Founded in 1880, Salida (pop. 5,500) was originally a railroad town and was a major link in the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War II the railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950’s – 70’s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today, tourism is Salida’s major business, which consists of skiing at Monarch ski area, whitewater rafting, kayaking and outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River.
To read about the *crazy* 9-mile ride up Monarch Pass, and hear about awesome Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub, click here