Wildfire Haze Rolls into Salida

Smoke rolls into Salida from the San Luis Valley


Share your photos of the unprecedented smoky day around Salida or fire zones you may have been close to in the past few weeks. Let’s gather all the images together either here or, if the comment stream won’t take them, please post on the Salida Citizen Facebook page so we can keep a record of this historic summer. Our thanks to the many firefighters battling to tame all the wildfires, and our hearts [...]

From the City

Chisholm Park Closure

Chisholm Park, located at 324 Hunt Street in Salida, will be closed until late September while construction of the new indoor/outdoor pavilion takes place.

From the City

Applications for Vacant City Council Seat Due June 28

Residents interested in serving out the remainder of Jim McCormick’s term as a Ward One City Council member need to complete and return an application by 3:00 p.m. June 28 to Salida City Hall, 448 East First Street, Suite 112 or by e-mail to Requirements include being (1) a United States Citizen (2) at least 18 years old (3) a qualified elector of the City of Salida and (4) a resident of Ward One for at least 12 months. [...]

From the City

Utility billing will switch to new software system

For the past several months, City of Salida employees have been working to implement a new “enterprise” software system from Tyler Technologies. The project encompasses many aspects of the City’s operations, and specific software applications are gradually being phased into service. The next major step will be using the new system to produce the second quarter water and sewer bills.

Customers should expect their bill in the mail during the first week of July, as usual. We are being very careful [...]

From the City

Red Flag Warning and County No Burn Day

From the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office:

A Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service has been issued for Chaffee County and must of this region for Wednesday June 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Accordingly, Sheriff Pete Palmer has declared Wednesday a “no burn day” throughout Chaffee County. NO open fire are allowed within the county, including all campfires, camp stoves, and outdoor smoking. The use of fireworks is also prohibited under this [...]

From the City

NRCDC Board Agenda Available

The Natural Resource Center Development Corporation Board agenda for June 18 is available.


From the City

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Chisholm Park Monday, June 17th at 6pm

Public invited to groundbreaking ceremony in Chisholm Park

SALIDA, Colo.- The City of Salida and Salida Recreation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in Chisholm Park, 324 Hunt Street, Monday, June 17, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the new pavilion that will be available for public use September 30. Everyone is invited to attend.

The indoor/outdoor pavilion will be constructed by Diesslin Structures, Inc., and will be available for year-round use. It will house restrooms, a drinking [...]

Press Releases

Salida Aspen Concerts announces schedule

Salida Aspen Concerts proudly announces its 37th annual classical chamber music series July 6-August 10 including brass ensemble, piano, opera, guitar and, for the first time in the history of the series, a 7th special concert Thursday, August 1 – classical bassist Edgar Meyer and friends.

Press Releases

South Park to host BBQ Competition

This is a national Kansas City BBQ Society and Rocky Mountain BBQ Association sanctioned banner barbecue competition with 24 of the top BBQ teams, competing for prize money, bragging rights, and advancement on to the American Royal in Kansas City, MO in the Fall.

From the City

Ride the Rockies & FIBArk Events Taking Place as Scheduled

Ride the Rockies will arrive in Salida Thursday morning as planned. The Royal Gorge Fire will not affect riders’ overnight stay or events planned for them while they are in Salida. All FIBArk events will take place as scheduled.

City officials are working with the appropriate agencies to stay informed and prepared, and our deepest concern goes out to those affected by the Royal Gorge Fire.

U.S. Highway 50 is closed in both directions from Highway 9 [...]

From the City

US 50 Closed

US50 closed in both directions from CO9 to Canon City due to the Royal Gorge Fire until further notice.

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From the City

McCormick Resignation

Jim McCormick resigned from his position as Salida City Councilman June 7. McCormick served for almost eight years as councilman.

“I have enjoyed working with city staff, elected officials and the citizens of Salida. I am resigning to spend more time with my family,” McCormick said in his resignation letter to the Mayor and Councilmen.

According to the Salida Municipal Code Chapter 2, Article 2, “All vacancies on the City Council created other than by the regular [...]


How fire restrictions work

I pledge to you our best efforts and judgment in assuring the safety of our residents and visitors in the prevention of wildfires within Chaffee County.