Ski Town Condos

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Discover Colorado’s Monarch Mountain Area

Selecting your Rocky Mountain vacation rental can be confusing and tricky. Ski Town Condos takes all the guess work out of your decision! Few vacation rentals offer such a perfect, central destination accessible to a wide array of activities for you to enjoy year-round. Dreaming about the chance to hit the slopes in the morning, catch a little fly fishing on the Arkansas River, or get a quick 9-holes of golf in that same afternoon, and wrap up the day soaking your cares away in one of our many nearby hot springs? That’s exactly what you can expect when you stay with us in the Heart of the Rockies. For those preferring to take the low-key route: pack a picnic and tromp an easy trail winter, spring, summer, or fall. Whatever your preference, we’re ready to help you plan your next Colorado play date!

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Winter Things to Do

Colorado Play Date in Winter – Snow is practically our middle name here in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains! You name it, we’ve got it waiting for you.


Monarch Ski Area offers every form of sliding on snow that you can imagine: groomed and fresh powder for skiers and boarders, steel & tilts, cats & woods, tubes and hills … plus all the Diamonds. Out of bounds more fun awaits with snowmobile & dog sled tours, Nordic trails, and pristine snowshoe treks. Lighten your travel load and rent everything you need when you arrive.

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Summer Things to Do

Colorado Play Date in Summer – Pick your adventure … just try and stump us! We’ve got world-class white-water rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing on the Arkansas River, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and golfing.


Hiking is unsurpassed, whether you choose a trail along a quiet stream or plan to bag your first (or next) 14er. Climb up on a beautiful horse and ride a mountain trail. All sounds fun but never done it before? We’ll connect you with a seasoned pro to show you the way.

Sign up for an ATV or Jeep tour, or rent a Jeep on your own to explore the storied ghost towns of St. Elmo, Vicksburg, Winfield or Turret.

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Hot Springs

Colorado Play Date in Hot Water – Bring your swimsuit and soak your worries away in the natural and healing Salida, Mt. Princeton, Cottonwood or Joyful Journey hot springs. Celebrate you with a relaxing massage.

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Hiking and Biking

Colorado Play Date on a Trail – Every direction you turn, you’ll find easy access to trails delivering Instagram-worthy scenery. Whether you’re on foot or two fat tires, the trail head is just down the road. Monarch Crest trail is rated one of the top rides in the Rockies with over 30 miles of single track.


Tips for hiking: Read more on Mountaineering Safety

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Day Trips

Colorado Play Date with a Base Camp – That’s us: your base camp for all your Colorado adventures.


Want to work a little history into your next day trip? Strike out on a real Wild West experience with a little gold panning with your friends or the kids. Take a trip to Baby Doe Tabor’s Matchless Mine or try your luck with a bit of rock hounding on Ruby Mountain or Mt. Antero. Gather your courage and walk the highest suspension bridge in the world. We’ll get your compass set in the right direction … any of these adventures are less than 90 minutes away from Ski Town Condos!

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Area Tours and Rentals

Colorado Play Date the Easy Way – So much to do, and some of it requires a bit of equipment or expertise. Not a problem. We’ll connect you with our favorite Jeep, bike or ski rental outfitters; ATV, zipline, snowmobile, or walking tours operators. Let us know what you need when you book your vacation stay, and we’ll get a list pulled together for you.

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Colorado Play Date Weekend-Style – Our friends who already live in Colorado have the added advantage of planning mini vacations to the Upper Arkansas River Valley on the weekends … which these days could even be on a Monday & Tuesday depending on what’s on your must-do list.


FIBArk is the nation’s longest running White Water Festival, challenging professionals & hooligans since 1949. You might catch an impromptu kayak rodeo in either Salida or Buena Vista’s White Water park as you stroll or picnic along the Arkansas River.

The creative arts scene has elevated to new heights year-round in Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, and Gunnison. Check the local calendars for Art Festivals, Brewfests, and other seasonal festivals. Music and live productions are plentiful at Salida’s Historic Steam Plant theater and Riverside Park’s open-air amphitheater. We do like to brag on Salida: they were named one of the Top 100 Best Little Art Towns and serve as home to a variety of galleries, studios, and events. Local artists are hoping you’ll ask about what’s on their easel and are always open to a friendly chat.

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Local Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries

Colorado Play Date by The Glass – Fun is always on tap in Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista. Take a tour of the local breweries, wineries, and distilleries.


You’ll find no shortage of award-winning, locally crafted beer, wine, whiskey, bourbon, and gin. Enjoy sips while you’re here and take a bottle or two home. Great gift ideas for your pet sitter or friends.

Two quick reminders:

  1. always drink responsibly, and
  2. remember that you are visiting a part of Colorado that ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation, so the effects of alcohol can be realized more quickly and intensely.
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Shopping and Dining

Salida and Buena Vista are quaint small art towns with great shopping and dining options.


Enjoy a mix of shops for the whole family from souvenirs, art galleries, antiques, thrift shops, jewelry, pottery, outdoor gear, clothing boutiques, and more!

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