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Visiting Tips

The trails in the Arkansas Hills and Methodist Mountain trail systems are ride-able almost year round due to the arid climate and the Salida “bubble”.

The Monarch Crest and other high country trails (Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Rainbow Trail, Canyon Creek) are usually snowed in until mid-summer. Be prepared for afternoon storms when riding those alpine trails.

Free camping on BLM or Forest Service land starts 15-30 minutes away from the city of Salida. Please leave your spot cleaner than when you arrived. Salida is starting to feel the pressure of short & long-term visitors.

Food & Drink

Pizza and Local Brews: Amicas, Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
Caffeine or decaf; Café Dawn.
AM and PM Burritos: Mo Burrito!
Pizza (and local brews): Amicas and Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub.
Killer sandwiches: Sweeties.
Beer: Soulcraft Brewing, with food container.
Post-ride river watching: Boathouse Cantina or Seasons Café.
Life music; Bensons or the Vic.

Recommended Routes in Salida - 1

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Favorite Rock formations
Easy/Intermediate

Race Track Loop

2.8 mi 4.5 km 487' Up 148.42 m Up 484' Down 147.49 m Down

Salida, CO

Salida Running

  • 45 Miles 72 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 8 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 16 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Salida - 29

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2.7 mi 4.4 km #1Beasway Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO
2.9 mi 4.6 km #2Sand Gulch USFS 124
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #3Tenderfoot
Intermediate
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Intermediate
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km #4Backbone
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #5Rumba Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km #6Prospector Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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0.3 mi 0.6 km #7Poblano
Easy
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Easy
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0.2 mi 0.3 km #8Sgt Pepper
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #9Sand Dunes Trail
Difficult
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Difficult
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1.0 mi 1.5 km #10Lil' Rattler
Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO

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Turning away from the formations.
Jul 28, 2020 near Salida, CO
Rock formations
Jul 28, 2020 near Salida, CO
Rock formations
Jul 28, 2020 near Salida, CO
Great views of the Collegiate Range on offer.
Oct 20, 2017 near Salida, CO
Near the end of Sweet Dreams.
Oct 12, 2017 near Salida, CO
Beautiful Salida Singletrack
Sep 14, 2017 near Salida, CO
Believe it or not, this is a part of Cottonwood Trail.
Sep 14, 2017 near Salida, CO