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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

River Front Home with 3 Bedrooms (+ a Loft) and 2 Baths - Sleeps 8-10

Please note the calendar is updated daily so it is accurate.

Pets are welcome with pre-approval and additional fees.

River City Chalet is a gorgeous, open concept, sun filled home with private access to the Arkansas River. It is only 2-3 blocks from downtown Salida so walking, strolling or biking is super easy. Lounge on the back deck in the morning or afternoon sun and watch the rafts float by or grab your fishing pole, raft or kayak and maximize your adventure at this amazing home. It's easy to make River City Chalet your FIBArk headquarters!

Quick Facts:

*Three bedrooms: one king, one queen and two twin beds.

*There is a loft with a futon and tow roll-away-beds for extra sleeping.

*A large kitchen has a ton of counter top space and ample seating for entertaining and family gatherings.

*The open concept kitchen opens into the living and dining rooms

*A comfortable, large deck with a gas grill and the large yard that slopes gently down to the river’s edge

* There is an awesome gathering area around the fire pit for smores, marshmallow roasting or happy hour celebrations

Adventure surrounds this amazing RIVER FRONT home in historic downtown Salida, Colorado. River City Chalet is a premier Salida vacation rental that is only 5 doors down from the Salida Boat Launch. It is an ideal location for strolling the streets of historic downtown Salida, tubing the Arkansas River right from the spectacular back yard and for watching the world famous FIBArk Festival. This open concept, custom house has 3 bedrooms (1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds), a loft futon, 2 rollaway beds and 2 bathrooms (downstairs: shower/tub combo - upstairs: shower) and sleeps 8-10.


The lovely 2000 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath custom home is located directly on the Arkansas River and has super easy access to restaurants, breweries, distilleries, extensive and varied 4-wheeling, ghost town exploring, gem hunting, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, & zip lining.

The lovely master bedroom is downstairs and has a sumptuous king bed. The second bedroom is upstairs has a wonderful sleigh queen bed while the third bedroom has two twin beds and is located on the second level. There is a loft futon and 2 rollaway beds for additional sleeping. All bedrooms and the living room have flat screen TVs, luggage racks, full length mirrors and ceiling fans.

There are TWO bathrooms in this river side home: one is upstairs and has a toilet, sink/vanity and shower. The second bathroom is downstairs and has a toilet, vanity and shower/tub combo.

The well equipped kitchen is huge and has great counter space, a dining table that seats 6, an island/breakfast bar with seating for 4, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher, an ice maker and all the kitchen essentials you would expect at home including a built-in wine fridge/cooler! There is a laundry room with a washer/dryer and iron/ironing board for guest use.

High speed wireless Internet and cable TV are included.

The inviting living room has ample seating, a flat screen TV/DVD player, a ceiling fan and huge windows that allow you to watch the river where kayaks and rafts float by.

The huge back deck overlooks the awesome might of the Arkansas River, has comfortable seating for added outdoor living, a gas BBQ grill and a phenomenal fire pit for making yummy s'mores.

Truly, this home has it all!

Pets may be accepted with prior approval and are subject to a $15 per pet per night fee.


Our luxurious, slice of mountain paradise is located in a close-knit, historic community that wholly embraces energetic, peaceful, laid back lifestyles. Salida is a beautiful & charming town of 5500 people that is a short distance from the famed Rainbow Hiking Trail; offers world class mountain biking trails; has been featured on HGTV as the 'Town that Decorates an Entire Mountain and is called 'The Little Soho of the West because of its plentiful, nationally acclaimed artists/galleries and large number of year-round art events.

River City Chalet is THE HOUSE to rent during FIBARk. Each June, the largest whitewater rafting festival in the country, FIBArk (short for First In Boating on The Arkansas), begins the week before Fathers Day. World champion kayakers compete during 6 days of grueling competitions, daily/nightly free live music is offered and a super fun atmosphere abounds. In the past, New Belgium/Fat Tire has sponsored the event but now, a terrific local brewery, The Eddyline, is the key FIBArk sponsor. Obviously, great beer selections are guaranteed. The most popular and funniest FIBArk event is the Hooligan Race (5pm on the Saturday before Fathers Day) where contestant teams construct theme rafts from items such as bales of hay, empty kegs, tires, floats, sofas, & bath tubs then try to navigate over rapids and under the F Street Bridge. Hollering, hooting, and hysteria richly fill the air when rafts pass through the Boat Ramp Rapids as contestants jump for money strung high across the Arkansas. Most rafts eject people, break apart, or completely flip over!


