Finding things to do on a budget is easy in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Take advantage of these free things to do and save some cash for special dinner or to go shopping at many of the great boutiques and stores. Do you have a Free Things to Do tip? Send your info to

Free Movies at the SteamPlant
SteamPlant Event Center Theater

Year Round, Free, and Fun
SteamPlant Event Center, 220 West Sackett Avenue, Salida, CO 81201

Each month the PfCA, in partnership with the Salida Creative District, screens a variety of films that are perfect for the whole family. For more information visit

The Farmer's Market
Salida & Buena Visita

Seasonal: Open June through October
The Buena Vista Farmer's Market is open Fridays from 3 - 7 p.m. in the South Main Town Square. This park is located in the new South Main development along the Arkansas River.

The Salida Farmer's Market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Alpine Park. Alpine Park is located in downtown Salida between 4th and 5th Streets and E and F Streets. 

Bats at the Old Orient Mine
San Luis Valley

Valley View Hot Springs, 64393 County Road GG, Moffat, CO 81143
Seasonal: Late June/Early July - September

Take a hike to the historic Orient Mine in the San Luis Valley (35-45 minutes from Salida) and watch the Brazilian Free-Tail Bats (aka Mexican Free-tail Bats) as they leave in the evening to feed. Some 250,000 roost in the historic Orient Mine every Summer as part of their migration. This mostly male migration starts as far south as South America, gathering numbers as it flies north with small wings.