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Salida’s Not-So-Hidden Treasures



While living in the big city can have its pluses and minuses, I think Salida offers the best of both worlds.

I love living in a small town that offers fine dining with hassle free parking out front; a place with a cozy downtown and plenty of people-watching opportunities; and  with so much natural beauty only a stone’s throw away that there is never a shortage of things to do.

It got me thinking, though. Are there hidden amenities that people overlook? The resounding answer was yes. Here’s my list of three favorite Salida amenities that I think everyone should know about.

Salida Regional Library

Is there any reason to visit a library anymore? The answer is without a doubt “yes.” With nearly 100,000 items available to check out free of charge, the Salida Regional Library is a treasure trove of all sorts of entertainment.

Looking for a recent popular movie or TV series? The library has a collection of nearly 9,000 movies available on all different formats ranging from DVD to high definition Blu-Ray discs.

Need a book for your book club? The library has over 90,000 titles available in paperback, hard cover, and e-book. Going on a road trip and need some company? How about choosing from over 10,000 audio books?

Located downtown on E Street, the Salida Regional Library is yours for the exploring. If they don’t have it, you can search other nearby libraries and reserve your own copy, all online, all free.

Visit them at:

405 E Street
Salida, Colo.  81201
719 539-4826

Salida Creative District

Who knew that a town of only 5,000 people could have such a vibrant art scene? Encompassing 19 separate galleries within an easy walking distance of each other, the Salida Art District bills itself as “The Biggest Little Art Town in Colorado.”

Whether you like pottery or photos, there is something for everyone. If you’re feeling adventurous, the second Saturday of each month is the Walking Tour and during the month of June, 60 separate venues set up live music, art installations, and food for the Salida Art Walk.

Scattered throughout downtown, the galleries that make up the Salida Arts District can be found on their website:

For more information about the annual Art Walk event, you can check out their Facebook page for up-to-date information:

 Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

If you’re into sports or just need a soothing soak, Salida has the Salida Hot Springs Pool — the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. Water is piped through insulated pipeline from eight miles away in the Rocky Mountains. This sparkling clear, odorless water was originally enjoyed by the area’s first inhabitants, the Ute Indians, and is now available for everyone between the hours of 6 A.M. and 9 P.M. depending on the day.

With a large 25 meter, 6 lane pool, and a smaller, hotter soaking and play pool, you should have no problem getting some laps in during the dedicated lap time and then some play time with the kids in the separate play pool.

The smaller pool has a zero-depth entry as well as a stair-entry, making it easily accessible.  The depth gradually increases to four feet, and the temperature ranges from approximately 97–100°.  These qualities make this pool ideal for aqua-therapy, soaking, and young children.

Visit the aquatic center online for a timetable of activities:

When you’re ready to venture out for your swim, you can find the pools at:

410 W Rainbow Blvd (Hwy 50)
Salida, CO 81201