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Address: Spiral Drive, Mount Tenderfoot, Salida, CO

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A great getaway in town!

I love driving up and down the dirt road leading up to spiral drive, but I don't usually go to the top unless I want to burn lots of gas! Its steep and a great thrill!

Reviewed May 25, 2016
Salida, Colorado
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Salida, Colorado
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

I love driving up and down the dirt road leading up to spiral drive, but I don't usually go to the top unless I want to burn lots of gas! Its steep and a great thrill!

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Salida, Colorado
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11 reviews
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Common guys get it together with the lights of the heart and the S at night it hasn't been right since the forth of july last year! congrats on getting the heart figured out though! I love it! Best to go up at night, wonderful view of the ENTIRE valley.

Thank Alexandra D
Hat Choeng Mon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2016

A trip to Salida is not complete without a trip up to Mount Tenderfoot . You can hike up or ride your mountain bike right from town . Or drive up on the dirt road . The view is well worth the trip .

2 Thank BlueMoonhat
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3 reviews
Reviewed March 27, 2016

Driving up the road is so faux pas to the locals. I recommend walking, as I did, up to the summit. Follow F street North, across the Arkansas river bridge, and park near the caboose. Cross the tracks and head north, you'll find yourself on a trail with switchbacks that bring you to the top. Halfway you may find a... More 

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Abilene, Kansas
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

Drove up here after supper and finally found the road leading up to spiral drive. I'm sure it is easy to find in daylight but was challenging in the dark. The gate was locked so we didn't make it all the way up. ..too creepy in the dark to walk. Was a beautiful view of Salida though! Nice quick side... More 

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Virginia, Minnesota
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2015

Every time we come back to Salida we make the trek up tenderfoot. Best view of Salida and the valley.

1 Thank Jess Z
Grove, Oklahoma
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2015

Very much worth the effort to drive up the spiral road (often one-lane) to the top to see the view of Salida below and the entire panorama up and down the Arkansas River.

Thank James G
Salida, Colorado
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2015

Scenic views of Salida. Drive to the top or bike or hike if you are energetic. Walk the final steep steps to the top of S Mountain.

1 Thank Sandra H
Geneva, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2015

Gotta do it. Doesn't take long, just drive up for a nice birds eye view of town. Easy to find access road right near the Medical Center.

2 Thank TravelerChicagoarea
Stilwell, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Took this drive our first day in the mountains. Kind of a warm-up for the real mointains as this is just a "hill", but it still has the scary one lane road for a ways. Nice view of Salida at the top, though.

2 Thank David H

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