“Ghost” towns dot Chaffee County as relics of bygone mining booms. Most are reachable by car, although four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Some of the better known are:

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Slightly more than 20 miles west of Salida on U.S. 50 is the Continental Divide, dividing the country’s rivers that flow to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Lake and Chaffee counties have a rich mining heritage springing from the gold and silver mining heyday of the 1860s to early 1900s. 

The Arkansas River is a mighty and magnificent watercourse — no question about it. The nation’s sixth-longest river at 1,469 miles, the Arkansas travels from Colorado through Kansas and Oklahoma before ending its journey in Arkansas, where it empties into the Mississippi. But I like it best …

The Upper Arkansas Valley offers many year-round options for recreating with your four-legged friends. Fun can be had by all, but it’s important for pet owners to know the rules and local leash laws.

When Giuseppe and Giovannina Scanga came to Salida from Italy in 1886 they didn’t imagine the impact they and their descendants would have on this small community on the banks of the Arkansas River.