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Recognition for Salida

Yet more recognition for Salida.  Within the last month, our quaint little town of Salida has been recognized by several national publications.

Vogue Magazine, known for its coverage of fashion culture, published the list Dec. 29 on its website.

 Salida heads up the article “From Florida to Idaho: 9 U.S. Destinations to Visit in 2018.”  The towns on the list are described as “quickly rising in popularity among today’s jet set.”  The article mentions the area’s concentration of fourteeners, hiking and biking trails, hot springs and skiing and dogsledding opportunities. Among the local businesses mentioned are Amigo Motor Lodge, Howl Mercantile and Coffee, Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop, The Biker & The Baker and Soulcraft Brewing.

Vogue also named Amigo Lodge in their article “The Return of the American Roadside Lodge.”  Vogue recognizes Salida and the surrounding area by saying “[i]f you’re looking for outdoor adventures, whitewater rafting is a short drive from this 16-room hotel.

In another recent mention, Salida was listed as’s Viewfinder Travel Blog pick for Colorado in their “Best Place to Escape in Each State” feature posted January 3.  The article lists local features like skiing Monarch, Salida ArtWalk and Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center as being draws to the area.


Sunset Magazine names Salida as “Best Small Towns to Live in.”  “Picture a hamlet tucked high in the Rocky Mountains on the banks of the Arkansas River, about three hours southwest of Denver. Art galleries line the streets. The mayor uses local juniper berries for his distillery’s gin. And every year, athletes from all over gather for the nation’s oldest whitewater river festival (FIBArk). Think Northern Exposure, but farther south. That’s Salida, a one zip-code town that was nearly abandoned back when molybdenum mining dried up—that is, until people realized they could buy a Victorian for a steal, and artists could spend their time creating instead of working an office job.

In 2012, Salida was one of the first towns to become a designated Colorado Certified Creative District, a grant that helped lure even more residents and investment. The reopening of a mine about an hour away further helped the economy in 2012, though by then Salida was already on many an art- and nature-lover’s map for its kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. When Mumford & Sons came through in 2015 on their localist Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Festivals tour, even more Coloradans (and YouTube watchers) were introduced to Salida’s charms. And in 2017, Salida chucked a bit of its down-home funkiness for a more futuristic project—a new tiny-home development called River View at Cleora, which is slated for 200 tiny homes on or near the river. ”


Deonne Policky

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