Planning a Colorado weekend getaway to the Upper Arkansas River Valley is made richer by the depth of events and performances offered year round. Art Festivals are popular among fine and aspiring artists year round. FIBArk is the nation's longest running White Water Festival - challenging professionals & Hooligans since 1949.

Discover local talent in a gallery stroll, on stage at the historic Steam Plant theater, at Riverside Park's open-air amphetheater, or catch an impromptu kayak rodeo in either the Salida or Buena Vista White Water Park. Named as one of the Top 100 Best Little Art Towns, Salida is home to a variety of galleries, studios and events where artists are happy to chat about their most current project on the easel.

Can't decide where to start? Here is just a sampling of what you might look forward to on your next Colorado day trip:

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2015 Chaffee County Cycling Events


Railroad, mining and history buffs love spending time hiking and 4-wheeling in and around Garfield, Monarch, Salida, and Chaffee County.

Arkansas River Valley & History of Chaffee County:

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Colorado Road Condition Reports, Map of the area & Trip Insurance to help you in your Colorado vacation planning:

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