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A R E S O U R C E & T R A V E L G U I D E T O S A L I D A , C O A N D T H E S U R R O U N D I N G A R E A S<br />


Highlights of the best events<br />

throughout the year.<br />



Discover new places to<br />

explore <strong>and</strong> nearby<br />

attractions.<br />


& ADVICE<br />

Make trip planning<br />

<strong>and</strong> traveling even<br />


Table of<br />

Contents<br />

01<br />


12<br />


14<br />


27<br />



34<br />


07<br />

HIKING<br />

13<br />


21<br />


29<br />


38<br />


41<br />


47<br />


MONTH<br />

64<br />


66<br />


42<br />


61<br />

FAQ<br />

65<br />


67<br />


F A M I L Y - F R I E N D L Y<br />

SUMMER<br />


Image Credit: Badfish Surf Shop<br />


ATV Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tours<br />

All Season Adventures<br />

Image Credit: ATV Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tours<br />

One of the most fun <strong>and</strong> easiest ways to<br />

see the backcountry is by way of ATV.<br />

With All Season Adventures, you’ll have<br />

the option of taking a guided ATV tour or<br />

renting one of their ATVs <strong>and</strong> heading<br />

out on your own. If you choose an ATV<br />

tour, you’ll enjoy a ride that’s customized<br />

to your tastes with a guide who can tell<br />

you everything you want to know about<br />

the area. Tours last from two to six hours.<br />

If you decide to rent an ATV, the<br />

backcountry is your oyster. The pros at<br />

All Season Adventures can help you find<br />

the perfect trail <strong>and</strong> they can even<br />

transport your ATVs if you don’t have a<br />

trailer.<br />

Rocky Mountain<br />

Jeep Rentals<br />

Image Credit: ATV Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tours<br />

If you want to explore some of the lesser<br />

seen areas of the mountains surrounding<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>, you should definitely rent a Jeep<br />

or take a guided Jeep tour. At Rocky<br />

Mountain Jeep Rentals, you’ll have your<br />

pick of several different models <strong>and</strong> you<br />

can rely on the amazing staff to guide<br />

you to the best trails in the area. Rather<br />

leave the driving to someone else? Book<br />

a Jeep tour so you can sit back, relax, <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.<br />

Reservations are recommended as their<br />

Jeeps <strong>and</strong> tours book quickly during the<br />

peak summer months.<br />

Try driving up to the North Fork Reservoir on County Road 240- which is adjacent to our<br />

property- to explore the Reservoir, Billings Lake, <strong>and</strong> Isl<strong>and</strong> Lake!<br />


Image Credit: Captain Zipline<br />

Captain Zipline<br />

Come <strong>and</strong> Play in Our Canyon. Really Play. And we mean that!<br />

Colorado can once again claim bragging rights for having a<br />

cutting-edge outdoors activity like none other in the United States! Captain Zipline, the first zipline<br />

tour in the state of Colorado, just got bigger <strong>and</strong> badder…er, better! And the adventure outfitters have<br />

exp<strong>and</strong>ed their name to accommodate their new activities, namely a monster-sized aerial adventure<br />

park <strong>and</strong> several via ferrata courses.<br />

Now known as Captain Zipline Aerial Adventure Park, the complex offers activities for just about all<br />

age groups (8 <strong>and</strong> up) <strong>and</strong> for guests with a wide spectrum of physical abilities. The premier<br />

attraction—an aerial park with more than 120 ‘elements’—will keep visitors playing <strong>and</strong> staying in this<br />

Arkansas River Valley corridor as they become ‘Nature Ninjas’ in the Captain’s Lost Canyon.<br />

The park is built in a gorgeous rugged canyon <strong>and</strong> on 60-ft. telephone poles <strong>and</strong> cliff-side platforms.<br />

Platforms are interconnected by challenge elements such as tightropes, ladders, swinging bridges,<br />

trapezes, cargo nets, ziplines, <strong>and</strong> just about anything else that can be dreamed up! There are 9<br />

different courses, color-coded similar to ski difficulty levels. Guests pick their challenge, plan their<br />

attack, <strong>and</strong> then off they go…running, jumping, swinging…<strong>and</strong> laughing while having the time of their<br />

life!<br />

Many guests enjoy the technical component of the various challenge elements, while others use the<br />

activity to develop balance <strong>and</strong> coordination, build core strength, <strong>and</strong> amp up their confidence level.<br />

Of course, the opportunity to explore this cool adventure <strong>and</strong> connect with nature is a plus as well.<br />

The aerial adventure park is built to industry st<strong>and</strong>ards, uses equipment that has top-of-the-line<br />

safety features, <strong>and</strong> employs well-trained staff. Guests get geared up in a full body climbing harness<br />

<strong>and</strong> then are given a safety briefing <strong>and</strong> instruction session. From there, the tour is self-guided.<br />

Vigilant guides are on site for the entire tour to supervise <strong>and</strong> encourage <strong>and</strong> the guest is<br />

continuously attached to a safety line.<br />

Reservations can be made online with Captain Zipline Adventure Tours. Or call (719) 207-4947.<br />

So get on out there <strong>and</strong> play along the cliffs… This is 100 percent Colorado Adventure!<br />

Looking for the next big Colorado experience? Take off cliffside <strong>and</strong> fly over canyons along the Arkansas<br />

river on Colorado’s first zipline <strong>and</strong> largest challenge course. Captain Zipline is open year round <strong>and</strong><br />

proud to offer all Creekside Chalet guests 10% off any of our tours. Call 877- ZIPLINE or visit us online at<br />

captainzipline.com <strong>and</strong> use promo code Chalet10 to book your next adventure!

Horseback Riding<br />

You’re sure to have an amazing<br />

experience when you go horseback<br />

riding at Granite Mountain Outfitters.<br />

Located just about a 20-minute drive<br />

from Creekside Chalets & Cabins, they<br />

offer one- <strong>and</strong> two-hour rides as well as<br />

half- <strong>and</strong> full-day rides. Their expert<br />

wranglers will get you matched up with<br />

the perfect horse for your experience<br />

level <strong>and</strong> then you’ll set off to explore the<br />

Colorado wilderness. It will be a great<br />

time complete with amazing horses,<br />

guides, <strong>and</strong> views.<br />

Fishing on the Arkansas River<br />

The Arkansas River provides some of the best<br />

fishing opportunities in the state with both brown<br />

<strong>and</strong> rainbow trout in its waters. The river features<br />

many miles of public access, which are easily<br />

identifiable thanks to green signs placed along its<br />

banks. If you need gear or you’d like to take a guided<br />

trip along the river, head to ArkAnglers in <strong>Salida</strong>. Not<br />

only are they a full-service fly shop but they offer a<br />

variety of walk <strong>and</strong> wade trips, float trips, <strong>and</strong> fly<br />

fishing lessons. A guided fly fishing trip with<br />

ArkAnglers ensures that you <strong>and</strong> yours don’t miss<br />

out on some of the area’s best fishing spots. They<br />

offer walk <strong>and</strong> wade trips as well as float trips,<br />

combinations of the two, <strong>and</strong> trips that take you up<br />

to high mountain lakes.<br />

The guides at ArkAnglers are professionals through<br />

<strong>and</strong> through, so whether you decide to spend half a<br />

day in their company or a whole day, you’re sure to<br />

have an incredible time.<br />

UpRiver Fly Fishing specializes in float <strong>and</strong> walkwade<br />

trout fishing adventures based out of Buena<br />

Vista <strong>and</strong> <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado- a short drive from<br />

Colorado Springs & Denver! All of their excursions<br />

are suitable for beginners <strong>and</strong> experts alike. Expert<br />

guides, high-quality equipment, <strong>and</strong> an exceptional<br />

meal add to the exhilaration of l<strong>and</strong>ing beautiful<br />

browns, rainbows <strong>and</strong> cutthroat!

Whitewater Rafting<br />

Performance Tours Rafting<br />

The Arkansas River is one of the most popular<br />

whitewater rafting destinations in America,<br />

<strong>and</strong> it’s right out your backdoor! Performance<br />

Tours Rafting has been bringing guests down<br />

the river since 1986, <strong>and</strong> offers eight trip<br />

options on the Arkansas River for all ages <strong>and</strong><br />

abilities. Choose from a mild & scenic float<br />

trip, exciting & family-friendly paddling<br />

through Browns Canyon National<br />

Monument, or an action-packed adventure<br />

navigating class 4+ rapids. Performance<br />

Tours Rafting has half day tours <strong>and</strong> full day<br />

trip options that include a riverside lunch.<br />

Independent Whitewater<br />

Independent Whitewater is <strong>Salida</strong>’s local river connection. Our history dates back to 1979 <strong>and</strong><br />

owners Mike Whittington <strong>and</strong> Wiley Ledwith have over 50 years of guiding experience<br />

between them. They’re dedicated to providing the perfect rafting trip for you <strong>and</strong> your crew.<br />

IW specializes in all areas of The Arkansas, including the area’s most popular trip: Browns<br />

Canyon. This stretch through the recently designated Browns Canyon National Monument<br />

offers a classic rafting experience with fun, splashy waves, <strong>and</strong> a deep, scenic canyon. Our<br />

Browns Canyon adventure also offers more miles than other companies thanks to our private<br />

property <strong>and</strong> all at very competitive prices. We also offer trips on other sections of the<br />

Arkansas River including the Royal Gorge <strong>and</strong> The Numbers, both class IV/IV+ stretches that<br />

dish out excitement for experienced rafters. Also, our specialized <strong>Salida</strong> Scenic Float provides<br />

a great option for those looking for a relaxing time <strong>and</strong> beautiful views.<br />

Our location also lets folks driving from <strong>Salida</strong> <strong>and</strong> Poncha Springs spend less time on the<br />

road <strong>and</strong> more time on the river. We offer camping on our beautiful riverside property, <strong>and</strong> a<br />

bar <strong>and</strong> grill for lunch <strong>and</strong> early dinner. If you love fishing, let us help you spend more time<br />

on the river by shuttling your vehicle. Whatever your pleasure, give us a call <strong>and</strong> come raft<br />

with us—we think you’ll love IW!<br />


Drift In<br />

10830 CO Rd. 165, <strong>Salida</strong> - $$<br />

Visit the Drift In Bar <strong>and</strong> Grill for a taste of beach bar culture right here in the Rocky<br />

Mountains. Located next to Independent Whitewater, <strong>Salida</strong>’s favorite rafting company,<br />

