The Arkansas River

Colorado is a mecca for river enthusiasts.

Crystal clear streams feed nascent rivers that ramble across white-capped mountain valleys and tumble down boulder choked granite gorges. What sets Chaffee County apart from everywhere else, is the relationship we have with the Arkansas River. The Ark played a key role in the early history and exploration of this nation and settlement of this Valley. It inspired a history of rafting and kayaking that's still evolving. The river draws us to work and play and inspires our art. Join us in enjoying, celebrating and cherishing this great river.

The Rocky Mountains

If wealth were measured vertically, Chaffee County would be the richest little county in the country.

Fifteen of Colorado's 54 highest peaks, those taller than 14,000 feet - aka Fourteeners - reside here in south central Colorado. On a clear day, expansive views from the summits of these behemoths stretch to Colorado's borders with New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. Veteran peak baggers know the best way to improve odds for a successful summit include getting a pre-sunrise start, pack lots of water, dress in layers, stick to established trails and turn back immediately if bad weather approaches. Some peaks require specialized mountaineering gear - do your homework. 

Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway

Colorado's newest designated byway leads visitors to a unique set of characteristics only found in this area.

The rich history of Chaffee County and the Upper Arkansas Valley can be experienced on every segment of the Collegiate Peaks Byway, from the 14,000+ foot peaks rising above the valley floor to the nationally recognized historic structures scattered throughout the county. 

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Absolute Bikes

330 W. Sackett Street, Salida, CO, 81201

Absolute Bikes On the river. Bicycle sales, service, rentals, and local knowledge. Great map selection, including custom-made Monarch Crest map. Newest models of mountain, road, townie, and kids bikes for sale and rent. Guided mountain bike tours and trips for families ...

Toll Free Number888-539-9295

Acquired Tastes Rafting

12918 Highway 285, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Acquired Tastes Rafting Acquired Tastes has provided safe, fun, exciting whitewater adventures on the Arkansas River under the same ownership since 1986. All of our boats are state-of-the-art self-bailing rafts with foot cones glued to the floor for added safety and security. ...

Toll Free Number1-800-888-8582

All Season Adventures

7345 Hwy. 50 West, Salida, CO, 81201

All Season Adventures Come try the new family recreation. Go where you've never been. See what you've always wanted to see. Take your family to the top of America! Click on our link for internet specials, ATV tours and rentals. Snowmobile rentals.

Toll Free Number888-530-0651

American Adventure Expeditions

12844 E. HWY 24, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

American Adventure Expeditions Join us for a fun filled day of whitewater rafting in Colorado on one of numerous stretches of the Arkansas River. The Ark, as the locals call it, is the premier location for a whitewater rafting vacation in Colorado and one of the best in the world! Loca ...


Ark Anglers-Salida

7500 Highway 50, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Ark Anglers-Salida The upper Arkansas River is Colorado’s most popular fishery and ArkAnglers is uniquely positioned to help the visiting angler take best advantage of it. With fly shops in Salida and Buena Vista and the region’s largest and most diverse fly-fishing guide s ...


ArkAnglers-Buena Vista

517 South Highway 24, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

ArkAnglers-Buena Vista Welcome to your best Colorado flyfishing guide. ArkAnglers is the premier guide service on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Why? We are the only company combining: • Three full-service flyshops; • A guide staff of flyfishing professionals; • Float fishing ...


Arkansas River Tours

19487 U.S. 50, Cotopaxi, CO, 81223

Arkansas River Tours Since 1973, Arkansas River Tours has been offering exceptional whitewater rafting and guided float fishing on the Arkansas River. We offer ¼ day Cottonwood Family Floats for families with kids 5 years old and up. Choose ½ day or full day adventures in ...

Toll Free Number1-800-321-4352

Arkansas Valley Adventures

40671 State Highway 24, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Arkansas Valley Adventures AVA has the best Arkansas River rafting trips and zipline tours. Beginner family rafting to Class V challenges. AVA runs more Class IV and V whitewater than any Colorado company. FREE wetsuits and splash jackets. Buy One Get One 50% ...

Toll Free Number1-800-370-0581

Art and Salvage

121 North F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Jess Vogel shows her own reverse glass paintings along side an eclectic collection of fine art by other local artists, antiques and curiosities she finds around the world.


ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventures

212 Hwy 24 South, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventures Located in Buena Vista, Colorado, Mountain Adventure Rentals aims to provide the most exciting vacation possible by providing Artic Cat two person ATV Yamaha 350cc - 700cc 4x4 ATVs and Jeep rentals. Exploring the Rocky Mountains, has never been more ex ...


Brodeur Studio Gallery

222 F Street, Salida, CO, 81201

Brodeur Studio Gallery International artist. 19 years in Salida. Contemporary and unique paintings. Colorful and expressionistic. Acrylic, mixed media and oils. Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.


