Benchmark DetailsDate: 07/06/2022Evaluator: Pete BlanchardView Bio
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Monarch Mountain
Salida, CO
The biggest little mountain in Colorado

Since 1939, Monarch Mountain has provided “unspoiled fun” to skiers and riders in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Sitting above the picturesque mountain town of Salida, Monarch provides a welcome respite from the mega resorts and congestion on I-80 that most skiers associate with Colorado. With its closest city being Colorado Springs, Monarch is still easily accessible for locals and visitors alike who come to enjoy over 350 inches of annual snowfall across 800 skiable acres.

From family-friendly trails to progressive terrain parks and even snowcat tours into the Mirkwood Basin backcountry, Monarch offers something for everyone. When you’re not linking turns on 100% natural snow at 14,000 feet, relax at the energy-efficient lodge and enjoy a plastic-free meal at the Sidewinder Saloon. There are plenty of apres activities in Salida as well with live music, art, and some of the best river rafting in the country!