During your Colorado vacation, enjoy comfortable and affordable lodging at the Woodland Motel in Salida, CO. Most activities can be done here in the Upper Arkansas River Valley year round because of the mild winters and little snowfall in the winter. As the snow high up in the mountains starts to melt and everything starts to green out, Spring is beautiful. The most popular Spring Activities are:
Fly-Fish or spin-cast for German Browns on the Arkansas River or in small nearby lakes. Fishing is open all year around but the Caddis Fly Hatch in April & May must be the highlight. More info.
Mountain biking on hundreds of miles of trails, old mining and logging roads from our local 7,000 feet elevation up to 9,000 feet (higher than that you will run into snow until summer). www.absolutebikes.com .
Hiking on the Colorado Trail that winds along the Continental Divide from Durango to Denver, the Rainbow Trail that follows the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range southeast or the Salida Trail System in Salida that goes along the Arkansas River and several small lakes. Higher elevations of the Colorado Trail and Rainbow Trail will have snow until Summer. For more info visit the US Forest Service.
Captain Zipline Tour - Fly on 8 different lines that zigzag across Lost Canyon for a total of 2,600+ feet. Learn the geology and history of the area and soak in the rugged beauty. It is fun and exciting and very smooth. Practice on the bunny line before going out over the canyon. Open year round. Meeting for the tour is 7 blocks away and less than 10 minutes to the zipline site. Reservations recomended. www.captainzipline.com
Rock Climbing- Enjoy the many bouldering sites, rock climbing sites all with various degrees of difficulty. For the beginer or advanced "crag" expert in you. Lower elevation bouldering sites are accessible all year round, higher up...you will be ice climbing. http://www.coloradoheadwaters.com/Colorado-Rock-Ice-Climbing-&-Mountaineering/Buena-Vista-Salida-Rock-Ice-Climbing-&-Mountaineering-act45.html , http://www.rmoc.com/rock_climbing_school.php?section_ID=2
Whitewater raft and kayak on some of the most incredibly scenic and exciting Class 1-4 on the Arkansas River. The best rafting is usually from the middle of May to the middle of August depending on water level. Peak run-off is usually around the middle of June. We highly recommend the half-day trip through Browns Canyon. We have rafted and kayaked it and it is one of the best half-day trips anywhere in the US. We are located just 7 blocks from the Salida Kayak Whitewater Park. For more rafting info visit http://www.arkansasrivertours.com/ , http://www.americanadventure.com/ .
Cross-country ski and snowshoe over Old Monarch Pass, Co. Just 25 minutes west of here and after a gradual slope, stand on top of the Continental Divide and look into the Gunnison Valley. http://www.coloradoheadwaters.com/Colorado-Snowshoeing-and-Cross-Country-Skiing/Buena-Vista-Salida-Snowshoeing-and-Cross-Country-Skiing-act4.html
Ride ATVs onguided tours oron your own through incredible scenery. All abilities. http://www.allseasonrentals.com/.
Rock-hounding – Search for Apache tears and garnets at Ruby Mountain, visit old mine sites, hunt for arrowheads, pan for gold. http://salida.com/salida-best-of/best-of-salida-rockhounding.html
Captain Zipline Tour - Fly on 8 different lines that zigzag across Lost Canyon for a total of 2,600+ feet. Learn the geology and history of the area and soak in the rugged beauty. Open year round. Meet for the tour is 7 blocks away and less than 10 minutes to the zipline site. Reservations recomended. www.captainzipline.com
Chaffee County Fish Hatchery and Rearing Unit - Just a short walk from the motel, you will find a multitude of fish spawning, growing and hatching down by the Arkansas River. You can feed the fish, learn and watch how it is done to stock our rivers, lakes and streams. Private tours, and groups welcome. 719-539-6877
The Salida Golf Course is just 3 minutes from the Woodland Motel. Your drives will go farther at 7,000 ft and the views are breathtaking. -more info- http://salidagolfclub.com/
Downtown Salida, just 7 blocks down the street, is known for its great Art Galleries, Antique Shops and unique Jewelry Boutiques and excellent restaurants. There is also a fabulous Skateboard Park. The KayakWhitewater Park, River Walk, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, local community theater, the Steam Plant and Bongo Billy’s Salida Café with live entertainment are all located on the banks of the Arkansas River. http://www.salidaartists.com/
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center just 5 minutes from the Woodland Motel. The water is totally odorless, hot and piped in from Poncha Springs. Lots of activities for all ages. Half price tickets. http://salidapool.com/
Mt. Princeton HotSprings Resort -Enjoy the 100 degree creek side soaking pool or swim in the 90-degree lap pool. Or let your inner child go down the 300-foot long water slide. 30 minutes North in Nathrop. http://www.mtprinceton.com/
Cottonwood HotSprings -Soak in Colorado's purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Experience the rock-lined soaking pools, cold plunge and sauna. 1 hour North in Buena Vista. http://www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com/hotsprings/
Weathervane Farms -Learn about a local farm co-op, meet the livestock babies, help pick some organic food from the vine and enjoy the farm atmosphere. 45 minutes North in Buena Vista. http://www.weathervanefarmbv.com/
Royal Gorge Park – World’s Highest Suspension Bridge, gondola, incline train, miniature train, deer herd, theme park. 1 hour East on Hwy 50. http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/
Train ride through the Royal Gorge – Breathtaking and historic. Definitely worth it! 1 hour East on Hwy 50 http://www.royalgorgeroute.com/
Great Sand Dune National Monument – Climb dunes like the Sahara Desert. In late Spring and early Summer, the "river" is lovely to swim and play in. 1 hour, 45 minutes South in the San Luis Valley. www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
Alligator Farm –Visit all kinds of reptiles and huge alligators raised in thermal springs. 1 hour, 45 minutes South in the San Luis Valley. http://www.gatorfarm.com/
Joyful Journey Hot Springs – Soak in outdoor pools protected by windscreens, great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, very clean. Discounts. 45 minutes South in the San Luis Valley. http://www.joyfuljourneyhotsprings.com/
Penitente Canyon Climbing Area and Spiritual Sites -Quiet canyons and grasslands in western San Luis Valley. World-class rock climbing, Spanish rock art, wagon ruts from Old Spanish Trail, campground, picnic area, mountain biking. From Salida, approx. 1 hour 45 minutes South in the San Luis Valley. There are rattlesnakes that inhabit this area...go prepared. http://www.sangres.com/colorado/riogrande/penitentecanyon.htm
Crestone Spiritual Centers- The Crestone area has many spiritual centers espousing many different doctrines and disciplines. Crestone is also a meca for sustainable, green and alternative building.An enjoyable day get away to peruse the spiritual temples, art galleries, day hikes, and sustainable houses and buildings. 1 hour South in the San Luis Valley. http://www.manitou.org/MF/spiritual_ctrs.php
Colorado Wolf Sanctuary and Habitat - Join wildlife conservationists and learn the crucial importance to the Native Colorado Wolf and Fox habitat. Get up close and see these animals in their own environment. 1 hour 45 minutes East in Divide. http://www.wolfeducation.org/
Cripple Creek Mining Town and Casino -There are 5 museums, mine tours, the Cripple Creek & Victor narrow gauge railroad and of course, GAMBLING with 14 casinos. 2 hours East thru Park County. http://www.cripple-creek.co.us/