Buffalo Joe's Rafting

113 North Railroad Street, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Buffalo Joe's Rafting How to choose the perfect trip for your family or group with Buffalo Joe’s. Buffalo Joe’s Whitewater Rafting is one of the oldest and safest companies on the river. We have more fun!

Toll Free Number1-866-283-3563

Captain Zipline

1500 CR 45, Salida, CO, 81201

Captain Zipline Captain Zipline began as one of the first Zipline tours in the US and has now expanded its adventure operations to become the largest Aerial Adventure Park in the western USA. The Zip Line eco-tour features a training, or “Bunny” cable, followed by six ca ...

Toll Free Number877-947-5463

Collegiate Peaks Golf Course

28775 Fairway Drive, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Collegiate Peaks Golf Course Lying at the base of the spectacular Collegiate Peaks Range, we are easily accessible - just 1.3 miles west of the stoplight in Buena Vista


Colorado Adventures-Biking

PO Box 1550, Buena Vista, CO, USA, 81211

Colorado Adventures-Biking We offer two guided tours: On the first, we shuttle you to the top of Cottonwood pass for a guided downhill ride, descending over 4,000 vertical feet from the Continental divide down into the town of Buena Vista. The second guided tour descends slowly on ...

Toll Free Number800-462-7238

Colorado Gators Alligator Farm and Reptile Park

9162 County Road 9 North, Mosca, CO, 81146

Colorado Gators Alligator Farm and Reptile Park We are located 17 miles north of Alamosa, CO on Highway 17. Hours from Memorial Day through Labor day are 9 am to 7 pm each day. Winter Hours are 9 am to 5 pm each day. We are open seven days a week except Thanksgiving day and Christmas Day. Take a ...


culture clash

101 North F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Art, Objects, Jewelery At this Salida gallery you will find contemporary, innovative work, with a focus on the unique art of the region. You will also discover a discriminating selection of beautiful artisan jewelry here . Located at 101 North F Street, ...


Dvorak Expeditions

17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO, 81236

Have you ever gone white water rafting with 14,000 foot peaks towering above you while you drift between the steep echoing walls of a canyon carved through the granite over one million years ago? Experience an adrenaline thrill of the Colorado white wa ...

Toll Free Number800-824-3795

Eye Candy

119 North F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Eye Candy has everything from pinup art to bike chain bracelets and everything in between art and treasure from around the state and around the world!


Felt in Hand

126 1/2 F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Felt in Hand Felt In Hand Contemporary Art Your source for commissioned, site-specific, colorful, original abstract art in a variety of forms for residential, commercial and public spaces. Made from the finest Rambouillet, Delaine and Merino wool, each Network Tapest ...


Four Corners Rafting

113 N. Railroad St, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Four Corners Rafting Family River Rafting Colorado is home to some of the most scenic and exhilarating whitewater rafting in the United States. Four Corners Rafting, one of the oldest and most respected Colorado river rafting companies on the Arkansas River, has been pro ...

Toll Free Number1-866-283-3563

Four Winds Gallery

118 F Street, Salida, CO, 81201

Four Winds Gallery A Small Town American Art Gallery with a Monumental Passion for Abstract and Contemporary Modern art Our fine art gallery is bursting at the seams with a tremendous selection of abstract art, landscape paintings, oil paintings, nature photography prints, ...


Friends of the SteamPlant Galleries

220 West Sackett, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

The Paquette Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the historic SteamPlant Theater and displays works from local artists in the region. The Gallery is generally open during business hours and one hour prior to theater performances. The Strawn-Grether Sc ...


Gallery 150

150 West First Street, Salida, CO, 81201

Gallery 150 Jerry Scavezze, Rollin Karg, Toni Tischer, Gary Hand, Keith Gotschall, Eric Candee and Judy Hoch Just A Few of the Great Artists We have the Honor to Carry! "We represent artists who are not available elsewhere regionally, and many of whom live here in ...

Telephone(719) 539-2971

Granite Mountain Outfitters

P.O.Box 535, Poncha Springs, CO, 81242

Granite Mountain Outfitters Trail Rides Or Horseback Rides "A Ride of a Lifetime" Granite Mountain Outfitters is a summer & fall activity business with twenty years of experience, specializing in western outdoor and ranch fun for everyone. What better way to view the beau ...


Hi Rocky Gift & Sport Store

111 Cottonwood Avenue, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Hi Rocky Gift & Sport Store Your Resource for Outdoor Adventure!


Independent Whitewater

10830 County Road 165, Salida, CO, 81201

Independent Whitewater Rafting Independent Whitewater has been a local, family run company on the Arkansas River for over 30 years, specializing in fun family trips and whitewater adventures for all levels of experience. We are nestled on the banks of the Arkansas River just ...

