Family-Friendly Activities

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.

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.”

Wildlife Watching in the Arkansas Valley

The Arkansas Valley in Colorado is a wonderful destination for wildlife enthusiasts as it’s home to dozens of different types of animals, from birds and amphibians to mammals and reptiles. Visitors who are interested in doing some wildlife watching while they’re in Salida or Buena Vista likely won’t have to go too far to see …

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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.