What is different this year?
Where is Salida and when should I get to Salida?
When is Check In?
Where can I rent a mountain bike or cruiser bike?
Do I need to have a really good mountain bike?
What will the weather be like for the ride?
Is childcare available?
Where can I camp?
What hotels do you recommend?
What restaurants do you recommend?
What if I want to have more adventures in Salida?
Lots! this year we have decided to simplify things and go back to our original format by offering just the famed Monarch Crest Trail. The event will still be held in Salida and will still feature the fun, food and music-filled party in Riverside Park after the ride.
Unlike past years, we are NO longer offering free bike checks. Please make sure your bike has been checked thoroughly by your local bike shop before the day of the ride. If you would like one of the local shops – Subculture Cyclery, Salida Bike Company or Absolute Bikes – to work on your bike before the ride, contact them to set up an appointment. We will not be doing any registrations the day of the event, unless we still have rider spots available.
The ideal mountain town of Salida is located 2.5 hours drive southwest of Denver via US 285 or 2 hours west of Colorado Springs on US 24. It’s at the conjunction of the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges.
Check in is Saturday, September 13 at Absolute Bikes from 5 to 8 pm. You will check in, sign the liability waiver, pick up your goodie bag and enjoy meeting some fellow cyclists.
You can rent all types of mountain bikes in Salida – full suspension, women’s specific, 29ers, etc. Just call one of the three shops to line up a high quality rental.
Yes. To do either the Monarch Crest Trail, you need a mountain bike in excellent condition. This does not mean a really expensive bike, but a mountain bike in perfect working condition. If you have any doubts, please have your bike checked by a professional mechanic before the event.
September is sunny, chilly in the morning, but warming up in late morning – often in the 70s. The Monarch Crest Trail will be fairly chilly in the morning and you will need a long sleeve jersey and rain jacket. It will warm up considerably as the day goes on. If it’s foggy or rainy, the show must go on and we’ll do the ride regardless. In this case, you will need much more clothing – rain gear, hat, gloves, long sleeve jersey and jacket.
Childcare is provided by Salida Parks and Recreation staff, trained in CPR & First Aid, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Scout Hut in Riverside Park. Cost is $20 per child and $15.00 per additional sibling. Minimum age requirement of 5 years old. Pre-registration is required with payment and a minimum of 5 children must be signed up for the program to run. Children need to bring their own snacks and lunch and are encouraged to bring their bike and helmet.
There are plenty of camping spots close to town – some are free and some cost money. There are free spots a few miles east of Salida along the Arkansas River/US 50. There are several paid USFS and private campgrounds along US Highway 50 going up Monarch Pass. If camping, there are paid showers at the Salida Hot Springs Pool on US50 in Salida. Please contact the Salida Chamber of Commerce for more exact details, www.SalidaChamber.org.
We personally recommend the following hotels for their support of the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse:
Salida Super 8 - www.SalidaSuper8.com, 719-539-6689. Located at 525 West Rainbow Blvd on US 50. Locally-owned by cyclists!
Salida offers a full range of culinary delights. Most of the best restaurants and bars are located in Downtown Salida. We personally recommend the following restaurants for their support of the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse:
Cafe Dawn – www.cafe-dawn.com, 719-539-5105, Corner of 1st Street and G Downtown. A community-minded and environmentally-conscious coffee shop that also serves tasty pastries and healthy lunches. The owners are mountain bikers too.
Moonlight Pizza – www.MoonlightPizza.biz, 719-539-4277, 242 F Street – Downtown. Locally-owned by long-time supporters of the Crest Crank! Named the best pizza in Salida for years running. They will deliver.
The Country Bounty – www.thecountrybounty.com, 719-539-3546, located on US 50 across from the hot springs swimming pool, 413 W. Rainbow Blvd. A great family-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. A long time Salida favorite.
Currents – 719-539-9514, 122 N. F Street. Downtown. A stylish quality restaurant in the historic district. If you are looking for something special, try it out.
Victoria Tavern – 719-539-9003, 143 N. F Street. Right on the corner near Riverside Park. This is the historic tavern in Salida. Head here for fun times, guaranteed mountain town flavor.
Amica’s Pizzeria & Microbrew – 719-539-5219, 136 East 2nd Street. Gourmet thin crust pizza and Salida’s only microbrewery. A huge favorite with all visitors to Salida.
Salida is full of fun activities. Please contact the Salida Chamber of Commerce for suggestions, www.SalidaChamber.org.