The Salida Hot Springs Pool & Aquatic Center
As usual, when I came into Historic Downtown Salida, I was taking photos of the architecture. And a lot of the old buildings in Salida are in excellent shape. I came into town pretty late in the afternoon but I saw a lot of business still going on.
Most folks just see what there is of Salida right next to US 50, which passes by on the south side of town. That looks like typical highway clutter and strip mall that could be "Anywhere, USA." But downtown... that's a whole other world.
Salida is a major jumping off point for folks vacationing in the Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation Area: one of the primary adventure sports regions in America. There's lots of National Forest and BLM land nearby and some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. And let's not forget the 18 or 20 fourteeners within a couple hours drive of Salida...
Salida was founded in 1880 as an important railroad town on the Denver & Rio Grande Western, serving local mining and cattle ranching operations. The railroad began pulling back on operations here after World War II. At that point, a lot of folks started making the commute north to work in the Climax Molybdenum Mine (north of Leadville). These days, downhill skiing (at Monarch Ski Area), whitewater rafting, kayaking, outfitting and generally catering to the tourists have become the mainstay of Salida's economy.
In downtown Salida
The Salida Skate Park is right in downtown
Lots of Victorians
Check out the roof details
In New Mexico, they'd call this Territorial style
Riverside Park in Salida
Folks playing in the Arkansas River
Mt. Shavano (and the Angel of Shavano), from the Salida Golf Course
Incorporated: March 23, 1891
High School or Higher: 86.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 21.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 6.3%
2011 Cost of Living Index for Salida: 88.9
Median Resident Age: 42.1 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $36,940
Estimated Median Home Value: $231,800
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Government, Educational Services, Waste Management Services, Health Care, Transportation Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 10.2%
Population Demographics: 2010
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||4,301|
|65 & over||1,079|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||574|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||4,662|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||2|
|Two or more||102|