Salida Ranger District


Stop by our office located at 5575 Cleora Road in Salida (just east of town, off highway 50). We carry maps of the area including National Geographic, Latitude 40, and USGS topo maps. We also stock books about the area, including some books by local authors. Sales benefit the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays.
Reservations: Visit or call 1-888-444-6677 for campground reservations. Campground reservations cannot be made from this office. 
Water: Water fountain in the lobby. RV water and dump station at the Poncha Springs Visitor Center.
Restroom: Accessible restrooms available
Information Center: 719-539-3591

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The Salida Ranger District offers campgrounds with picnic tables, fire pits, and vault toilets. There are no electric or water hookups for RV's and no shower facilities. The campgrounds are operated by a concessionaire, Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.

Reservations can be made for some campgrounds, while others are first-come, first-served only. For reservations contact the National Recreation Reservations System, 877-444-6777. Reservations cannot be made at the Salida Ranger District office, and campground hosts cannot be contacted directly to check availability.

For other camping and lodging options check out the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.


Areas for Campground Camping at Salida Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Salida Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Salida Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

 Please do not camp at trailheads.

  • Camp in an existing dispersed campsite, do not create new roads or campsites. Use one way in and out to reduce disturbance of soil and vegetation. DO NOT CAUSE RESOURCE DAMAGE

  • Limit parking to bare and compacted areas. Keep motorized vehicles within one vehicle length from a designated system road or trail. Make no new tracks in campsites.

  • Camp 150 feet away from lakes, streams and trails. Dispose of wash water 100 feet away from any water source. Bury human waste in a hole 6 inches deep and 200 feet away from any water source, trail, or campsite. A portable toilet system is highly recommended. Pack out toilet paper, tampons, and leftover food.  LEAVE NO TRACE.  For more information on Leave No Trace guidelines, visit:

Do not damage live trees and plants by cutting them with axes or hatchets. Don’t dig up plants, leave wildflowers for others to enjoy – don’t pick them

  • Please stay on the trails. Cutting switchbacks and avoiding wet and muddy sections can cause severe erosion and multiple paths. Alpine tundra is very susceptible to damage. Walk on durable routes of rock or talus. In the spring, travel on snow and rocks, or plan your trip during drier conditions.

Be a responsible pet owner, dogs must be leashed (36 CFR 261.8 d) and cleanup after your pet!

  • Secure pack animals 200 feet away from lakes, streams, and trails. A picket line is less damaging to trees than direct tying. Move stock often when picketing to prevent resource damage. You must follow Weed-Free forage guidelines for National Forests Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region.

If you choose to have a campfire, consider the following:

  • Keep it small in size and limit it to evening and early morning hours when the heat is most needed.

  • Build your fire in an existing fire ring that is at least 100 feet from water. Do not build new fire rings.

  • Avoid having fires above tree-line. Removing dead wood from Krummholz (dwarf trees near timberline) affects their survival.

  • Collection of dead and down wood for immediate campfire use is allowed except for posted sites.

Remember to put out your campfire DEAD-OUT!!

Pour water on the fire to drown ALL embers until hissing stops. Stir ashes with a shovel and scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers. Continue adding water and stirring until all material is cold to the touch.       

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Salida Ranger District

Cabin Rentals

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Areas for Cabin Rentals at Salida Ranger District


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Other Activities

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Outdoor Learning

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Rocks & Minerals

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Winter Sports

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