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.
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.
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.
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.
Salida and Buena Vista iarethe perfect Colorado family destinations if you’re planning a family reunion and want to turn it into a memorable vacation. Each
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.
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.
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.
It’s the most anticipated time of the year— time to plan your Monarch Mountain skiing vacation! While you wax your skis and anticipate the exhilarating and meditative swish of the snow glittering like diamond dust beneath you, there are few considerations to get the most out of your stay in Salida, CO.
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…
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.
Horseback riding is one of the best family experiences and there is no better way to embrace the Rocky Mountains in Salida, Colorado. Family members of all ages can participate and experience a view of Colorado’s “fourteeners”, (mountaineering parlance for mountains that stand at an elevation of 14,000+ feet) visitors are left in awe at nature’s majesty.
The Arkansas River lazily winds its way through many states providing ample opportunities to enjoy its refreshing freshwaters. The most scenic area the river runs through is near the town of Salida, Colorado. Find out more about all the amazing adventures awaiting you on the Arkansas River
Take the opportunity to enjoy local farm-fresh food during your stay at a chalet or cabin complete with a fully equipped kitchen at Creekside Chalets. You can purchase food directly from farms or at farmers’ markets in the Salida and Buena Vista communities to prepare in your chalet.
Salida, Colorado’s thriving art scene, includes galleries where visitors and art lovers will be thrilled to find unique art. Inspired by Colorado’s beauty and personal connection to nature, these collections are indeed one of a kind. From pottery and paintings to photography and sculpture, there are a variety of aesthetics to choose from. Take a look at our Ultimate Art Guide to Salida, Colorado, and bring a piece of your trip home.
Creekside Chalets and Monarch Mountain are ready to welcome you to a new winter wonderland. If you want to enjoy a safe, clean, and exhilarating adventure here in Salida, the following tips and tricks will help save you time, save you money, and ensure a hassle-free winter vacation of your dreams.