Buena Vista

Downtown Buena Vista in the summer with lots of people walking around. In the center a man is on a bike.

Buena Vista is situated in scenic Chaffee County, between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado, and is known for its laid-back, mountain-town vibe.


Discover all there is to do in Chaffee County

A friendly and welcoming community filled with opportunities for adventure is what awaits you in Buena Vista. See for yourself with a live view from one of many Buena Vista webcams, and get a free Buena Vista Visitor Guide to help you plan your visit before you arrive.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Many find themselves in town searching for a good hot-springs soak — and they have their pick, from rustic and natural to luxurious and family friendly. The hot springs are the perfect way to relax after all the mountain exploring visitors relish in the area.

Hiking: The Sawatch mountain range has more 14ers than any other range in Colorado. Even if summiting one of the state's highest peaks isn't on your agenda, hundreds of miles of hiking trails await visitors of all abilities.

Four Wheeling: Buena Vista's dirt roads are calling! These alpine beauties will take you anywhere from historic ghost towns to the top of the state's highest peaks. Like the hiking trails, there are opportunities for off-roaders of all abilities to take in some thrills and amazing scenery. 

Biking: BV's mountain-biking scene is ever changing and ever spectacular — there's bound to be a sweet new route every time you visit since the trail system is always being expanded and improved. For those who like some pavement in the cycling experience, road biking in this area will lead you to two of Colorado's most scenic passes (open seasonally).

Rafting and fishing: The Arkansas River lays claim to some of the best rafting and fishing in the country. Outfitters can get you on the river's whitewater pumps, bumps and rollers, as well as guide you to the best hidden fishing holes — tailoring the experience to everyone in your family. Buena Vista's whitewater park is a world-class locale to catch some waves and playholes. This mountain beach scene is a hub for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, boogie boarders and body surfers. Discover more whitewater rafting opportunities in Buena Vista.

When winter rolls into this area, visitors hit the cross-country and snowshoe trails, go dog sledding and snowmobiling, and play in Colorado's deep, fully, natural powder at Monarch Mountain.

But it's not all adventure all the time. This community also boasts steller dining, libations, shopping, events and a music scene. There's always a new, hip, scrumptious restaurant to check out; and you will find a gallery, a gift shop, an outdoor store and more on nearly every corner with an eclectic, original item waiting to make the trip home with you.

Buena Vista lodging options include camping in the desert mountains to high alpine environments. Boutique properties and other lodging options will keep you cozy and comfortable. An abundance of Buena Vista vacation rentals from mountain cabins to homes with Victorian-era charm are also fantastic options.

The folks in Buena Vista cannot wait to welcome you to Chaffee County and show you all this special area of Colorado has to offer!


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