Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Nestled between the Arkansas River and charming Downtown Salida you’ll find Riverside Park and the Salida River Trail. This park features many amenities including plenty of green space and trees, a playground, benches and picnic tables, restrooms and even a bouldering wall. But the main attraction here is the river.

The Arkansas River winds its way through Salida and is extremely popular for swimming, boating and fishing. On any given summer day you’ll likely also find kids surfing on the small rapids and teenagers floating down this stretch of river on inner tubes.

The Salida River Trail follows the Arkansas for a short duration and provides a nice mellow, paved pathway to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Along this trail you’ll find many places to sit and rest to enjoy the river. In addition, there are a number of local shops and restaurants located right next to the pathway that make for a wonderful urban pit stop.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great access. Beautiful river.

Cons

Busy.

Features

ADA accessible
Boat ramp(s)
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Fishing
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Playground
Bicycling
Amphitheater
Potable water
Bouldering
Surfing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado

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