Next we were off to one of my very favorite places - Salida, CO. This place has it all. There's gorgeous and almost unlimited public land a few miles west of town (coordinates are 38.55431, -106.11692.)
The town is large enough to have a Super Walmart, but still retains its small town charm with a booming downtown.
There are a lot of craftsmen, cute shops, and places to eat.
And the town is situated along the scenic Arkansas River.
Which calls to fishermen like Ron and is perfect for kayakers and rafters.
There are numerous hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails throughout the surrounding mountains. We took Rainbow Trail from Poncho Pass, which was quite a climb to dizzying heights.
And an easier hike right from our RV parked on top of the mesa.
The drive east from town through Bighorn Sheep Canyon is pretty too.
Salida is at 7200 feet which keeps it cool in the summer, but because of some 'banana belt' effect, it doesn't get too cold in the winter.
I know this must sound like a plug for Salida, but I just can't help myself. It's simply a perfect town.