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Adventure in the Arkansas River Valley

Adventure in the Arkansas River Valley
5 days
Ditch the crowds and adventure in the "real" Colorado. The Arkansas River Valley welcomes you with stops in scenic Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida.

Sustainability Activity

Help with Trail Maintenance:

The Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition is always looking for volunteers and donations to maintain their beautiful tracks for future generations.

Day 1
Activity

Top of the Rockies - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998. Read More
Lunch

Casa Sanchez

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Excellent service and excellent Mexican food. Tortilla soup, natural margaritas and seafood burrito are crowd favorites. Read More
Activity

Hike the Interlaken Trail

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This hike traverses the south shore of Twin Lakes and leads to Interlaken, a fascinating historic resort site — popular in the late 1800s. From there you take the easy trail along the lake to enjoy scenic views of Mount Elbert and the surrounding peaks.
Dinner

Treeline Kitchen

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Open daily at 3:30 with full dinner menu; beautiful rooftop patio and inventive American cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients. Read More
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Silver Dollar Saloon

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Established in 1879 The Silverdollar is the second oldest saloon in Colorado. With its original tile floor and its custom made bar with original diamond dust mirrors. Come in and enjoy a drink some... Read More
Lodging

Mount Elbert Lodge and Cabins

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Enjoy area fishing, hiking, rafting, ziplining, sightseeing, winter activities. Roomy cabins and lodge rooms with mountain views. Mount Elbert Lodge: open all year, located at the base of... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso

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We are located in the green brick building in the center of downtown Leadville, just south of the traffic light. The shop is a warm place to relax, use the internet, meet up with old friends or... Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to Buena Vista: Start your morning with a 30-minute car drive to Buena Vista.
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

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Lunch is Served: You'll enjoy lunch dished up by your guides on the river.
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Stroll down Main

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Walk along Main St. and South Main St. in downtown Buena Vista for live music, galleries and one-of-a-kind shops.
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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The Beach

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Colorado's riverside concert venue. Nestled on the banks of the Arkansas River, The BEACH is BV's outdoor community living room. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the music. Read More
Lodging

Surf Hotel & Chateau

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Welcome to the Surf Hotel, a boutique hotel in the adventure town of Buena Vista. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of our home in the... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Roastery Cafe

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We are a locally sourced coffee shop that is determined to bring quality drinks at an affordable price. In addition to our drinks we make fresh pastries and savory goods every morning such as... Read More
Activity

Mt. Princeton Riding Stables

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Scenic rides along Chalk Creek and overlooking the spectacular Chalk Cliffs. Read More
Lunch

Sorelle Delicatessen

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We are an Italian inspired delicatessen featuring all-natural meats and cheeses along with many house made specialties! Read More
Activity

Go Fishing at Cottonwood Lake

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Spend a fun-in-the-sun afternoon on this beautiful lake, catching fish.
Dinner

Wesley & Rose at the Surf Hotel

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From freshly baked artisan breads and beignets to crisp salads, specialty cocktails and grass-fed Colorado beef, we offer a rotating selection of seasonal handcrafted cuisine. Read More
Activity

Deerhammer Distilling Company

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This family-owned micro-distillery is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountain's Collegiate Peaks in downtown Buena Vista, Colorado. With our primary focus on artisan American style whiskey, we... Read More
Lodging

Surf Hotel & Chateau

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Welcome to the Surf Hotel, a boutique hotel in the adventure town of Buena Vista. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of our home in the... Read More
Day 4
Breakfast

Wesley & Rose at the Surf Hotel

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From freshly baked artisan breads and beignets to crisp salads, specialty cocktails and grass-fed Colorado beef, we offer a rotating selection of seasonal handcrafted cuisine. Read More
Activity

KODI Rafting

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Since 1986 KODI Rafting's professional and experienced guides have enjoyed sharing heart-thumping whitewater and scenic stretches of Colorado's rivers with families, groups, and individuals from... Read More

Lunch

Time for a Food Truck

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Eat one of the best burgers you will ever have at the Buena Viking Food Truck in downtown.
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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

Dinner

Princeton Club Restaurant at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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The quintessential Colorado dining experience is in the heart of our historic resort campus at the Princeton Club restaurant. Conveniently located in our main lodge you can treat yourself to a... Read More

Insider's Tip

Treat Yourself:

Book a spa treatment after dinner to get really relaxed before bed.

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 5

Insider's Tip

Drive to Salida: Get an early start to your day by driving 25 minutes to Salida for breakfast.
Breakfast

Gathering Grounds Coffee

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Our mission is simple: to create a place for Salida to gather around delicious healthy food, excellent coffee and good company. Read More
Activity

Captain Zip Line Adventure Tours

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Be a Ninja Nature Warrior in Captain Zipline's NEW Aerial Adventure Park-where Indiana Jones meets SpiderMan-the largest in the Western USA! 120 challenge elements. Jump, swing, walk a tighrope,... Read More

Lunch

Boathouse Cantina

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We serve fresh organic and local produce and there is no doubt that you can taste the difference! Sit next to the river and sip on one of our house engineered specialty cocktails or try a local wine. Read More
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Play Dirty ATV Tours

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Mountain trail riding is exciting and fun. We are a private ATV tour-guide service in the Texas Creek Trail System. Texas Creek is considered by "those who know" to be the All Terrain Vehicle... Read More

Dinner

The Fritz

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Gastro-Pub? Americana Bistro? Global Cafe? Call it what you want, we call it delicious, and hopefully you will too. Sandwiches by day, Small and large plates at night. Served late so you can enjoy... Read More
Activity

Go Gallery Shopping

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First Street beckons you with exclusive Salida art galleries. Make a purchase for your home's walls or for friends and family.
Lodging

Browns Canyon Inn

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Pet friendly hotel in beautiful Salida, Colorado. Ranked #1 in Travelocity hotel reviews. Read More