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Historic Caboose relocated to Downtown Salida

Historic 0576 caboose was relocated to the cul-de-sac at the north end of “F” Street in downtown Salida. The move of the caboose to the railroad yards was a homecoming in a sense because that is where it started out in 1886. According to railroad buff Jim Miller, Salida, this caboose and its sister caboose, […]

Salida Christmas 1806

The first Christmas celebration in Colorado happened in 1806, a few miles north of Salida, near the mouth of Brown’s Canyon. Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike and his 15 soldiers had reason to celebrate. They were in the highest valley of the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter, and their last food had been a turkey […]

Ghost town of St. Elmo

A visit to Chaffee County isn’t complete without a stop in the Ghost Town of St. Elmo.  Originally named Forest City but was later changed because of the multitude of towns with the same name. The name St. Elmo was chosen by Griffith Evans, one of the founding fathers, who was reading a novel with the […]

Browns Canyon

Brown’s Canyon as a National Monument? There was a standing-room-only gathering of more than 500 people at the Salida SteamPlant hosted by Colorado U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. Joining the panel of dignitaries gauging support for the proposal were U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell and Steve Ellis, the second-in-command at the U.S. […]

Salida Christmas Mountain

Salida is home to Christmas Mountain. Most of the year, Tenderfoot Mountain is adorned with a giant lighted “S” for Salida, and a large red heart, a nod to the town’s nickname “Heart of the Rockies.” Come Christmastime, however, those symbols share the hillside with thousands of festive lights in the shape of what locals […]

Huts and yurts provide winter experience

Huts and yurts are favorite ways to visit the backcountry.  The 10th Mountain Division Huts manages 34 backcountry huts. They range from cabins located within a few miles of a trailhead to backcountry shelters that are many miles from any other signs of civilization. Huts are reached by backcountry skiing, and intermediate to advance skills […]

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center has re-0pened after undergoing two months of renovations.    The Aquatic Center offers a large 25-meter pool at 84-86 degrees, private soaking pools and a smaller, hotter soaking and play pool. The Aquatic Center uses natural hot springs water that comes into the pools at 114 degrees. Regular admission is […]

Historic Salida

Salida is home to the largest “Historic District” in the State of Colorado. Historic Salida has been preserved beautifully.  The following photos are of Salida’s downtown area. Salida Downtown Historic District is Bounded by Arkansas River, former narrow gauge railroad right-of-way, 3rd & D Sts., National Register 6/14/1984, 5CF.406                   […]

Salida Spartan Football

The Upper Arkansas Valley rivalry between the Salida Spartan and Buena Vista Demon Football is continuing on Friday night.  Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a tailgate dinner from 5:00 to 6:30. The menu is pulled pork sandwich, chips and a drink for $7.00.  Can’t attend?  You are in luck, the game will be broadcast […]

Shoulder Season in the Upper Arkansas River Valley

  The Upper Arkansas River Valley has received a significant snow storm before mid-October.  The grass is still green and the trees are changing in town, but woke up to snow covered peaks on Saturday.  Even had a few flakes in town over the weekend.  The shoulder season in Chaffee County is full of activities. We […]