Salida Summer Recreation Activities

Located in the Heart of the Rockies, we are surrounded by three mountain ranges: Sangre de Cristo from South, Mosquito Range from the North and Collegiate Peaks from West and fourteen peaks over 14,000 feet high.

Salida’s location and relatively mild climate attracts an array of outdoor enthusiast creating year round playground. Summer recreational opportunities are endless: from whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, kayaking, fishing, hiking, Mt biking, horseback riding, jeep tours, four wheeling, hunting, Ghost Towns. Take a plunge in Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, play golf /tennis, enjoy fine dining, shopping and galleries in largest historic downtown district in Colorado. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure or escape from city’s turmoil to find yourself we can make your stay an unforgettable experience.

We are within walking distance to three restaurants, a fitness center, convenience stores, liquor store, and church. We are within five minutes drive to the Salida Hot Springs Pool, Historic Downtown Salida, a dozen restaurants, many churches, Walmart, Art galleries, great shopping, the Arkansas River, and eight parks.

After a busy day, relax in our rustic foyer come and enjoy the area’s best value accommodations & personalized service complimented by Western Hospitality which is our Priority!

Make Salida Gateway Inn and Suites your summer home away from home!

Colorado-ZiplineLost Canyon Zipline Adventure – Flying through the air on a zipline at 40 miles per hour with a pulley harnessed to a steel cable is a pure adrenaline rush, and the most exciting new extreme sport on the planet. Experience the rush and listen to the cable sing as we guide you over 2000 feet on 6 different zip line cables, some over 150 feet above the canyon floor. Our longest cable stretches over 450 feet down into the canyon.

americanadventureAmerican Adventure Expeditions – Experience the Best Rafting In the World!

Join us for fun filled raft trip on one of numerous stretches on the Arkansas River. The Ark, as the locals call it, is the premier location for a whitewater rafting vacation in Colorado and one of the best in the world!

independentwhitewaterIndependent Whitewater – At Independent Whitewater we offer a variety of paddle and oar boat trips that are designed to meet your Colorado River Rafting vacation needs.

When you compare the trip length, the number of rapids and the price of our Colorado river rafting tours you’ll find we have the other companies beat in all categories!

canyonmarineCanyon Marine – We’d like to invite you to join us on one of our adventures this year. Whether you seek a quiet float, an intro to whitewater, or raging rapids, Canyon Marine has a trip on the Arkansas River for you.

Come join us. We’ve got a trip planned for you!


Absolute bikes is a full service bike shop, located on the Arkansas River. They carry Cruisers from Electra, Mountain bikes from Specialized, Kona and Yeti. Lots of clothing and cycling accessories in stock.

salida-bike-companyThe Salida Bike Company is Salida’s newest bike shop. They offer a complete selection of cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes. Conveniently located on F St, right in downtown Salida. Friendly and speedy bike mechanics on duty, ready to get you back on your bike.

arkanglersArk Anglers is a full service Fly Fishing and guided Fishing shop. See us for up to the minute hatch reports, all our fishing equipment needs, and the best advice on Arkansas River Fishing.

All-Season-AdventuresAll Season Rentals Snowmobile & ATV Adventures will gear you up for an exhilarating mountain experience. Our snowmobile rentals and ATV rentals & tours will take you into the back country of Colorado where you will experience breathtaking views, historic ghost towns, and an overall unforgettable trip. Let our experienced guides take you and your family on a half or full day tour of the Colorado High Country or tour self guided.

salida-poolSalida Hot Springs Pool – The Salida Hot Springs is a year-round facility offering aquatic recreation and relaxation in natural, hot, mineral water.

Collected underground and piped 5 miles from the source high in the majestic Rocky Mountains, this sparkling clear and odorless water was originally enjoyed by the Ute Indians.

Mt-PrincetonAt Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort you will find a “dream location”; Mountain Peaks in excess of 14,000 feet will surround you. Hot springs that are 135 degrees at the surface will melt away your cares. Dine on gourmet meals and stay in comfortable, yet affordable lodging. For those with an energetic side, there are activities galore.

cottonwood-hot-springsCottonwood Hot Springs – Come soak in Colorado’s purest, geo-thermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering retreat. Ever since, people have come from all over the country to soak in the curative waters.

jouful_journeyJoyful Journey – Our pools are natural mineral water with no chemical treatment of any kind.

Outdoor soaking is done in the neck-deep Tower Pool, along with two partially covered, waist-deep soaking pools, with temperatures ranging from 98 to 108 degrees F.