Although Salida was originally founded as a railroad town in the late 1800's, it has since transformed into an outdoor paradise, attracting visitors with its world class whitewater and proximity to the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Twelve peaks over 14,000 feet surround the valley, offering plenty of opportunities for camping and mountaineering while the valley below provides horseback riding, ATV'ing and more.
In town, Salida is best known for the artist community that has built up in recent decades. From annual events to museums and galleries, the art lover will find plenty to see. Additional cultural attractions include breweries, wineries, distilleries, hot springs and antique shops.
Nestled in the center of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Salida offers a dizzying array of outdoor adventure, a thriving art community, quirky shops and cafes in the bustling downtown, and a backdrop of stunning mountains. From kayaking and fishing the Arkansas River or hiking and skiing in the Collegiate Peaks to exploring local art galleries or shopping boutiques, Salida offers attractions for all types of visitors.