Salida Area

Driving into Salida, of Chaffee County Colorado, the sign reads: "Now This Is Colorado"
We have more warmth and sunshine, world-famous river rapids, and more 14,000 ft. peaks than any other Colorado county. The slogan is certainly not an overstatement.

The Arkansas River Valley is also a paradise for recreation. Monarch Ski Area is nearby and boasts the best in powder skiing, with both downhill and cross-country trails. Many area river rafting outfitters offer every kind of river experience, from a meandering day admiring the scenery or fly fishing, to class V rapids.

The Salida area has a natural hot springs pool, a golf course, an award-winning winery, as well as many hiking and biking trails, including the famous Monarch Crest Trail on the Continental Divide. The area is also rich in Native American and mining history, which adds to every outdoor adventure. Many walking tours of local historical sites, including area ghost towns, are available.

Year-Round Activities

There are things to do all year-round near Salida, so stay during any season.

Relax and reinvigorate your body at the Salida Hot Springs pool.  Go fly fishing in the Arkansas River.  Go hiking or biking on The Monarch Crest Trail.  Take a day trip or go on an outdoor adventure whether on your own or a guided tour.

Winter Activities

What better place to spend your Colorado winter vacation than the Rocky Mountains?  One of our guesthouses can be your home base while you experience all of the winter activities you enjoy.

The Monarch Ski Area offers nature’s powder for skiing or snowboarding for the novice or extreme skier.  If you prefer snowmobiling, you can rent equipment and create your own adventure or take a guided tour.  Either way, the views of the 14,000 ft. mountain peaks and the valley below can be breathtaking.  After an invigorating day on the slopes, you can look forward to returning to your cottage rental for a rest. Then, have a leisurely meal at a local restaurant, do some shopping, or take in a movie.  When you are re-energized, you can set out on a new adventure.

Summer Activities

The Thomas House B&B is only a block from the Arkansas River and can be your headquarters for your dream summer vacation.

There are so many activities to interest every member of your family including golf, horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, and Jeep tours.  While you are here, check out The Salida Hot Springs originally enjoyed by the Ute Indians.  Perhaps you may want to visit the local winery and taste what Colorado vineyards have to offer.  Whether you are looking for a leisurely hiking and biking experience or an extreme adventure, there are trails in downtown Salida or The Monarch Crest Trail on the Continental Divide.

ATV/Jeep Rentals and Tours

Fun Time Jeep Tours

All Seasons Rentals and Tours

Anderson Motors


Horseback Riding

Mt Princeton Stables


Wilderness Aware

“Twice named Colorado ’s “Company of the Year!” ½ to 10 day trips. Experience world-class whitewater, scenic horseback rides, downhill mountain biking and jeep tours.”

Canyon Marine
Dvorak Expeditions

Miniature Golf


Golf Courses

Buena Vista - Salida Golfing