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Salida is located in Chaffee County on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. Chaffee County is bordered on the west by the Sawatch Range, including the 14,000-foot Continental Divide and on the east by the Mosquito Range, which descends toward the south. The beautiful Arkansas River flows toward the southeast, between the two mountain ranges. This area has more 14,000-foot mountain peaks than any other in the state, and is often referred to as the "Fourteener Region." The town of Salida is the crossroads for three interstate highways, U.S. 24, 50 and 285, and it is approximately 130 miles to Denver and 100 miles from Colorado Springs. Called the "sweetly unpretentious town of Salida," by Outside Magazine in 2004, it was named one of the magazine's "20 Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts (& Sweet Land Deals.)" Attractions in town include a number of art galleries and unique shops and a historical museum. Salida is also home to Colorado's largest indoor hot springs pool, a year-round facility that offers aquatic recreation and relaxation in natural, hot mineral waters. Other recreational activities include skiing at the nearby Monarch Mountain ski area, hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fly-fishing, golf and much more.

Surrounding areas: Monarch, Colorado (17.1 mi), Buena Vista, Colorado (22.4 mi), Hartsel, Colorado (35.4 mi), Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir, Colorado (37.6 mi), Westcliffe, Colorado (40.0 mi)

Salida Vacation Rentals

Salida Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn315 E Rainbow-us Hwy 50Salida, CO (719) 539-5000
Econo Lodge1310 E Hwy 50Salida, CO (719) 539-2895
Holiday Inn Express7400 W US Hwy 50Salida, CO (719) 539-8500
Rainbow Inn105 E Hwy 50Salida, CO (719) 539-4444
Salida Super 8525 W Rainbow BlvdSalida, CO (719) 539-6689
Woodland Motel And Residence Inn903 W 1STSalida, CO (719) 539-4980
Lazy J Resort & Rafting Company Inc16373 Hwy 50Coaldale, CO17.5 mi.(800) 678-4274
Best Western Vista Inn733 Hwy 24 NBuena Vista, CO22.4 mi.(719) 395-8009
Super 8 Motel530 N U S Hwy 24Buena Vista, CO22.4 mi.(719) 395-8888

Salida Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather depending on the topography of the area. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 11°F 0.14 in. -
February 45°F 14°F 0.22 in. -
March 50°F 21°F 0.61 in. -
April 57°F 27°F 0.71 in. -
May 67°F 35°F 1.04 in. -
June 78°F 43°F 0.80 in. -
July 83°F 48°F 1.26 in. -
August 80°F 47°F 1.55 in. -
September 74°F 39°F 0.86 in. -
October 63°F 28°F 0.85 in. -
November 49°F 20°F 0.33 in. -
December 41°F 12°F 0.28 in. -

Salida Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located about 2 miles west of Salida, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located approximately 20 miles northwest of Salida in Buena Vista, Colorado, the Silver West airport (C08) located roughly 49 miles southeast of Salida in Westcliffe, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located around 50 miles west of Salida in Gunnison, Colorado, the Leach airport (1V8) located about 51 miles south of Salida in Center, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located approximately 66 miles northwest of Salida in Aspen, Colorado, and finally the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located roughly 72 miles east of Salida in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Salida Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO60.8 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO105.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Salida Golf ClubSalidaCO 
Collegiate Peaks Golf CourseBuena VistaCO22.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO51.9 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO58.1 mi.
AspenAspenCO63.2 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO63.2 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO63.2 mi.
TiehackAspenCO63.2 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO65.5 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO79.0 mi.
VailVailCO79.0 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO82.5 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO94.6 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO99.9 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO106.7 mi.
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO48.0 mi.(Art)
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO59.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO66.8 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO77.7 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO99.4 mi.

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