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River Life in Salida, Colorado  

When you head to Salida, Colorado in June, one thing is on everyone’s mind: THE RIVER! This town has many personalities–arts community, historic district, biking mecca, music hub–but the river is its heart. 

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Winter Guide to a Couple’s Getaway in the Colorado Mountains

February is a notoriously romantic time of year, and not just because of Valentine’s Day. The weather is perfect for snuggling up.  Plus, the snow somehow makes everything seem extra cozy. Whether it’s a hike through the pines or a stroll through historic downtown, the mid-winter vibe makes life magical.

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Make Your 2023 New Years Resolution a Reality in Salida, CO 

Looking to celebrate 2024 and stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? A trip to Salida and Creekside Cabins lets you have fun and honor all of those good-for-you promises you’ve made to yourself.  No matter what your resolutions are this year, you can make them a reality with a trip to Chaffee County and the Colorado high country. 

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Holiday Shopping and Gift Giving in Salida, Colorado 

With Christmas and Haunakkah right around the corner, many of us have gift giving on our minds. If you’re looking to bring holiday joy to friends and family, there’s no better place to find the perfect present than downtown Salida. Not only do these locally owned businesses help you check that gift list, you’ll get to stroll this charming town and actually enjoy your holiday chores. Extra win: if you’re staying at the Creekside Chalets, all of this is a short drive from your cozy cabin.

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Fall Activities

Exploring the Shoulder Seasons in Salida & Buena Vista

When you live in a mountain town, you learn to love all the seasons. Summer sees the rivers flowing, winter brings the snow for skiing, and the height of fall brings leaf peeping. But there’s that time between, when the leaves have fallen but the mountains aren’t quite ready for skiing. While this might seem like a time to stay away from the high country, it’s just the opposite. Ask any local and they’ll tell you–shoulder season is where it’s at. 

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Fall Fun in Chaffee County 

It wouldn’t be fall without a hike through the leaves. Peak season in Chaffee County varies by elevation. Luckily there are hikes available at a variety of elevations near Salida so you’re covered anytime from late September through October.

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Fall Fishing in Salida and Chaffee County 

One of the most defining features of Chaffee County, Colorado is water. Water in the Arkansas River flowing through the valley. Water in the creeks and streams that feed the river. Water in the alpine lakes and reservoirs that dot the high country. So it makes perfect sense that fishing is one of the most popular activities near Salida, CO. Locals and tourists alike flock to the peaceful pastime, particularly in fall when the water is slow and the weather is cool. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, you’ll find plenty of fish out there waiting for you.

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Hiking 13ers in Colorado

Late summer and early fall in the mountains means something different for everyone. For many adventurers, summiting a high mountain peak tops the list. August and September can be the perfect time to get out and hike. The snowpack has melted, leaving clear trails behind. The weather is often perfect with clear blue skies. The elevation keeps high temps at bay, helping hikers beat the heat. Seeing the world from a mountain top is one of the best ways to truly experience Colorado.

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Dog-Friendly Activities in Salida and Chaffee County

Dog lovers agree: life is simply better with your four legged friend along for the ride. At Creekside Chalet, pets are welcome at all of our cabins and campsites. Our property’s paths and creekside location make it the perfect place to walk and hang with your furry buddies. Plus, the Colorado mountains are a puppy paradise!  Salida is an incredibly dog friendly town and there are so many ways to have fun with your pooch in Chaffee County.

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River Surfing in Salida, Colorado 

When you think of surfing, you probably think of beach towns and ocean waves. But the new sport of river surfing is taking off, and Salida, Colorado is at the heart of it all. With the Arkansas River running right through this picturesque valley, Salida, Buena Vista, and Chaffee County are the perfect spots to try out this up-and-coming adventure sport. 

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Best Lakes in Salida on Monarch Pass

Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the country, and Salida is no exception. It is home to more than 100 lakes, with fishing, hiking, and stand-up paddleboarding as popular activities. There is no better place to experience the majestic views of some of Colorado’s highest peaks in Chaffee County, Colorado. Each destination offers beautiful views of nature and allows you to enjoy everything your vacation in Colorado has to offer. 

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The Perfect Day Trip: Great Sand Dune National Park and The Colorado Gator Farm

There is no shortage of incredible adventures that are available when planning your trip to Salida, Colorado. Whether you are a first-time guest of Creekside Chalets or have been coming back year after year, there are even more experiences to be had just an hour away.  For example, the Great Sand Dune National Park and Preserve are located in Mosca, Colorado. This park contains a high-altitude desert consisting of 30 square miles of ever-shifting sand dunes. But, that is not all the area has to offer. After your hike, you can refresh your tired muscles in one of the area’s four natural hot springs. But you should not leave without dropping by The Colorado Gator Farm.

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Salida’s New Skatepark

Known for rafting and fishing, Salida Colorado is called the “Heart of the Rockies.” With the Arkansas River winding its way through the picturesque mountain town next to some of the highest peaks in that state, you will find a concrete playground in the center of downtown Salida that has made a big impact on this little mountain town. But, there is more to surf than the Arkansas River; for thrills and spills, head over to Salida’s favorite local Skate Park. 

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Top 8 Blissful Fall Activities to Experience on Monarch Pass

It’s the perfect season to wax your skis and begin packing up your kayak for the winter. While packing up your shorts and pulling your sweatshirts out, it’s time to make plans for fall in this world-class site! Here are some of the blissful Monarch Pass fun activities to schedule for fall…

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Your Guide to Motorcycle Friendly Spots in Salida 

Considered one of the United States’ most picturesque locations, Salida is a buckets list destination for any motorcycle enthusiast. Meandering along the banks of the country’s most famous river, the trails in this region offer countless sweeping curves, breathtaking views of the mountainside, and dramatic scenery of the rugged and wild landscape. 

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