Things to Do in Salida

History of Salida

Salida is located in central Colorado and is the county seat and most populous municipality of Chaffee County.  It was first called South Arkansas when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad made the area a stopping point.  Due to the lovely view from the train upon leaving the Arkansas River canyon, it was renamed Salida, (exit in Spanish).

Salida became a big railroad town with the largest train repair facility between Denver and Salt Lake City.  It also boasted many smelters as gold and silver mining in the vicinity became more prevalent.  As these industries faded, farming took over.

Now Salida, Colorado‚Äôs largest historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a tourist town.  It is a gateway to the outdoors providing excellent fishing, rafting, hiking and more.  Below are a few things to do in Salida.

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