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Things To Do In Salida, Colorado on a Rainy Day

Salida is an amazing mecca of outdoor activities - but what is there to do when it rains and you're stuck indoors? Here are a few ideas!

Have a Riveting Experience

Riveting Experience Jewelry is a unique and fun activity when you are confined to the indoors. Unlike most jewelry activities, what you produce at your session will look like it was professionally made and purchased at a jewelry store! Professionally emboss a variety of metal choices that can then be used on hats, earrings, necklaces, etc! The store also has a variety of high-quality beads and baubles to add to your piece. Wine is served during your session so you can really loosen up your creative energy!

Self-Guided Brewery Tour

Embark on a mission to sample all of Salida's breweries! Each one has a little something to special and each has wonderful and creative brews. All breweries have dog-friendly outdoor seating.

  • Soulcraft Brewing - Soulcraft has a lineup of solid go-to beers as well as interesting limited edition brews. The food truck at Soulcraft is excellent, sometimes we go just for their Gyro platter! With plenty of seating indoors and outdoors the brewery is one of the best in town for a larger group.

  • Elevation Brewing - As someone who doesn't enjoy IPAs (hard to believe they let me live in Colorado, eh?) I really appreciate the variety of brews offered at Elevation. They have a number of non-IPA options, but of course still offer interesting IPAs. They are a smaller brewery without much seating in the winter, but plenty of outdoor, shaded tables, in summer months.

  • Tres Litros - Located in downtown Salida, this is a perfect place to stop while shopping and exploring the downtown area or after doing the Salida RiverWalk. King Kaengs Curry is located in the brewery and rotates between unique Asian-inspired cuisines. The brewery has a fair amount of seating both indoors and outdoors.

  • Moonlight Pizza - A pizzeria and brewery combo, this is a great stop for the whole family while exploring downtown Salida. The food and service here is excellent and they have a nice selection of locally-brewed favorites. Lots of indoor and outdoor seatings, but it can get a bit busy around dinnertime.

Wine Tasting

Vino Salida is another great rainy day activity if you prefer grapes to hops! Offering wine tasting of local Colorado wine, you are sure to leave with a few extra bottles in tow. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Wander a bookshop

Book Haven in downtown Salida is (to me) the quintessential rainy day activity! Wander the rows of second-hand books in search of treasures! Locally-owned and operated you're sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon among the shelves. Keep an eye out for events with local authors.

Score a vintage treasure

Salida has a number of excellent second-hand stores which make a great distraction during bad weather. True Vintage in Salida is an antique mall with a number of stalls each rented by separate vendors. There is plenty to explore in the mall and you will get a sense of the culture in Salida as you wander past locally-made arts and crafts, vintage Navajo blankets and jewelry, and interesting home decor.

Old Log Cabin Antiques is another favorite of mine. Be aware that you will need to walk outside to get between buildings, but it's worth a little rain on your shoulders to see everything this eclectic shop offers. The business is owned by two long-time Salida locals and they have spent their lives collecting interesting items. The shop is housed in multiple historic buildings covered in antique signs, old car doors and more. They even have a building full of free items that could include anything from old vaseline bottles to ceramic dishes.


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