Toll Free Number800-428-1479

INTEGRATE mind-body-fitness

305 G Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

INTEGRATE mind-body-fitness CrossFit Salida Spa, holistic wellness center and functional training gym. Offering many health care options. Massage Therapy, Rolf Method of Structural Integration, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy, Nutrition, Hot Stone Massage, Esthetics, Facials, Waxing, F ...


KODI Rafting

503 Main St, Frisco, CO, 80443

KODI Rafting Colorado white water rafting with KODI Rafting is a great way to enjoy a unique Colorado experience. Let us put the wet and wild in your family vacation! For nearly 30 years KODI Rafting has provided guided white water rafting trips on some of Colorado's ...

Toll Free Number877-747-7238

Monarch Mountain

1 Powder Place Hwy 50, Monarch, CO, 81227

Monarch Mountain Monarch Mountain, located in South Central Colorado, is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350+ inches) and friendly people are two of our strongest attributes. You can walk from your car right to the lifts, price ...

Toll Free Number888-996-7669

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort

15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO, 81236

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort Both one and two private bedroom options available. All cabins offer a sleeping loft with two queen size beds, along with a pull out sofa sleeper in the living room. All cabins have gas fireplaces and electric heat. Cool evenings and mountain breezes keep ...

Toll Free Number888-395-7799

Mt. Shavano Ski & Snowboard Shop

16101 West Highway 50, Salida, CO, 81201

Mt. Shavano Ski & Snowboard Shop Rent the Best! Fast Friendly Service! We are excited to offer the latest NEW equipment to rent for your snow sliding fun. Choose your favorite package: skis, twin tips, snowboard, telemark, skiboards, snowshoes, monoski or x-country. We guarantee you cann ...

Toll Free Number800-678-0341

Noah's Ark Colorado Rafting

23910 US HWY 285, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Noah's Ark Colorado Rafting SAVE 15% on online reservations (code OL1204). Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting offers half-day, full day and overnight Browns Canyon and Royal Gorge Trips. Custom rock climbing, high country horseback rides, and hot springs packages available. Top-notch serv ...


Paquette Gallery at the Steam Plant

220 W Sackett, Salida, CO, 81201

The Paquette Gallery is named in honor of Dr. Frederick R. Paquette. 1939-2004. Dr. Paquette was born in Salida and had deep roots in Chaffee County. He watched and marveled at Salida’s evolution into a small mountain town of great diversity. A humble man ...


Performance Tours

115 Gregg Dr, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Performance Tours Exciting, Affordable and Fun whitewater rafting adventures for all ages and ability levels on 5 of Colorado's most spectacular rivers! Exceptional Quality - Award Winning Service - Competitive Prices: Most companies give you one or two - at Perform ...

Toll Free Number800-328-7238

River Runners

24070 County Road 301, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

River Runners The Whitewater Professionals Since 1972 River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort Buena Vista, Colorado. Our Riverside Rafting Resort is a five-acre property located on the banks of the Arkansas River at the mouth of Browns Canyon. Riverside Camping is avail ...

Toll Free Number800-723-8987

Rock Run Gallery

902 South Main St, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Rock Run Gallery Rock Run is a fine art / fine craft gallery representing about 25 artists, including award-winning painter and owner Nora Larimer. Nora also reproduces her work on tiles that are suitable in a number of decorative uses, including wall murals and backsplas ...


Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center

14825 U.S. 285, Salida, CO, 81201

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center has been the premier school for whitewater kayak instruction in the Rocky Mountain West since 1982. Our kayaking school is near the banks of Colorado's famous Arkansas River so your white water classroom is nearby! Whe ...

Toll Free Number800-255-5784

Salida Aspen Concerts

P.O. Box 13, Salida, CO, 81201

Salida Aspen Concerts 34th annual Salida Aspen Concert series continues to bring well-known soloists and chamber music ensembles from their summer residence in Aspen to Salida for five concerts at John Held Auditorium and one concert at Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vis ...


Salida Golf Club

404 Grant St., Salida, CO, 81201

Salida Golf Club Relaxing mountain golf at a reasonable price. Modest greens fees, a casual atmosphere and incredible scenery as well as confidence-boosting-attitude-enhanced drives makes golf in the Upprer Arkansas Valley a special treat. Nine-hole regulation-length l ...


Salida SteamPlant Event Center

Sackett and G Street, Salida, CO, 81201

Salida SteamPlant Event Center TThe SteamPlant Event Center is a stylish, urban event venue in downtown Salida. The renovated 1887 Steam Power Plant retains its architectural beauty while exuding a chic atmosphere. For dining and receptions, the venue offers a spacious ballroom with ce ...

Telephone(719) 530-0933

Smalzel Gallery

123 North F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

The display and working space for this well-known Salida Artist features landscapes and the occasional abstract painting, You are invited to come by for a visit to see Steve painting and maybe catch a little banjo music too.

