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Fall in the Rockies

Although the official start of fall is still several days away, colors are showing up in the Rockies.  I was surprised at the view of fall foliage from Salida, Colorado.  I stopped at Highway 50 and looked up to Methodist Mountain.  The hillside is spotted with vibrant autumn leaves. The autumn season in Chaffee County brings an explosion of […]

Gentlemen of the Road

Salida rolled out the red carpet for the Gentlemen of the Road tour stop.  I must admit that the locals were at the least nervous with the large numbers predicted in our beautiful valley.  When all was said and done, I am very impressed with the production.  The professionalism of Madison House Presents, their attention […]

Biking Salida

I was struck but the prolific wildflowers while biking Salida over the weekend .  Our spring was cool and wet.  The Colorado Columbine are abundant. Over the last couple of weeks, Salida has been named a “top location” for many reasons.  The Monarch Crest Trail was rated #2 of 10 for western United States mountain bike rides […]

Mumford & Sons Headlines Salida event.

Mumford & Sons will be headlining the Salida music festival on August 21 and 22. Tickets for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida, Colorado go on sale Friday, March 6th at 10AM MST exclusively at gentlemenoftheroad.com/stopovers. Tickets are $199 with no additional services charges or fees. Only two-day passes are available. On-site camping within […]

Snowstorm in the Heart of the Rockies

Snowstorm in the Heart of the Rockies.  Early in the week snow dumped over the area.  School was cancelled and many inconvenienced.  What a difference a day makes.  Bluebird sky and sunshine make for spectacular day and beautiful views.  The first photo is of Salida Golf Club.  The next couple are of the Akransas River […]

Historic Caboose relocated to Downtown Salida

Historic 0576 caboose was relocated to the cul-de-sac at the north end of “F” Street in downtown Salida. The move of the caboose to the railroad yards was a homecoming in a sense because that is where it started out in 1886. According to railroad buff Jim Miller, Salida, this caboose and its sister caboose, […]

Salida Christmas 1806

The first Christmas celebration in Colorado happened in 1806, a few miles north of Salida, near the mouth of Brown’s Canyon. Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike and his 15 soldiers had reason to celebrate. They were in the highest valley of the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter, and their last food had been a turkey […]

Ghost town of St. Elmo

A visit to Chaffee County isn’t complete without a stop in the Ghost Town of St. Elmo.  Originally named Forest City but was later changed because of the multitude of towns with the same name. The name St. Elmo was chosen by Griffith Evans, one of the founding fathers, who was reading a novel with the […]

Browns Canyon

Brown’s Canyon as a National Monument? There was a standing-room-only gathering of more than 500 people at the Salida SteamPlant hosted by Colorado U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. Joining the panel of dignitaries gauging support for the proposal were U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell and Steve Ellis, the second-in-command at the U.S. […]

Salida Christmas Mountain

Salida is home to Christmas Mountain. Most of the year, Tenderfoot Mountain is adorned with a giant lighted “S” for Salida, and a large red heart, a nod to the town’s nickname “Heart of the Rockies.” Come Christmastime, however, those symbols share the hillside with thousands of festive lights in the shape of what locals […]