Riverside Park

This park has it all. There's a bandshell with free concerts on Thursday nights in the summer at 6pm, picnic tables and good spots to sit by the river to fish or just watch the boaters pass by. A white-water park just up river from here is great for beginners and tubers.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby attractions

1. Salida Museum

1.32 MILES

The local history museum has a small selection of artifacts and old photos. It's staffed by volunteers and not always open.

2. Love Meadow

17.31 MILES

Once a pioneer homestead belonging to an impressive local woman, it's now a small wildlife sanctuary. There's no access – you can only view wildlife from…

3. Buena Vista Heritage Museum

22.44 MILES

Housed in the 1882 Chaffee County Courthouse, the museum focuses on railroad and mining exhibits (there's a great model railroad of the Arkansas River…

4. Buena Vista River Park

22.54 MILES

Take E Main St to its riverside conclusion and you'll find a park that sprawls for more than 2 miles along the Arkansas River. At its northern end are…

5. Cottonwood Lake

23.13 MILES

Tucked up against a stark, moonscape granite wall on one side and into a gorgeous, pine-dappled bowl on the other, this is one of the most picturesque…