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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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.
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.
President Obama stated that “Conservation is a truly American idea.” Like others before him, he wanted to stress the value of our public lands and waters so that future generations could appreciate and enjoy them. On Feb. 19, 2015, President Obama proclaimed Browns Canyon, a National Monument. Forever protecting the 21,586 acres of pristine canyons, …
Summer is here, which means wildflower season is finally coming into full bloom. And there’s no better place to see wildflowers than in their natural habitat — the wild. A two-hour drive from Colorado Springs and around three hours from Denver, Colorado, you’ll find yourself in Chaffee County, home to the quaint and vibrant community …
Head into the vast wonders of Colorado from the quintessential mountain town of Salida. This central Colorado destination is brimming over with the Rocky Mountain excursions every adventurer dreams of. For visitors of all ages, getting in a Jeep is one of the best ways to explore the area off the beaten path. You will …
Visitors to Creekside Chalets along US Highway 50 can’t help but notice just a stone’s throw to the east is the driveway of the Old Yellow Honk House. Guests at Creekside Chalets who are outside can sometimes hear the sounds of passing cars honking at the old house, and are left to wonder why they do it, and how it came to be so.
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?