Traveling U.S. Highway 50 from Canon City to Gunnison presents a another picturesque opportunity.
We stopped along the way and enjoyed some of the peaceful flow of the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado.
Following our little respite from the travel we continued on and were surprised by a wonderful little town called Salida. We decided to travel to the historic section and were greeted by some wildlife grazing around residences and businesses.
I enjoyed the quaintness of the town and the older structures. I wanted to research Salida a little further and discovered the town has the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area – considered one of the United State’s most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River. (Wikipedia)
Salida has also been called one of the best mountain towns in the U.S.
Known as the “Heart of the Rockies,” this mountain town has long been a hub of tourism, transportation and industry in the region.
The city sits at an elevation just over 7,000 feet, but it is surrounded by a number of 14ers (mountains exceeding 14,000 feet).
History of Salida
What is now Salida was first named South Arkansas.
It was one of many mining towns in the region as gold, silver, copper and iron.In May 1880, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad bypassed an existing settlement just to the south, in Cleora, and arrived in the town.
It was renamed Salida, which means exit, as it was at the gateway to the Arkansas River canyon. The town quickly prospered. More information is available at https://on9news.tv/2RAbsBA
So when you’re traveling some of the mountains in Colorado, take a respite in Salida for a unique experience. You may not want to try the Arkansas River during the winter months though. 😊
Blessings along the way!