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2 Days in the Historic Arkansas River Valley

2 Days in the Historic Arkansas River Valley
2 days

Spend two days exploring the historic roots of the Arkansas River Valley by train, raft, zipline and hot springs.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1
Activity

Leadville Railroad

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Spectacular railroad trip in the Rocky Mountains. Incredible views of Colorado's two highest peaks, colorful wildflowers and majestic aspen groves. Escape to the wilderness while enjoying an on... Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to Buena Vista: Hop into the car for a 40-minute drive to Buena Vista for lunch.
Lunch

Simple Eatery & Spoon-It-Up

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Stop in for for a great burger, soup or salad. Also an all-natural frozen-yogurt bar where you choose your flavor and then top it off with more than 35 toppings.

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Activity

Hike Lost Lake Trail

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Lace up your boots and set out to explore Lost Lake Trail in the San Isabel National Forest. The 2.6-mile, easy-graded trail features a stunning turquoise lake beneath the Collegiate Peaks and shocks of golden aspen stands in the fall. Keep an eye out for wildlife, like moose and chipmunks, as you go.
Dinner

House Rock Kitchen

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House Rock Kitchen is a fast casual, from scratch, healthy, fun option in Buena Vista. Read More
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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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These Colorado hot springs are located in Nathrop, Colorado between the towns of Buena Vista and Read More

Lodging

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is a gorgeous natural oasis surrounded by towering peaks. Your perfect getaway, with every amenity. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is where you can do it all.... Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Buena Vista Roastery Cafe

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This little town in the sky has the highest concentration of fourteeners (14,000-foot mountains) in the contiguous United States! Roasting at this elevation requires a special set of parameters,... Read More
Activity

Hike a Fourteener

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Hike 14,000-feet above sea level to the peak of Mount Yale via the Denny Creek Trailhead.
Lunch

The Blend

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Our tasty smoothies, grab and go lunches and quick breakfast bites complement any agenda. Read More
Activity

American Adventure Expeditions

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Your next great Colorado Adventure starts here! Offering whitewater rafting trips on Colorado's most popular river, mountain bike tours along the Continental Divide, guided ATV tours throughout... Read More

Dinner

K's Dairy Delite

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Burgers, soft-serve ice cream and just plain fun! Try the Troublemaker Combo with bacon. Read More
Activity

Go Stargazing

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Look up at the pitch-black sky and see it sparkle with little white dots above Cottonwood Lake.
Lodging

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

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Back to nature – just trees, grass, creek and stars. Awesome mountain views! Take it easy and relax in a site on or near Chalk Creek or use the luxury of a Full Hookup Site with views.

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