Fall Activities

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Classic Thru Hikes and Day Hikes in Salida, Colorado 

For so many of us, summer in Colorado means hitting the trail, whether it’s on a day hike, backpacking adventure or mountain bike ride. Getting into the high country is not only beautiful, it’s also a great way to beat the heat of cities and lower elevations. The trail systems that run across our state …

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Beautiful and Historic Peaks in Chaffee County, Colorado 

If you’re interested in knowing more about the history of the Arkansas River valley, just look around. Not only are the mountains surrounding Chaffee County and Monarch Pass beautiful, their names also tell the story of the people and times that came before us. Peaks like Mt. Ouray, Mt. Chipeta, and Mt. Shavano, among others, …

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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 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.

Horseback Riding in Chaffee County, Colorado

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.