When a town of only about 5400 people has three microbreweries, you know something's up. The former railroad hub turned ranching community turned outdoor mecca is quintessential Colorado: mud-spattered pickup trucks cruise the streets alongside battered Subarus adorned with rooftop kayaks, and distant mighty peaks form postcard panoramas everywhere you look.
Blessed with one of the state's largest historic districts, Salida is not only an inviting spot to explore, it also has an unbeatable location, with the Arkansas River on one side and the intersection of two large mountain ranges on the other. The plan of attack here is to hike, bike or raft during the day, then come back to town to refuel with grilled buffalo ribs and a cold IPA at night.
And did we mention that the sun always shines here?