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.
Discover some wonderful events throughout the summer here in the Upper Arkansas Valley. Check websites for the latest information.
SALIDA | BUENA VISTA | LEADVILLE
Buena Vista CKS Paddlefest — ckspaddlefest.com
Salida Rotary Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival-Riverside Park — bluegrassonthearkansas.org
Salida Alpine Park — Saturdays 8-1
Buena Vista McPhelemy Park — Sundays 10-2
CRUELLA @ The Comanche Drive In Theatre — salidachamber.org/event/cruella-the-comanche/2021-06-03/
9 a.m. Turquoise Lake 20K — leadvillesportshall.com/turquoise-lake-20k
5th Annual Open Ranch Day @ Hallmark Ranch — salidachamber.org/salidaevents/2021-06/
8:30 a.m. Leadville National Fish Hatchery 5K — leadvillesportshall.com/fi sh-hatchery-5k
June 12-13 :
Buena Vista 100th Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo — buenavistacolorado.org
Salida Movies@Marvin (park) film events - Cars Movie — Walk-in, family-friendly movies in the outfield — salidachamber.org/event/movies-marvin-cars/
Salida 73rd Annual FibArk Races — fibark.com
8 a.m. Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half — Marathonleadvilleraceseries.com/run/trailmarathonheavyhalf
Salida ArtWalk — salidaartwalk.org
Salida Air Show — Harriet Alexander Field — salidachamber.org
July 4 Independence Day Celebrations
Buena Vista: buenavistacolorado.org
9 a.m. Leadville Firecracker 5K — runsignup.com/Race/CO/Leadville/LeadvilleFirecracker5K
Arkansas River overnight ‘Bluegrass Roustabout’ -— salidachamber.org/salidaevents/2021-07/
Buena Vista Mountain Mania Car Show — mountainmaniacarshow.com
Silver Rush 50 Run — leadvilleraceseries.com/run/silverrush50run
Silver Rush 50 Bike — leadvilleraceseries.com/mtb/silverrush50mtb
8th Annual Salida Arts Festival in Riverside Park — salidaartsfestival.com
July 24-Aug. 1:
Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo — salidachamber.org
Leadville Stage Race — leadvilleraceseries.com/mtb/leadville-stage-race
July 30-Aug 1:
Golden Rush Days at Buena Vista River Park — buenavistacolorado.org/events/gold-rush-days/
Aug. 1: Colorado Day
Buena Vista 48th Gold Rush Burro Races — buenavistacolorado.org
Leadville 73rd Boom Days Pack Burro Races — leadvillechamberusa.com
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 30th Annual Angel of Shavano Car Show — salidachamber.org/salidaevents/2021-08/
Salida Movies@Marvin (park) film events - Raya and the Last Dragon Movie — Walk-in, family-friendly movies in the outfield of Marvin Park - salidachamber.org/event/movies-marvin-raya-and-the-last-dragon/
Buena Vista Conti Trail Gem Show — bvrockshow.com
Leadville Trail 100 MTB — leadvilleraceseries.com/mtb/leadvilletrail100mtb
Salida SteamPlant JazzFest — salidasteamplant.com
Leadville 10K Run — leadvilleraceseries.com/run/leadville10krun
mid-August: Buena Vista King Boletus Mushroom Festival — buenavistaheritage.org
Leadville Trail 100 Run — leadvilleraceseries.com/run/leadvilletrail100run
Buena Vista Seven Peaks Music Festival — sevenpeaksfestival.com
Salida Fiber Festival (in-person and virtual festival) Riverside Park — salidafiberfestival.com
Salida Bike Fest — monarchcrestcrank.com
Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race - Saturday
Monarch Crest Crank - Sunday
Buena Vista 8th Annual Community Strong Dinner — bvstrong.com
Salida Studio Tour — salidastudiotour.com
OHV Fall Color Tour — buenavistacolorado.org
14erfest - Buena Vista — 14erfest.org
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Tenderfoot Grape Stomp — buenavistacolorado.org/events/tenderfoot-grape-stomp/
Salida 25th Annual Beer Brewers’ Rendezvous in Riverside Park — salidachamber.org
Nov. Thanksgiving Parade TBA
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holiday Sampler Craft Show at Chaffee County Fairgrounds — salidachamber.org/event/holiday-sampler-craft-show/
Christmas Opening at Buena Vista Community Center — buenavistacolorado.org/events/christmas-opening/
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