Local Attractions

Though sitting down and enjoying a glass of wine can be a nice way to pass the time, the Salida area has many other great ways to spend the day. From skiing, to rafting, to soaking in one of the many hot springs the valley has to offer, there is always something fun to do.

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Salida Steamplant

Originally the Salida Edison Electric Light Co., this building is not Chaffee County's premier theatre venue. This venue hosts art shows, live screenings, concerts, weddings and much more. For more information about this riverside venue click here.

The Beach

Located at the South Main Riverside Park in Buena Vista, CO, this venue offers a summer time concert series as well as other events during the summer months. For more information visit their website.

Hot Springs


Located five miles west from Buena Vista along Cottonwood Creek, this hotsprings resort provides a small friendly feel. This hotsprings includes a hotel, cabins, and spa treatments for anyone looking for a relaxing experience. More Info

Mt Princeton Resort

Sitting at the base of the Chalk Cliffs of Mt Princeton, this hot springs resort offers a variety of amenities for all friends and families. Mt Princeton Hotsprings includes spa side amenities for adults including steam room, sauna, and spa treatments, but the Historic Bathhouse provides a fun experience for the whole family with the Creekside pools. For more information click here


Located along Chalk Creek this hotsprings provides a secluded experience for those looking to get away. With secluded pools fed by the Mt Princeton geothermic aquifer, Creekside Hotsprings provides an experience for anyone. More Info.

Joyful Journey

Sitting at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range this Joyful Journey Hotsprings provides a variety of hotspring pools as well as multiple lodging accomodations including yurts and tipi's. For weekend activities Camel tours are also available. To find out more follow this link.

Winter Activities

White Diamond Tours

This Christian based adventure company located in Salida, CO offers a range of activities including skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. With breakfast, dinner, daily devotionals and adventure included each day, White Diamond Tours can provide a wholesome experience. To learn more click here

Monarch Dog Sled

For anyone who has ever wanted a private dog sled tour, Monarch Dog Sled can provide exactly that. Each tour has its own team of dogs and guide that travel through the forests of the southern Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. For more info on this adventure click here

Buena Vista Mountain Adventures

For those looking to ditch the lift lines and get into the pristine Colorado backcountry BVMA can help you get there. BVMA hosts a variety of backcountry adventures including skiing, snowshoeing, and educational courses. For more information click here

Monarch Snowmobiles

Located 18 miles west of Salida on Monarch Pass, Monarch snowmobiles provides snowmobile rentals and guided tours. With all the trails beginning at the lodge no shuttle time is needed and allows you to begin your adventure right at the lodge. For more information follow the link.

Monarch Mountain

Open since 1939, this independently owned and operated ski area features a variety of terrain and all natural snow at the top of Monarch Pass. Monarch Mountain offers ski lessons for beginners looking to improve their skill and Cat Skiing for the adventure prone expert wanting to experience the infamous Mirkwood Bowl. For more information click here.

Summer Activities

Captain Zipline

With zipline tours, ropes courses, and rock wall climbs Captain Zipline has a variety of ACCT-certified courses. Located in Salida, CO, Captain Zipline is Colorado's largest aerial adventure park where you can climb, zipline, and traverse. For more information click here

Rocky Mountain Jeep

If you have ever wanted to try 4-wheeling in the Colorado Rockies this is your opportunity. With proximity to Tin Cup Pass, Old Monarch Pass, Bonanza Mining district and much more, Rocky Mountain Jeep provides rentals for all your 4-wheeling adventures. For more information click here.

