Romance on the River
The SteamPlant Event Center is a stylish, urban wedding venue in downtown Salida, Colorado. The renovated 1887 steam power plant retains its architectural beauty while exuding a chic atmosphere. Our cobblestone plaza, on the banks of the Arkansas River, is our most popular ceremony site. The urban SteamPlant façade provides an interesting contrast to a natural backdrop of rushing water and cottonwood trees.
Our refurbished ballroom, with its century-old, exposed brick walls, natural hardwood floors, and 30-foot ceilings is the perfect canvas for brides to decorate. For dining and receptions, it seats up to 200 guests, has full banquet facilities and overlooks our picteresque plaza alongside the river. On warm evenings, many cocktail hours & receptions extend onto the plaza for drinks, dining and dancing under a canopy of stars. We are the antithesis of western lodge design. The SteamPlant provides a unique, urban alternative to a standard Colorado mountain wedding setting. Our on-site wedding coordinators have the expertise, taste and energy to create a custom event for any occasion, from small down-home affairs to elegant extravaganzas.
The grounds additionally include a 200-seat theater, several art galleries and boutique convention space with fully equipped conference rooms. Each is linked by a cobblestone walkway that stretches to the banks of the river and is surrounded by stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. If bad weather arises, we can accommodate your wedding ceremony in our theater, ballroom or riverside annex.
The SteamPlant is perhaps the only full-service wedding venue in Colorado that is situated adjacent to a white water park and kayak & rafting boat launch. One of Salida’s main attractions is the Arkansas River, which is considered the most rafted river in the world. The draw of the water is so strong, we’ve actually had a few wedding parties raft to their ceremonies! Salida is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Your guests can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, natural hot springs, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and more. Salida is surrounded by bountiful public lands and trails, and the most 14,000-foot peaks in the state of Colorado.
Downtown Salida, where the SteamPlant is located, is a photographer’s dream. Historic, hand-painted advertisements grace the sides of many of our downtown buildings, allowing for unique wedding portrait backdrops. Our downtown destination ensures guests will leave feeling like locals after spending a weekend exploring our local shops, art galleries, eateries, and trails.
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13 Reviews for SteamPlant Event Center
Recommended by 96% of couples
Sherrill · Married on 09/24/2016
I am so glad we had our wedding reception here! I wanted a barn wedding or something with character. The lights and the character of the Steam Plant were perfect. Everyone here was great to work with. I was coming from out of town and Shannon made it easy to communicate via phone and email in preparation. She thought of things I didn't think of when I met with her a month before the wedding. In the end it was perfect. It was beautiful and we had so much fun! I got so many comments about how good it was and what a cool place the Steam Plant was for the reception!Sent on 11/21/2016
Annie · Married on 08/29/2015
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the Steamplant staff and to have our wedding at this venue. It was absolutely perfect. The staff was well organized, timely in their responses, and truly provided great customer service. The venue was clean and beautiful! Looking back, we wouldn't change a thing! Sincere thanks for making our special day so memorable!Sent on 10/20/2015
Jayme · Married on 12/04/2010
Work closely with Katja or the event planner. Let her know exactly what you want and they will make it happen for you!Sent on 12/14/2010
The SteamPlant in Salida is an awesome venue with a theater, event spaces and great outdoor space right on the Arkansas River and in the middle of down town. Beatrice and Shannon were amazing to work with, both detail oriented, professional, friendly and on top of everything! My client was extremely happy with the whole experience from planning to execution. Thanks ladies for making our job easy!
I love this venue! It has such a fun atmosphere and great light!
The staff at Salida SteamPlant Event Center is wonderful to work with - extremely kind and efficient. The venue itself is one of the most unique I've seen. A perfect location to host your Big Day. You won't be disappointed!