You will find Salida a wonderfully interesting “real” town, with warm down-to-earth people, beautiful mountain views, and a vast selection of activities. Step out your front door for a morning walk around the neighborhood, window shop along historic F Street, or go for a run along the river. Or, simply enjoy a cup of coffee on the back deck and enjoy the view. You may then want to head out for a full day of mountain or road biking, climbing, fishing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, or any one of a number of other outdoor activities. Alternatively, you may simply want to enjoy this delightful small town with a walk to one of Salida's favorite breakfast or lunch spots. Be sure to check out the remarkable variety of art galleries, antique stores, and other shops. At the end of the day, don't miss seeing the sun set over the mountains. Salida is called the Banana Belt, in honor of the 350 Days of sunshine per year, (there are not really any banana trees).
You have excellent dining choices within easy walking distance. Plus, Salida offers health food / organic shopping options in addition to “big box” grocery stores if you chose to cook and dine at home.
Don't miss the live music at Bongo Billy's Salida Café, Film at the Park during the summer, live events at the Steam Plant Theater, the local bars, bowling alley, and cinemas.
Salida's a one-stop light town so, prepare to leave your worries behind and enjoy a relaxing week in this quaint, down to earth little town.
Salida is located in the Upper Arkansas Valley in central Colorado. It is on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and bordered on the west by the Sawatch Mountain range. The town is situated along the Arkansas River, which flows to the southeast between the two mountain ranges.
The elevation in the town of Salida is just over 7,200 feet. However, it is surrounded by mountain ranges that reach over 14,000 feet on the highest peaks. It is home to some of the most spectacular views anywhere in the world. In fact, Chaffee county (where Salida is located) is often referred to as the “Fourteener” Region because it has the greatest number of mountain peaks of 14,000-foot or more than any other county in Colorado.
Temperatures in Salida are much milder than one would expect. In fact, it's been referred to as the “Banana Belt” of Colorado. The average high temperature for January is 49°F. July is the hottest month with daily average high temperatures of 77°F. Rarely does one experience temperatures over 90°F. Summer nights usually cool off into the 60's.
Annual rainfall in the valley is 10 to 12 inches and residents can anticipate 330 days of sunshine with humidity in the 20 to 30 percent range, making it comparable to places in the Southwest that are known for much warmer climates. Despite the limited average rainfall and sunny days at lower elevations, the valley is lush and beautiful as a result of the rainfall and the annual snowmelt from the surrounding mountains. While the average snowfall in town is 50 inches, the surrounding mountains and the Monarch ski area receive more - 400 inches or more!