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The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The population was 5,236 at the 2010 census.HistoryA post office has been in operation at Salida since 1881. The community was named on account of its distance from a nearby canyon, Salida meaning "exit" in Spanish.Geography and climateAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of of it is land, and the Arkansas River, which runs through the town, is the major source of water for local agriculture.The Sawatch Range runs north and south and is located roughly 10mi west of Salida. Methodist Mountain, which is a major feature on Salida's southern horizon, is the northernmost mountain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. To the north of Salida is the Arkansas Valley and the town of Buena Vista.U.S. Route 50 runs along the southern edge of the city and leads east down the Arkansas River to Cañon City; to the west it leads 4mi to Poncha Springs and over the Continental Divide to Gunnison.Take a peek at our international travel planner: Salida and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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