Salida Outdoor Life - There is so much to do outdoors in Salida, whether you join us during the summer months or winter there is plenty to do. Some of the outdoor activities here include…Biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Skiing, Golfing, Bowling, and Ziplines


Ark Anglers

ArkAnglers, provides accurate and timely information about this great fishery. Frankly, if we do a good job of assisting visitors to the Arkansas River, be that through guided trips, in-store coaching, or via this website, the rest of our business seems to fall in place. As you peruse this site, keep that in mind. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Hiking & Biking

Salida Mountain Trails

Salida Mountain Trails is an all volunteer organization committed to building and maintaining sustainable, non-motorized, multi-user trails on public lands adjoining the city of Salida.

High Valley Bike Shuttle

High Valley Bike Shuttle is your #1 source for bike rentals, shuttles and information on the Monarch Crest Trail and other mountain bike rides throughout Central Colorado. Three shuttles run daily at 8 and 10 AM. A 7 AM shuttle is available for groups over 5 on special request. For a nominal fee of $20.00, reserve a seat for you and your bike to be transported from Poncha Springs to Monarch Pass summit.

Hiking near Salida

Hiking the Colorado back country has become a very popular past-time in the last few years. What better way to get away from the mad pace of the city! Whether tourists or residents, there are people almost everywhere you look above six thousand feet. Click Here for info on Hiking nearby.

Horseback Riding

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Stables

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Stables: Experience the high country.Horse Back Trail Rides or Pack Trips to accommodate anyone’s schedule or talents.Rides range from 1 hour to day pack trips. All rides and pack trips are guided.Call us at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Stables 866-877–3630 for details.

Granite Mountain Outfitters

Granite Mountain Outfitters is a summer & fall activity business with twenty years of experience, specializing in western outdoor and ranch fun for everyone. What better way to view the beauty of Colorado’s wilderness than from the back of horse? Our small ride sizes ensure that our guests receive the personal attention they deserve to have a truly interactive horseback experience.


Monarch Mountain

Monarch Mountain is located in south central Colorado only 2 hours from Colorado Springs and less than 3.5 hours from Denver. Located on Highway 50 on the Continental Divide Monarch is very accessible. The drive to Monarch Mountain is easy from anywhere in Colorado or New Mexico.

Monarch Mountain is one of Colorado’s best ski areas; cheap lift tickets, powder snow, family ski packages, learn to ski programs Monarch has it all. Steep terrain, black diamond runs, tree skiing, fresh powder snow and Cat Skiing attract expert and advanced skiers. Family skiers are drawn to Monarch Mountain for ski deals, fun ski lessons and ski and snowboard rentals. Monarch Mountain has more of an old time ski area feeling than that.


The Adventure Company

The Adventure Company has earned its reputation for unsurpassed quality by offering Colorado whitewater rafting trips packed with premium features. As COLORADO’S ORIGINAL OUTFITTER THAT DOES NOT HIRE FIRST-YEAR GUIDES, we recognize that an experienced raft guide is critical to a safe and fun trip. In fact, our least experienced guides are fourth-year guides! Unheard of in today’s rafting industry! By having the most experienced raft guides, you’ll find a level of professionalism that is unmatched.

Dvorak’s Expeditions!

Dvorak’s Expeditions!: Colorado’s 1st licensed outfitter! Since 1969, Bill Dvorak Kayak and Rafting Expeditions has offered adventure travelers, families, and everyone in between top quality white water rafting, kayaking and fly fishing trips across 8 rivers.

Independent Whitewater

Independent Whitewater has been guiding people down the river for over 30 years. As a small, guide owned and operated company, we have the knowledge and experience to help you pick the right trip for you. Our experienced guides love the river, love their jobs, and strive to provide the safest, most enjoyable and personalized raft trips for our guests.

River Runners

River Runners: To raft the Arkansas River in Colorado. Go rafting in Buena Vista, Colorado from our Riverside Rafting Resort; or go rafting in Cañon City, Colorado from our Royal Gorge Rafting Center.

Other Activities


Salida Super Bowl Lanes is for fun for all ages. With a great snack bar and full service lounge there’s something for everyone. Plus, Friday is Glow Bowling from 9pm ‒ 12 am.


Salida Golf Club is High Altitude Golfing at it’s best.  The greens are small and fast, there is water on 8 of the 9 holes, and the usual pace is two hours for nine holes. The course is on a slope, but is easy to walk. Trees define each fairway but are not numerous enough to lose your ball in them


Check out Rocky Mountain Mini-Golf’s special Glo-in-the–Dark course. For details and offerings, call: 719.539.3140.


Captain Zipline: Suspend your fear as you zip along our cables, reaching speeds up to 40 mph, and soar over the canyon floor some 100-200 feet below! Guests come for the adventure, but they get a whole lot more–while taking short hikes between the platforms, they can marvel at the 300 million-year-old colorful rocky cliffs, look down at the 1890 lime kiln ruins and abandoned silver mine shaft, or learn about the area’s rich past, steeped in mining and Wild West history.