Things To Do

Upper Arkansas Valley: Hiking, Biking, Fishing, and more!

The Upper Arkansas Valley is one of the most splendidly beautiful areas in Colorado. Surrounded by fourteen thousand foot peaks, and with year round mild temperatures, it’s no wonder it’s called the “Headwaters of Adventure”. This is Colorado at it’s best! Hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, kayaking, skiing, golfing, climbing, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, rock hunting, you name it, if it’s an outdoor activity you can enjoy it here.

Boasting easy accessibility, public lands abound in the Salida area. Only18% of Chaffee County is privately owned.  The rest is yours to enjoy and experience. The San Isabel National Forest is comprised of 1,109,782 acres with over 700 miles of trails, many of which are motorized accessible so bring your four-wheelers or rent them in Salida at All Season Adventures. Enjoy cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, rock hunting, fly fishing the high mountain lakes and streams, exploring old ghost towns, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, or experience the exhilaration of climbing one of the twelve fourteen thousand foot peaks in Chaffee County. Click here for your free Chaffee County Visitors Guide.


Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area: White Water Rafting, Fly Fishing

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area stretches for 148 miles along one of the West’s premier recreation rivers, the Arkansas River. From its northern boundary below the fabled mining town of Leadville to the Pueblo Reservoir, the area is a recreation paradise. The Arkansas River is famous for it’s white water. Famous stretches include – Pine Creek, The Numbers, The Narrows, Browns Canyon, Bighorn Sheep Canyon, The Royal Gorge – are all contained within a 100 mile stretch of river between Granite and Canon City. Click here for more information on white water rafting.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is also one of the premier fly fishing rivers in the state. Anglers can walk, wade or float countless miles of river with over 28 miles designated as Gold Metal Water which is Colorado’s highest quality trout habitat designation. For information on current fly fishing conditions, tackle, instruction or guided trips, check out ArkAnglers.

Monarch Mountain and Snowboard Area: Skiing, Snowboarding

With winter, some of the best skiing in the country is all within driving distance.  Monarch Mountain and Snowboard Area is just 10 miles from the cabins. Enjoy some of the best powder in the state, without the long lines.

Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Crested Butte are all within two hours. Vail and Beaver Creek are about two and a half hours away. If you want to see the back country you can rent snowmobiles in Garfield (base of Monarch) at Snowmobile Monarch or snowshoe or cross-country ski on the many trails in the area.

Monarch Crest Trail: Mountain Biking

Salida is a Mountain Biker’s paradise. There are many trails to ride here but probably the most famous is the Monarch Crest Trail. Start this ride by shuttling up to the trail head on Monarch Pass. This 32 mile single track trail takes you along the Continental Divide topping out at around 11,960 feet before descending 6,000 feet to the trails end. This trail offers some of the most spectacular views Colorado has to offer. For a detailed map of the Monarch Crest Trail and information on all the local trails, stop in at Absolute Bikes in Salida.

Monarch Dog Sled Rides

Monarch Dog Sled Rides

Monarch Dog Sled Rides provides exciting dog sled tours through the beautiful San Isabel National Forest, located one mile south of the Monarch Mountain ski area. Each tour lasts 1.25 hours and is personalized according to your group. To book reservations, visit their website: