Introduction to Salida, Colorado
Salida, Colorado, in Chaffee county, is 66 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city has a population of 5,504.
The city of Salida, the county seat of Chaffee County, was originally established in 1880, as a railroad town. It served as an important link in the Rio Grande and Denver Railroad, but the railroad began to pull back its operations in the community after World War II. Between the 1950s and 1970s, most of Salida's residents worked at the Climax Molybdenum Company, which required commuting north to Leadville. The area is home to the FIBArk kayak race, which takes place annually, and is one of North America’s most prestigious and oldest whitewater races. The city derives its name from a Spanish term, which means ‘exit’.
Salida and nearby Attractions
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
- American Numismatic Money Museum
- Spinney Mountain State Park
- Healy House & Dexter Cabin
- Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
- Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum
Things To Do In City
While in Salida one can visit the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Salida Skate Park, the Salida Art Walk, and Chisholm Park. The museums located nearby include the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum, the Leadville Heritage Museum, and the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame. The golf enthusiasts can visit the Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, a well equipped course. The city hosts festivals such as FIBArk and Artwalk every year during June.
Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airport is located nearby.
City Higher Education
Higher studies can be pursued at Western State College Colorado, Red Rocks Community College, and Adams State College.