Winter 2015-2016


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 Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend. Admission continues to be $3 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 12-17 and $1.00 for children 7-11. Children under 7 are free.

Our hours are subject to volunteer availability. So, feel free to call and see if we are open: 719-539-7483. 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.

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.

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!



Vandalism. It seems to be a common theme at remote historic sites these days, and we are no exception. Since last fall we have been fighting a losing battle with vandals at the Smokestack, including tagging on the brick and damage to the adjacent building. In March, they succeeded in pulling down a long run of chain link fence. 

Unfortunately, all of this means we are faced with a large and unexpected expense to repair the damage and better secure the area. We need your help. If you can help financially, please head to our donation page today. Read on for photos and more information…

Of Buildings and Conservation Challenges


Hard to believe, but 2016 is the 40th year of museum operations in the current building! Built by the City with help from funds donated by Harriet Alexander, our founder, and a state grant from the 1976 Centennial Commission, it was constructed with salvaged brick from an old bottling plant near the Monarch Spur Trail and 1st Street.

Today the museum is facing some serious challenges and we have launched a Conservation and Exhibits Campaign to help raise the funds we need to invest in the museum…(read more)

2016 Open House

Signature quilt

Signature quilt

Save the date! We will hold our 2016 Open House on May 14 and we have a great speaker and activities for the kids. Admission is free!

If you are a quilting fan, you will definitely want to come see our quilt collection and hear from local Candy Droz, a nationally accredited quilting judge, about quilt design and construction. Candy’s talks will be at 11:00 and 11:30. We are also working with the Hutchinson Ranch for a fun activity for young and old, to create signature blocks for a new heritage quilt that will later be pieced and displayed at the museum.

We hope to see you there!

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. So, check out some of my stories for some fun facts. 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