arkansas River is not to be missed! We have many knowledgeable Anglers that are here to help you fishing adventure be a successful one.
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Salida City Recreation and Sports
Babe Ruth Baseball Association: May through July Age groups 5 to 15 years.
Youth Soccer Association: April to May, and September to October. Recreational play for ages 5 – 12. http://salidasoccer.org/
Girls’ Softball Association: June through August. Registration: Late April to early May For ages 7-16.
Women’s Recreation Volleyball League: Tuesday evenings, January through April. Participant ages: 18+ (must have finished high school) 719.539.7333
Women’s Competitive Volleyball League: Participant ages: 18+ First season: September through November Second season: January through April 719.539.2487
Men’s Basketball Town Team League: Participant ages: 18+ November 1 to April 15 719.539.7537
Bowling: Salida Super Bowl Lanes: Winter Leagues, mixed leagues, women, men and children.
Cyclone Swim Team: Participant ages: 5 to 18 Season dates: April through August http://www.salidacyclones.com
Chaffee County Running Club: Participant ages: 10 to 100 Registration dates: ongoing
For books, maps and other resources in print on the Salida area check out these locations:
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (719) 539-7289
Country Bounty (719) 539-3546
The Salida Regional Library (719) 539-4826
U.S. Forest Service, Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591
Colorado Parks & Wildlife (719) 530.5520