To minimize the environmental impact of visitors, attendance is strictly limited to 10 per tour. This site is not handicap accessible and will involve walking over uneven ground on primitive pathways. Visitors are advised to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants (cactus).
$20 per person. 1-hour guided tour. You must provide your own transportation. The caravan will leave from the west side Safeway parking lot, closest to W 3rd St, no later than 5:15 p.m.
Cleora Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous local pioneers. Your knowledgeable guide from Salida Walking Tours will share stories & point out fascinating details of this incredible site.
On the National Register of Historic Places (as of 2017), Cleora Cemetery was a genuine boot hill burial ground. For the first 10 years of existence, Salida didn’t have a cemetery. Instead, residents interred the deceased at this beautiful, historic location.
The stories of the dead are as fascinating as the details of their graves:
~Learn of Marshall Baxter Stingley–Salida’s most famous & beloved law enforcement officer & how he was murdered.
~Hear the grisly tale of local serial killer Dr. J.H. Nonamaker.
~The Lake County War organized across the river and led to the first burial.
~Find out what a boot hill cemetery really means.
~See rare wooden markers & sandstone monuments.
~Note the unusual number of historic grave enclosures extant.
~View 19th Century symbols used by residents to commemorate loved ones.
~Visit over 40 historic graves with intact tombstones & fascinating details.
~Take in 21 grave enclosures featuring a variety of materials & styles–from simple to ornate.
~Hear captivating stories of many pioneers resting here.