<strong>and</strong> directly on the Arkansas River, local rafters <strong>and</strong> kaykers frequently "drift in" after a<br />

day on the water, but feel free to arrive by car, bike, or any form of transport that suits<br />

your fancy. The Drift offers delicious food, cold beer <strong>and</strong> beautiful scenery in an open air<br />

setting from Memorial Day through the end of summer rafting season. This small-yetmighty<br />

food truck serves up delicious burgers, tacos, s<strong>and</strong>wiches, salads, fries <strong>and</strong> what<br />

might possibly be the best tater tots in the known universe. Enjoy the simplicity of<br />

delicious food on a picnic table by the river or belly up to the palapa-style bar for a local<br />

beer or sunny cocktail. Either way, you can't go wrong with the laid back feel <strong>and</strong> friendly<br />

atmosphere at this riverside hangout.<br />




Waterdog Lakes Trail<br />

The Waterdog Lakes Trail is perfect for those who<br />

don’t mind a bit of a challenge <strong>and</strong> who want to<br />

see some stunning scenery. The trail itself is<br />

moderately strenuous with some steep <strong>and</strong> rocky<br />

sections. It’s three miles long roundtrip <strong>and</strong> at a<br />

pretty high elevation - the trail ends at 11,394 feet<br />

above sea level with a gain of about 1,180 feet. So<br />

make sure to bring water, snacks, <strong>and</strong> go at your<br />

own pace. Along the way, you’ll travel through<br />

some beautiful forests <strong>and</strong> over streams before<br />

arriving at the picture-perfect lakes. Depending<br />

on when you hike the trail, you may even see<br />

some snow or bountiful wildflowers. To get to the<br />

trailhead from Creekside Chalets & Cabins, head<br />

west on Highway 50 (toward Monarch Mountain). After you pass Monarch Mountain Lodge,<br />

continue on for 2.3 miles. You’ll see a dirt pullout on the left side of the highway <strong>and</strong> the trailhead<br />

begins across the highway from the pullout. If you get to Monarch Mountain, you’ve gone too far.<br />

Little RainbowTrail<br />

The Little Rainbow Trail is part of the Methodist<br />

Mountain trail system <strong>and</strong> it offers some lovely<br />

views of <strong>Salida</strong> <strong>and</strong> the mountains with all sections<br />

being less than 8,000 feet above sea level. While<br />

the entire point-to-point trail spans 4.7 miles, we<br />

opt to hike the section between County Roads 108<br />

<strong>and</strong> 110, which is 3 miles point to point or 6 miles<br />

round-trip. To get to the parking area, head east on<br />

Highway 50. Once in <strong>Salida</strong>, take a right on County<br />

Road 107, which will turn into Country Road 108.<br />

Continue for 1.8 miles <strong>and</strong> you’ll see dirt pullout<br />

parking areas on both sides of the road. Follow the<br />

trail on the west side. This section of trail has an<br />

elevation gain of 220 feet with few steep sections.<br />

But if you take it out <strong>and</strong> back, it’s almost all<br />

downhill on the way back to County Road 108. This<br />

trail is a great starter hike especially if you’re still<br />

getting used to the elevation.<br />

Additionally, trails have been added that spur off of<br />

Little Rainbow called Spartan East <strong>and</strong> West. A large, designated trailhead parking area can be<br />

found on CR 110 to access not only the Spartan East <strong>and</strong> West trails, but Little Rainbow as well. This is<br />

a great area to enjoy a hike or bike ride, that is easy to navigate <strong>and</strong> has big valley views!<br />


Boss Lake Reservoir<br />

To find the trailhead for Boss Lake Reservoir,<br />

head west on Highway 50 for about 6 miles <strong>and</strong><br />

then turn right on Forest Road 230. Continue on<br />

for 1.5 miles. You’ll see a snowmobile shop<br />

where you can park <strong>and</strong> begin the hike to the<br />

trailhead. Alternatively, if you have a high<br />

clearance 4x4 vehicle, you can drive up to the<br />

trailhead. If you hike to the trailhead, the hike<br />

will be 4.6 miles out <strong>and</strong> back. If you drive to the<br />

trailhead, it’s 2.4 miles long. There’s an elevation<br />

gain of about 500 feet with a few steep trail<br />

sections. As with most alpine lakes, Boss Lake is<br />

beautiful <strong>and</strong> peaceful. You’ll be treated to some<br />

lovely valley views once you arrive, which makes<br />

it a great spot for an afternoon picnic<br />

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can continue on the trail for approximately<br />

one more mile to arrive at the equally lovely Hunts Lake.<br />

Browns Creek Waterfall Trail<br />

You just can’t go wrong with a waterfall hike.<br />

This trail is a little further away than some of<br />

the others (30-minute drive), but it will be<br />

well worth it. To get to the trailhead, head<br />

east on Highway 50 <strong>and</strong> in Poncha Springs,<br />

turn left on US-285 N. After about 12 miles,<br />

turn left on County Road 270 <strong>and</strong> then<br />

continue straight on County Road 272. After<br />

2 miles, you’ll need to turn left to stay on<br />

County Road 272 <strong>and</strong> the clearly marked<br />

trailhead will be 1.6 miles down the road. This<br />

trail is rated as moderate to difficult as there<br />

some steep switchbacks in the first 1.5 miles<br />

of the trail. Overall, the trail is 6.2 miles<br />

roundtrip with an elevation gain of 984 feet.<br />

Along the trail, there are meadows, pine <strong>and</strong><br />

aspen forests, lovely views of the valley <strong>and</strong><br />

Mt. Antero, wildflowers, <strong>and</strong> several creek<br />

crossings. At the top you’ll be rewarded with<br />

the picture-perfect waterfalls. It’s a great way<br />

to spend a morning or an afternoon!<br />


Fooses Trail<br />

Fooses Trail off CR 225 is only a few miles from the chalets <strong>and</strong> has beautiful aspens <strong>and</strong> a creek that<br />

flows next to the trail. The route leads from just below Fooses Lake to the junction of North <strong>and</strong><br />

South Fooses Creeks. The trail holds good snow for most of the winter <strong>and</strong> passes through forests of<br />

pine <strong>and</strong> open meadows. Trailhead Access: From the intersection of Highways 50 <strong>and</strong> 285 in Poncha<br />

Springs, drive west on US 50 for 9.6 miles. Turn left on CR 225, drive 0.7 miles <strong>and</strong> park at a plowed lot.<br />

This road is often snowy, so passenger cars need to use caution or you may get stuck. If it’s too<br />

snowy, park on the side of the highway <strong>and</strong> ski/hike the extra distance in.<br />


Mountain Biking Trails<br />

Arkansas Hills Trail System<br />

Across the Arkansas River from downtown <strong>Salida</strong>, you’ll find<br />

about 23 miles of biking trails, which are easily accessible via<br />

the F Street bridge. These trails are fun, well-marked, <strong>and</strong><br />

perfect for a variety of skill levels. It’s very easy to mix <strong>and</strong><br />

match different trails for an invigorating ride. Many of these<br />

trails are out in the open on sunbaked hills, so if it’s going to<br />

be a warm day, opt for a ride in the morning or the late<br />

afternoon. A map of these trails is available on the <strong>Salida</strong><br />

Mountain Trails website.<br />

Monarch Crest Trail<br />

This ride is considered to be one of<br />

the best in the entire country! Not<br />

only does it offer stunning scenery<br />

but it allows for a number of<br />

variations that allow you to ride up<br />

to 36 miles of high altitude singletrack<br />

if you so desire. When we say<br />

high altitude - we mean it! There’s<br />

plenty of mileage at or over 11,000<br />

feet above sea level. The trails are<br />

best suited for advanced riders<br />

<strong>and</strong> depending on conditions, the<br />

trails might not be completely free<br />

of snow until July or August. It’s<br />

recommended that you get an<br />

early start as afternoon<br />

thunderstorms are common in<br />

the summer months. Make sure<br />

you come prepared with plenty of<br />

food <strong>and</strong> water as well as any<br />

necessary bike tools <strong>and</strong> extra<br />

layers of clothes.<br />

For the ultimate in convenience,<br />

you can take a shuttle from<br />

Poncha Springs to the Monarch<br />

Pass Summit with High Valley<br />

Bike Shuttle. Once the season<br />

begins, they offer daily shuttle<br />

rides at 8 <strong>and</strong> 10 a.m. It’s quick,<br />

easy, <strong>and</strong> affordable - just be sure<br />

to make a reservation as they can<br />

fill up quickly.<br />

Methodist Mountain<br />

Methodist Mountain is<br />

located south of downtown<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> <strong>and</strong> it boasts 8 biking<br />

trails that cover almost 20<br />

miles. Four of the trails are<br />

rated as easy, while the<br />

remaining four are rated as<br />

more difficult. If you’re looking<br />

for a fun ride that’s not<br />

technical, many of the trails<br />

on the mountain will fit the<br />

bill. As these trails are easily<br />

accessible, they’re perfect if<br />

you want to take a quick trip<br />

<strong>and</strong> then head back for lunch.<br />

You’ll find a map of these<br />

trails on the <strong>Salida</strong> Mountain<br />

Trails website.<br />

Methodist Mountain has also<br />

added all new trails, Spartan<br />

East, Spartan West, as well as<br />

Sol Train East <strong>and</strong> West off<br />

the Little Rainbow Trail <strong>and</strong><br />

above Race Trackswhich<br />

connect with the Rainbow<br />

Trail.<br />

Absolute Bikes runs guided tours<br />

on all three of these trail systems.<br />

Additionally, they offer a shuttle<br />

service for both Monarch Crest<br />

Trail <strong>and</strong> Cottonwood Trail!<br />



<strong>Salida</strong> Hot Springs Aquatic Center<br />

The <strong>Salida</strong> Aquatic Center is a wonderful place to spend<br />

some time whether you’re looking for relaxation or a little<br />

bit of exercise. There’s a zero-depth entry soaking pool<br />

that ranges from 97 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s<br />

also a 25-meter lap pool that ranges in temperature from<br />

84 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Open swim hours are<br />

available daily as are various fitness classes. The center<br />

also features a number of private soaking pools, which are ideal for two to three<br />

people. If you’ve been doing a lot of hiking, biking, or other outdoor activities,<br />

some time spent in these pools are sure to help any aching muscles.<br />

Located right next to the Aquatic Center is br<strong>and</strong> new <strong>Salida</strong> Skatepark. Come<br />

check out this newly built, <strong>and</strong> HUGE, skatepark!<br />

Riverside Park<br />

You’ll definitely love spending some time in<br />

Riverside Park. Located along the banks of the<br />

Arkansas River, it provides a picture-perfect location<br />

for leisurely strolls, afternoon picnics, <strong>and</strong> live music.<br />

If you’re visiting with little ones, take some time to<br />

enjoy the new playground that was completed in<br />

October 2016. Throughout the summer months,<br />

you’ll be able to take advantage of free concerts in the park. On Thursday<br />

evenings from June until August, the park hosts the Thursdays @ 6 Concert<br />

Series. Feel free to bring a picnic <strong>and</strong> enjoy the free music. You’ll also be able to<br />

catch free concerts on Sunday afternoons. Most of the town’s summer festivals<br />

also feature live music in the park.<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Walking Tours<br />

