Sense of community, good for kids, lots of outdoor recreation
Not an easy place to get to without a long drive.
A nice place to visit
The Royal Bridge is, in my opinion, one of the most overpriced tourist traps in Colorado. I wrote about it on my Canon City page. Granted, it is an impressive sight, and the longest, highest bridge west of the Mississippi and south of the Continental Divide, or some other meaningless accolade. But to pay a big chunk of money to walk across the...more
White water rafting is definitely a thrill. I'd done it once before in Denali, Alaska, and then decided to forego a second trip in Colorado some years ago. This time, the group was assembled and there was no turning back.We did a full day raft trip on a section of the Arkansas River that involved 21 rapids of Class III to Class V variety. For those...more
This year is the 60th Anniversary of FIBArk, the oldest and best river festival in the country. June 12 - 15. You don't have to be a rafter or kayaker to enjoy FIBArk although it's fun to watch them race and compete in freestyle events. There's free live music and dancing to name-brand bands in downtown Salida's Riverside Park. The most popular...more
Just north of Salida there are places where you can have some fun gold panning. The area is anywhere near the Twin Lakes region.There was a lot of dredging back in the gold mining days, and this is the area for panning. Just pull off the highway and get to work. Look on the down side of roots, boulders and crooks in the river direction.Prime areas...more
From June 24-26, Salida opens it's galleries to the masses. Over 40 galleries in downtown Salida. Great art in a friendly environment. Nationally known artists are ready to talk and describe their art and their inspiration. Each gallery also offers Free food and drink. Provided by local restaurants and catered, a unique feast while you shop. On the...more
545 W Rainbow Blvd, SALIDA, CO, 81201
Good for: Solo
The Super 8 Motel in Salida, Colorado, needs a complete overhaul. This motel is convenient to nearly...more
7310 W. US Hwy. 50, Salida, Colorado, 81201, United States
Good for: Business
This is a very local place with a friendly atmoshere. Perpetually understaffed, prepare to wait. Drinks depend on bartender, but are surprisingly small for the price, which rival front range prices (and often even pricier). Small and intimate but a beer garden outside in the warmer months. They'll even play some Dead for ya if you ask. Wings and...more
I've generally found Bensen's a better place for the beer then the food. In the summer, they have a beer garden set up outside, which is a very comfortable place to relax. They have a great beer selection and a full bar. They do serve food. They make homemade shrimp fritters, that were more hush-puppy-like and lacking in shrimp. They also serve a...more
Historic downtown Salida is located off hwy 291 away from the main drag of hwy 50. You don't even need to blink in order to miss it. You really have to know that its there. Highway 50 is known as the Loneliest Road in America for a reason. Dakota's is a small local place that serves great southwestern food. The menu is mostly steak and such, but...more
Salida had a surprising number of dining options for a town of its size, but we found ourselves at the Country Bounty on several different occasions. Terrific place for family dining, and it seemed the locals ate there, which is always a good indicator. Don't remember for sure, it's been a long time. Their web site sure makes it a point to talk...more
Bongo Billy's Salida Cafe is an awesome coffehouse/restaurant that was long overdo in salida. A great extensive health conscious menu coupled with a great coffe line-up. Salads and sandwiches, vegetarian delights, bakery goods in a beautiful setting. Performing arts every week is a nice cultural treat. Veggie Burger with a ceasar dressing....mmm...more
This is possibly one of my favorite bars in Colorado. Excellent bands most weekends, laidback but rambunctious crowd and sometimes even has a free hotdog buffet when the Broncos are playin. Can't agree with the earlier comment about Bongo Billy's though. They're just down the street and have incredible national acts almost weekly in a room only a...more
This is usually the only place in Salida that has live music, unless you want to pay a million dollars to see hippies at Bongo Billy's. Victoria Tavern has a great history. I believe it was built around 1900 and it used to be a meat market or something like that. Most of the bands play classic rock, blues, and some modern influences. Oh, please go...more
66 Reviews and Opinions
If your traveling between Salida and Buena Vista Colorado beware.
US Highway 285 between Johnson Village (at the junction of US 24 and US 285 just south of buena vista) and Poncha Springs (the junction of US 285 and US 50) is one big speed trap.
More cops per mile than just about anywhere in the state.
Locals call this stretch "the gauntlet."
The speed limits vary unexpectedly. Pay attention, don't speed and have a great visit.
Saint Elmo should probably be listed under a Buena Vista, Colorado, page as it is closer to that town than Salida. We visited Saint Elmo as a side trip from Salida, however.There are 24 original buildings, including a store, saloon, courthouse and jail, and private homes. Only 8 people now live in this once-thriving little village. The general...more
West of Salida on Highway 59 is Monarch Pass. At this point - also the continental divide, the road's elevation is 11,312 feet. Your automobile had better be in good working order to tackle the grades and elevations on this stretch of highway. And, a word of caution, be prepared to have your brakes worked on after driving over highways like this.more
I enjoyed the opportunity to play a couple of relaxing rounds of golf at the municipal course, and my entire family enjoyed horse riding in the mountains while in the area. The daughters swam in the thermally heated city pool, as well.
There are other activities in the area that we did not take part in, but would have liked to - especially rafting on the Arkansas River. Mountain climbing, hiking, fishing and camping are popular as well.
I enjoyed the mountain scenery located all around the Salida area. From the front of our cabin we could see Shavano Peak and the Angel of Shavano. The rocky stream in this picture was just feet from the back door of our cabin, and the wildflowers were in full bloom.more