Monday, August 20, 2012

Salida, CO - The Perfect Town

The town of Salida is the perfect size - a small town, but it still has a Super Walmart. But the Walmart has not destroyed the downtown.

It has lots of thriving businesses, housed in buildings built in the early 1900s.

This old barber pole was the neatest I've ever seen.

Across the Arkansas River is "S" Mountain. You can drive up to the top on a spiral road that goes around and around the mountain.

We went up there for a picnic lunch, and had a great view of the town.

This area is known for great whitewater kayaking. In town is a course for whitewater kayaks. Not too busy now because the water is so low.

There are lots of deer in town. Do you think they know that you can't shoot them here?

But the biggest attraction in Salida is the Hot Springs Aquatic Center. It's the largest indoor hot springs facility in the whole country!

They even have some private rooms, which I though were a little weird. There were steps down to a very small hole.

We're parked west of town, with a great view of Mt. Shavano, one of Colorado's 14ers. My new header is from our parking place. There are also alot of very hungry hummingbirds here.

Every day is sunny until about 2 o'clock, then the skies get dark and it may rain. But I still love the town!

One really cool thing - I got to meet fellow bloggers Jim and Gayle, of Life's Little Adventures, along with their friends, Debbie, Chuck and Carla, who are all parked nearby. What a great time!


  1. I've been waiting for you all to get to Salida, one of my favorite places too! I spent 3 months there 7 years ago. Middle of winter. As incredible as that experience was, I would love to see it this time of year. Eager to read your next post!

  2. The title for my post on Salida was 'A Perfect Town'. How funny. I guess great minds really do think alike.

  3. Like the hot springs, but would prefer to be outdoors soaking. Great view of town.

  4. Now that is my kind of hot tub! Don't like the little ones at most campgrounds with a dozen people crammed in hip to hip. With that hot spring pool, you can really spread out. :c)


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