Looking for things to do in <strong>Salida</strong>? How about<br />

chasing ghosts? Or traveling back in time to the<br />

1880s wild west Colorado? With <strong>Salida</strong> Walking<br />

Tours, we have fun, knowledgeable, costumed<br />

guides who are master storytellers. They create<br />

treasured memories <strong>and</strong> bring the past to life.<br />

Ghost tours. History tours. Private tours. Brewery<br />

tours. Cemetery tours. Audio tours.<br />


WINTER<br />


FAMILY<br />




Monarch Snowmobile Tours<br />


MST offers 10% OFF on all tours for<br />

guests of Creekside Chalets<br />

Experience the beauty of a winter wonderl<strong>and</strong> from the<br />

back of a snowmobile when you book with Monarch<br />

Snowmobile Tours. You’ll have your choice of five<br />

different guided tours, lasting from two to five hours. Our<br />

preferred ride is the Local’s Favorite Tour, which lasts five<br />

hours <strong>and</strong> takes you to silver <strong>and</strong> gold mines, quarries, as<br />

well as high elevations where you can take in some<br />

gorgeous views. If you’re already an experienced<br />

snowmobiler, you can rent a snowmobile <strong>and</strong> explore the<br />

backcountry at your own pace.<br />

Snowmobile Rentals <strong>and</strong> Tours<br />

with All Season Adventures<br />

All Season Adventures is another snowmobile tour <strong>and</strong><br />

rental provider in the area. Their guided tours last two to<br />

three hours <strong>and</strong> will take you up along the Continental<br />

Divide. You’ll be treated to scenic views <strong>and</strong> a memorable<br />

experience. If you choose instead to rent a snowmobile,<br />

they can help you out with transportation if you’re unable<br />

to tow a trailer. Their friendly staff always has some great<br />

suggestions for snowmobiling destinations that are sure<br />

to be a perfect fit for you <strong>and</strong> yours.

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Skiing <strong>and</strong> Snowboarding<br />

at Monarch Mountain<br />

Monarch Mountain is an independent ski area with a<br />

unique local charm. It features 800 skiable acres with<br />

another 1600 acres of guided backcountry terrain. One<br />

of the more unique aspects of Monarch is that they<br />

operate on all natural snow. What you see on the<br />

slopes is exactly what Mother Nature has provided -<br />

which, on average, is 350 inches of snow each year. It’s<br />

much more affordable than the larger resorts, plus the<br />

lift lines are shorter <strong>and</strong> the slopes are less crowded. If<br />

you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, Monarch is a<br />

fantastic place to learn.

Tubing Park at Monarch Mountain<br />

Image Credit: Monarch Mountain<br />

Take a break from the slopes <strong>and</strong> have some fun at our Tubing Park! No experience<br />

necessary. Riders must be at least 36” tall <strong>and</strong> able to ride alone in a tube. Children ages 6<br />

<strong>and</strong> under must be accompanied by an adult (in a separate tube). Tubing sessions are one<br />

hour long <strong>and</strong> available every ¼ hour; additional hours may be purchased. Walk-ins are<br />

welcome <strong>and</strong> are based on availability.<br />

Image Credit: Monarch Mountain<br />

Cat Skiing at Monarch<br />

Mountain<br />

Monarch Cat Skiing offers 1,635 acres of diverse<br />

expert terrain featuring wide open bowls, steep<br />

chutes, beautiful glades <strong>and</strong> some of the best<br />

tree skiing you will ever experience. A beacon is<br />

required (provided) <strong>and</strong> an Avi Float Pack is<br />

available for your use (optional) at no extra<br />

charge. Lunch <strong>and</strong> an après ski beverage (beer,<br />

wine or non-alcoholic) for each guest is included<br />

in the price of the Cat. Guests can also try out<br />

demo/powder equipment (Head, Never Summer)<br />

from our Rental Shop at no extra charge.<br />


Image Credit: Monarch Dog Sled Rides<br />

Monarch Dog Sled Rides<br />

Welcome to Monarch Dog Sled Rides in <strong>Salida</strong>! Immerse yourself in a private dog sled tour<br />

through the scenic San Isabel National Forest. Choose to ride comfortably or lead your own<br />

team with our experienced guides. Tours depart four times daily at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, <strong>and</strong> 3<br />

pm. With a max weight limit of 1000 lbs, bring up to 6 friends for the adventure. Prices vary<br />

by sled size <strong>and</strong> season.<br />

The 1.5-hour tour includes meeting our friendly huskies, learning about mushing, <strong>and</strong><br />

cruising through the forest. No refunds for snowy weather, so check the forecast before your<br />

ride. Plus, we offer retired sled dogs for adoption—talk to us about adding your name to the<br />

list.<br />

Join Monarch Dog Sled Rides for a winter escapade, where every turn is a celebration of<br />

nature, companionship, <strong>and</strong> the thrill of adventure!<br />


<strong>Salida</strong> Mountain Sports<br />

At <strong>Salida</strong> Mountain Sports, you’ll find an awesome<br />

selection of skis available for purchase <strong>and</strong> for rent.<br />

They carry a number of top br<strong>and</strong>s, including K2,<br />

Voile, Rossignol, Black Diamond, <strong>and</strong> more. If<br />

you’ve noticed a bit of discomfort while you’re<br />

skiing, stop in for a custom boot fitting session.<br />

You’ll be glad you did! <strong>Salida</strong> Mountain Sports also<br />

rents cross-country skis, snowshoes, <strong>and</strong> sleds.<br />

Ruby Blues Thrift <strong>and</strong><br />

Consignment<br />

Located at the corner of 1st <strong>and</strong> F in historic<br />

Downtown <strong>Salida</strong>, Ruby Blues is a consignment<br />

shop <strong>and</strong> thrift store known for its charming exterior<br />

<strong>and</strong> a decade-long presence in central <strong>Salida</strong>.<br />

Offering a diverse range of vintage <strong>and</strong> secondh<strong>and</strong><br />

items, including clothes, shoes, boots, housewares,<br />

<strong>and</strong> vinyl, the shop provides options to buy, sell, <strong>and</strong><br />

trade. Ruby Blues has become a <strong>Salida</strong> staple,<br />

making it a must-visit for those seeking a<br />

memorable thrifting experience.<br />

Drift <strong>and</strong> Amble<br />

Drift & Amble is a small, independent printing <strong>and</strong><br />

design studio found in downtown <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado.<br />

D&A offers an abundance of h<strong>and</strong>made goods<br />

such as: h<strong>and</strong> screen printed apparel, h<strong>and</strong>made<br />

jewelry, letterpress cards, <strong>and</strong> other cool stuff. We<br />

strive to source our clothing from socially<br />

responsible companies while also providing<br />

fashionable, soft <strong>and</strong> unique garments for men,<br />

women, <strong>and</strong> kids.<br />


SteamPlant Event Center<br />

If you find yourself in town on a day that’s perhaps<br />

too cold to be outside, take a look the SteamPlant<br />

Event Center’s calendar. Throughout the winter<br />

months, the center hosts movie nights, plays,<br />

concerts, holiday events, art exhibitions, <strong>and</strong> much<br />

more.<br />

Image Credit: <strong>Salida</strong> Steamplant<br />

Riveting Experience Jewelry<br />

Riveting Experience Jewelry is a make you own jewelry<br />

studio. You'll have three ways for fun: you design it, they<br />

make it (or you make it), or buy one of their beautiful<br />

samples! They will walk you through 5 easy tools anyone<br />

can use, so it's simple, easy <strong>and</strong> fun!. This can be a perfect<br />

thing to do while visiting <strong>Salida</strong> - bridal showers, bachelor<br />

parties, birthdays, etc... Join Riveting Experience Jewelry as<br />

they share their passion for making beautiful things by h<strong>and</strong>.<br />

Image Credit: Riveting Experience Jewelry<br />

Fun Street Arcade<br />

Looking for something fun to do with the whole<br />

family no matter how cold it is outside? Fun Street<br />

Arcade is a small town arcade with plenty of<br />

exciting games to play. They have all your favorite<br />

classic arcade games as well as ticketed games to<br />

win prizes. If you want to plan an event, they offer<br />

party rooms as well!<br />



Browns Canyon<br />

National<br />

Monument<br />

Browns Canyon National Monument<br />

covers just about 22,000 acres of l<strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> a wide variety of terrains. Here,<br />

you’ll find aspen <strong>and</strong> pine forests,<br />

towering rock spires, subalpine<br />

grassl<strong>and</strong>s, <strong>and</strong> much more. It’s some<br />

of the most beautiful country that<br />

Colorado has to offer. Backcountry<br />

hiking is one of the more popular<br />

activities in the monument Not only<br />

is there amazing scenery but there<br />

are plenty of opportunities for wildlife<br />

viewing. The Arkansas River is a<br />

popular choice for local <strong>and</strong> visiting anglers. The canyon is also a popular destination for whitewater<br />

rafting tours. You won’t have to go too far if you decide to spend some time exploring the<br />

monument - it’s just about a 40-minute drive away. To access the primary trailhead in the park, head<br />

east on Highway 50 <strong>and</strong> then turn left onto 285. Continue on for almost 18 miles <strong>and</strong> then turn right<br />

onto County Road 301. After about a half mile, turn right onto County Road 300, which will take you<br />

to the parking lot <strong>and</strong> trailhead. Printed maps are available on the northern side of the parking lot.<br />

