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Old 05-19-2009, 07:07 AM
Location: Trinidad CO
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I lived outside of Boulder in the mountains for a very long time. My husband got a job here in Salida 2 years ago. While I think it is a great beautiful town..it is rather boring. (We are in our early 40's) There are very few restaurants (We are foodies) There is one movie theatre that plays alot of children's movies and very few jobs. Make sure that you have one when you get here. You have to fly out of Denver or Colorado Springs. We always try to get out of town at least once a month or we go a little stir crazy! The outdoor recreation is phenominal! The weather is pretty much always sunny. I don't know where it gets this reputation for cold. Sure December and January can be cold but every where in Colorado is colder and snowier than Salida. You can see the storms all around but not very often do they touch down in here. (this is also coming from my perspective of having lived at over 8000ft for a very long time) I rode my bike all through the winter because there is rarely snow on the ground. My impression of Salida is that it is a great place for retirees or people with small children. In fact my husband is interviewing for a job in Durango. At least it is a bigger town.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'm guesing the reputation for cold is due to Monarch Pass. I swear some sites/reports use Monarch Pass as the weather station to report for Salida!
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:09 PM
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Yes lalahartma, that would have to be true!!
Just as close as Monarch is to Salida........Florence, Penrose, Pueblo, Colorado Springs (though a little further) is to Canon City! Here in Canon,...everyone says we have a vacuum or a vortex above the town that sucks up the weather and sets it down around us! One can actually see it circle around the town!!! Blocks I tell you!!
Once, I looked down highway 50 to the east, and the snow was at the edge of home Depot, then no more snow until out of town to the west!
That snow, by the way, closed down 50 from Canon to Pueblo!! We were dry!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:27 PM
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We rented in Salida before making a decision to buy here. I am glad we did.

The pros...no crime, clean air, no traffic..

The cons...virtually no decent medical care. The medical care is high here due to the fact the docs have little competition. If you need anything other then primary care be prepared to go to Colorado Springs or Denver.
The housing cost is extremely high. There is very little available to rent and when you do find something you will pay much more than the property is worth.
There are no jobs and what jobs you do find go to someone's "family" regardless of experience.
Buying a home here is out of reach for most folks.
Customer Service is unheard of here...people act as if they are doing you a favor to wait on you.
There is a general distrust of newcomers. Churches are more like social clubs and very cliquey. Its
hard to make new friends.
If you are younger you will have a better chance of getting to know people. There are a couple of local hangouts that seem to be popular with the younger folks.
It's hard to find any local help from lawn care to painters, housecleaning ect. The few people available service accounts they have established for years.
I thank my stars each and every day we didn't buy here. Some we know that did feel stuck.
In conclusion...a great place to visit but think long and hard before you move here.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:25 PM
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Default Salida - A nice community

We spent two weeks checking out localities in Colorado and SE Utah, and were impressed by Salida. We spoke to a lot of residents, rented bikes and spent a day riding around, and looked at different neighborhoods. We liked what we saw, and will be making a return trip in winter to experience the climate. We enjoyed several of the local restaurants, also. Got the best steak I can remember at the Front Street Cafe. Definitely on our list of retirement communities. Currently, top of our list. Thanks to all the friendly folk who took time to talk to us.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:48 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I agree it is very nice. I would love to buy a cabin there some day.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:44 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Recumbent Falcon- I was born in Salida and I'm actually 5th generation on my mom's side to graduate from Salida High School! I love it too. I just wanted to say that if you have any questions, feel free to message me and I will try to help. And just a small correction, it's "First" Street Cafe, not Front Street. Easy mistake to make. Oh, and a winter trip will really make you love Salida. It's in the "Banana Belt", meaning it's usually 10-20 degrees warmer than just about anywhere else. The weather is one of my favorite things about Salida- pretty much always sunny and warm. Good luck with everything!

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Old 07-05-2009, 10:55 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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FYI - You can check out the classifieds on the local paper- http://www.themountainmail.com for current job listings and rental prices.

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Old 07-08-2009, 10:42 AM
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[quote=coltoncity;300833]I heard it is very very cold there is that accurate? On mentioning my interest in Taos it seemed like I read Salida was different, laid nack and artsy as well ... what do you think?

Thank you for your info ... very appreciated![/quote

The climate is better in the summer then Taos, which is one of my favorite places on earth. The arts community here is more like a Taos wannabe. In no way does it compare to the art community in Taos.

There seems to be an effort for the artsy types here to develop the arts. They have made a lot of positive changes and the ones that are here are very skilled.

If I were you I would take a couple of weekend trips, one to Taos and one to Salida and make my own comparisons.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:37 AM
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I'm going to be graduating from nursing school in May 11' What is the nurse need up there?
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