Many options and abilities are available. Spring, Wildflowers, and Fall Colors too!
Raft, kayak/ducky or SUP on the Arkansas River or practice on a near by lake.
The Arkansas River is known for its white water rafting. If you want to learn or just ride along, there is a list of companies through the link below.
If you're an experienced boater, a river map is in the safety brochure (link again).
A variety of Nordic/snow shoe trails run through out the valley. The Winter Guide below outlines some trails.
Less than two miles from here is a nice old railroad grade to tour, off of CR290.
Or ride the lifts at Monarch Ski Area (approximately 45 minutes).
Salida and Buena Vista are rich in history. The link below takes you to a guide full of information.
St. Elmo ghost town is just up County Road 162.
Chaffee County has become quite known for its variety of Mountain Biking. Many bike shops and rentals are available in town.
Below is the local Mountain Mail's Cycling Guide that details trails from Leadville to Monarch and beyond.
There's plenty of fishing...
along the tributary creeks, high mountain lakes, or the along the Arkansas River, you're sure to find a spot.
Fishing regulations, locations, and information can be found linking to Colorado Parks and Wildlife below.
*****CHECK FOR CANCELATIONS THIS YEAR**** This is mostly an annual list of events.
APRIL - Chaffee County Home & Garden Show, Monarch Ski Area closing events, Buena Vista Mountain Bike Race
MAY - Total Wellness Retreat, Salida Mountain Bike Race, CKS Paddle Fest, Bluegrass on the Arkansas, Spirit Trail Run, Campout for the Cause Music Festival
JUNE - Ride the Rockies, FIBArk, Salida Art Walk
JULY - Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, Independent 5K, Salida Air Show, 24th Annual Brewers Rendezvous, Fine Arts Festival, Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo
AUGUST - Angel of Shavano Car Show, Contin-tail Gem & Mineral Show, River On the River Music Festival, Salida Jazz Fest, King Boletus Mushroom Festival
SEPTEMBER - Dierks Bently Seven Peaks Music Festival, Salida Fiber Fest, Winefest, Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, Salida Bike Fest, Monarch Crest Crank, 14er Fest, Salida Studio Tour, Sleeping Indian Hill Climb
OCTOBER - Salida Heritage Days, Pumpkin Patch, Total Wellness Retreat, Nightmare at Turner Farm
NOVEMBER - Xi Mu Christmas Fair, Christmas Mountain Lighting & Parade of Lights
DECEMBER - Christmas Opening & Parade of Lights, Holiday Fest Salida, Monarch Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
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