Guidebook

Hike the High Rockies: Best Hikes in Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is surrounded by mountains filled with hundreds and hundreds of miles of amazing hiking trails!

Description

Salida, Colorado sits at the bottom of the Arkansas Valley surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. If you climb to the top of S-Mountain, which rises right above downtown, and turn around in a full circle, all the hills and mountains that you see are filled with trails. Trails upon trails, hikes upon hikes—more hiking than you can do in a full year, and more than some people may do in a lifetime.

This amazing array of hiking opportunities makes choosing the best hikes in Salida a formidable task—but this guidebook is my best attempt. Herein, you’ll find a spread of the most popular and most beautiful hikes directly adjacent to Salida. Since there are so many hikes to choose from, I kept the radius for this guidebook rather tight around the Salida, only going as far north as Nathrop and as far west as the Continental Divide. Even so, this guidebook is chock-full of world-class hikes.

The hikes detailed in this guidebook also present a broad spread of lengths and technical difficulties. Looking for an easy hike? Start with the climb up S-Mountain mentioned above, and go from there. Looking for a challenging mountain summit? Then bagging both Shavano and Tabeguache in one long day hike is the route for you!

From S-Mountain to Mount Shavano, and everything in between, this guidebook unveils the best hiking in Salida, and some of the best hiking in the USA!

S-Mountain
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S-Mountain

Salida
1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
145 m
145 m
Gain stunning views of Salida and the Arkansas Valley from the top of this hill that rises above downtown.
Moderate
Private
Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak
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Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Salida
16.7 km
1,630 m
One of the most easily-accessible trailheads in Chaffee County leads to two of Colorado's famous 14ers.
Easy
Private
Brown's Creek Falls
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Brown's Creek Falls

Salida
2 - 3 hrs
9.5 km
308 m
308 m
A scenic hike to a roaring waterfall nestled in a gorgeous mountain canyon.
Difficult
Private
Waterdog Lakes
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Waterdog Lakes

Salida
1 - 2 hrs
7.0 km
386 m
386 m
Climb to a set of beautiful alpine lakes nestled right below the Continental Divide.
Difficult
Private
Columbine Loop
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Columbine Loop

Salida
2 - 3 hrs
13.1 km
459 m
459 m
A beautiful loop providing a taste of alpine hiking, close to downtown Salida.
Difficult
Private
Browns Canyon National Monument Loop Hike
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Browns Canyon National Monument Loop Hike

Buena Vista
2 - 3 hrs
12.6 km
370 m
370 m
The best-of-the-best in Browns Canyon National Monument.
Difficult
Private
Green's Creek
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Green's Creek

Salida
5 - 6 hrs
21.8 km
898 m
898 m
Hike up a gorgeous mountain valley along a rushing stream.
Difficult
Private
North Backbone
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North Backbone

Salida
2 - 3 hrs
9.8 km
200 m
200 m
A delightful hike through the rocks, washes, and pinons in the Arkansas Hills.
Moderate
Private
Monarch Crest: Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass
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Monarch Crest: Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass

Salida
3 - 4 hrs
17.0 km
354 m
500 m
One of the most scenic traverse trails in the state!
Difficult
Private
Sand Dunes Loop
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Sand Dunes Loop

Salida
1 - 2 hrs
7.6 km
247 m
247 m
Hike one of the most intriguing trails in the Arkansas Hills.
Difficult
Private
Alpine Tunnel
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Alpine Tunnel

Salida
2 - 3 hrs
10.4 km
275 m
275 m
Hike to the remnants of North America's highest railroad tunnel.
Difficult
Private