Salida is the home to the state’s largest historic district featuring quaint galleries, shops and restaurants just steps from the Arkansas River. As visitors stroll along in downtown Salida they will find masterfully restored Victorian era buildings, many featuring original advertising signs on their brick walls. Around Riverside Park visitors can enjoy a lazy day under giant cottonwood trees or watch activity on the river as kayakers, rafters and swimmers frolic. The Salida SteamPlant Theater and Event Center hosts various community events and sits on the banks of the river connected to the rest of town via biking and walking trail. Thanks to Salida’s mild climate, a series of volunteer-created trails on Tenderfoot Mountain are open just about year-round to hikers and mountain bikers. Fishing enthusiasts will find long stretches of flat water along the river or the peacefulness of many ponds and lakes in the area. Additional high country adventures are just minutes from town and in the winter Monarch Mountain offers the best powder and family skiing in the state.