TheSimple Lodge & Hostel, 224 E. First St. ([tel] 719/650-7381; www.simplelodge.com), is the best value in town, offering bunks for $21 to $24 a night and private rooms for $55 to $160 a night in a slickly restored 1883 railroad boardinghouse just 2 blocks from the town center.
Northwest of Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, 15870 C.R. 162, Nathrop ([tel] 888/395-7799 or 719/395-2447;www.mtprinceton.com),ifeatures several soaking pools (admission is $12 to $22 for non-guests; overnight guests are free). Lodge rooms are $180 to $225 in peak season, and cabins $325 to $450. There is also a restaurant and good access to hiking.
Or you can drive a bit further on C.R. 162 and stay in St. Elmo, a ghost town that sits at the end of Chalk Creek Road northwest of Salida. (Only 4-by-4s need test the mountain passes beyond.) Take your pick of cabins from the St. Elmo General Store ([tel] 719/395-2117; www.st-elmo.com) for $79 a night or rooms in the stately Ghost Town Guest House, 25850 C.R. 162([tel] 719/395-2120; www.ghosttownguesthouse.com), with rooms for $175 to $195 double.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.