Our County enjoys over 330 days of sunshine annually; has the most 14,000+ ft. peaks concentrated into the smallest geographical area in the USA; is 30 minutes from the Continental Divide/Monarch Pass; has numerous, easy to reach hot springs; and boasts of having the most rafted stretch of any river in the United States (Arkansas River). In addition, Chaffee County is home to the most craft microbreweries & distilleries per capita in the United States and has numerous high quality gems/minerals on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Great day trips include The Great Dunes National Park, Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Park, the ghost towns of Turret and St. Elmo, a drive along Aspen Ridge especially in the fall, hiking/biking/gondola-ing along the Continental Divide, visiting the awesome Royal Gorge & driving to Leadville, the highest town in the country at 10,200 ft. We live in a truly special & blessed area and would like to share it with you.

We invite you to come stay at River City Chalet. There are hair dryers, an iron/ironing board, and local maps/brochures. We will be happy to provide information on places to visit and where to rent bikes, tubes, kayaks, horses, ATV's, Jeeps, etc. If there is anything we can help you with, please ask. If you have not experienced the unique community that is Salida in the Heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, you need to come soon.

Again, pets are welcome with prior approval. Additional pet fees are $15 per pet per night.

Please note a Damage Protection Policy is required and will be included with each reservation. Security deposits are not accepted.

More Details

Property Manager
Lisa ODell
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, Some Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Lisa ODell

Hi there,

I'm Lisa and I assumed management of River City Chalet in January 2015 for the owners who are also my friends. The location of River City Chalet is beyond amazing, the owners custom built the home themselves and continue to make significant improvements to it each year.

I also manage my own home, High County Heaven, as a vacation rental. Since River City Chalet is a new listing on VRBO, we don't yet have any reviews but if you would like an idea of what to expect, please look at the reviews from my property: VRBO 457456. They will give you great insight.

We look forward to hosting your next or annual vacation at River City Chalet on the Arkansas River, just 2-3 blocks from historic downtown Salida.

Happy traveling to you!


Lisa ODell purchased this house in 2008

Why Lisa ODell chose Salida

River City Chalet has an epic location: it's 2-3 blocks from downtown Salida and is directly on the Arkansas River. The home was lovingly built by the owner and his son and has many stunning features including a hand carved stairway and loft railing.

What makes this house unique

Guests fall in love with the location and amenities of this amazing home. The back deck is a fabulous place to relax, unwind, absorb nature and the sounds of the passing river. There's river access for fishing, tubing, kayaking, rafting and it's an easy stroll or bike into downtown Salida.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a lovely home and a fabulous vacation spot. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and wish we could stay longer.
Aug 2014
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Salida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The sunny downstairs bathroom has a shower/tub combo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , The upstairs bathroom has a sunny corner shower.
  • The downstairs bathroom has a toilet, sink and a shower/tub combo. The upstairs bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The downstairs Master bedroom has a comfortable king bed
    Loft & 2 Rollaway Beds - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The upstairs loft has a futon. 2 rollaway beds are available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , The upstairs queen bedroom has a 19 inch flat screen TV.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , The bedroom is upstairs, has 2 twin beds & a flat screen TV.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1),Single Beds (2), Futon (1), Rollaway Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Pets are considered with prior approval. Pet fees are $15 per pet per night. A Damage Protection Policy is included in reservations. CANCELLATIONS: Guests canceling a reservation more than 45 days prior to arrival will be refunded the rental cost minus a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 45 days of the arrival date.


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average rating of 4.875 based on 27 reviews

The Perfect Location for the Parents of the Bride

  • 5 of 5

We were in Salida for our daughter's wedding and were so grateful that we had such a beautiful and peaceful retreat from all of the hullabaloo! There was lots of room to unload supplies and gifts and plenty of space for the family to stay. We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the river and even had a s'mores event for a few of the younger guests in the fire pit by the river. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim, to realize that you took the time to write such a heartfelt review after a tremendously happy occasion is amazing to me. I am moved beyond words that your stay at River City Chalet - during what must have been a stressful time - elicited adjectives such as "grateful," "peaceful," "beautiful," "retreat" after "hullabaloo." I am ecstatic you made a perfectly wonderful choice to stay at RCC and CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter and to your family.
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River City Chalet is Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at River City Chalet!! Lisa was so great to work with! The Chalet was very clean and has a "homey" comfortable feel. We enjoyed our inner tube, ducky, standup paddle board runs right out the front door through Salida's river park! So fun. What a prefect location on the river!!! Easy walk downtown which out of town family loved. Close to bike path, we hardly had to drive at all!! And there is adequate parking at the Chalet, hard to find so close to town. Thank you for a wonderful stay at River City Chalet!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you immensely for your fantastic review. I love the images you detailed of tubes, duckies and SUP's. Who can resist this river front home? River City Chalet is a true and solid gem for all the reasons you pointed out, Eddie. I'm so happy your group enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you back for a return visit in the future. Cheers!
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Beautiful house right on the river