St. Elmo Ghost Town<br />

You’ll find the St. Elmo ghost town about an<br />

hour’s drive from Creekside Chalets & Cabins. As<br />

with many towns in the Colorado mountains, St.<br />

Elmo got its start thanks to gold <strong>and</strong> silver<br />

mining in the area. But, just like many of those<br />

other towns, St. Elmo fell victim to the rapid<br />

decline of the mining industry. Now, it’s<br />

considered to be one of the state’s best<br />

preserved ghost towns (despite the fact that<br />

there are still a few inhabitants). We<br />

recommend visiting during the warmer months<br />

as you won’t have to worry about snow packed<br />

roads <strong>and</strong> you’ll be able to check out the town’s<br />

general store, which is open from Mother’s Day<br />

until September or October. To get to St. Elmo<br />

from Creekside, head east on Highway 50. At<br />

Poncha Springs, turn left on 285. Continue on for<br />

15.5 miles <strong>and</strong> then take a left on County Road<br />

162 (Chalk Creek Drive). You’ll find the ghost<br />

town about 16 miles down the road.<br />


Royal Gorge Bridge & Park<br />

The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the<br />

country. It sits at almost 1,000 feet over the Arkansas River with<br />

a total length of almost 1,300 feet. While it’s a thrill just to walk<br />

over the bridge <strong>and</strong> gaze at the canyon <strong>and</strong> river below, the<br />

park is full of fun activities. Since a wildfire in 2013, the park has<br />

been almost completely rebuilt <strong>and</strong> now includes a new<br />

gondola, zip line, skycoaster, children’s play area, water clock,<br />

<strong>and</strong> visitor’s center. There’s something fun for all ages. The<br />

park is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk, weather permitting. It’s<br />

about an hour <strong>and</strong> 20 minutes from Creekside Chalets <strong>and</strong><br />

Cabins. To get there, head east on Highway 50 <strong>and</strong> continue<br />

for about 59 miles. Turn right on County Road 3A, which will<br />

take you to the park entrance about 4.5 miles away.<br />

Royal Gorge Route Railroad<br />

While you can experience the splendor of the Royal<br />

Gorge from above thanks to the bridge, the Royal<br />

Gorge Route Railroad will give you a close-up view of<br />

this stunning area. There are a number of ticket<br />

options available, each of which gives you the<br />

opportunity to enjoy not only breathtaking views but<br />

delectable menu items. The railroad hosts special<br />

events throughout the year, including those for<br />

holidays as well as unique experiences like Murder<br />

Mystery Dinners. To get to the depot from Creekside,<br />

head east on Highway 50 for about 67 miles. Turn<br />

right on 3rd Street <strong>and</strong> continue on until you see<br />

signs directing you to the parking area.<br />

Cottonwood Lake<br />

Cottonwood Lake is a beautiful mountain lake<br />

that’s not too far from Buena Vista. It’s a lovely spot<br />

for a relaxed afternoon of hiking, fishing, or<br />

picnicking. To get there, head east on Highway 50<br />

to Poncha Springs, where you’ll take a left on 285.<br />

After about 21 miles, you’ll continue straight onto<br />

Highway 24, which will take you into Buena Vista.<br />

Turn left onto Main Street, which turns into County<br />

Road 306. Continue on for approximately 6 miles<br />

<strong>and</strong> then turn left on County Road 344 (there will<br />

be a sign for Cottonwood Lake, too).<br />


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Great S<strong>and</strong> Dunes<br />

National Park<br />

The Great S<strong>and</strong> Dunes are truly a sight to behold<br />

as they seem completely out of place in their<br />

surroundings. They are the tallest s<strong>and</strong> dunes in<br />

North America, but you’ll also be able to<br />

experience a wide variety of ecosystems while in<br />

the park. There are opportunities for hiking, s<strong>and</strong><br />

sledding, horseback riding, <strong>and</strong> many other<br />

outdoor activities.<br />

A couple notes to help you plan ahead: If you visit<br />

in the spring or fall, there is a seasonal creek that<br />

flows at the base of the dunes that you’ll have to<br />

cross in order to get to them. You may want to<br />

bring water shoes if you plan on crossing it. The<br />

creek draws a lot of visitors on weekends in late<br />

May <strong>and</strong> early June. To avoid the crowds, plan on<br />

visiting on a weekday. In the summer, the s<strong>and</strong><br />

can heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit during the<br />

hottest part of the day. Walking barefoot on the<br />

s<strong>and</strong> can result in burns. Plan on exploring the<br />

dunes in the early morning or late afternoon. Be<br />

prepared for afternoon thunderstorms, which are<br />

very common in July <strong>and</strong> August.<br />

You’ll find the S<strong>and</strong> Dunes about an hour <strong>and</strong> a<br />

half away. Head east on Highway 50 <strong>and</strong> then<br />

take a right on 285. Stay on 285 for about 26 miles<br />

<strong>and</strong> then turn left onto Colorado Highway 17. After<br />

36 miles, you’ll turn left onto Lane 6. Follow that<br />

for 16 miles <strong>and</strong> then you’ll turn left on Highway<br />

150, which will take you into the park.

Penitente Canyon<br />

At Penitente Canyon, there’s a little something for<br />

everyone. Whether you want to go hiking or<br />

mountain biking, climb up the 100-foot tall cliff<br />

faces, conquer some of the boulders in the area, or<br />

just find some picture-perfect scenery, you won’t be<br />

disappointed. The canyon is part of the La Garita<br />

Caldera, which was formed about 30 million years<br />

ago due to a huge volcanic eruption. The unique<br />

rock formations that developed over time have<br />

long attracted visitors. Two thous<strong>and</strong> years ago,<br />

indigenous people of the area used the canyon<br />

walls to document their lives through pictographs.<br />

This collection of pictographs is the largest in the<br />

San Luis Valley. The canyon is about an hour <strong>and</strong> 15<br />

minutes from Creekside. To get there, head east on<br />

Highway 50. At Poncha Springs, turn right on 285<br />

<strong>and</strong> continue for about 64 miles. Turn right onto<br />

County Road G <strong>and</strong> continue for 6 miles. Follow<br />

County Road 38A <strong>and</strong> you’ll see the turn off for the<br />

canyon.<br />

Turquoise Lake<br />

A day trip to Turquoise Lake is sure to be a wonderful<br />

addition to your <strong>Salida</strong> vacation. Located about an<br />

hour <strong>and</strong> 20 minutes away, you can get to the lake by<br />

heading east on Highway 50. Turn left on 285 <strong>and</strong> after<br />

about 21 miles you’ll continue straight on Highway 24.<br />

After about 32.5 miles, turn left on Colorado Highway<br />

300 <strong>and</strong> then right on Road 5A. Continue to County<br />

Road 4 where you’ll take a left. This is also known as<br />

Turquoise Lake Road <strong>and</strong> it encircles the entire lake.<br />

The lake is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, boating, <strong>and</strong><br />

mountain biking. One of our favorite trails, aptly<br />

named the Turquoise Lake Trail, starts from the Sugar<br />

Loaf Dam, which you’ll approach shortly after turning<br />

onto Country Road 4. It’s 6.4 miles long <strong>and</strong> will take<br />

you to the May Queen Campground. There are plenty<br />

of areas around the lake where you can pull off <strong>and</strong><br />

take in the lovely sights. You’ll notice that beautiful<br />

scenery is not hard to come by in this area especially as<br />

two of the state’s highest mountains, Mount Elbert<br />

<strong>and</strong> Mount Massive, provide the backdrop for<br />

Turquoise Lake.<br />




Valley View Hot<br />

Springs<br />

64393 County Road GG, Moffat, CO 81143<br />

You’ll find the Valley View Hot Springs located<br />

about 45 minutes southeast of Creekside<br />

Chalets. There are six ponds on site, each of<br />

which has a different temperature <strong>and</strong> its own<br />

unique personality. There are amazing views<br />

from almost every pond <strong>and</strong> sunsets are<br />

especially beautiful as you soak in the warm<br />

water. When you purchase a day pass, you’ll<br />

have access to the swimming pool <strong>and</strong> hot tub<br />

as well. Reservations are highly recommended.<br />

One final note, just so you’re not shocked upon<br />

your arrival - these are one of the few hot<br />

springs in the state that are clothing optional.<br />

Mt. Princeton Hot<br />

Springs<br />

15870 Co Rd 162, Nathrop, CO 81236<br />

These hot springs are located in Nathrop,<br />

which is about a 30-minute drive away.<br />

You’ll find a soaking pool that’s about 105<br />

degrees Fahrenheit <strong>and</strong> an exercise pool<br />

that’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit. While both of<br />

these pools are wonderful, make sure you<br />

take some time to lounge in the hot springs<br />

that sit on the banks of Chalk Creek. By<br />

rearranging or removing the river stones,<br />

you can create the perfect lounging pool for<br />

you. Day passes are available.<br />

Joyful Journey Hot<br />

Springs<br />

28640 County Rd 58EE, Moffat, CO 81143<br />

The Joyful Journey Hot Springs are a 35-<br />

minute drive southeast of the cabins. Day<br />

passes are available as are passes for<br />

multiple soaks. There are three pools from<br />

which you can choose, ranging in<br />

temperature from 98 to 108 degrees<br />

Fahrenheit. Take in the beautiful mountain<br />

views as you soak <strong>and</strong> enjoy a relaxing<br />

experience.<br />

Cottonwood Hot<br />

Springs<br />

18999 Co Rd 306, Buena Vista, CO 81211<br />

You’ll have your choice of several natural<br />

hot springs when you visit the Cottonwood<br />

Hot Springs. The pools range in<br />

temperature from 94 to 110 degrees<br />

Fahrenheit. You’ll find these springs about<br />

40 minutes away, just west of Buena Vista.<br />

They’re open 365 days a year <strong>and</strong> day<br />

passes are available that include use of the<br />

dry sauna in addition to the pools.


