Updated: Feb 21, 2020
If your spring break plans include smooth powder turns at Monarch Mountain near Salida, Colorado-you've hit the jackpot! You have an opportunity for the ultimate snow & sun spring break experience!
Some of the best natural powder in the Central Rockies resides at Monarch Mountain, some 11,000 feet above sea level. Meanwhile Salida and the temperate Arkansas River Valley lie below, about a 25 minute drive away. People have been calling the upper Arkansas River valley home for thousands of years. The Ute people of the west wintered in this valley as its mild temperatures, natural hot springs and free flowing Arkansas River provided a sanctuary during the cold months. The "Banana Belt" as it is lovingly called can easily have highs in the 60's in March. Find a south facing patio to bask in the Colorado sun and add 15 degrees to that!
So, give those cold bones and shaky legs a rest after tearing up the slopes. Try these incredible must-do activities to warm your body and soul.
#1. Soak at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Naturally hot, full resort amenities, and just a 40 minute drive from Monarch Mountain. Try to grab a natural pool right along Chalk Creek for the most rustic experience.
#2. Book a float fishing trip with Salida Fly
Fish the Gold Medal waters of the Arkansas River and reel in vibrant brown and rainbow trout while soaking up the sun and the world class scenery!
#3. Sip hot coffee & tea at Sacred Ground Coffee
Fast and friendly service with south facing windows and conveniently located on Hwy 50 in Salida, this hot spot is a must-do on your way to or from the ski hill.
#4 Enjoy beer, wine & good eats at The 146 Taphouse
Boasting a smorgasbord of self serve beer, wine, cider and sake, not to mention a tasty menu & patio! Plan to settle in for the evening.
#5. Hike or ride the Salida Mountain Trails
The Arkansas Hills Trails System begins on Salida's famous S Mountain (Tenderfoot Mountain), accessible from downtown Salida. Much of this trail system is well maintained, bathed in sun with many trail markers and maps.
Now that you've got the locals' low-down on the top 5 things to do while skiing Monarch Mountain, start planning! Call Salida Fly today and book a fishing trip or lesson to maximize your spring break- snow & sun experience!
"Hook an Adventure!"