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Unveiling of  the new Mountain Heritage Park in Salida coincides with Indigenous Peoples Day

The community is invited to celebrate the completion of Mountain Heritage Park from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, while honoring Indigenous Peoples Day.

Chipeta Mountain Project. Courtesy logo

“Mountain Heritage Park (MHP) is now complete and it’s time to celebrate Salida’s first mountain park,” said Chipeta Mountain Project  Guide and MHP Project Manager Craig Nielson.

“MHP embraces the rich cultural and natural history of our mountain community and the Ute people, the original inhabitants of the Valley for more than 500 years,”  he adds.

“Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday in the United States that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures, the driving force behind this new amenity for locals and visitors alike”, added Nielson.

The park is located near the top of Tenderfoot (“S”) Mountain, along Spiral Drive. Driving directions from downtown Salida are here.  There is limited parking so visitors are asked to carpool if possible and to keep dogs on leash.

An invigorating hike is also possible from downtown Salida, via the railyards and along Spiral Drive. Visitors will be rewarded with great photo opportunities as well as a chance to learn more about the sense of this place.

Image courtesy of the City of Salida.

Organizers note that this is an informal event; no RSVP is required and that details of speakers and invited guests will follow in the days before the event.

This park has been a multi-year project funded in part by the City of Salida Parks and Recreation Department. Contributing to the financial support have been donations from businesses and individuals in the community as well as significant amounts of in-kind donations and volunteer labor.

Featured image: Mountain Heritage Park has commanding views of two distinct mountain ranges that have shaped the history and culture of Salida and south-central Colorado for generations. Licia Iverson photo.