Between the backroads of Colorado, it‘s easy to find yourself in Salida at the end of the day. Its central location provides easy access for nearly every outdoor pleasure imaginable. The area's most notable natural feature is the Arkansans River. The Arkansas River attracts both those looking for solitude and those looking for adventure. You need not go further than the corner of F Street and 1ST Street to see Americana that mixes one part Norman Rockwell, one part mountain town, and one part Austin, TX. Dogs and bikes wait outside the local markets and cantinas for their owners to return. It seems Salida’s eclectic mix of residents know how to live the good life.
To start your evening in Salida, try the Boathouse Cantina (provided you can get a seat overlooking the river rapids). Enjoy a round or two while reminiscing about the day’s adventures and watching the kayakers below. While the view is good and the beer is cold, you may want to change venues for dinner. It’s always best to ask the local’s for advice; even Trip Advisor gets it wrong sometimes.