Savor <strong>Salida</strong>:<br />

Exploring<br />

Culinary Marvels<br />

Breakfast Lunch/Dinner FF Family Friendly Drinks Only<br />

Think that a small town like <strong>Salida</strong> doesn't have a lot to offer in<br />

the way of restaurants? You’re going to be pleasantly surprised!<br />

Embark on a delectable journey through <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado's vibrant<br />

culinary scene! Discover a tapestry of flavors, from farm-to-table<br />

bistros to cozy cafes <strong>and</strong> sizzling eateries. Join us on a delectable<br />

journey through this vibrant town, where farm-to-table bistros,<br />

cozy cafes, <strong>and</strong> sizzling eateries await. Discover the hidden gems<br />

that promise a fusion of local charm, exquisite tastes, <strong>and</strong><br />

unforgettable dining experiences in <strong>Salida</strong>'s gastronomic paradise.<br />


50 Burger<br />

FF<br />

445 East Highway 50 - $$$$<br />

At 50 Burger, treat yourself to some delightfully<br />

delectable burgers that feature creative combinations<br />

of ingredients. Among our favorites are the Shavano,<br />

which includes bacon, a fried egg, <strong>and</strong> garlic mayo<br />

<strong>and</strong> the Bonfire, which includes onion rings, fried<br />

jalapenos, garlic mayo, <strong>and</strong> spicy red chili sauce. If<br />

you’re not in the mood for a burger, they also serve a<br />

variety of s<strong>and</strong>wiches, salads, <strong>and</strong> noodle bowls.<br />

Image Credit: 50 Burger<br />

The Fritz<br />

FF<br />

113 East Sackett Avenue - $$$$<br />

There’s no shortage of unique flavor combinations at The<br />

Fritz. They have an extensive tapas menu, which is great for<br />

those diners who want to try a little bit of everything. Large<br />

plates (including their incredible burger) <strong>and</strong> salads are also<br />

available on the dinner menu. The lunch menu includes small<br />

plates, salads, <strong>and</strong> s<strong>and</strong>wiches. During the warmer months,<br />

opt to dine on the patio for a lovely experience.<br />

Image Credit: The Fritz<br />

Amica's Pizza &<br />

Microbrewery<br />

FF<br />

127 F Street - $$$$<br />

Image Credit: Amica’s Pizza & Microbrewery<br />

At Amica’s, you’ll have your choice of delectable wood-fired<br />

pizzas as well as salads, paninis, <strong>and</strong> calzones. It boasts a<br />

welcoming <strong>and</strong> friendly atmosphere as well as great service! It<br />

can get pretty busy on weekend nights, so keep in mind that<br />

there may be a bit of a wait.<br />


Mo Burrito<br />

FF<br />

Image Credit: Mo Burrito<br />

311 H Street - $$$$<br />

For fast, fresh cuisine with south-of-the-border flavor,<br />

head to Mo Burrito. Here, you’ll have your choice of<br />

tacos, nachos, quesadillas, salads, <strong>and</strong> of course<br />

burritos made exactly to your specifications. They serve<br />

a variety of ingredients you can choose to customize<br />

your meal along with options like making your burrito<br />

California-style (meaning it comes with fries inside). If<br />

you’re in the mood, opt for one of their specialty<br />

cocktails during their daily happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.<br />

Robin’s Restaurant<br />

FF<br />

Image Credit: Robin’s Restaurant<br />

8046 US Highway 50- $$$$<br />

Friendly Robin's Restaurant is a convenient stop in<br />

downtown <strong>Salida</strong> for breakfast classics, comfy lunch plates,<br />

<strong>and</strong> healthier fare using locally-sourced ingredients. Robin's<br />

welcomes regulars <strong>and</strong> passersby alike with hot coffee,<br />

smiles, <strong>and</strong> a menu filled with something to satisfy<br />

everyone. Whether you need a quick breakfast before<br />

hitting the slopes or a hearty meal after rafting the<br />

Arkansas River, count on Robin's cozy atmosphere <strong>and</strong><br />

locally-loved food to fuel your mountain town adventures.<br />

Little Red Hen Bakery<br />

FF<br />

Image Credit: Little Red Hen Bakery<br />

302 G Street- $$$$<br />

As soon as you walk into the Little Red Hen Bakery,<br />

you’ll be greeted with the delicious smell of fresh baked<br />

bread, friendly service, <strong>and</strong> a sample of warm bread.<br />

They bake different types of bread daily with a<br />

wonderful assortment of flavors, from cranberry orange<br />

braided bread to chili cheddar bread. They also offer a<br />

different Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast item each day. You’ll be<br />

able to find various french bread loaves, cinnamon rolls,<br />

muffins, cookies, brownies, <strong>and</strong> much more.

Sweetie's S<strong>and</strong>wich Shop<br />

FF<br />

Image Credit: Sweetie’s S<strong>and</strong>wich Shop<br />

129 W Sackett Avenue - $$$$<br />

You’re sure to be impressed by all the different types of<br />

s<strong>and</strong>wiches available at Sweetie’s S<strong>and</strong>wich Shop. At last<br />

count, they serve 3 dozen different s<strong>and</strong>wiches of both<br />

the hot <strong>and</strong> cold variety made with fresh-baked bread<br />

<strong>and</strong> delectable ingredients. They’re perfect if you’re<br />

looking to fuel up before or after a long day of outdoor<br />

adventures. Regardless of what you choose, we<br />

recommend leaving some room for dessert. Their baked<br />

goods, especially their brownies, are wonderful.<br />

The Biker & The Baker<br />

129 W Sackett Street - $$$$<br />

Image Credit: The Biker & The Baker<br />

The Biker <strong>and</strong> The Baker is one of the most recent<br />

additions to <strong>Salida</strong>’s food scene <strong>and</strong> we couldn’t be<br />

happier that it’s here. Open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday<br />

through Sunday, this establishment is perfect if you’re<br />

looking to enjoy a lovely date night with that special<br />

someone. While they bill themselves as a wine <strong>and</strong><br />

dessert bar, they also serve a variety of beers as well as<br />

cheese <strong>and</strong> charcuterie boards.<br />

Image Credit: Elevation Beer Company<br />

Elevation Beer Company<br />

115 Pahlone Parkway - $$$$<br />

Located in Poncha Springs, the Elevation Beer Company<br />

brews <strong>and</strong> serves a variety of quality craft beers. With their<br />

selection, you’ll have your choice of beers in the Green Series<br />

at 5% ABV to beers in the Double Black Series at up to 11%<br />

ABV. Their tasting room is open daily <strong>and</strong> it offers incredible<br />

mountain views. You'll be able to pair your pint with<br />

offerings from their food truck outside.<br />

“It doesn't matter if there is snow or sunshine during your spring getaway, there will<br />

definitely be a cold beer for you at the end of your adventure.”

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Image Credit: Wood’s Distillery<br />

Wood's Distillery<br />

144 West 1st Street - $$$$<br />

If you’re in the mood to sample some small-batch, h<strong>and</strong>crafted spirits, you’ll want to head to Wood’s<br />

High Mountain Distillery. They serve an amazing lineup of specialty cocktails that are sure to please.<br />

We highly recommend their Bloody Marys <strong>and</strong> they have a Bloody Bar on weekend mornings from<br />

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It boasts a nice <strong>and</strong> relaxed atmosphere that will entice you to linger for a while.<br />

Soulcraft Brewing<br />

Image Credit: Soulcraft Brewing<br />

248 West Rainbow Blvd- $$$$<br />

You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy even more<br />

delicious craft brews at Soulcraft Brewing. They serve<br />

over a dozen different varieties of beer, with<br />

something to please every palate. The tasting room<br />

offers a relaxed venue where you can enjoy your beer<br />

<strong>and</strong> maybe challenge your friends to a board game. If<br />

you get hungry, you can grab a bite from their food<br />

truck outside, which is open every day of the week!

T<br />

amidst Colorado's majestic mountains lies the vibrant<br />

ucked<br />

town of <strong>Salida</strong>, where a thriving arts scene <strong>and</strong> charming<br />

mountain<br />

downtown await curious shoppers. Whether you're into<br />

historic<br />

local art, ranch wear, outdoor adventure gear, or rustic<br />

antiques,<br />

goods, you'll discover sparkling finds around every corner in<br />

home<br />

eclectic shopping mecca.<br />

this<br />

lifestyle boutiques to funky galleries to old-fashioned c<strong>and</strong>y<br />

From<br />

the induced maze of storefronts in downtown <strong>Salida</strong> offers<br />

shops,<br />

ready to embark on a retail adventure unlike any other, where<br />

Get<br />

shop holds the promise of surprises <strong>and</strong> treasures waiting to<br />

every<br />

unearthed. So, grab your shopping list <strong>and</strong> join us as we<br />

be<br />

through <strong>Salida</strong>'s vibrant shopping scene, one boutique at<br />

traverse<br />

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<strong>Salida</strong>'s Sparkling<br />

Shopping Scene<br />

a bounty of small town treasures.<br />

a time!

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SPORTS<br />

110 North F Street<br />

For summer <strong>and</strong> winter adventures<br />

alike, <strong>Salida</strong> Mountain Sports has the<br />

gear you need for a great mountain<br />

experience. They’re stocked with all the<br />

apparel <strong>and</strong> footwear you might need as<br />

well as knowledgeable staff members<br />

who can help you get the perfect boot fit<br />

for a great day on the slopes.<br />

In the summer they specialize in<br />

clothing, footwear, general camping<br />

gear, rock climbing, packs, sleeping<br />

bags, tents. Additionally, they carry<br />

accessories like maps, books, water<br />

bottles, socks.<br />

Image Credit: <strong>Salida</strong> Mountain Sports<br />

Image Credit: Badfish Surf Shop<br />


SHOP<br />

148 E 1st St.<br />

Badfish Surf Shop, is your mountain surf HQ<br />

in downtown <strong>Salida</strong>, CO! Just a block from<br />

the Arkansas River, they've got everything<br />

you need for the ultimate river adventure.<br />

From top-notch river surfboards,<br />

paddleboards, <strong>and</strong> wetsuits to cool gear <strong>and</strong><br />

apparel from br<strong>and</strong>s like Seagar, O’Neill,<br />

Sanuk, <strong>and</strong> Astral. Dive into the <strong>Salida</strong> river<br />

culture with them – your one-stop-shop for<br />

mountain surf vibes!


