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So Much To Do in Salida, Colorado

Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall!

There are never-ending opportunities for fun and recreation when you stay at Creekside Chalets & Cabins. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and fishing in the summer, adventure abounds in our little corner of Colorado. You won’t have to go far to find something fun to do.

Things to Do in the Winter

You’ll find Monarch Mountain Ski Area just a short drive from the cabins. Monarch is well-known for being less crowded and more affordable than some of the state’s larger ski resorts. So, if you’re looking to maximize your time on the slopes during your winter vacation, this is the place to go. For those visitors who don’t ski or snowboard, there are still plenty of other great winter activities available.

Up on Old Monarch Pass Road, there are lots of opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding or snow tubing. Dog sled rides are another thrilling and unique activity you can incorporate into your vacation. If you’re in the mood to explore the backcountry, there are a number of snowmobiling areas near Salida and Monarch. You can choose from guided tours or explore the stunning scenery on your own when you rent a snowmobile.

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Summer Activities

You’ll love a summer vacation spent in Salida! Beautiful weather and plentiful chances for fun are just some of what makes this area so delightful. Hiking and biking are two of the area’s most popular things to do in the warmer months thanks to the miles and miles of trails. Regardless of whether you’ve spent lots of time in the mountains or this will be your first experience, you’re sure to find a trail that’s perfect for you.

Creekside Chalets & Cabins is located close to the Arkansas River, which makes it a prime spot for a variety of water-based activities. Whitewater rafting trips are typically available from May through August. You can choose from relaxing float trips or, if you’re an experienced rafter, adrenaline-pumping trips through Class IV rapids. The Arkansas also boasts great fishing conditions during the summer months. There are shops in Salida where you can rent all of the necessary gear or book a guided walk and wade trips along the river.

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Two Rafters on the Zoom Flume on the Arkansas River


Area Events

Salida and the surrounding area host a number of great events throughout the year. During the winter months, you can head to Monarch Mountain for holiday festivities, the ever-popular Kid’s Fest, or Kayaks on the Snow – where brave participants ride their kayaks down a special course and into an icy pond. In town, art, wine, and food festivals never seem to be in short supply. FIBArk, perhaps Salida’s most popular festival, happens every year in June and features incredible whitewater competitions, a parade, live music, and more. While Salida is a small town, there’s always something going on!

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Other Nearby Attractions

If you’re in the mood to explore, you won’t be disappointed with what you find. Our cabins are located about 2 hours from Colorado Springs and about 3 hours from Denver, which means that there are a number of great Colorado attractions within a short drive.

Salida Hot Springs

Salida is just about a 15-minute drive east of the cabins. It’s also home to the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. The facility has two pools, one that’s ideal for swimming with six lanes and one that is perfect for soaking with a maximum depth of four feet. Perfect after a long day of outdoor adventures, the hot springs facility is open daily with varying hours for open swim and soak times.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

You’ll find the Great Sand Dunes just an hour and a half from the cabins. Here, you’ll be able to see the tallest sand dunes in North America. The dunes are made even more impressive by the fact that they seemingly appear out of nowhere while being surrounded by wetlands, aspens, and mountains. Hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and sand sledding are just some of the National Park’s most popular activities.

Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is open daily throughout the year. It’s located a little over an hour’s drive from the cabins. The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world, with the bottom of the Gorge approximately 1,000 feet below. The park features a number of rides and attractions including a gondola, zip line, and skycoaster.

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Royal Gorge Bridge

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