HEART of the Rockies Romantic Getaway

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Travel through Salida, Poncha Springs, Monarch and Nathrop to soak in toasty hot springs and adventure through some charming places.

Itinerary Tip
Backcountry Safety

Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top of mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.

Sustainability Activity
Help the Humane Society
The Ark-Valley Humane Society ensures the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care. 
 
Day
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Activity
Arkansas Hills Trail System

Stretch your legs and hike to the top of S-Mountain, where the biggest heart in the Rockies lights up every night.

Very important tacos at Boathouse Cantina in Salida Photo
Lunch
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…

Activity
Equine Retreat on the Farm

Plan ahead for this Moonstone Venture experience. You and your partner can spend some time building your relationship and making it even stronger on an equine retreat.

Dinner
216 Ferraro's

Specializing in fresh house-made pasta daily, including spaghetti, fettuccine, linguini, pappardelle, rigatoni and ravioli. Fresh Oysters & Daily…

Activity
The Biker & The Baker
Wine. Desserts. Beer. Cheese. Charcuterie. In historic downtown Salida.
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…
Day
2
Breakfast
Café Dawn

Cafe Dawn offers a delicious cup of coffee, great service and a relaxing space to read a book or meet up with friends. We are dedicated to…

Activity
Corvus Escape / Corvus Clothing and Curiosities

Corvus Escape, located in the "HEART OF THE ROCKIES", Salida, Colorado, is a 60 min multimedia, interactive, storytelling art fueled experience!…

Lunch
Little Red Hen Bakery

European-inspired breads that we bake daily in our conventional indoor ovens, as well as biscotti, granola, Scottish shortbread, scones, muffins,…

Activity
Browns Creek

Grab cross-country skis at Salida Mountain Sports because you are going on an adventure. Then strap 'em on and head to Nathrop to try out the trails at Browns Creek.

Dinner
Robin's
Robin's is one of the county's newer restaurants. Within the first month they had a following, with good reason!
Activity
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…
Day
3
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…

Activity
Monarch Snowmobile Tours & Rentals
Join Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rentals and ride where the snow is. We have guided tours of varied lengths through the snow-capped winter…
Lunch
Tony's Restaurant
American and Mexican food, simply prepared and a great value.
Activity
Mt. Princeton Riding Stables
Scenic rides along Chalk Creek and overlooking the spectacular Chalk Cliffs.
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…
Activity
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Enjoy a touch of luxury in these modern cozy log cabins. Rustic at heart, each cabin houses either a 1 or 2 bedroom layout, a loft with 2 queen…

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…