WINTer activities

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salida colorado skiing and snowboarding

Enjoy some of Colorado’s best powder at Monarch Mountain, just 25 minutes up Monarch Pass. Unspoiled since 1938, offering terrain for all skill levels – from beginners to experts looking for our world famous Cat Skiing. If you need rentals, Mt Shavano Ski Shop is great and Salida Sports Recycler can help you with waxing and tuning. Talk to the Loyal Duke staff about great value ski packages including accommodations and tickets by emailing us at or calling us at (719) 539-6689.

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backcountry skiing

Monarch Mountain and the surrounding areas offer some spectacular backcountry skiing. Ask the local experts for their recommendations on some amazing, untouched backcountry skiing opportunities.

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cross country skiing

Explore some of the most gorgeous scenery on cross-country skis in Chaffee County. Just 25 minutes west from Loyal Duke Lodge, cross-country ski and snowshoe over Old Monarch Pass, Co. After a gradual slope, stand on top of the Continental Divide and look into the Gunnison Valley. Stunning!

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Whether you bring your own snowmobile or want to rent one, Salida is the right place for you to explore some astounding mountain trails. For guided tours check out Monarch Snowmobile Tours and for rentals try out All Seasons Rental for a full service experience. They will take the sleds to the trailhead for you and provide maps.

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Heed the call of the wild and book a ride with Monarch Dog Sleds - first, meet the dogs and learn about the sport of mushing, then learn how to harness a dog and take a 30-35 minute dogsled ride through the national forest.

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For an incredibly beautiful and serene experience, snowshoe into a quiet winter wonderland on the many beautiful trails we have in the area. Check out this website for best snowshoe trails for some great recommendations.