A Strong Core of Distinct Industry Clusters
The Chaffee County economy is anchored by a strong core of distinct industry clusters, highlighted below.
The Upper Arkansas River Valley, with Chaffee County at its center, is proving itself to be a leader for Colorado in the burgeoning Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Industry, including diverse retail trade, accommodations, and arts & entertainment.
In fact, the State of Colorado is only the second state in the nation to have established a State-level office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Chaffee County is currently involved in a Regional OREC Sector Partnership. Examples Include:
Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
Elevation Beer Company
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
Amicas Pizza and Micro Brewery
Deerhammer Distilling Company
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Vino Salida Wine Cellars
Mountain Spirit Winery
Badfish Stand Up Paddle
Health & Wellness
Quality of life is determined largely by one’s health and wellness. In Chaffee County, the beauty of the Colorado Rockies serves as the backdrop to a supportive mix of traditional medical facilities and premier destination spas and resorts offering full-service wellness and healing and relaxation services.
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
Construction and Trades, Development
A variety of skilled contractors and tradesmen serve Chaffee County, ready to meet the needs of your business, from basic office remodel to custom site development for your expansion and growth needs.
Diesslin Structures Inc.
ACA Products, Inc.
South Main Building Co.
Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade
With easy access to highways, airports, and proximity to national shipping lanes, Chaffee County is regionally positioned as an ideal location for primary manufacturing and wholesale business and industry. A unique variety of business and industrial zoning areas support businesses such as:
Steel Strike Leather Products
Pursell Manufacturing Corp.
RAC Transport Co., Inc.
IT, Professional, Technical
The success of an individual business often relies in part on the quality of support services it receives. Chaffee County offers an impressive selection of professional and technical businesses, and a small community that fosters individual, close working relationships.
Brass Tacks Computer Services
Blue Tail Technology
Colorado Central Telecom
The Lively Merchant
First Colorado Land Office
United Country Real Estate Legacy Properties
Central Colorado Title and Escrow
Kathryn (Katy) Welter, Attorney at Law
Emerging Advanced Industries
Redundant broadband, high altitude testing capabilities, and an educated workforce are just some of the qualities present in Chaffee County that support emerging fields such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Biotech, and medical research.