Warm, Wintry & Wonder-Filled Salida

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Spend a little extra time and explore laid-back Salida, and the neighboring towns of Buena Vista and Poncha Springs, this winter. 

Sustainability Activity
Volunteer with GARNA

Join forces with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association as an Upper Arkansas Wilderness volunteer!

Insider's Tip
Watch the Weather

Don't be surprised if you need flip-flops and shorts in the middle of winter. Chaffee County's Banana Belt climate lends itself to allow skiing in the morning and boating in the afternoon. Check the NOAA weather predictions and check the area's trail conditions.

Day
1
Gliding through the forest Photo
Activity
Monarch Dog Sled Rides

We offer thrilling dog sled rides through the beautiful San Isabel National Forest. Tours can last from 1.25 hours to 3 hours. Come learn about…

Lunch
Sprockets
We serve gourmet burgers, an assortment of mouth-watering appetizers, and other great dishes for you to enjoy alongside your beer.
Activity
Fattees
We are Salida's premier T-shirt shop and screenprinting service, and purveyors of unique and interesting garments worn around the world! Buy online…
Dinner
Los Girasoles

Los Girasoles dishes up delicious Tex Mex and the very best sopapillas - just sayin'.

Activity
Benson's Tavern & Beer
Beer garden, live music, salads, sandwiches, house favorites and more.
Lodging
Circle R Motel

Retro-inspired motel with remodeled rooms. Check out our great reviews! Relax in our hot tub. Dog friendly rooms available, centrally located,…

Day
2
Breakfast
Tacos El Tapatio

Full-service restaurant in downtown Salida. Enchiladas, burritos, combo plates, street tacos and much more.

Activity
Monarch Mountain

Abundant natural snow, great terrain and an easy-going, friendly vibe. Monarch is perfect for families; all runs flow back to a single base lodge…

Lunch
Elmo's Bar at Monarch Mountain
Elmo’s Bar is a full-service watering hole serving up tamales, stadium-style nachos, cocktails, beer and, of course, our house-made bloody marys…
Activity
Rent a Fat Bike

Try something new! Rent a fat bike from SubCulture Cyclery. Take it around town, on Salida Mountain Trails and then take it up to the snow!

Dinner
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…

Activity
Fun Street Family Arcade
Come play your favorite classic arcade games as well as pool, shuffleboard, air hockey and so much more.
Lodging
Circle R Motel

Retro-inspired motel with remodeled rooms. Check out our great reviews! Relax in our hot tub. Dog friendly rooms available, centrally located,…

Day
3
Breakfast
Alba Bakery & Coffee

Fresh, handmade pastries, classic treats, breads of many styles, single-bean coffee, espresso drinks, and blended beverages.

Activity
More Biking!

Absolute Bikes has the most updated trail conditions in our valley. Check them out with the link above. Take out a fat bike and hit the trails up on Monarch Pass!

Lunch
The Hunger Trailer at Poncha Lodge
Poncha Springs has barbecue and tater tots. And this barbecue is the real thing. Go get some after your big work out.
Activity
Vino Salida

Our Colorado wines are crafted in small batches from Colorado grapes and local honey. Tours and tastings are always available.

Dinner
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…

Activity
Chill
Come taste the best ice cream in Colorado! Slow-churned Colorado goodness. Enjoy all of the classic flavors, but be ready to try a few featured…
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
4
Breakfast
High Rockies Cuisine
Locally sourced breakfast food truck in front of Sacred Grounds Coffee in Salida!
Activity
Take a Drive

Drive over Poncha Pass toward the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Lunch
It's Sweetie's Time!

Enjoy your takeout from Sweetie's at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Activity
Take a Hike!

Explore the Methodist Mountain Trail System. If there's snow on the ground, just grab some Yaktrax at Salida Mountain Sports.

Insider's Tip
Plan for Lunch

Stop at Sweetie's and grab sandwiches and goodies for a picnic lunch.

Dinner
Wallbangers Sports Bar & Grill

Salida's favorite place to catch the game and enjoy a fresh meal. With a menu of classic comfort food like smoked wings, burgers, chicken-fried…

Activity
Salida Walking Tours

Ghost Tours, Private Tours, History Tours, Brewery Tours, & Audio Tours. ​Looking for things to do in Salida? How about chasing ghosts?…
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
5
Breakfast
Bunny and Clyde's Corner Café and Market
Open every day for breakfast, lunch and the best coffee! Indian lunch specials noon-4pm.
Activity
Drive to Buena Vista

Drive down north to Chaffee County and visit Buena Vista. You won't want to miss their historic downtown, nor their newest part of town at the South Mall.

Lunch
Biggies Subs & More
While we are best known for our steak and cheese hoagie, we also serve reubens, gyros, salads, cold subs and a wide selection of fried foods. Try one…
Activity
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

Come soak in Colorado's purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the springs…

Dinner
Shallots
Upscale casual dining with an evolving menu and artisan cocktails in beautiful downtown Salida, Colorado
Activity
Split Happens Bowling Center
A well-established bowling alley, bowling center, full-service bar and lounge, and much more.
Lodging
Surf Hotel & Chateau
Welcome to the Surf Hotel, a boutique hotel in the adventure town of Buena Vista. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and…