Toll Free Number303-917-9666

Spirit Mountain Antler & Log Design

223 East 1st Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Anything from custom furniture using native woods from Colorado (bristle cone pine, mtn juniper & aspen) and inlaying turquoise, copper and resin in the checks etc. We also carry gift items from wall art, pottery, jewelry & custom pillows. Call or ...


St. Elmo General Store

25865 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO, 81236

St. Elmo General Store St. Elmo General Store, located in the beautiful ghost town of St. Elmo, Colorado, offers ATV Rentals Cabin Rental, Antiques, and Souvenirs. Come up and enjoy our exciting ATV, TRV and Side by Side rentals. We have the lowest prices in our area. You can ...

Telephone(719) 395-2117

SubCulture Cyclery

129 North G Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

SubCulture Cyclery is a full service bicycle repair shop in Salida, Colorado.No bike too old and rusty. No bike too new and tricky.


The Adventure Company

12847 US Hwy 24, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

The Adventure Company Founded in Breckenridge in 1987, The Adventure Company has earned its reputation for unsurpassed quality by offering Colorado whitewater rafting trips packed with premium features. As COLORADO'S ORIGINAL OUTFITTER THAT DOES NOT HIRE FIRST-YEAR GUIDES, ...

Toll Free Number800-497-7328

The Buena Vista Heritage Museum

511 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

The Buena Vista Heritage Museum Our Mission Buena Vista Heritage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and share the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County for the education and enjoyment of the public. Our projects include the restoration and operation o ...


The Bungled Jungle

132 West First Street, Salida, CO, 81201

The Bungled Jungle The Bungled Jungle is the collaborative effort of two silly people, Pat and Suzanne. Each sculpture is an original creation--no molds are used -- everything is one of a kind. The process starts with a metal/wood or plastic armature that is then built up ...


The Courtyard Gallery

310 E. Main St, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

In our gallery we have paintings in many mediums, including stained glass, hand painted and digital photography cards, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, fiber art, inlaid wood pieces, photography as well


the green cat gallery

124 G Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

the green cat gallery The Green Cat Gallery is a fine art gallery tucked away in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. The gallery is a place for Joe and Steph Brady to display their art and it is a studio for Steph. The Bradys' have been showcased in leading magazines such as S ...


The Maverick Potter

119 F Street, Salida, CO, 81201

The Maverick Potter Classes....Pottery Fun....Let's get muddy......make something cool.....Fun for the whole family.....get your creative on....! Check our Classes link for info about classes for Adults and Kids. We have Wheel Throwing, Hand Building, Kids Clay Club, and Ope ...


The Rock Doc at Prospector Village

17897 Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO, 81236

Largest Rock and Mineral Shop in the Rockies We invite you to.. "Come see what the world is made of" Gold Prospecting * Rockhounding * Lapidary Prospecting Maps * Great Books Mineral Specimens - local, Colorado and worldwide Huge Selection of Quality P ...


The Salida Museum

406 West Rainbow Boulevard, Salida, CO, 81201

The City of Salida, Heart of the Rockies, lies in the headwaters of the Arkansas River valley along the east slope of the Continental Divide. Like many communities in Colorado, the city sprang up quickly with the coming of the Denver & Rio Grande R ...

Telephone(719) 539-7483

The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado

707 Hwy 24 North, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado The Trailhead/Trailhead Cycle and Ski is an outdoor specialty store in Buena Vista.Called "one of the world's great mountain shops," our goal is to improve your outdoors experience, wherever and whatever, but most especially in the Sawatch Mountains.We va ...


Timberline Tours

1432 Chambers Avenue, Eagle, CO, 81631

Timberline Tours You'll benefit from one of the oldest and most knowledgeable Vail River Rafting Outfitters in the state if not the country. We pioneered many of the river stretches we run. Over two thirds of our staff are qualified to guide on our more difficult s ...

Toll Free Number800-831-1414

Virtuosity Gallery

204 North F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

Don’t miss. Local artist, Joshua Been can often be found oil painting in this studio/gallery. Illusionistic Impressionism is the style in which he continually BLOWS PEOPLE’S MINDS!!


Wilderness Aware Rafting

12600 Hwy 24 & 285, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

Wilderness Aware Rafting Wilderness Aware Rafting offers outstanding white water rafting trips on all sections of the popular and exciting Arkansas River. We have half, full and multi-day adventures ranging in difficulty from mild to advanced. Since 1976, Wilderness Aware has se ...

Toll Free Number1-800-462-7238

William Boddy Fine Art Gallery

130 F Street, Salida, CO, USA, 81201

William Boddy Studied one year at The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (one winter was enough) three years at The university of California in Los Angeles, and one year at Sacramento State College. His art emphasis in school was three dimensional art, i ...

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