BIKES<br />

330 West Sackett Avenue<br />

Whether you want to rent a bike, repair<br />

a bike, buy a new bike, or book a guided<br />

bike ride - the professionals at Absolute<br />

Bikes will not disappoint. They rent a<br />

large selection of bikes including<br />

townies, kids bikes, mountain bikes,<br />

<strong>and</strong> ebikes. If you're looking for a new<br />

bike they carry seven br<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> have<br />

rentals or demos for nearly everything.<br />

They have guided rides for all skill<br />

levels, including guided trips on the<br />

Monarch Crest, as well as a shuttle<br />

service for the Monarch Crest <strong>and</strong> other<br />

area rides.<br />


SHOP<br />

16101 West Highway 50<br />

Rent the Best from Mt. Shavano Ski <strong>and</strong><br />

Snowboard Shop! Located less than 5<br />

minutes from Creekside Chalets, Mt. Shavano<br />

is the area’s largest ski shop. We offer ski <strong>and</strong><br />

snowboard rentals for the whole family.<br />

Cross-country skis <strong>and</strong> snowshoes are also<br />

available for rent. Shop the largest, best<br />

selection of winter apparel <strong>and</strong> accessories in<br />

the area. We have a large retail selection of ski<br />

boots <strong>and</strong> offer custom boot fitting with every<br />

pair we sell. We also offer expert tuning for<br />

skis <strong>and</strong> snowboards <strong>and</strong> we can edge <strong>and</strong><br />

wax your skis or snowboard while you wait.<br />

Save time <strong>and</strong> money by reserving your<br />

equipment ahead of time. Visit us at<br />

www.mtshavanoskishop.com or call us at<br />

719-539- 3240.<br />



128 F Street<br />

Update your wardrobe with some of the<br />

stylish <strong>and</strong> affordable women’s clothing,<br />

shoes, <strong>and</strong> accessories at Opal<br />

Boutique. This wonderful store offers a<br />

great selection of styles <strong>and</strong> fashions.<br />

They’re open seven days a week <strong>and</strong><br />

personal stylists are on h<strong>and</strong> to help<br />

you find the perfect look or gift.<br />



209 West 3rd Street<br />

At the Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique,<br />

you’ll find an amazing selection of<br />

honey <strong>and</strong> honey-based products. Their<br />

honey is frequently touted as the best<br />

<strong>and</strong> you’re sure to agree once you have<br />

a taste. They sell pure Colorado <strong>and</strong><br />

California honey as well as creamed<br />

honey, raw honey, honey sticks, honey<br />

c<strong>and</strong>y, <strong>and</strong> honey stirrers. There are<br />

also beeswax c<strong>and</strong>le <strong>and</strong> a number of<br />

luxurious beauty products.<br />



offers on-site therapeutic massage in the comfort of your<br />

Amy<br />

at Creekside Chalets. After a day out recreating in the<br />

accommodations<br />

massage therapy can be the perfect way to recharge <strong>and</strong><br />

mountains,<br />

restore.<br />

25 years of experience as a massage therapist, Amy tailors each<br />

With<br />

to meet her clients’ specific needs. Trained in neuromuscular<br />

session<br />

deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage <strong>and</strong> sports massage she<br />

therapy,<br />

an integrative, intuitive massage that will leave you rested, relaxed<br />

offers<br />

email amy@amyhardwick or visit www.amyhardwick.com for pricing<br />

Please<br />

scheduling.<br />

<strong>and</strong><br />

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Embody Wellness - Massage Therapy<br />

Amy Hardwick, LMT<br />

<strong>and</strong> rejuvenated.

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Y o g a O l a s<br />

229 F Street<br />

At Yoga Olas, you’ll enjoy invigorating yoga<br />

classes taught by wonderful instructors.<br />

With classes available every day of the<br />

week, you won’t have any problem finding<br />

one that fits your schedule. (Pre-registration<br />

is recommended <strong>and</strong> you can easily do that<br />

online.) They also offer classes at different<br />

intensity levels, so whether you’re new to<br />

yoga or an expert, you’ll be good to go.<br />

Yoga Olas offers $5 OFF drop-in rates for<br />

guests of Creekside Chalets!<br />

A n u p a W e l l n e s s<br />

130 W Sackett Ave, #C<br />

Anupa Wellness provides Floatation<br />

Therapy, Reflexology, <strong>and</strong> Traditional<br />

Chinese Medicine to pets <strong>and</strong> people.<br />

Community Acupuncture is offered 3<br />

to 5 days a week in their community<br />

space where Laura provides<br />

individualized acupuncture<br />

treatments in a group setting. Laura<br />

also offers private acupuncture<br />

treatments, Chinese Herbal Therapy,<br />

Fire Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxabustion<br />

<strong>and</strong> Laser Therapy.

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129 East Highway 50<br />

Has your time in <strong>Salida</strong> convinced you that it’s<br />

a place you want to call home? The real estate<br />

professionals at Pinon Real Estate Group can<br />

help you find the mountain home of your<br />

dreams. They’re extraordinarily familiar with<br />

the Upper Arkansas Valley <strong>and</strong> will be happy<br />

to help you determine what will be the best fit<br />

for you.<br />

Wendy Rombold<br />

Broker Associate<br />

wrombold@pinonrealestate.com<br />

(719) 221-4662<br />


135 F Street, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

At Colorado Summit Realty, we believe that the best way to<br />

ensure responsible growth is to educate potential locals on<br />

what life is really like here; both the good <strong>and</strong> the bad. If a<br />

realtor tells you that some place is “perfect”, be wary. Every<br />

location has it own beauty <strong>and</strong> quirks; The Upper Arkansas<br />

Valley just has fewer quirks than most areas. It is truly an<br />

amazing place to live <strong>and</strong> we love it. So, come <strong>and</strong> explore,<br />

wave hello <strong>and</strong> get involved. If you are looking to move here,<br />

don’t be afraid to ask the difficult questions. This is a unique<br />

area <strong>and</strong> we want to make sure it is the right fit for you. Feel<br />

free to call anytime. We are friendly locals first, sales people<br />

second.<br />

Gay Dewberry-Hahn<br />

Broker Associate<br />

gay@coloradosummitrealty.com<br />




US-50, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Creekside Chalets would be delighted to host your wedding party <strong>and</strong><br />

guests! Our cabins’ sleeping accommodations are very versatile, making<br />

them a great choice for a variety of groups.<br />

So, whether you’re interested in renting just a cabin or two or all of our<br />

cabins, we can help you get set up with the lodging that you want <strong>and</strong><br />

need for your special day.<br />


GROUPS<br />



TOURS<br />

Colorado Adventure<br />

Tours is proud to offer<br />

charter service<br />

transportation as well<br />

as vacation planning to<br />

<strong>and</strong> throughout <strong>Salida</strong>,<br />

Buena Vista, <strong>and</strong> the<br />

Central Colorado Rocky<br />

Mountains.<br />

Take the road less<br />

traveled <strong>and</strong> come<br />

discover what the<br />

beautiful Arkansas River<br />

Valley has to offer!<br />

Image Credit to: Colorado Adventure Tours<br />



Image Credit to: Amica’s Catering<br />

127 F Street<br />

Let Amica's make your event or<br />

meeting effortless <strong>and</strong> delicious!<br />

They can deliver <strong>and</strong> serve or you<br />

can pick it up. Order from their<br />

catering menu, regular menu, or<br />

they will personalize one just for<br />

you!<br />

Image Credit to: Settings Event Rentals<br />


117 W 4th St, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Settings Event Rental in <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado has everything you need to elegantly equip<br />

a wedding, dinner banquet, cocktail party, special event or festival. We specialize in<br />

destination weddings <strong>and</strong> know how difficult it is to plan a large event which is even<br />

more difficult from afar. With years of experience behind us we assist with all the<br />

items you need, right down to the last fork, knife <strong>and</strong> spoon.<br />




<strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Phytology Flowers is a sustainable<br />

wedding florist <strong>and</strong> flower farm in<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado. Hannah, owner<br />

<strong>and</strong> designer, uses her<br />

background in horticulture, art,<br />

flower design <strong>and</strong> counseling to<br />

help couples choose unique ecoconscious<br />

(or sustainable) wedding<br />

Image Credit to: Phytology Flowers<br />

flowers <strong>and</strong> have a fun enjoyable experience in their wedding flower planning.<br />

Whenever possible they use locally grown flowers <strong>and</strong> growing plant arrangements<br />

(though they do supplement with flowers from our wholesalers as well). They also try<br />

to use thrift <strong>and</strong> recycled containers, do offer some rentals, <strong>and</strong> compost all plant<br />

waste.<br />



<strong>Salida</strong>, Co 81201<br />

SOL Catering & Bartending is an<br />

experience driven catering &<br />

bartending company offering<br />

full service experiences, <strong>and</strong><br />

they put an emphasis on<br />

natural, locally sourced, high<br />

quality ingredients, <strong>and</strong> offer<br />

Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian<br />

options upon request. They try<br />

their best to use minimally<br />

processed fresh food, USDA<br />

hormone <strong>and</strong> antibiotic free<br />

Image Credit to: Sol Catering & Br<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

meats, locally sourced produce <strong>and</strong> goods, <strong>and</strong> as much organic <strong>and</strong> all natural<br />

ingredients as possible.<br />


Image Credit to: Wild River Mobile Bar<br />


<strong>Salida</strong>, CO<br />

Embark on a liquid adventure with Wild River<br />

Mobile Bar, an extraordinary bar service nestled<br />

in the heart of <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado. Far beyond your<br />

average cocktail bar, we bring a touch of magic to<br />

any event, elevating your guest experience with<br />

our innovative libations <strong>and</strong> impeccable service.<br />

Our team of bartenders is not just skilled but TIPS<br />

certified, ensuring a delightful <strong>and</strong> responsible<br />

indulgence for all.<br />

Image Credit to:<br />

Wild River Mobile Bar<br />


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SALIDA<br />

EVENTS<br />

There’s always something interesting going on in<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>!<br />

We’ve highlighted some of the best events in town<br />

throughout the year.


New Year’s Day 5K<br />

210 E Sackett Ave, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Every year, <strong>Salida</strong> Recreation hosts<br />

the New Year’s Day 5K Fun<br />

Run/Walk, which kicks off at 10 a.m.<br />

Start off your new year with a little<br />

exercise <strong>and</strong> when you’re finished,<br />

mingle with the other racers as you<br />

warm up with some hot drinks. If<br />

you’re interested, the race starts<br />

<strong>and</strong> ends at the <strong>Salida</strong> Scout Hut.<br />

Pre-registration is recommended<br />

<strong>and</strong> the necessary forms can be<br />

found on the <strong>Salida</strong> Recreation<br />

website.<br />

Heart of the Rockies<br />

Annual Bridal Show<br />

220 W Sackett Ave, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Anyone who’s planning on getting<br />

married in or around <strong>Salida</strong> will be<br />

able to meet with local vendors<br />

during this annual bridal show. It’s<br />

set up to feel like a mock wedding<br />

reception, allowing attendees to<br />

easily see floral arrangements,<br />

sample food, <strong>and</strong> more. Admission<br />

to the event is FREE. The show is<br />

typically held in late January at the<br />

SteamPlant Event Center, but<br />

location may vary.

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Second Saturday Art Walk<br />

The second Saturday of each<br />

month, <strong>Salida</strong> Artists host the<br />

Second Saturday Gallery Tour in the<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Creative District in Downtown<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>. With 20 galleries <strong>and</strong> artists'<br />

studios opening their doors to the<br />

public you are sure to see<br />

something that strikes your fancy.<br />

Mardi Gras<br />

Enjoy a mountain-inspired Mardi<br />

Gras at venues throughout town.<br />

There will be costumes, masks,<br />

beads, <strong>and</strong> giveaways galore - so<br />

get ready for an incredible<br />

celebration! And keep in mind that<br />

while Mardi Gras is often in<br />

February, it may happen as late as<br />

March 9th.

