Once a tiny mining town with just a cluster of houses, Monarch, Colorado, in the Sawatch Mountain Range, is now a popular yet casual and affordable ski resort. It's known for having thick, deep snow, a wonderfully diverse rugged landscape, and park terrain.
Great activities in the Monarch area include skiing and snowboarding, horseback riding, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, sledding, tubing and snow cat tours. There's also plenty of places for hiking and cycling, including the Colorado Trail where mountain bikers can set off down the 500 miles of trails. For awe inspiring views from above, hop aboard the Monarch Crest Scenic Tram. To test your nerve the Arkansas River flows nearby and is a famous spot for white water rafting. In nearby Salida the is an excess of cafes and restaurants in its historic downtown. Additionally there are some quality hot springs here for a relaxing break from the slopes. If you want to test your nerve white water rafting, the Arkansas River also flows through here and is a famous spot for the adventurous sport.
Winter for the full range of activities snow activities.