We are only about ten miles away from Monarch Pass, one of Colorado's highest and most scenic passes. We spent our first day here touring Salida, CO., which is located in the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains on the Arkansas River. What a special place for those who love water sports of all kinds including kayaking, paddle boarding and mountain biking. This town is a special place that is home to many local artists and out door enthusiasts who enjoy the beauty and abundant activities that make this area a special place in this beautiful state.
Our campsite at The Heart of the Rockies RV Campground
View for our campsite
View of the Rocky Mountains from our campsite
While we were in the area we drove to Valley View Hot Springs about 25 miles south of Salida near where US 285 meets US 17. This beautiful hot spring land trust is a beautiful place to visit with 7 natural hot springs all nestled in the hill side surrounded by scenic views of the valley below. This is a clothing optional hot springs wish is nice for those who enjoy a natural experience. We love Valley View and stop to enjoy the hot springs, lovely vistas, and the unique territory that makes it a great place to relax when we are in this area of Colorado.