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Colorado hidden treasures

Mount/Chief Ouray, just outside Salida, CO

Mount/Chief Ouray, just outside Salida, CO

The Devil’s Armchair! This is the bowl under the peak of Mount Ouray, visible from Salida if you look southwesterly. The hike up to it only takes about 2.5 hours (+1.5 to get down), and there are several stream crossings to keep you cool along the way. Local legend has it the feature got it’s name …

Broken Strings Guitar Shop Window Display

Broken Strings Guitar Shop Window Display

Two young, aspiring musicians ogle the guitars in Broken Strings guitar shop, on F St. in Salida. If you’re in the market for a guitar, check this place out! They’ve got scads of great axes!

Spring Rain and Snow is Melting off Fast in Salida!

Spring Rain and Snow is Melting off Fast in Salida!

Salida got several inches of wet, heavy spring snow and rain over the weekend, making for a pretty murky Arkansas River. But it’s clearing up gorgeously, and this could be our greenest spring in a while! The sun is back out and melting everything off nicely, so the trails should be ride-able by Wednesday. Come play in Salida this weekend! Book directly on StayinSalida.com to get the best deal on your stay!

Moose Playing around Beaver Creek near Fairplay, Colorado

Moose Playing around Beaver Creek near Fairplay, Colorado

Less than a mile north of the cute little town of Fairplay, Colorado, on the Beaver Creek trail. These four moose made a brief appearance before disappearing back into the forest above the creek. Ski it, snowshoe it, or just hike it (likely not fit for bikes for at least a couple more months). It’s an easy trek you can make as short as you like, or follow it around all day!

Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River

Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River

Spectacular sunny views from the hiking and biking trails just outside of Royal Gorge Park. This time of year, there’s almost no one on them, and they’re surprisingly dry and warm. Miles and miles of easy biking and hiking trails to explore, and

Snow on the Smelter smokestack

Snow on the Smelter smokestack

Salida’s local photographer and filmmaker Bill Donovan captured this drone shot of Salida’s smelter dusted in snow. We’re slated to get a bit more of the white stuff Wednesday night, but fingers crossed most of it falls up at Monarch Ski Area! 

Durango Speakeasy

Durango Speakeasy

Ever entered a hidden bar/lounge through a library wall in a barber shop? Welp, head on over to Durango, CO, and you can do it. Excellent cocktails and ambiance.

Day of the Dead, Salida-Style

Day of the Dead, Salida-Style

Salida’s Dia de Los Muertos procession ended at the F street bridge where folks were invited to throw ashes and flower petals into the river in memory of their loved ones.

Gothic, CO – ghost town turned climate research station

Gothic, CO – ghost town turned climate research station

The gorgeous little ghost town of Gothic was named for the rocky spires that overlook the town like so many medieval church towers. The town has a handful of hearty, year-round residents, but in the summer it is mostly populated by climate researchers and hikers heading up into the Maroon Bells Wilderness area.