Santa Fe Trail - Colfax County
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.
Pearl Pass serves as the backroad route between Crested Butte and Aspen; traversing the Gunnison and White River National Forests through 40 miles of lush aspen groves, wide open valleys and alpine tundra. The trail is especially rough this year—slow going with lots of rocks. There is often snow on the trail well into late July; some years the snow does not melt sufficiently to allow for vehicle passage. A stock height 4WD will definitely be making underbody/rock contact along many points of the route
White River National Forest, CO - ©NMBR