Salida, the Heart of the Rockies, is a small town with great opportunities for shopping, dining, and enjoying Colorado’s natural beauty. It is also the perfect spot for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway this year at Creekside Chalets in Salida. The chalets offer private hot tubs just steps from your back door where mom can relax next the creek that flows through the property. A weekend in Salida is exactly what Mom needs this year.

Hot Springs

Mount Princeton Hot Springs is about a 30-minute drive north of Salida to Nathrop. The springs include outdoor pools on Chalk Creek along with a waterfall, waterslide, and other soaking pools. This facility has a spa with massages, facials, and body wraps among other rejuvenating treatments. A spa day is a Mother’s Day gift that will be much appreciated.

This area of the Rockies is alive with geothermal springs including Cottonwood Hot Springs, Joyful Journey, and clothing-optional Valley View Springs. Several geothermal springs are open in the evening for people who want to enjoy the natural hot water while stargazing.

If you are seeking an afternoon of relaxation, check out the Salida Springs Aquatic Center about 10 minutes from the Chalets. The unscented mineral water is piped into the largest indoor hot springs pool in the country and is open seven days a week.

The 25-meter pool is open to the public and maintained at a temperature of 84-86 degrees Fahrenheit while a smaller pool stays around 100 degrees. This spa facility also has private pools, and the temperature can be adjusted to your comfort in these pools. Advanced reservations are required.

Wine Tasting

Colorado isn’t just for beer lovers. Wine enthusiasts can rejoice in the many vineyards in the area for Mother’s Day, including the Vino Salida Wine Cellars in nearby Poncha Springs. This unique hand-crafted winery also produces mead, a wine made from honey. A barrel tour of the winery covers the full production facility for crafting wine from the grapes and the fermentation process for their local mead. Guests have a chance to taste wine and mead directly from the barrels before the products are bottled.

The Mountain Spirit Winery in Saldia is a boutique winery that produces distinctive grape and fruit blends. The Cherry Apple Blush wine is made with apples grown right on the grounds. They also offer other unique combinations such as the BlackBerry Cabernet Franc, Angle Blush, and Mountain Zin. Other products include dessert wines flavored with apricots, blackberries, and apples.

Wine tasting is complimentary, and gift baskets are available in the wine shop. Mountain Spirit is a family-owned winery in the upper Arkansas River Valley that creates a series of unique wines sold only through mail order or at the winery.

Outdoor Adventure

The spring season is the best opportunity for enjoying all of the outdoor activities Salida has to offer. From hiking and mountain biking to horseback riding and fishing there is something for your mom to enjoy this spring.

Mountain bike riders and hikers can access the Arkansas Hills Trail System from downtown Salida. Trail maps are available for this series of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Guided tours and a bike shuttle service are also offered for the trail system. Be sure to dress for all weather conditions and bring water.

Horseback riding tours are a unique way to explore the Rockies with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. The riding trails lead along the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Looking to spend some time on the water? Fish or ride the rapids on the Arkansas River. Whole or half day whitewater rafting tours are offered  at Independent Whitewater.Raft through the beautiful Brown’s Canyon National Monument or enjoy a relaxing family float through downtown Salida. Fishing for brown trout and other species is available at different marked sites along the river.

There are plenty of opportunities for more adventurous moms too! ATVs and Jeeps are available for rent for your own exploration or guided backcountry tours. Check out the views of impressive 14,000-foot mountain peaks from at Captain Zipline Adventure Park. Zip along cables, reaching speeds up to 40 mph, and soar over the canyon floor some 100-200 feet below!

Dining and Shopping

Local favorites in Downtown Salida, CO.

Highway 50 runs east and west through Salida with a variety of restaurants and shops along the road. You will find restaurants offering steaks and seafood to Southeast Asian and Mexican cuisine. Enjoy barbecue, pancakes, sandwiches, and microbrew at the town’s favorite eateries. Several restaurants offer a special Mother’s Day brunch, an excellent way to finish the weekend.

Shopping in Salida includes apparel boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Make sure to stop by Opal Boutique! It is an amazing place for clothing, jewelry and self care items downtown where mom is sure to find something she likes.The art galleries feature unique pottery, sculpture, and jewelry as well as paintings from the local artists. The Bungled Jungle and Curioddity are two of several galleries that feature original gift items along with eclectic art.

Make sure to take a stroll through the historic Steam Plant and Event Center downtown on the river to see art displays and the Strawn/Grether Sculpture Garden. The center features a plaza, theater, meeting rooms, and convention space.

Give your mom the perfect weekend this year in Salida, Colorado. Mom will have such a great time, Dad will want to come back next month to celebrate Father’s Day at the FIBArk Festival. Reservations are available now at Creekside Chalets for this popular event June 13-16.  Salida, only a two-hour drive from Colorado Springs and three hours from Denver, has so much to offer in natural beauty and activities throughout the year.

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