Monarch / Salida Lodging
Cottonwood Snowmobile Tours
Whether you are looking for a half day snowmobile tour with the family or an exciting full day performance snowmobile tour in Colorado's backcountry, Cottonwood Country Snowmobile Tours is the place for your Colorado experience.
Indoor pool, 3 hot tubs, sun deck, Continental Breakfast and Monarch Packages.
Monarch Mountain, located in South Central Colorado, is what you expect from a real Colorado ski area. Abundant natural snow (350 + in.) and friendly people are two of the areas strongest attributes. You walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to the base area. At Monarch you'll lose the crowds but not your friends.
Looking for great powder, spectacular views, 1000+ acres of expert terrain, steeps, trees, cliffs, and bowls? You found it with Monarch Mountain's Snowcat Tours. Considered some of the bestsnowcat skiing in the state, guests enjoy skiing/riding in closely spaced trees, variable snow conditions and extremely steep slopes.
At the base of Monarch Pass lies the sunny Arkansas River Valley, with everything you need to make your visit complete. The towns of Salida, and Buena Vista have great restaurants, galleries, shops, and a variety of accommodations. This winter come up and stay a few days and experience real mountain hospitality.
Welcome to Monarch, a real Colorado ski area!
MONARCH MOUNTAIN IS THE PERFECT ski area for people looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of the bigger resorts. monarch is very affordable and easily accessible from the front range via Highways 285 and 50. at monarch you park right at the base of the mountain and walk to the lifts, making it very convenient for families with little ones. monarch’s two strongest attributes are friendly people and abundant natural snowfall (350”). This season give monarch mountain a try, you’ll be glad you did.
CLOSEST TOWN - Salida
SEASON - Nov 21, 2012 to April 14, 2013
HOURS - 9am-4pm
Peak - 11,952 ft.
Base - 10,790 ft.
Vertical Rise - 1,162 ft.
TERRAIN & SERVICES
Beginner - 14%
Intermediate - 28%
Advanced - 27%
Expert - 31%
Skiable Acres - 800
Number of Trails - 63
Longest Trail - 1 mile
Terrain Parks - 3
Total Lifts - 7
Avg Annual Snowfall - 350 inches
Avg Days of Sun Year - 300 days
Snow Report: 888.996.7669
LODGING | CENTRAL RESV
#1 Powder Place
23715 Hwy. 50
Monarch, CO 81227
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Adult (ages 16-61) 1 day $60, 2 day $116,
3 day $174, 4 day $232, 1/2 day (starts at 12:30) $45, 2:00 p.m. + $28
Teens (ages 13-15) 1 day $38, 2 day $72,
3 day $108, 4 day $144,
1/2 day (starts at 12:30) $32
Junior (ages 7-12) 1 day $24, 2 day $44,
3 day $66, 4 day $88,
1/2 Day (starts at 12:30) $17.00
Senior (ages 62-68) 1 day $35, 2 day $66,
3 day $99, 4 day $132,
1/2 Day (starts at 12:30) $24.00
Child (6 and under) & Senior (69 & over) -- SKI/RIDE FOR FREE
Buy early, Rate goes goes up. Rate if Renewed by 7-31-21 /Bought by 7-31-12 / by 11-4-12 / After 11-4-12
Adult (ages 16-61) $319 / $$329 / $359 / $459
Student (ages 13-15) $189 / $199 / $229 / $309
Junior (ages 7-12) $109.00 / $119 / $129 / $149
Senior (ages 62+) $189 / $199 / $229 / $309
Senior (ages 69+) WITHOUT PARTNER RESORT
Military (13-61) $159 / $169 / $209 / $219
Children (ages 3-6)Free with purchase of adult season pass
The Monarch Season Pass includes FREE tickets at other resorts throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
At the base there is a choice for all of your stomach's grumblings: Gunbarrel Café, Starbucks coffee, and preferred seating and service in the Sidewinder Saloon Bar.
Monarch Ski & Ride School. Lessons: (All ages) alpine, snowboarding, never-ever packages, weekly adult clinics, weekly women's afternoon clinics, multi-week children's programs (3-18 years). Daycare: Childcare and lessons for 3 to 6 years. Contact: Ski & Ride School, 888.996.7669 x5196; childcare, 888,996.7669 x5141.
Looking for great backcountry? Monarch has a couple options for you; Mirkwood Basin is 130 acres of "hike to heaven" with some double-black bowls, chutes and trees. Since 1990 Monarch Snowcat Tours has been taking people to the top of the Continental Divide to ski some fantastic terrain. The friendly Guides will take you to open bowls, steep tree runs, glades, cliffs and even show you some of the local's secret stash. You really need to experience a day with Monarch Snowcat Tours to make your season complete.
