Status: Active Town
Elevation: 7,080 Feet ( 2,158 meters)
Gallery: View 35 Salida, Colorado Photos
County: View chaffee County Mines
Date Settled: 1880
Current Population: 5,494
Peak Population: na
Primary Mineral: na
Salida, Colorado, was an important agricultural, supply, and railroad center for the surrounding mining districts. Several smelters were located at Salida to service nearby mines.
Most mining activities had ceased by the 1970's and Salidas economy suffered like many mining towns of the era. However, by the early nineties, artists had moved into town, renovated buildings into galleries, and created a new local economy. Today, Salida is an interesting town that blends 19th century architecture with modern art and outdoor recreation.