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Sit­ting pretty at the exit to the Arkansas Val­ley (hence the name), Sal­ida is the start (or end) point for the Col­le­giate Peaks Scenic By­way (read more on page 30).

Sal­ida was one of the first Cer­ti­fied Creative Dis­tricts in the state, and for good rea­son. The creative com­mu­nity here plays a ma­jor role in mak­ing Sal­ida what it is. Down­town has gal­leries and stu­dios that of­fer pieces from lots off dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing ce­ram­ics, pot­tery, fine fur­ni­ture, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, and cloth­ing, all of which can be found at one time or an­other at Gallery 150. Cul­ture­clash Gallery of­fers home­wares and jew­elry, while Brodeur Stu­dio Gallery is the gallery of Paulette Brodeur. Al­ways col­or­ful, Brodeur spans sev­eral gen­res. She will also bring her style to bear on your pet by im­mor­tal­iz­ing Fido or Spot on can­vas! You can even get in­volved by stop­ping in at The Mav­er­ick Pot­ter on a Tues­day night when you can thrown your own pot.

Then there is the Steam­plant Event Cen­ter where on any given night you might be able to see a con­cert, a play, or a film screen­ing. With 500 pub­lic and pri­vate events a year, you will likely find some­thing to your taste even­tu­ally.

Break up your time in Sal­ida with some out­door ac­tiv­ity.

A gem for lovers of white wa­ter raft­ing thanks to the 152mile stretch of the Arkansas River that forms part of the Arkansas Head­wa­ters Recre­ation Area, there are large rapids and serene stretches of wa­ter where you can re­lax. The area is also home to the largest con­cen­tra­tion of peaks over 14,000 feet in the county - “bag” one if you have time. There are also hot springs, a dis­tillery (pop in and say hello to the owner who also hap­pens to be the mayor), brew­eries and great restau­rants of all kinds.

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