Summer Activities

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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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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.

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Dog-Friendly Activities in Salida and Chaffee County

Dog lovers agree: life is simply better with your four legged friend along for the ride. At Creekside Chalet, pets are welcome at all of our cabins and campsites. Our property’s paths and creekside location make it the perfect place to walk and hang with your furry buddies. Plus, the Colorado mountains are a puppy paradise!  Salida is an incredibly dog friendly town and there are so many ways to have fun with your pooch in Chaffee County.

River Surfing in Salida, Colorado 

When you think of surfing, you probably think of beach towns and ocean waves. But the new sport of river surfing is taking off, and Salida, Colorado is at the heart of it all. With the Arkansas River running right through this picturesque valley, Salida, Buena Vista, and Chaffee County are the perfect spots to try out this up-and-coming adventure sport. 

Best Lakes in Salida on Monarch Pass

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. 

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.