Salida, which means exit in Spanish,
is actually an entrance to some of Colorado's highest country.
It's surrounded by a dozen of the state's 50-plus 'fourteeners',
or mountains that are more than 14,000 feet high.
Located in the Upper Arkansas River
Valley, Salida is below the Continental Divide. The Sawatch Mt.
Range to the Northwest, Sangre de Christo Mt. Range to the South,
and the Mosquito Mt. Range to the North provide a mild climate for
Salida known as the Banana Belt; creating ideal conditions for
year-round outdoor recreation.
is known for its hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking,
skiing, hot springs, fly fishing and much, much more!
The Arkansas River runs through
town, and is the site of the annual FibArk (First in Boating on
the Arkansas) Festival held here each summer. Kayaks and rafts are
common sights on the river. Other water attractions include the
local hot springs, which are housed in a public pool.