SALIDA SAM WILD WEST HISTORY TOUR

WHY BOOK THIS TOUR?

See historic Salida through the eyes of a local on this intimate small-group walking tour. Experience Salida’s wild west past, history, culture, and architecture with a professional guide. Be captivated by fascinating tales of Salida's exciting, and sometimes violent, history. Visitors and residents alike come away with hidden secrets.

  • Learn why it's pronounced Sah-LIE-Dah, not Sah-LEE-Dah 

  • Salida was originally named South Arkansas--what changed?

  • In early days, we had more fights than could be recorded

  • Walk Colorado's largest National Historic District

  • Our first marshal was shot his second week on the job

"...lively, never was there a lull in the tour, nor was there a single moment less than entertaining and informative...stories of the struggles and scandals are brought to life all in the beautiful historical district of one of the most hip and upcoming little mountain towns in Colorado."

~Mare Schmidt

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EXPERIENCE THE WILD WEST

Costumed guides lead this intimate, small-group walking tour. Be entranced by fascinating tales of Salida's remarkable history. Visitors and residents alike are amazed to learn the many hidden secrets of Colorado's largest National Historic District.

 

  • Uncover interesting details of Victorian-era structures

  • Hear the touching story of Salida's most beloved dog

  • See the location of the fire of 1888 that destroyed the town

  • Uncover a locals-only joke hiding in plain sight

  • Find dozens of historical markers most walk past

  • Visit the spot of Salida's oldest bakery

"A MUST WHEN VISITING! Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting...a plethora of knowledge, not just of the buildings and history, also of the local businesses and owners..."

~Aaron Casteel

100% OUTDOORS ~ NOTHING TOUCHED

Explore Salida and get a personalized experience on a small-group tour.

 

Your professional guide tells you informative stories of Salida’s early days.

 

Learn true stories of Old West history, including brothels, saloons, and shoot-outs.

  • Discover facts of the red light district & the colorful madams 

  • Learn how electricity arrived in 1887

  • Salida--one of the most modern towns in the west? 

  • Relive the deadliest shootout in Salida history

  • Visit historic Salida Opera House--one of the finest anywhere

  • Our most famous marshal was gunned down in 1883

 

"This is easily one of the best and most informative tours I have enjoyed...knows the history of Salida and brings it to life at every stop. I highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking to understand the area and the development of not just Salida but how the town represents the history of this great state."

~Gregg Kunz

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SUMMER SCHEDULE

May 1 - September 6

10:00 AM

Wednesday, Friday,

Saturday, & Sunday

~ $29

90 minutes

Tours are held regardless of the weather. 

Please wear appropriate attire. 

The tour route goes about 12 blocks.

Hats, water, and cameras are highly recommended.

 SPRING & FALL SCHEDULE

March 1 - May 1

September 7 - November 30

December 1 - March 1 CLOSED

10:00 AM

Wednesday, Friday,

Saturday, & Sunday

~ $29

90 minutes

Tours are held regardless of the weather. 

Please wear appropriate attire. 

The tour route covers about 12 blocks.

Hats, water, and cameras are highly recommended.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

KATHELEEN NICOLLS

We had out of town guests. The tour was a great outing, and a fun way to give them a little taste of Salida.

KAY FREVERT

A great tour, interesting stories and history, visual connections to history, and a fun guide.
Highly recommend doing this!!

GAYLE ANNE DUDLEY

It was FAB and even tho I thought I knew a LOT about Salida, I learned SO much more. AND it was fun fun fun!