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3 hour history tour

Ultimate 3-Hour Private  History Tour


3 hours
12 blocks

Meeting Place

F Street Bridge
Downtown Salida

PG-13 Content

All ages welcome. Parental discretion.



Receive a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your original reservation date. A rain check will be issued for cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice. No-shows  will be charged the full price and will not be able to reschedule.

*Tours are subject to cancellation due to dangerous weather conditions. In such situations, Salida Walking Tours will reach out with at least 3 hours notice to offer rescheduling or a refund.


Tour Information

Embark on an exclusive private tour tailored for hardcore history enthusiasts eager to delve deep into Salida's rich past. This immersive experience is a must for those thirsting for a comprehensive understanding of the city's captivating stories, the notorious bawdy brothel district, thrilling shootouts, architectural marvels, cultural nuances, and historical facts. Brace yourself for an information-packed journey, accompanied by photographs and firsthand sights, all carefully curated for a leisurely exploration.

What to Expect. Led by the acclaimed local historian, Steve Chapman, this tour draws its details from his best-selling books. Get ready for a slow-walking exploration where you'll have ample opportunities to pose questions directly to Steve himself.

What you will experience. Embark on an enchanting journey through Salida's captivating past with our costumed guides, leading an intimate and exclusive small-group walking tour. Prepare to be instantly transported into the remarkable and often turbulent wild west era that shaped this vibrant city.

​Highlights of the tour include:

·         A jam-packed 3-hour excursion filled with remarkable stories and intriguing facts.

·         Transport back in time to pre-1900s Salida, a wild pioneer town teeming with outlaws, murders, working girls, gambling, and drinking.

·         Immerse yourself in the past as your guide shares countless tidbits of forgotten history, unveiling architectural wonders, early technology, and hidden secrets from the vibrant pioneer days.

​Take a trip back to the wild west. Witness the exact locations where devastating fires ravaged the city in 1886 and 1888, as our knowledgeable guides recount the harrowing tales of survival and resilience that emerged from the ashes. Delight in uncovering a locals-only joke cleverly concealed in plain sight, a whimsical treasure that will bring a smile to your face.

Details. This Tour is a PG-13 experience. Some stories may be too graphic or intense for younger guests. Parents, all ages are welcome-use your discretion. Only ADA-qualified service dogs may join. About 12 blocks of walking on flat services.​

Year-Round Schedule

Contact to Reserve a Specific Date & Tour

From $160 (up to 5 guests) $32 per person for each additional

No limit on number of guests

Ultimate 3-Hour Private History Tour

PG-13 Content

From $375 up to four guests. $95 per person for each additional.

Colorado's #1 rated tour will take you through a private, detailed exploration of wild west Salida with an entertaining, costumed guide. 

We had a tour of local Salidans join the 3-Hour History Tour of our own town and I can't believe how much we learned! The architectural history of Salida, an overview of the RR role in the town, major historical players.. it was so awesome. It's one thing to walk around downtown Salida and enjoy the shops and restaurants. It's a whole other experience to really dig deep into the history that makes our town so incredible. Thank you for doing such a great job! A real treat for tourists and locals alike. ~Shannon


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