SPOT Events

Adopt-a-Trail Volunteers are celebrated with signs 2018- 2019

Adopt-a-Trail volunteer signs are currently being put up celebrating the individuals, families and groups who have adopted 36 of the 43 trail sections identified within the Salida-area In-Town Trail System. These volunteers are part of the Adopt-a-Trail Program, established by the Board of Directors of Salida-area Parks, Open-space & Trails (SPOT) and various trail partners. Adopt- a-Trail volunteers pledge to look after their trail section by keeping it clean and safe and agree to help with seasonal duties such as, weeding, planting, watering and harvesting seed. Adopt-a- Trail volunteers are the eyes and ears for the municipalities and are greatly appreciated as community stewards. The signs were made possible through a SPOT 2018 Salida Community Funding request.

Please go to our SPOT website for information about the Adopt-a-Trail Program and sections of trail that are available for adoption and email us at

Thank you,
The Board of Directors of SPOT,
Donna Rhoads
Katy Grether
amantha Bahn
Denise Wentz
Wayne Sawyer
Shawn Gillis
Cheryl Brown-Kovacic
Liz Weiss


A HUGE THANKS goes out to the Harmony Baptist Church of Atoka, Oklahoma in partnership with the Temple Baptist Church of Salida whose awesome group helped us weed the Monarch Spur Park July 17, 2019.

Pictured left to right. Canyon Willoughby, Shelli Reeves, Alex Daniel, Gracee Cook, London Reeves, Donna Rhoads (SPOT), Chase Cerriotti, Gavin Gray, Jeremiah Brott, Anibelle Brott, Gracelyn Brott, Aliyah Gray, Chris McDonald (Pastor), Landon Reeves, Ethan McDaniel. Photo by Dominique Naccarato, GARNA

Cooperative effort to clean up Milk Run Trail along the fence east of Walmart, July 17, 2019. Thanks to Adopt-a-Trail volunteers, and help from a boy scout, the Walmart Manager and the Southwest Conservation (SCC) Youth Crew.



October 19th, 2017, 50 Burger, a Salida business, will support SPOT with their Pints with a Purpose promotion. Thank you, 50 Burger!


Fundraisers for CR120 Extension

Trail Clean-up and Fundraiser

Christian Koch and Jessica Shook 2016

On Saturday, Oct 1st please join the Ark Valley High Rollers (AVHR) and Salida-area Parks, Open-space & Trails (SPOT) volunteers in sprucing up the Rodeo Run paved trail on CR 120. Meet at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds parking lot at 9 am, on your bike, skates, or on foot with sunscreen and work gloves.

A Fundraising Event, hosted by SPOT, will immediately follow at Elevation Beer Company and Eddy Out Grille from 12 noon to 4pm. A portion of all sales will be donated to the CR 120 Trail Extension project to construct new trail westerly along CR120 and up Hwy 50/285 to CR128, across from the Poncha Springs Crossroads Visitors Center. There will be a silent auction, with items from Absolute Bikes, Vino Salida, AVHR, D&J Rare Gems, Alpha Dog Care, The Mixing Bowl, Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center and more.

Cheryl Brown-Kovacic and friends 2016

Fundraiser at Vino Salida for the Bike Path Extension of CR120

Vino Salida in Poncha Springs is hosting “Light the Path”, a pumpkin carving and wine fundraiser on Sunday, October 16, from 4-8pm, for the CR120 Bike Path Extension Project. $20 for a pumpkin, glass of wine, tools and friends. $15 for non-alcoholic beverages.

The fundraiser is for the extension of the CR 120 bicycle and walking path, also known as Rodeo Trail. The trail currently runs from Poncha Boulevard in Salida along CR 120 to Elevation Brewery. The extension will take the trail westerly to the end of CR120 and northerly along Hwy 285/50 to CR 128, across from the Poncha Springs Crossroads Visitors Center.

This project is a result of a private/public partnership between Chaffee County, private land owners, the non-profit Salida Parks, Open-space, and Trails (SPOT), LiveWell Colorado and community businesses raised at “Light the Path” with a $10,000 challenge match!

Please join us at Vino Salida, located at 10495 on the west end of CR120 in Poncha Springs. Contact the winery at 719-539-6299 or Donna at 719 221-4008 for more information.


Mesa Lane Mural

The Mesa Lane Mural is currently being painted to depict the Salida Trail System map. Salida High School honor art students, under the supervision of art teacher, Janine Frazee, have
taken on the task as a school project that serves the community. They will be finishing the mural by the end of May, 2015. SPOT has approval from the City for the work and SPOT has agreed to pay $500 for the painting materials.

Janine Frazee and honor art students

Salida Sunrise Rotary Drinking Fountain

Success! A double bubbler water fountain and dog bowl drinking fountain was installed in the Monarch Spur Park located alongside the Monarch Spur Trail! The fountain was ordered through Salida Winnelson and was installed by the Salida Public Works Department this spring. Thank you Salida Sunrise Rotary Club (2014 Community Project Support of $1,000) and other SPOT donors for the generous donations to accomplish this project.

*The Monarch Spur Trail extends from the boat ramp to Highway 50 (WalMart) through downtown Salida.


Katy Grether, Donna Rhoads, Susan Ragan, Cheryl Brown-Kovacic 2014

Hutchinson Homestead Quilt Raffle Award

Non-profit sponsor Salida-Area Parks, Open Space & Trails (SPOT) held the drawing on Saturday, September 27th at 4:00 P.M. at the Homestead Visitor Center. The raffle raised almost $3,400 for operations and programs at the Homestead.

SPOT would like to thank the generosity of Susan Ragan who designed, pieced and donated the blue-shaded flying geese- motif quilt to SPOT, the Smokin’ Needles Club who hand- stitched the quilting, Carol Cartwright who photographed the quilt for our tickets and posters, Cindy Lantz who loaned SPOT the display frame, and all of you who bought tickets to support the agricultural and historical enrichment programs that we do at the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center.

Laurie Ferber, valley resident and former president of the Monarch Quilters, won the raffle.


Share the Road Project

With the help of Chaffee County, the southern Chaffee County municipalities, SPOT has worked to implement the Share the Road Project, a project to identify and sign designated roads in that indicate popular bicycle/pedestrian route connections from the town of Poncha Springs and the City of Salida to public lands. In 2010 fifty Bike Route signs were placed along county road routes to alert automobiles and in 2013 volunteers and SCC Youth Corps placed one hundred carsonite signs along the same routes to provide route information for non-motorized users.

Share the Road Trail signs on CR 110
Chris Bove (County Road & Bridge) installing Share the Road signs