Ark Anglers

For those wanting to add fishing along the mighty Arkansas River Arkansas Anglers provides guided wade, float, and instructional trips. With locations in Buena Vista and Salida you don't need to travel far to add some fishing fun to your adventure. For more information click here

Arkansas River Tours

Located in Cotopaxi, CO Arkansas River Tours offers half day, full day, and multi-day rafting and fishing trips. Whether you want to spend your trip fishing the waters of Colorado or face off against the waves of the Arkansas river ART can provide the  adventure. For more information click here

Granite Mountain Horses

With a variety of beginner to experienced riders, this outfitter provides trips in the spring, summer and winter. Located in Poncha Springs, Granite Mountain Horses is within a close distance to Vino Salida. For more information click here

Harvard City Stables

Located at the Harvard City Stage Stop in Buena Vista, Harvard City Stables offers a variety of horseback riding options within the area. From the Cottonwood Creek trail ride to the full day ride, you can  explore the north side of Mt Princeton by horseback. For more information click here

Mt Princeton Stables

Working in partnership with Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Mt Princeton Stables offers trail rides to compliment your hot springs adventure. From 1 hour to 3 day trips Mt Princeton Stables can help accommodate a trail ride into your vacation. For more information click here

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center

With guided and instructional courses, RMOC allows all guests to experience the area through biking, rock climbing, and river sports. With a crew of experienced and certified guides RMOC can teach you the basics or simply guide you through your outdoor adventure of choice. For more information click here

Independent Whitewater

Located just outside of Salida, Independent Whitewater offers rafting trips ranging from beginner scenic floats to advanced trip on the Numbers section of the Arkansas. For those who are in need of food and refreshment after their adventure a riverside grill Independent Whitewater has you covered. For more information click here

Dvorak Expeditions

Offering single and multi-day rafting, kayaking, and fishing trips Dvorak's provides river experiences on the Arkansas, Gunnison, Green, and other rivers of the American west. Family owned and operated since 1969, Dvorak's provides guided and instructional trips for anyone wanting to get on the river. For more information click here

River Runners

In operation since 1972, River Runners provides a variety of rafting, kayaking, and SUP trips for anyone from beginner half day trips to advanced whitewater and overnight trips. With locations in Buena Vista, Salida, the Royal Gorge, and the famous river side Browns Canyon outpost which includes the Browns Canyon Bar and Grill, River Runners has an adventure for anyone wanting to experience the river. For more information click here

Monarch Crest

Open from May 15- September 15 Monarch Crest offers tram rides at the top of Monarch Pass to those who want to catch a scenic view of the Continental Divide. Before leaving the top of Monarch Pass, Monarch Crest has a gift shop with plenty of souvenirs . For more information click here

Antero Llamas

For anyone who wants someone else to carry the load Antero Llamas offers llama rentals to help lighten your load. For the rookie llama handler a llama packing 101 course is provided, with many llamas available, you can rent one (or a few) for your next Colorado trek. For more information click here

Year Round Activities

Colorado Alligator Farm

Located in the San Luis Valley, Colorado Gators is Colorado's largest Tilapia farm while keeping alligators to dispose of dead fish and as a reptile sanctuary. Colorado gators offers tours and classes to those who want to see Colorado's most famous alligator farm, including the alligator from Happy Gilmore. For more information click here

St Elmo General Store

Located in the historic ghost town of St Elmo this store has antiques from around CO. Operating between May and October St. Elmo's General Store supplies chipmunk feed to let the little critters eat right out of your hand. For more information click here

Rock Doc

Featuring the 'Largest Mineral Shop in the Rockies' the Rock Doc has an assortment of rocks, minerals, and prospecting equipment. For the rock geek, minerals featured on the "Prospectors" show such as smoky quartz and aquamarine are featured at this shop. For more information click here

Salida Golf

Located right in Salida, this golf venue features an 18 hole course at 7,000ft with the Sangre de Cristo and Collegiate mountain ranges directly within view. Salida Golf also includes practice facilities, pro shop, and a bar and grill. For more information click here

Great Sand Dunes National Park

This massive series of sand dunes lays in the middle of the San Luis Valley, whether you want to hike the dunes, sled down the dunes, or just cool off and play in the creek this national park is something to experience. With camping options available within and outside of the park, visitors can come explore and play on the dunes to see one of the wonders of Colorado. For more information click here.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

San Isabel National Forest

Gunnison National Forest

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