7th Annual Kayaks on Snow, April 7, Monarch's Kayak on Snow Boatercross. Monarch's signature event. Contestants race head to head, similar to Skier Cross, down a specially designed course featuring berms, banks, and bumps, ending in an icy pond! This is as fun to watch as it is to race.
Monarch Snowmobile Tours offers full and half day adventures. The Arkansas River flows right through the nearby town of Salida which contains Colorado's largest historic district. Salida's downtown is full of funky art galleries, tasty restaurants, and live music venues.
Buena Vista - Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique, Oct. 17, Steamplant Ballroom & Annex, Heart Of The Rockies Fiberarts Guild. Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique.Opening Day, November 21, 2012
Trick or Treat Street, October 31, 2012, Buena Vista
Craft and Christmas Bazaar, Buena Vista, November 3, 2012
Annual Dryland Mushing Races, Buena Vista, November 11, 2012. Mushers from around Colorado will be having a fun competition with their sled dogs on bikes, scooters, carts and on foot. No snow, No problem.
Ski with a Naturalist, December 16, 2012
The tour will take place every Sunday beginning Dec. 16 except for Christmas Day. It is free and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. The group meets every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. next to the sign in front of Ski Patrol headquarters and follows all beginner runs. The tour features instruction about forest ecology, wildlife in the winter, the history of recreation on Monarch Pass, ski area-USFS partnership, Monarch Mountain's green mission, and more.
Santa skis Monarch, December 24, 2012
Bring the little ones up to hang out with Santa as he skis or snowboards around Monarch spreading Christmas cheer. Photo opportunities will be available.
32nd New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Firework Show, December 31, 2012.
Join us for our annual Torchlight Parade and Firework Show. Festivities will begin around sunset with drink specials and an incredible firework display. Guests can sign up with Guest Services to participate in the Torchlight Parade. If you have never participated in a torchlight parade, this is your chance! For more information and registration, call 888-996-7669 x-5050
Kid Fest, January 6, 2012
Kid Fest 2013 will consist of FREE activities, contests, games and prizes for the young ones. Face painting, art contests, interactive snow sculptures, helmet decorating, touch-a-snowcat, and a kids terrain park demo & competition in Tilt will be featured. Special appearance from Safety Sam and Smokey the Bear.
Town Challenge Practice Day, Jan 12, 2013
Town Challenge Race #1, Jan. 19, 2013
Town Challenge Race #2, Jan 26, 2013
Town Challenge Race #3, Feb. 2, 2012
Town Challenge Race #4, Feb.9, 2013
Town Challenge Race #5, Feb 16, 2013
Town Challenge Race #6, Feb 23, 2012
Town Challenge Race #7 & Awards, March 2, 2013
Butterfly Roundup, March 2, 2013
Teams of two hunt around the mountain collecting colored butterfly stickers worth various points. Top 3 teams win prizes. Extra points awarded for costumes! Butterfly sightings + costumes + skiing/riding = A Monarch good time! This inaugural event is sure to become a classic! Free and open to all ages.
8th Annual Kayaks on Snow, Monarch's Kayak on Snow Boatercross, April 6, 2013
Monarch's signature event. Contestants race head to head, similar to Skier Cross, down a specially designed course featuring berms, banks, and bumps, ending in an icy pond! This is as fun to watch as it is to race. Great sponsors will be on hand to provide plenty of stoke for this unique event. $10 entry fee include event T. For more information and registration, call 888-996-7669 x-5050.
7th Annual Parking Lot Cook-Off & Tailgate Party, April 14, 2013
Celebrate the end of ski season and beginning of whitewater season with our annual parking lot cook-off and tailgate party. Guests are encouraged to whip up their best eats, competing for next year's season pass among other goodies. Contestants will also be judged on decor and spirit, so spiff up your rig and come on up, snow or shine! This event continues to attract closet chefs from around the region. Bring your appetite!
Closing Day, April 14, 2013
Recognized as the snow king of ski areas, national magazines and small-area lovers praise Monarch for the natural quality and depth of its snow. Families keep coming back because of the friendly, professional staff.
719.539.3573, 888.996.7669 or www.skimonarch.com
Mount Princeton Hot Springs www.mtprinceton.com
Cottonwood Country Snowmobile Tours
In the mountains of the San Isabel National Forest, old mining roads and abandoned railroad grades lead to high country passes perfect for snowmobiling. www.colorado-snowmobile-tours.com
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
From gentle grades to rigorous overnight backcountry climbs, skiers and shoers have a selection of trails, glades and bowls for any ability.
DIRECTIONS BY AIR
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and Denver International Airport provide jet connections to cities worldwide.
DIRECTIONS BY CAR
159 miles from Denver via US 285 and US 50; 120 miles from Colorado Springs via Colorado 115 and US 50 or via US 24, US 285 and US 50; 110 miles from Pueblo via US 50; 190 miles from Grand Junction via US 50.