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Discover Weldon Creek

Discover the grandeur of Weldon Creek Boasting 63 perfectly appointed homesites with unobstructed mountain views, pinon pine forests, creekside trails and paved roads. Enjoy the serene setting and peace-of-mind living in an established gated community. Located in one of Colorado’s mildest alpine climates, just 10-miles to Salida’s charming & vibrant downtown or 15-minutes to the family-friendly Monarch Ski and Snowboard area. Weldon […]

Local Winery

Our local winery, Mountain Spirit Winery opened in 1995 and is a family-owned and operated boutique winery nestled in the high country of the Upper Arkansas River Valley. They produce premium wines on five acres of farmland with apple orchards and an old homestead, surrounded by 14,000-foot mountain vistas. Owners Terry and Michael Barkett, wine-maker and son-in-law […]

Salida Vandaveer Ranch Plan

The Salida Vandaveer Ranch has a plan.  The Salida Natural Resource Center Development Corp. board has a draft master plan for the Salida Vandaveer Ranch. The draft master plan includes a housing development of 191 lots on 57.87 acres, a large recreational area and space set aside for workforce housing on the 190.44 acre ranch. […]

Wolf in Chaffee County

In Mesa Antero, a Chaffee County subdivision,  residents reported possible wolf sightings this week. Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes the creatures are actually coyotes.  Both are canines and have a similar look and habits.  Further, there are no known wolf populations in Chaffee County.  Wolves were officially eradicated from the State in the early 1930s.  Wolves […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Colorado is home to two subspecies of wild turkey: the native Merriam’s and the Rio Grande, which was introduced to the state in 1980.  The Merriam’s wild turkey is primarily found in open meadows and in ponderosa, oak brush and pinion juniper stands in mountainous zones west of […]

Rules of the Road

The rules of the road for bikers and motorists are defined. A Western State Colorado University master’s program student is launching a campaign in Salida to encourage cyclist and drivers to learn the rules of the road.  This work fits into the nationwide program to “share the road.” Most bikeable roads in Salida are shared roads: Cyclists […]

Salida Teacher Nationally Recognized!

Salida Teacher, Kate Madden Nationally Recognized! ARLINGTON, Va.—October 26, 2015—The National Science Teachers Association, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, today announced that five out of the 30 science teachers chosen as Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows in the 2015-2016 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy are from Colorado. Selected from hundreds of applications nationwide, the Fellows will participate […]

Fall colors in Salida

The beautiful fall colors in Salida are are a gradual progression.  I will take a photo every few days to actually see the progression.  The first photo is from September 18, 2015. Today there is a hint of yellow on the trees but the Arkansas River is spectacular. Mt. Princeton is in background. Notice the […]

F Street Bridge Salida, Colorado

The Historic F Street Bridge Salida, Colorado was built in 1907-08 by the Pueblo Bridge Company from Pueblo, Colorado.  It is a two-span concrete arch bridge over Arkansas River on F Street. It is open to two-lane traffic with a turn around and parking area on the far side.  It is designed with two reinforced […]

Fall in the Rockies

Although the official start of fall is still several days away, colors are showing up in the Rockies.  I was surprised at the view of fall foliage from Salida, Colorado.  I stopped at Highway 50 and looked up to Methodist Mountain.  The hillside is spotted with vibrant autumn leaves. The autumn season in Chaffee County brings an explosion of […]