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History of the Salida Smokestack in Smeltertown

Drive just west of Salida, and you’ll see it: the 365-foot Salida Smokestack. When it was completed in 1917, it was the tallest smokestack west of the Mississippi. What’s the history of this dramatic building, a relic of early 1900’s America?

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Locally Owned Downtown Businesses in Salida

As locals, we are proud of the art, food, history, and incredible passion our local businesses pour into their jobs every day. It’s almost impossible to choose our favorite Main Street spots, but here are some of the best downtown sites to visit during your stay with us.
As locals, we are proud of the art, food, history, and incredible passion our local businesses pour into their jobs every day. It’s almost impossible to choose our favorite Main Street spots, but here are some of the best downtown sites to visit during your stay with us.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding in Salida

If you’re unfamiliar with this exciting sport, imagine a cross between surfing and kayaking and you’ve almost got the idea.

Stand up paddleboarding (known as SUP) features wide boards resembling surfboards. Participants kneel or stand on the boards and use a long paddle to move and steer in the water. It’s relatively easy to learn on flat water, though it takes a little balance, core strength, and coordination. With practice, you can step-up from calm water SUP to some whitewater river paddles or even to some river “surfing.”

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How to Prepare for Your Hunt in Salida, Colorado

If you’re looking for a scenic location with plentiful game, then Salida, Colorado, is the hunting ground for you. With high elevations and thick forests, game hunting is plentiful in and around the Chaffee County area. Whether you’re looking to hunt elk, deer, small game, or even bighorn sheep, you should consider Salida for your next hunting trip.

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Rock Climbing in Chaffee County, Colorado

he Salida, Colorado area offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunities for rock climbing. Salida is located in Chaffee County and is home to more than a dozen mountain peaks that are 14,000 feet tall. If you are a beginner, you can visit one of the many outfitters to get you fitted for the right gear and take you on an escorted tour. There are also plenty of challenging climbs for experts if you wish to go it alone. This guide offers some of the top tours and climbing locations in Chaffee County. First let’s take a look at the three main types of climbing available in Chaffee County.

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Hiking 14ers in Salida, CO

Colorado is home to more mountain peaks exceeding altitudes of 14,000 feet above sea level than any other state in the country. If you are new to hiking the Colorado Trail, Chaffee County and the Sawatch Range offer adventure for both beginners, as well as experienced hikers. There are over 15 mountains to choose from around the area including Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado and the second highest peak in the contiguous 48 states.

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Golfing in Salida and Buena Vista

  Scenic Mountain Experiences Colorado features gorgeous outdoor golf courses, with views of snow-capped mountains and peaceful fields. There’s nothing like a round of golf

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Paddlefest in Buena Vista

Paddlefest in Buena Vista offers an amazing start to the summer in a picture-perfect mountain setting. Held over Memorial Day weekend, the event draws thousands

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Ghost Towns Near Salida

Many Colorado mountain towns got their starts thanks to the gold and silver mining booms of the mid- to late 1800s. However, these booms came

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Winter Driving Tips

Thanks to Salida’s mild climate and valley location, severe winter weather driving conditions happen infrequently. But, it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re

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Best Hot Springs in Salida Colorado and Chaffee County

Soak in a natural mineral hot springs pool after a day of skiing or hiking. The therapeutic hot springs near Creekside Chalet are the perfect way to end the day or even start it! The facilities are open throughout the day and early evening for the convenience of visitors to the Salida area all year. In fact, they are some of the most popular year-round attractions in Chaffee County and Salida, Colorado. 

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Fat Tire Biking in Salida

Have you tried fat tire biking in Salida? If not, you’re missing out! This winter sport has been growing in popularity as it gives mountain

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Quick Guide to Monarch Mountain

Known as “the biggest little mountain in Colorado,” Monarch Mountain is a great choice for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Monarch first-timers are probably

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