406 W Hwy 50, Salida, CO 81201

Year Round Activities

Summer Activities

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!

Suspend your fear with our local adventure experts at Captain Zipline!  Enjoy a beautiful ride on their exciting Zipline Tour or challenge yourself on their Canyon Aerial Park

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.

See a movie in beautiful mountain scenery at the Comanche Drive In Theatre three miles west of Buena Vista. They are one of eight Drive In Theaters in Colorado and one of around 330 Drive In Theaters left in the entire United States.

Salida has five hot springs, all within an easy drive, which are open to the public for those times you wish to relax and soak up the surroundings.

Salida Walking Tours

Looking for things to do in Salida & Buena Vista? How about chasing ghosts? Or traveling back in time to the 1880s wild west Colorado?
These  fun, knowledgeable guides are master storytellers. They create treasured memories and bring the past to life.
Enjoy Salida through storytelling, scenery, & historic buildings this our one-of-a-kind small group experience.  An enthusiastic, personable guide will help you discover Salida through a local’s eyes.  Stroll & take in the charming streets of downtown as you learn about our past, present & future.  Click HERE to see their website for more information!

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

Click HERE for additional Recreation Ideas!

Local Activities

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.

Split Happens Bowling Alley: Open lanes for your family 5 nights a week!  Located at 7615 Hwy 50 in Salida, they operate with an open bar, jukebox, and plenty of snacks.  Glow bowling is every Friday!  Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.  For any questions, call them at (719) 539-6436.

Salida Fat Axes: Perfect for a date night, fun family activity, team build, bachelor/bachelorette party, or just a fun way to challenge your friends! Check out the new and only axe throwing venue in the Arkansas Valley.

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 @ Split Happens: Winter Leagues, mixed leagues, women, men and children.

Cyclone Swim Team: Participant ages: 5 to 18 Season dates: April through August www.teamunify.com

Chaffee County Running Club: Participant ages: 10 to 100 Registration dates: ongoing. ChaffeeRunning.org

Winter Activities

Monarch Mountain

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. New for 2018 Monarch opened a tubing hill for guests. Monarch is usually open from November to April, weather permitting.

Monarch Snowmobile Tours

Join Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rentals this season and ride where the snow is. You’ll be invigorated by the crisp, clear air as you ride through a winter wilderness and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding 14,000-foot mountain peaks and valleys below. We offer a wide variety of tours in and around the historic and scenic areas of Garfield/Monarch, Colorado and Monarch Ski Area. No matter what your snowmobile skills or level of experience, Monarch Snowmobile Tours will make you “King of the Mountain.” From a quick intro tour to our popular 3-hour half day tour, as well as an all day 6-hour tour — we want you to enjoy the Gunnison National Forest.

Monarch Dog Sled Rides

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.

All Season Adventures

All-terrain vehicles, ATV rentals & tours, snowmobile rentals.

Reference Center

For books, maps and other resources in print on the Salida area check out these locations:

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (719) 539-7289

The Salida Regional Library (719) 539-4826

U.S. Forest Service, Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (719) 530-5520

… Or stop by our Visitor’s Center at 406 W Hwy 50 in Salida!