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.