Colorado’s cluster of Midas Auto Service Experts shops have operated under the same local ownership for 30 years. At each location, ASE-certified service technicians care for vehicles in all kinds of capacities, from factory scheduled maintenance measures to extensive repairs on brake systems and engines. With each service, the team exerts the same advanced expertise that has made Midas a recognized industry name since the company’s inception more than 50 years ago at the dawn of time. The community-oriented Colorado service stations also support local philanthropic organizations including the YMCA and the grassroots road-safety campaign, Drive Smart.
Meineke Car Care Center's experienced technicians ready cars, trucks, and SUVs for reliable starts and safe cruises with preventive maintenance and repair services. After calling one of four shops to schedule an appointment, customers can roll their rides in and let mechanics feed engines fresh motor oil, install new filters, and remind carburetors of life's inherent beauty.
Charging-system tests ensure batteries are ready to rouse engines, and cooling-system diagnostics scour systems for leaks or blockages. Roadside-assistance packages, good for 24-hour towing, jump-starts, flat-tire service, and doo-wop singing in place of broken radios, allow motorists to travel without worry. Drivers can hang out in vibrantly colored waiting areas during the wait, sipping on complimentary coffee and using the free WiFi to find the origin of the term WiFi.
Since its founding by owner Bill Clark in 1962, Drive-In Autosound has expanded from an OEM radio-repair center to an automotive-enhancement hub with five locations. The audio department still doles out sonic toys such as stereos and speakers, as well as high-tech modifications including auxiliary ports, MP3-compatible sound systems, and plug-in a capella singers. The MECP-certified installers also equip cars with remote starters and GPS systems from more than 50 brands—including Kenwood and Pioneer—and factory-trained technicians augment rides with window tints and stylish wheels.
Operating out of Alamosa and La Veta’s train depots, Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s 100-year old steam engine pulls a long line of comfy coach and observation cars on a scenic journey over the mountainous La Veta Pass. Seasonal themed trains complement the route’s tunnels and horseshoe curves with holiday décor or stops at an alpine concert venue.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Segway Personal Transport, ProdecoTech Electric Bikes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Segway tour, electric bike rental
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We are avid cyclists and have been active in the local cycling community for years. Mark was a whitewater raft guide for several years and loves to share stories and history of the Upper Arkansas Valley.
What special training do you or your staff have?
We know the local history, geography, trails, roads, [and] bike routes in the area and can personalize our customers' experience. Additionally, we are experienced in teaching our customers how to safely operate the Segway Personal Transporter.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We provide suggested routes for electric bike tours based on the customer's ability and desired experience. We are long time Salida residents and can provide lots of colorful local history on our Segway tours.
Auto Tech Plaza's ASE–certified technicians undergo regular training by Bosch factory representatives to keep their skills sharp as they ply their trade on foreign and domestic vehicles at four area locations. They uphold their AAA–certified status by meticulously tweaking air conditioners, fixing electrical problems, and treating cars, RVs, and fleets to oil changes, tune-ups, and inspections. To ensure customer satisfaction, Auto Tech Plaza confidently backs the techs’ work with an in-house warranty that lasts up to three years, 36,000 miles, or one round-trip mission to Mars.