Welcome to Salida

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?

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$143.34 Outdoor Activities

Park and Paddle Package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Noah's Ark Colorado Rafting & Aerial Adventure ParkJust south of Buena Vista, Colorado and north of Salida, Colorado23910 US Highway 285Buena Vista, CO 81211(719) 395-2158Duration: 7 hours

$106.46 Water Sports

Full Day Browns Canyon Rafting

The meeting point is located just south of Buena Vista, and north of Salida. Check in at 8:45AM with Noah's Ark's talented and friendly staff! Your rafting trip leader will talk you through what to wear, where to be and what to expect. After your “TL” gives you a whitewater rafting safety talk, life jackets, helmets and a guide, you will hop on the river, paddle some of Colorado's best class III and III+ whitewater, and eat lunch in the Browns Canyon National Monument! A bus will pick you up 16 miles downstream and bring you back to the original departure point, where you will dry off and head out!

$143.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Park and Paddle Package

The Browns Canyon Adventure Park and Noah's Ark share an 11 acre property on the banks of the Arkansas River. Our headquarters is located just south of Buena Vista, and north of Salida. Check in at 9AM with the Browns Canyon Adventure Park's talented and friendly facilitators! They’ll give you all necessary equipment, and information. Harness up and hang out on the course for 2.5 hours! Take a break from the action to enjoy a delicious lunch and then check in (12:45pm) for your afternoon Browns Canyon rafting trip. Your rafting trip leader will talk  you through what to wear, where to be and what to expect. After your “TL” gives you a whitewater rafting safety talk, life jackets, helmets and a guide, you will hop on the river for a few hours! A bus will pick you up 10 miles downstream and bring you back to Noah's Ark, where you will dry off and head out!  

$3060 Cultural & Theme Tours

Colorado Mountain Crests & Craft Brews

DAY 1: Mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist.DAY 2: Catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighborhoods and hidden gems of the Mile-High city. In the brewery district of River North tour some of the 45 breweries located in this capital city. Travel to Aspen along highways that are lined with jagged cliffs, winding roads over high-alpine passes and switchback turns with views that will keep your camera snapping. Take a casual 12 block stroll through historic downtown Aspen to get acquainted.  DAY 3:  Enjoy a leisurely morning hike through the Maroon Bells Wilderness. Or, beginners as well as experienced rafters can raft the Upper Roaring Fork. This section of river features beautiful scenery and wildlife. Meet in the afternoon for tastings at Aspen Brewing Company.DAY 4: Travel through McClure Pass, one of Colorado's most scenic byways. A trip on the West Elk Loop passes through national forestland, wilderness preserves, state and national parks. Upon arrival in Telluride explore the town on foot. Finish the tour at Telluride Brewing Company to quench your thirst with beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world.DAY 5: Travel along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, and Silverton. Much of Silverton is considered a National Historic Landmark and is the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 3-ft. narrow gauge heritage railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882. We’ll ride the historic railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango.DAY 6: Visit Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archaeological preserve in the US. Explore cave dwellings inhabited by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Back in Durango visit one of the oldest craft breweries in the state. DAY 7: Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping in route in Salida, a quaint, western style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries. Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Colorado’s Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over. An included final night pairings dinner will feature Colorado Springs’ internationally diverse cuisine and big tastes from small, local beer companies. DAY 8: Visit the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. Old brick buildings along the main streets will take us right back to the Old West. Tour 1,000 feet below ground to learn about the workings of the 1890s hard rock gold miner.  

$75 Water Sports

Whitewater Inflatable Kayak Trip - Salida Town Run Half Day

This adventure meets at Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center. Our Outpost is located in Buena Vista, CO right on the banks of the Arkansas River, where you will meet your ACA certified instructor/guide and get geared up for the river. We provide each guest with a PFD and helmet. You also have the option of wearing a wetsuit, neoprene boots, and splash top, which we include free of charge! We will load up in a van and shuttle to the put-in. Then you'll be paddling your own inflatable kayak downstream 6 miles on the Arkansas River through some mellow whitewater and a few Class II rapids. You will end your river trip at the town of Salida, where we will have a shuttle waiting to bring you and your guide back to the outpost. Not only does this stretch of river give you a good introduction to paddling your own kayak through whitewater, but you will also get to take in the views of the surrounding mountains. Minimum age is 6 years old, with a parent present.