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MARCH<br />

Ski With A Naturalist<br />

23715 US-50, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Starting in front of the ski patrol<br />

headquarters this free, on-hill tour<br />

offers guests (all ages <strong>and</strong> abilities<br />

are welcome) the chance to learn<br />

about forest ecology, wildlife in<br />

the winter, the history of<br />

recreation on Monarch Pass, ski<br />

area-USFS partnership, Monarch<br />

Mountain’s green mission, <strong>and</strong><br />

more.<br />

Vino <strong>Salida</strong><br />

FREE Concert Series<br />

10495 Co Rd 120, Poncha Springs,<br />

CO 81242<br />

Enjoy your favorite local<br />

musicians, delightful wines, tasty<br />

appetizers, <strong>and</strong> sweet treats while<br />

relaxing in the wine bar lounge.

APRIL<br />

The Chaffee Home &<br />

Garden Show<br />

Chaffee County Fairgrounds<br />

10165 Co Rd 120, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO<br />

Usually held at the end of April, the<br />

Chaffee Home <strong>and</strong> Garden Show<br />

features dozens of local vendors as<br />

well as a number of seminars <strong>and</strong><br />

demonstrations. Attendees will be<br />

able to learn about topics like<br />

gardening <strong>and</strong> home improvement<br />

projects. A variety of food vendors<br />

are also on-h<strong>and</strong> so you can easily<br />

sample the local cuisine.<br />

Gun Barrel Challenge<br />

Monarch Mountain's Gun Barrel<br />

Challenge, a closing-day tradition<br />

for seven years, is a unique skiing<br />

event that transcends age <strong>and</strong><br />

gender divisions. The challenge<br />

involves an uphill scramble, testing<br />

endurance, followed by a rapid<br />

downhill descent. Skiers, regardless<br />

of age or gender, compete together<br />

for the coveted Golden Boot. This<br />

inclusive event not only showcases<br />

athletic prowess but also fosters a<br />

sense of community, emphasizing<br />

the universal joy of skiing.<br />


MAY<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Chamber Golf<br />

Scramble<br />

411 Crestone Ave, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Held at the <strong>Salida</strong> Golf Club, the golf<br />

scramble is a fun event that draws a<br />

number of local teams. After the<br />

competition, stick around for the<br />

Business After Hours event for food,<br />

drinks, <strong>and</strong> mingling.<br />

Bluegrass on the<br />

Arkansas Festival<br />

Riverside Park, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Memorial Day weekend is even<br />

better with the Bluegrass on the<br />

Arkansas Festival. Every year, this<br />

FREE event features an amazing<br />

lineup of musicians as well as food<br />

<strong>and</strong> drink vendors, games for the<br />

kids, <strong>and</strong> more. The performances<br />

are held in Riverside Park <strong>and</strong> all<br />

proceeds go to provide local youth<br />

with vocational <strong>and</strong> scholastic<br />

scholarships.<br />


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JUNE<br />

FIBArk<br />

Riverside Park, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

FIBArk, which st<strong>and</strong>s for First in Boating on the<br />

Arkansas River, has been a longst<strong>and</strong>ing <strong>Salida</strong><br />

tradition. The event began in 1948 <strong>and</strong> every year, it<br />

brings almost 20,000 visitors to town. Over Father’s<br />

Day weekend, spectators can watch raft, kayak, <strong>and</strong><br />

canoe races as well as SUP competitions, bike races,<br />

<strong>and</strong> more. There’s also a carnival in downtown <strong>Salida</strong><br />

with games, rides, food <strong>and</strong> drink vendors, <strong>and</strong> music.<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> ArtWalk<br />

At the end of June, local <strong>and</strong> regional artists, as well as<br />

street performers <strong>and</strong> musicians, come to <strong>Salida</strong> for<br />

the traditional ArtWalk. All types of artistic mediums<br />

will be on display, including photography, jewelry,<br />

painting, <strong>and</strong> sculpture. You can also enjoy<br />

demonstrations, live music, <strong>and</strong> art receptions during<br />

the event.<br />

Harriet Alex<strong>and</strong>er Airport<br />

Fly-In & Airshow<br />

9255 CR 140 <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Typically held in late June to mid-July, this event lasts<br />

an entire weekend. The airshow includes fly-bys,<br />

demonstrations, <strong>and</strong> other amazing displays. There<br />

are also vintage aircraft <strong>and</strong> car shows.

JULY<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Riverside Fine Arts Festival<br />

Held in conjunction with the airshow, the Fine Arts<br />

Festival is a premier juried festival that features<br />

artists from across the country. In addition to seeing<br />

some amazing works of art, you’ll also be able to<br />

enjoy a variety of live music, activities for the kids,<br />

<strong>and</strong> food from local restaurants.<br />

Colorado Brewers Rendezvous<br />

146 East Sackett Street<br />

Riverside Park<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Beer lovers won’t want to miss out on the Brewers<br />

Rendezvous in Riverside Park in early July. With over<br />

75 breweries in attendance, more than 200 beer<br />

samples available, food vendors, <strong>and</strong> live music, it’s a<br />

great way to spend a day.<br />

July Fourth Hometown Parade<br />

Independence Day is celebrated in a big way in<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>. Starting with a pancake breakfast, the day’s<br />

festivities also include live music, lots of activities at<br />

Riverside Park, a kids fishing derby, a parade through<br />

town, <strong>and</strong> a fireworks show (weather permitting) over<br />

“S” Mountain.<br />

Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo<br />

Chaffee County Fairgrounds<br />

10165 Co Rd 120, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO<br />

The Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo offers a great<br />

opportunity to see some of the county’s most<br />

talented cowboys <strong>and</strong> cowgirls. It features a number<br />

of exciting competitions as well as contests,<br />

demonstrations, live music, food, <strong>and</strong> fun that’s<br />

perfect for the whole family. It’s a great way to<br />

immerse yourself in the Western spirit of the area <strong>and</strong><br />

meet some of our friendly community members.

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AUGUST<br />

Angel of Shavano Car Show<br />

Check out dozens of classic cars at Riverside Park in early August at the Angel of<br />

Shavano Car Show. The show features all types of cars, from hot rods to vintage<br />

trucks. This early August event is the major fundraiser for the Chaffee County Search<br />

<strong>and</strong> Rescue South.


<strong>Salida</strong> WineFest<br />

Enjoy samples from Colorado wineries at the <strong>Salida</strong><br />

WineFest. Held in early September in Riverside Park,<br />

attendees will also be able to listen to live music <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoy food from local vendors.<br />

Crest Crank Bike Ride<br />

The Crest Crank Bike Ride happens at the end the<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Bike Festival. In it, participants take on the<br />

Monarch Crest Trail starting at the top of Monarch<br />

Pass <strong>and</strong> climbing up the Continental Divide before<br />

dropping back into the forest. The ride is about 25<br />

miles <strong>and</strong> best suited for advanced riders. Afterwards,<br />

there’s a party in Riverside Park with food, drinks, live<br />

music, <strong>and</strong> a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the<br />

Alliance Against Domestic Abuse.<br />

Fiber Arts Festival<br />

At the Fiber Arts Festival, you’ll find an amazing<br />

variety of h<strong>and</strong>crafted goods, including hats, scarves,<br />

mittens, <strong>and</strong> more. If you love working with fibers,<br />

you won’t be disappointed with all the different<br />

vendors <strong>and</strong> their selection of yarns <strong>and</strong> tools. The<br />

festival also includes an Activity Tent, where everyone<br />

can try their h<strong>and</strong> at different fiber projects, <strong>and</strong> a<br />

Beer Garden, which features beers, wines, <strong>and</strong> spirits<br />

from local establishments.<br />

<strong>Salida</strong> Bike Festival<br />

Held in mid-September, the <strong>Salida</strong> Bike Festival is<br />

perfect for cycling enthusiasts of all ages. The<br />

festivities last four days <strong>and</strong> include group rides, a<br />

bike parade, parties, races, <strong>and</strong> more. It’s a fun,<br />

family-friendly event that’s sure to please.<br />



Heart of Colorado<br />

FiberArts Guild Fashion<br />

Show<br />

The Heart of Colorado FiberArts<br />

Guild’s Annual Wearable Art Fashion<br />

Show opens <strong>and</strong> closes with a<br />

boutique in the SteamPlant Annex<br />

where guild members offer for sale<br />

h<strong>and</strong>made garments, bags, jewelry,<br />

purses, wall hangings, weavings –<br />

displaying an amazing array of<br />

original creations.<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>stone Pumpkin<br />

Patch<br />

Autumn in the Upper Arkansas Valley<br />

is a wonderful time to celebrate the<br />

region <strong>and</strong> its abundant harvest. One<br />

great event for children <strong>and</strong> families is<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>stone’s Annual Pumpkin Patch &<br />

Harvest Festival at the Hutchinson<br />

Ranch in <strong>Salida</strong>, Colorado. This beloved<br />

community event provides 3 days of<br />

family fun for hundreds of festivalgoers<br />

from Chaffee County <strong>and</strong><br />

surrounding communities with horsedrawn<br />

wagon rides to the pumpkin<br />

patch, pony rides, field games, crafts,<br />

face painting, food, music <strong>and</strong> more!<br />

The Pumpkin Patch takes place in early<br />

to mid-October.<br />



Christmas Mountain Lighting & Parade of Lights<br />

On the day after Thanksgiving, Riverside Park becomes Holiday Park <strong>and</strong> “S”<br />

Mountain transforms into Christmas Mountain <strong>and</strong> it’s lit up to look like a giant<br />

Christmas tree. There’s a parade down F Street <strong>and</strong> then, at the SteamPlant Event<br />

Center, you can enjoy free cookies, hot chocolate, <strong>and</strong> entertainment.<br />


Don’t see any events for when you’re<br />

coming to town?<br />

Check out the <strong>Salida</strong> Chamber of<br />

Commerce Events Calendar for a full<br />

rundown of all the area’s activities.<br />

You can find even more events, like<br />

concerts, movie presentations, <strong>and</strong><br />

other performances, by taking a look<br />

at the SteamPlant’s Event Calendar.<br />



Santa Skis Monarch<br />

On Christmas Eve, head to Monarch<br />

Mountain for your chance to ski or<br />

snowboard with Santa.