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples and so enjoyed the location and the house. Everything you needed was there and everything worked. We have stayed at many vrbo homes in different states and this was the best yet

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOWZA - the best VRBO experience yet. I'm truly humbled. Thank you so much for your kinds words and wonderful review. I greatly appreciate you and am ecstatic you all had a fabulous time at RCC. Please come back again, we'd love to host you.
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Deck and Amazing River View

  • 4 of 5

What a lovely home on the river. The kitchen was well stocked, rooms clean and great facilities such as washer / dryer at our disposal. The outside deck was well used by us as a small work team that came to escape the daily load and take time to strategize and meet in a peaceful location. Just minutes away from restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bike rentals and a running trail.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Time is precious for everyone and the fact you were able to relax and unwind at RCC while also working is pretty much priceless. Cheers!
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Perfect spot to vacation in Salida

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time in Salida over Memorial Day weekend. The house is perfectly situated just a few short blocks along the river from Main Street (F street). The view of the Arkansas River out the back is breath-taking; you literally step off the porch, down the grass and into the water. There is lots of room in the backyard to throw a ball, build a fire, roast marshmallows, read a book, eat a family meal, watch the sunset, relax. The house itself is all quaint mountain charm with a smart, efficient floor plan and cozy interior, outfitted with all the best trimmings of home. Nothing was overlooked in this house- whatever you forgot, they have extra! Whatever you didn't think you needed, they have one to spare! There was even an adorable kids' corner with games and toys, and a secret nook just for my girls. And managing the logistics of the stay was so easy. I don't have enough good things to say about our stay! Thank you Lisa, for allowing us to enjoy this home for the weekend. We are already looking forward to our next weekend away at RCC

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Sara.....THANK YOU for taking your precious time to write such a thorough and heartfelt review about River City Chalet. I'm literally speechless in a wonderful way. I sincerely appreciate everything about you and your family from how easy it was to communicate with you to how much love you gave to RCC during your memorable stay. You truly treated the home as if it were your own. Thank you. You all are most welcome back with wide open arms.
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Great comfortable house in a wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

A crew of Whitewater Kayakers and mountain bikers who really enjoyed the location and amenities of this wonderful house and the town of Salida. Everyone is always helpful and friendly. We have stayed here in the past and I'm sure we will again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful to meet your group in person That's a rarity. Thank you for the kind review, Kent. I hope to see you in the future. Until then, enjoy lots of river runs in your kayak.
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"Charming place for a good microbrew and pizza."
Laughing Ladies Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Terrific menu. Good place to celebrate a special occasion. "
The Fritz
"Wonderful tapas and daily specials. "
"2-4-1 Happy Hour. Nice menu. Frequent live music."
Twisted Cork Cafe
"Great for celebrations and wine. "
Boathouse Cantina
"The location makes it a must eat-at-place. Good beer selection. Pool table, some live music,..."
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
"Great daily lunch special! "
Ruby Blues
"High end, gently used clothing for reasonable prices. "
La Fiesta Mexicana II
Elevation Beer Company
"Great crafty beer. Bring your own food! "
Ploughboy Inc. -- CLOSED
"All foods are sourced from Colorado. Great kitchen for takeout or eat in. "
Captain Zipline
River's Edge
"Great outdoor vibe on the river, live music, good beer selection, decent menu. The kille..."
Patio Pancake Place
Free the Monkey Consignment
Los Girasoles
Country Bounty Restaurant and Gift Shoppe
The Maverick Potter
"Mark Rittman is a fabulous potter and also displays other local artisans work. Great kids le..."
Simple Foods Market
"Natural and organic foods. "
216 Ferraro's
Anderson Motor Co
skanga meats and seafood
Canyon Marine Whitewater
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Denver (150 miles) Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
River's Edge
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Salida Golf Club
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 50
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Boat House
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Monarch Mountain
Car: recommended

Salida is such a special slice of HEAVEN. It's listed on the National Historic Registry, is called the Little Soho of the West because of it's plethora of art galleries and hosts the largest whitewater festival in the United States - FIBArk. River City Chalet is a fabulous place to base you FIBArk festivities from.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $115 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
C. Card fee 1.9% $38 + Tax
Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.9%

Pet fees are $15/night/pet. Pets must be approved prior to the reservation be accepted and guests must agree to the pet policy.

A Damage Protection Insurance Policy is required and will be added to each reservation.
Guests who use a credit card will be charged a 1.9% credit card fee. It will be added to each reservation.
1. If you book more than 7 days before your stay starts, you can cancel within 24 hours of making it and we will refund 100%.
2. If you cancel at least 45 days before the arrival date, you forfeit 50% of the reservation cost.
3. Once you’re within 45 days of the start of your stay, no refund is given.

The normal check-in time is 4:00pm with check-out being any time before 10:00am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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