Salida: Small Mountain Town With It All

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Salida, which means exit in Spanish, is actually an entrance to some of Colorado's highest country. It's surrounded by a dozen of the state's 58 fourteeners and an excellent launchpad for adventure and creative pursuits. (It should also be noted that perhaps "exit" is appropriate because it's where the Arkansas River exits the earth and begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.)

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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Spruce Ridge Llamas Adventure Treks
Professionally guided day trips, fall-foliage treks, llama/rafting packages.
Lunch
Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub
A community center need only serve great pizza. We take pride in the freshness of our dough and veggies. Our dough was made today. It wasn't made…
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Hike or Mountain Bike Little Rainbow Trail

The 4.7-mile Rainbow Trail is one of Salida's most popular and part of the Methodist Mountain Train system south of town.

Dinner
The Fritz
Gastro-Pub? Americana Bistro? Global Cafe? Call it what you want, we call it delicious, and hopefully you will too. Sandwiches by day, Small and…
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Soulcraft Brewing
Soulcraft Brewing is a production craft brewery with onsite food container, beer garden and tasting room with 16 taps located in Salida, Colorado…
Lodging
The Manhattan Hotel
The Manhattan Hotel offers the only boutique hotel on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River. Located in the heart of downtown Salida, you are…
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Breakfast
Brown Dog Coffee
There is a location in the northern end of the county and another in the southern end, with good reason. Brown Dog has excellent breakfast…
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Salida Creative District
Arkansas-Riverside Salida was named one of Outside Magazine's Top 10 Best Small Towns in 2009, and since then it's become even better! Its…
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Boathouse Cantina
We serve fresh, organic and local produce and there is no doubt that you can taste the difference! Sit next to the river and sip on one of our…
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Mountain Bike the S Mountain Trail System

S Mountain is one of the most convenient and most beautiful activities in town. Lying only a couple hundred yards within downtown, bikers and hikers can be on the trails in a matter of minutes.

Dinner
Taco Del Gnar Salida
Passion will be tasted in every bite. The “tattoo shop” atmosphere, the hand-crafted margaritas, and muse-inspired daily creations guarantee good…
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Wood's High Mountain Distillery
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery offers hand-crafted distilled spirits made from local ingredients and pure mountain water. Tastings, tours and…
Lodging
Woodland Motel
Best rates/AAA 2 Diamonds. Pets stay free! Singles to condos. High-speed. Spa. HBO. Closest motel to heart of Salida. Locally owned. Take virtual…
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Breakfast
Mo Burrito
Burritos, bowls, tacos, salads, nachos, quesadillas and much more, with tasty extras like spice-ranch pickled onions, handmade salsa and more.
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Independent Whitewater
Welcome aboard to your next rafting adventure! Independent Whitewater is a…
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Currents Restaurant
Currents is the place to be for steak and seafood. We offer something for every budget and taste; from steak and crab cakes to fried chicken and…
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Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals
Travel to the high mountain lakes or traverse passes high above timberline. Step back in history to the remote mining camps of the 1800s. Rumble…
Dinner
High Side Bar & Grill
Atmosphere and good eats. Nothing more to say, except the view of the river will keep you coming back!
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Vino Salida
Our Colorado wines are crafted in small batches from Colorado grapes and local honey. Tours and tastings are always available.
Lodging
Browns Canyon Inn
Pet friendly hotel in beautiful Salida, Colorado. Ranked #1 in Travelocity hotel reviews.