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Christmas Mountain

Move over, New York City. Salida’s got something even better – higher and brighter—than the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center. How about a 750 foot tall Christmas tree? Not just a tree either; it’s a whole Christmas Mountain. Locals say it’s the world’s largest Christmas tree with the magical power to transform Salida into […]

Colorado Farm to Table

Currently 1 in 7 People in Colorado struggle with hunger and it’s estimated that over 600,000 Coloradans don’t know where their next meal will come from. Founded in 1996,  career farmer Tony Madone, Jr., started a two acre garden plot in Salida, Colorado and donated all of the produce to the hungry. His commitment would […]

Duke the Loyal Dog

Salida’s legendary loyal Duke accounts the tale of a silky black curly-coated spaniel with drooping ears and a friendly face who, in the late-1800s, was locally renowned for greeting railroad passengers at the Salida rail yard. The Salida rail yard served travelers along the Rio Grande and Denver-bound train lines. Duke, also referred to as […]


Located at 135 F St., in the heart of downtown Salida, CO, people can see the “ghost sign” of a historic bakery. Along the red brick wall of the building, a classic western font in all capital letters reads: ENTERPRISE BAKERY. The origins of this bakery date back to the late 1880s. On December 7, […]

Chaffee County Courthouse

Chaffee County was established in 1879 and named for Jerome Chaffee, Colorado’s first United States Senator and local investor. The history of Chaffee County and the surrounding area is a rich mix of many influences, particularly cultural and economic forces. The area was originally settled by the Ute Indians, for whom many of the local […]

Harriet Alexander Field

One of the many often unsung amenities Salida, CO has to offer is our local airport Harriet Alexander Field.  It not only is currently home to 37 local aircraft but also provides services for our hospital, our Division of Wildlife, our local Forestry Commission, as well as numerous other public uses.  Harriet Alexander Field was […]

Salida’s Newest Tubing Hill

Monarch Ski & Snowboard area has added Salida’s newest tubing hill.  Monarch Mountain, a ski and snowboard area just outside of Salida, CO, has received the go ahead from the United States Forest Service. As a result Monarch created a 450’ snow tubing hill in the area below the Ramble On and Little Mo runs. “Over […]

Salida Water Fest

The third annual Salida Water Fest will be held on Aug. 25 in Salida and Aug. 26 in Buena Vista in conjunction with the Foodshed Alliance. The family-focused festival will include exhibits, fun activities and demonstrations related to various aspects of water use, including agricultural, municipal, environmental and recreational uses. Chelsey Nutter, projects manager for […]

Salida’s Brewers Rendezvous

  Salida‘s Brewers Rendezvous is set for Saturday, July 14 in Riverside Park.    VIP tasting starts at noon with general admission from 1:00 to 5:00.  Live music will be offered as well as more than 70 brewers.  This will be the 22nd year for the festival.  If you haven’t been to Salida‘s Brewers Rendezvous, […]

Observations of Salida

Jane and Wally Ewing  wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Mountain Mail on their observations of Salida.  We thought it was clever and right on point.  We are re-posting it here Dear Editor: For the post several years my husband and I have spent winter months in Salida. We settle into our children’s […]