FAQ<br />

Do I Need to Worry About Altitude<br />

Sickness?<br />

Most people will not experience symptoms of altitude<br />

sickness until they go higher than 8,000 feet above sea<br />

level. So, while <strong>Salida</strong> is located at just about 7,080 feet<br />

above sea level <strong>and</strong> much of the Arkansas River Valley<br />

stays below 8,000, any mountain excursions will take<br />

you to higher elevations where you may experience<br />

symptoms.<br />

Symptoms of altitude sickness are usually mild, if<br />

uncomfortable. They may include headaches, difficulty<br />

sleeping, nausea, <strong>and</strong> loss of appetite. Over-thecounter<br />

medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen can help<br />

lessen the symptoms. Symptoms usually go away<br />

within 24 to 36 hours of arrival.<br />

To prevent symptoms, you’ll want to drink lots of water<br />

before <strong>and</strong> after you arrive. Also, limit your intake of<br />

alcohol <strong>and</strong> salty food. Dehydration can make<br />

symptoms worse. Spending a day at lower elevations<br />

before hitting the mountains can also make the<br />

adjustment process easier.<br />

While uncommon, altitude sickness can come in more<br />

severe forms. So if you or someone in your group<br />

develops a fever, is excessively drowsy or confused, or<br />

coughing up frothy saliva, you should seek medical<br />

attention immediately.

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Breathe Easier at High Altitude<br />

As altitude increases, air becomes less compressed <strong>and</strong><br />

consequently thinner. This means increasing breathing to<br />

increase oxygen intake. Having to take more breaths to get<br />

the same amount of oxygen can be difficult for some. Low<br />

oxygen can lead to fatigue, nausea, headache, dizziness, <strong>and</strong><br />

shortness of breath to name a few. Reserving a portable<br />

oxygen concentrator with High Altitude Portable Oxygen can<br />

make a tremendous impact. A concentrator takes in air,<br />

compresses it <strong>and</strong> reduces the nitrogen, thereby delivering 90-<br />

95% oxygen <strong>and</strong> 5-10% nitrogen. This compressed air comes<br />

out purified <strong>and</strong> concentrated. So come enjoy the mountains!<br />

Enjoy better sleep, less shortness of breath <strong>and</strong> less fatigue<br />

with your own portable oxygen concentrator!<br />

Email: highaltitudeportableoxygen@gmail.com<br />

Site: www.highaltitudeportableoxygen.com<br />

What Should I Expect Weather-Wise?<br />

In <strong>Salida</strong> during the winter, high temperatures average in the<br />

40s with about 50 inches of snowfall every year. While in the<br />

summer, high temperatures average in the 80s. In both fall <strong>and</strong><br />

spring, you’re likely to see temperatures in the 60s <strong>and</strong> 70s.<br />

During the fall <strong>and</strong> spring, however, the weather can vary widely<br />

from cold one day to warm the next. Humidity stays relatively<br />

low throughout the year.<br />

Keep in mind that the higher you go in elevation, the cooler<br />

temperatures will be. So plan accordingly whether you’re going<br />

skiing, hiking, biking, or engaging in any other outdoor activities.<br />

Mountain weather can also change very quickly <strong>and</strong> storms can<br />

be on you before you know it - especially summer<br />

thunderstorms. Pay attention to weather forecasts before you<br />

head into the mountains <strong>and</strong> be ready to act quickly in the event<br />

of severe weather.

How Far is Creekside Chalets from <strong>Salida</strong>? From Monarch Mountain?<br />

Creekside Chalets is located about 11 miles west of <strong>Salida</strong>, which is about a 15-minute drive.<br />

Monarch Mountain is about 10 miles west of Creekside Chalets, which is about a 10-minute drive.<br />

Drive times will depend on current weather conditions <strong>and</strong> traffic.<br />

How Do I Get to Creekside Chalets & Cabins?<br />

From Denver (downtown): Take 6th Avenue (sometimes referred to as Highway 6 or US 6) west <strong>and</strong><br />

merge onto I-70 W. Then merge onto C-470 E. Take the US-285 S exit for Fairplay. Continue on 285 for<br />

about 110 miles until you come to US-50 W, where you will turn right. Continue on Highway 50 for about<br />

6 miles <strong>and</strong> Creekside Chalets & Cabins will be on your right. Drive time will be be approximately 2<br />

hours, 40 minutes depending on traffic <strong>and</strong> weather.<br />

From Colorado Springs: Take US-24 W <strong>and</strong> continue on for about 75 miles. In Antero Junction, take a left<br />

on US-285 S <strong>and</strong> continue for about 35 miles. Turn right on US-50 W <strong>and</strong> Creekside Chalets & Cabins will<br />

be about 6 miles away on your right. Drive time will be approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes depending on<br />

traffic <strong>and</strong> weather.<br />

From Gr<strong>and</strong> Junction: Take US-50 E for about 175 miles. You’ll know you’re getting close when you pass<br />

by Monarch Mountain as Creekside Chalets will be just another 10 minutes down the road on your left.<br />

Drive time will be approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes depending on traffic <strong>and</strong> weather.

Where can I find supplies for my stay?<br />

Nearby Grocery Stores, Butchers, <strong>and</strong> Liquor Stores...<br />

Address:<br />

232 G St, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Address:<br />

200 F St, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Address:<br />

7865 W US-50, <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Scanga Meat Company<br />

Address:<br />

9250 Co Rd 156<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

Address:<br />

10100 US-50<br />

Poncha Springs, CO 81242<br />

Address:<br />

9250 Co Rd 156 <strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

FIRE PIT<br />

RENTAL<br />

$25/DAY*<br />

CALL (719) 539-6953<br />

EMAIL<br />

reservations@creeksidechalets.com<br />

*rental fee includes a Creekside<br />

Mallow S’mores kit for six!

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Trip Insurance<br />

<strong>Travel</strong> is one of life’s great joys… Even the most<br />

carefully planned trip can be complicated by<br />

unforeseen events. Whether it’s lost luggage,<br />

canceled flights, or a medical emergency, an<br />

unexpected mishap can turn your trip into a taxing<br />

experience. Our travel <strong>and</strong> rental protection<br />

services are designed to protect you.<br />

OUR GOAL IS TO...<br />

Save you money<br />

Safeguard your journey<br />

Make your stay memorable<br />

for all the right reasons!<br />

Visit Creeksidechalets.com/trip-insurance/ for more information

Lodging Specials<br />


Are you a season pass holder at Monarch Mountain? If so, you can receive 10% OFF your entire<br />

stay with Creekside Chalets! All the more reason to take a trip out to <strong>Salida</strong> <strong>and</strong> enjoy a mountain<br />

getaway!<br />

Just enter the discount code 1PowderPlace to receive your 10% discount!<br />

*Valid for winter reservations only<br />


Stay 3 or more weekday nights <strong>and</strong> SAVE $30 on your entire stay!<br />

With our Weekday Winter Warrior Deal, you’ll be able to take advantage of the perfect opportunity<br />

to save on your lodging <strong>and</strong> ski at non-peak times to maximize your Colorado mountain<br />

experience!<br />

*Valid for winter reservations only<br />


tree canopy with a tranquil mountain creek me<strong>and</strong>ering alongside.<br />

leafy<br />

idyllic spots provide the perfect setting for a night of stargazing,<br />

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he Creekside Campsites offer a picturesque retreat, nestled under a<br />

serenaded by the soothing melody of the nearby stream. The site<br />

accommodates various vehicles, including vans, tow-behind campers, <strong>and</strong><br />

RVs, <strong>and</strong> can host up to 6 people <strong>and</strong> 2 pets. Each campsite is equipped<br />

with a picnic table, 120v electricity, <strong>and</strong> access to a shared water spigot.<br />

Additionally, the pet-friendly site provides amenities such as port-a-potties,<br />

<strong>and</strong> guests can enjoy activities like horseshoes. With its natural beauty <strong>and</strong><br />

convenient facilities, Creekside Campsites offer a delightful escape for nature<br />

lovers <strong>and</strong> outdoor enthusiasts.

Mt. Pahlone Campsite<br />

This pet-friendly campsite sits among trees <strong>and</strong><br />

along a clear mountain creek, with views of<br />

nearby Mt. Shavano. The lower deck space by<br />

the creek is a perfect place to set up chairs <strong>and</strong><br />

watch the water flow by. This campsite offers<br />

self-check-in, a picnic table, electricity, port-apotty<br />

access, <strong>and</strong> use of a shared water spigot.<br />

Propane fire pits are allowed <strong>and</strong> are available<br />

for rent for $25 a night (includes a S’mores kit<br />

for 6). The Creekside property is located off<br />

Highway 50 between Monarch Pass to the west<br />

<strong>and</strong> Poncha Springs to the east.<br />

Mt. Ouray Campsite<br />

Experience the dreamy Ouray Campsite at<br />

Creekside Chalets, where a leafy tree canopy <strong>and</strong> a<br />

clear mountain creek create the perfect backdrop<br />

for a night under the stars. The largest picnic table<br />

area of the three campsites offers a lovely space to<br />

eat <strong>and</strong> gather, while the slightly lower "deck" by<br />

the creek is ideal for relaxing. This pet-friendly site<br />

provides self-check-in, electricity, a shared water<br />

spigot, <strong>and</strong> the option to rent a propane fire pit for a<br />

cozy evening. Situated at 8,200 feet <strong>and</strong> offering<br />

pull-through access for various vehicles, this<br />

campsite is a must-visit for nature lovers seeking a<br />

serene <strong>and</strong> picturesque getaway.<br />

Mt. Chipeta Campsite<br />

The Mt. Chipeta Campsite is the first site off the<br />

road inside the Creekside property, offering pullthrough<br />

access for various vehicles <strong>and</strong> a<br />

maximum of 6 people. Enjoy the tranquil<br />

surroundings, where you can unwind in the fresh<br />

mountain air <strong>and</strong> soak in the picturesque<br />

scenery. Experience the serene beauty of the<br />

Mt. Chipeta Campsite at Creekside Chalets,<br />

where a shady spot next to the creek offers a<br />

peaceful retreat surrounded by nature. This petfriendly<br />

site features a private picnic table <strong>and</strong> a<br />

slightly lower "deck" by the creek, perfect for<br />

relaxing with a book or enjoying a meal.

Your favorite four-legged friend deserves a vacation in the<br />

Colorado Rockies just as much as you do!<br />

Finding pet-friendly places can be tough, but at Creekside Chalets <strong>and</strong> Cabins in <strong>Salida</strong>, all properties<br />

welcome dogs. Recognizing dogs as family members, we underst<strong>and</strong> the challenges of pet care when<br />

traveling. Skip the hassle <strong>and</strong> expense – book a cabin <strong>and</strong> bring Fido with you.<br />

Welcome To <strong>Salida</strong>!<br />

And Thank You for Choosing<br />


16724 West US Hwy 50<br />

<strong>Salida</strong>, CO 81201<br />

CreeksideChalets.com | (719) 539-6953

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