2 Days in the Historic Arkansas River Valley

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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
Fall in love! Photo
Activity
Leadville Railroad

Spectacular railroad trip in the Rocky Mountains. Incredible views of Colorado's two highest peaks, colorful wildflowers and majestic aspen groves…

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

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…

Activity
Hike Lost Lake Trail

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

Enjoy a touch of luxury in these modern cozy log cabins. Rustic at heart, each cabin houses either a 1 or 2 bedroom layout, a loft with 2 queen…

Lodging
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Enjoy a touch of luxury in these modern cozy log cabins. Rustic at heart, each cabin houses either a 1 or 2 bedroom layout, a loft with 2 queen…

Day
2
Breakfast
Buena Vista Roastery Cafe
This little town in the sky has the highest concentration of fourteeners (14,000-foot mountains) in the contiguous United States! Roasting at this…
Activity
Hike a Fourteener

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

Lunch
The Blend
Our tasty smoothies, grab and go lunches and quick breakfast bites complement any agenda.
Activity
American Adventure Expeditions

Whitewater trips on Colorado's most popular river, mountain-bike tours on the Continental Divide, guided high-country ATV tours and ziplining over…

Dinner
K's Dairy Delite
Burgers, soft-serve ice cream and just plain fun! Try the Troublemaker Combo with bacon.
Activity
Go Stargazing

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

Lodging
Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

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…