With quite a few 14,000-foot peaks (Colorado's famous "14ers") in the Collegiate mountain range north — many of them named for famous universities — and the Sangre de Cristos south as its welcoming backdrops and the Arkansas River running through it, Salida is an ideal stop for outdoors enthusiasts. But this culturally hip town also attracts the arts community, with a plethora of galleries and shops focused on locally made crafts.
- Kyle Wagner
- Produced By:
- Dane Strom
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- April 26th at 02:34 p.m.
- Last Updated:
- May 21st at 02:42 p.m.
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Salida SteamPlant Theater is part gallery, part theater, part community forum, with several productions staged throughout the summer.
Laughing Ladies Restaurant serves upscale, Southwestern-inspired, contemporary fare for lunch and dinner (and Sunday brunch) in an urban chic setting (exposed brick, hardwood floors, white linens).
Absolute Bikes is the place to go to rent one for some serious climbing in the nearby hills (hardcore? head to the Monarch Crest Trail up by the Monarch Ski Resort for killer views). The staff will set you up on a sweet ride and point you toward the sweet singletrack.
ArkAnglers will take you fishing for brown trout in the Arkansas, where the canyons keep the population dense and fat, not to mention tougher to find, so a guide can be helpful. Try to give them a week's notice.
The Tudor Rose is a little more of a drive outside of town but offers stunning views of the Mosquito Range and sits on 37 acres of forest. With 64 Victorian-style rooms in a secluded mountain inn, this is one grand getaway.