Introduction to Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado, in Chaffee county, is 66 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Salida History

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.

City Transportation

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.


Total Population 5,373
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,448
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $61,818
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 9 minutes
% Working from Home 11.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 20.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $710
Median House Value $248,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.9%
US/American 0%
English 16.4%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salida Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 66 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Chaffee
Standard Zip Codes 81201, 81237, 81251
P.O. Box Zip Codes 81227
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.534
Longitude -105.998

Salida Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALIDA
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 42 F
Apr Temp 27 to 58 F
Jul Temp 49 to 83 F
Oct Temp 28 to 63 F
Annual Precip 8.6 inches
Distance 32.1 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 34 F
Apr Temp 25 to 57 F
Jul Temp 47 to 80 F
Oct Temp 27 to 62 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 38.7 miles
Jan Temp -11 to 27 F
Apr Temp 13 to 45 F
Jul Temp 40 to 71 F
Oct Temp 23 to 53 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salida, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cleora (81201)

Maysville (81201)

Monarch (81227)

Ohio City (81237)

Parlin (81237)

Smeltertown (81201)

Swissvale (81201)

Turret (81201)

Wellsville (81201)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buena Vista 2,705 $57,269
Poncha Springs 1,172 $52,639

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salida Public Libraries

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"405 ""E"" STREET"
Salida, Colorado
(719) 539-4826
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