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Imposing peaks, including 14,000-plus-foot Mount Shavano, dominate the town of Salida, which is on the Arkansas River. Salida draws some of the musicians who appear at the Aspen Music Festival—classical pianists, brass ensembles, and the like—for its Salida–Aspen Concerts in July and August. The town's other big event is the annual Kayak and Rafting White-Water Rodeo in June, on a section of river that cuts right through downtown. It's been taking place since 1949.


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