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Area Attractions

The Mountain Goat Lodge is your gateway to adventure in the wilds of Colorado! With everything from hiking trails and whitewater rafting to shopping and sightseeing on offer, you won't be short of things to see, do, and experience during your stay.  
We are located just a few miles from Salida, which has history and thrills 'n' spills in abundance. Arkansas River rafting is a hugely popular activity in the summertime, with a number of professional companies offering whitewater rafting trips on all lengths of river at all skill levels.
If winter sports are more your thing, head to the Monarch Mountain Ski Resort. There, you can hit the slopes for downhill skiing, snowcat skiing, and snowboarding. And if you're new to skiing, they offer fun lessons for all abilities. Monarch Mountain offers some of the best skiing in Colorado, so it's a place not to be missed.
Hikers and trailblazers should have the Colorado 14ers on their wishlist! Named for their heights of 14,000+ feet, these 58 mountains offer an epic climbing challenge. Be sure to fully prepare for your trek by acclimating yourself to the altitude; train hard for hiking in the thin air and start your hike early in the day to avoid afternoon storms. Also, remember to take plenty of water and antacids to combat altitude sickness.

Add These to Your Trip Schedule! 
* Fly fishing on the Arkansas River: Cast your rod and reel 'em in
* Mountain biking: Hit the trails on two wheels for a thrilling ride
* Four-wheeling: Navigate rugged terrain and back roads by Jeep
* ATV riding: Leave paved roads behind and power through the back road trails
* Kayaking: More serene than rafting but with the same incredible scenic backdrop
* Hiking: Pull on your boots, grab your backpack, and go breathe in some fresh air
* Camping: Spend a night under the stars to experience the true Colorado wilderness
* Horseback riding: At one with nature on the back of a trusty steed
* Zip-lining: For hardcore thrill-seekers who like their activities high, fast, and a little scary
* Hot-air ballooning: Got a head for heights? Panoramic views to take your breath away
* Hunting: Showcase your skills and bag a prize
* Geocaching: What treasures will you uncover with this hip new activity?
* Rockhounding: Colorado is famed for its epic geology - great for amateur rock collectors
* Golfing: Leisurely or competitive, nothing beats a few hours on the fairway
* Hot springs: Soak in soothing waters after your hike - your muscles will thank you for it
* Sightseeing: Absorb a little culture and history while marveling at beautiful architecture
* Ghost towns: Step back in time and get a glimpse of Colorado's past
* Shopping: Spend your dollars on souvenirs and gifts for those who couldn't make the trip
* Fine dining: Because all that adventure is bound to give you an appetite
* Photography: Learn how to take the best snaps to remember your vacation by
All-Season Rentals: Hire snowmobiles and ATVs and gear up for an exhilarating mountain experience! This rental and tour company will take you into Colorado's backcountry where you'll discover jaw-dropping views, historic ghost towns, and more. Their experienced guides will take you on a half- or full-day tour of the Colorado High Country; self-guided tours are also available.

ArkAnglers: The premier guide service for fly fishing, based on the Arkansas River. Visit their full-service fly shops and obtain permits for high mountain lakes and streams. The guide staff members are fly fishing professionals with the knowledge and flexibility to customize your trip.

Colorado Fly Fishing Guides: A certified, registered, insured, and bonded Colorado fishing outfitters with permits for the Arkansas River, South Platte River, Spinney, Eleven Mile, and Clear Creek Reservoirs. Rent waders, rods, and reels from them if needed.

We recommend Independent Whitewater for all your rafting excursions and can book a trip for you along with your stay at the lodge. This company is located just 1 mile north of our Lodge; They have trips to cater for all, from Scenic Salida Floats to advanced rafting and trips through Browns Canyon National Monument. Owned by locals and in business for over 35 years, Independent has the experience and skill to ensure a thrilling time on the water. Wiley and Mike are friendly and welcoming and their guides are highly-trained. 
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