Museum Location

The museum is located in Centennial Park near Salida Hot Springs Pool and adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce visitor center on “I” Street at U.S. Highway 50 West.

Winter 2014-2015


Winter Hours:

If you or your guests are looking for something to do, consider a visit! Our volunteers enjoy telling the story of Salida and the Upper Arkansas Valley. We are open this winter: Saturday from 1-5 and Sunday from 1-5. Admission continues to be $3 for adults, and prorated for children.

Our winter hours are subject to volunteer availability. So, feel free to call ahead to see if we are open: 719-539-7483. Winter hours are in effect from Labor Day through Memorial Day.  If you are looking to visit the museum and need a special time or day contact us and we will see what we can work out.

New exhibits are being created on an ongoing basis, so if you haven’t been back to visit recently, come and see the new displays and stories. Hope to see you soon!

Save the Date – Grand Reopening Celebration

Local’s Sneak Peak at the Museum

Saturday, May 9, 11:00-5:00

Before we open for our summer daily hours, we’d like to invite you all to a free day at the museum. It’s our grand reopening after several weeks of remodeling, moving and creating new exhibits.

This day is for everyone – from kids and our members to those of you haven’t visited us a while, or even you never evers! Our local history is colorful, interesting and sometimes just amazing. Come find out:

  • who captured a live mountain lion to win a $500 bet?
  • what famous painter of the American West spent time painting in and around Salida?
  • what railroads duked it out to get to Salida first, and were there shots fired?
  • how a beloved sheriff survived being shot at close range.

Our docents will be on hand to tell a few stories, answer your questions and point you towards the cookie table. Oh, and did we mention, it’s FREE! Hope to see you on May 9th.

From Depot Sam

Howdy Folks, Depot Sam here. The good people at the SalidaMuseum have decided to let me stop by from time to time and tell you a little about Salida and the surrounding area. We’ll see what we can dig up about the Arkansas Valley and some of the mountain mining towns, people and stories. Stop by the museum’s website here and click on on my name “Depot Sam” in the menu. Oh, and be sure to visit the museum every chance you can and make sure you join the association, heck, it’s only ten dollars a year.

Salida – Heart of the Rockies – Song

Salida Song Ver 1 from the 1978 45rpm record