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Buena Vista Area - South Central Colorado

Includes Johnson Village, Nathrop, St. Elmo

Experience Buena Vista, Johnson Village, Nathrop, St. Elmo Colorado

The small town of Buena Vista, nestled at the base of the Collegiate and Sawatch Mountain Ranges, is named for its "good view." In the Upper Arkansas River Valley, Buena Vista and its surroundings were once home to the Ute Indians. Lt. Zebulon Pike, who passed through in 1806, found evidence of some 3,000 Utes. Like many other Colorado towns, miners came when they learned of gold strikes in the area and ranchers eventually followed. The city has a rowdy past, once hosting 36 bars and a hanging judge.

Buena Vista Colorado with Mt Yale in the background
Mt. Yale is a Hike-able 14er and part of the Collegiate Peaks near Buena Vista
rafting near Buena Vista, Colorado
The bridge near Johnson Village is a calm portion of the Arkansas River

 

Buena Vista lies right in the middle of the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway. The impressive Collegiate Range lies to the west and has the most concentrated number of peaks above 14,000' in Colorado. This area is filled with hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and riddled with ghost towns.

The Buena Vista Whitewater Park is located on the Arkansas River right in Buena Vista. There are 5 main recreational features and numerous eddies. This park is becoming one of the premier whitewater parks in Colorado. The Arkansas River runs along the eastern edge of Buena Vista and offers over 100-miles of whitewater rafting fun. Raft the lower part of The Numbers and the Milk Run in the upper Browns Canyon.

Jeeping & ATVing is abundant in this area. The San Isabel National Forest has lots of trails to choose from year round. Or start in St. Elmo, a fun little ghost town located southwest of Buena Vista.

Other fun activities in the area are the natural hot springs (choose from public pools or a private pool with your accommodation), snowmobiling in the Collegiate Peak range, and fishing along the Arkansas River Headwaters North and East.

Buena Vista Roastery Coffee shop, Colorado
Enjoy a Nice Cup of Joe
Chalk Creek Canyon, Colorado
Chalk Creek Canyon Near St. Elmo

 

A few food favorites in the town of Buena Vista: the Buena Vista Roastery has freshly roasted coffee and espresso drinks and a beautiful patio and indoor lounge area. The coffee shop is supported by WI-FI. Also try Punky's! It has a 50s style dining with Texas smokehouse BBQ, fountain drinks, and Blue Bell ice cream.

Buena Vista Area is near: Leadville & Twin Lakes Area, Park County & Salida Area

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Premium Buena Vista Area Businesses

Arrowhead Point Campground, Cabins & RV Park  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
WONDROUS VIEWS! Arrowhead Point is in Buena Vista: campground tent sites in the trees, RV sites BIG RIG friendly, cabins some have kitchen & bathroom. Hike, fish, raft, hot spring pools, ATV/4WD trails!

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Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, hiking, hot springs pools, off-roading. Log Cabins have kitchen and bathroom. Some campground sites along Chalk Creek. Large full hookups RV sites! FREE WI-FI!!

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Snowy Peaks RV Park  Web page link icon Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
BIG RV RIGS and Tenters: large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, views of snowy peaks near Buena Vista. NEW clubhouse guest rooms. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway with campfires, live music, trails.

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Buena Vista is mountain back-country adventure! Have a Colorado Experience: ride a Jeep or ATV have a fantastic time getting to our highest peaks, see ghost towns, wildlife. Rentals: Hourly, half-day or full-day.

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles 


Acquired Tastes Rafting  Web page link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
We provide a smaller, more personal rafting experience with 2 MORE RAPIDS! Acquired Tastes Rafting has 1/2-day, full-day and 2-day adventures. Takeout and camp are on private property along the River.

National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware  Web page link icon Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun in a raft! Twice Named Colorado: Company of the Year! Daily trips on 5 Colorado rivers into the wilderness. Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos on page icon
Near Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Enjoy your mountain vacation at this historical log cabin built in 1878 with a kitchen, BBQ grill, claw-foot tub. Walk Bunny Lane to Wrights Lake, rainbow trout stocked.

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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co.
"Miles from Ordinary"
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The family whitewater rafting specialists since 1983! Noah's Ark is dedicated to excellence, adventure and fun. Half-day, full-day, overnight trips on the Arkansas River. Group discounts with reservations.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 



Featured Buena Vista Area Businesses

4 Seasons RV Resort  Email link icon Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
In the Heart of the Rockies, 2 miles E of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the Arkansas River. 3 mountain resort cabins. Open 4 Seasons! $AVE MONEY, LONGER STAY! Multi-night discounts.

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Acquired Tastes Rafting  Web page link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
We provide a smaller, more personal rafting experience with 2 MORE RAPIDS! Acquired Tastes Rafting has 1/2-day, full-day and 2-day adventures. Takeout and camp are on private property along the River.

National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


All Season Adventures Inc. - Snowmobile & ATV Rentals & Tours  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
RIDE THE DIVIDE! Play in Rocky Mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista. Snowmobile or ATV, guided tours or unguided rentals. Pick your Season, adventures all year! Spectacular Fall Color Tours.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Antero Hot Springs Cabins - Private Soaking Pools  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Historic creekside cabins have a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL. Views of Mount Antero in the heart of the Fourteener Region - the Collegiate Peaks! Vacation near Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado.

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Arkansas River Rim Campground & RV Park  Email link icon
WALK TO Arkansas River FISHING! North of Buena Vista, the Banana Belt of the Colorado. Campground: RV and tent sites. On rim of the River, vast mountain views. ON-SITE RENTALS: cabin, trailer, 5th wheel.

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Arrowhead Point Campground, Cabins & RV Park  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
WONDROUS VIEWS! Arrowhead Point is in Buena Vista: campground tent sites in the trees, RV sites BIG RIG friendly, cabins some have kitchen & bathroom. Hike, fish, raft, hot spring pools, ATV/4WD trails!

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Buena Vista is mountain back-country adventure! Have a Colorado Experience: ride a Jeep or ATV have a fantastic time getting to our highest peaks, see ghost towns, wildlife. Rentals: Hourly, half-day or full-day.

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles 


Browns Canyon Aerial Adventure Park
"Harness the Challenge"
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An aerial experience above Browns Canyon near Buena Vista. Park: 4 Courses, 66 elements, Big Drop Swing, Leap of Faith, Vertical Limit Challenge. Operated by Noah's Ark an adventure leader in Colorado.

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Cabins at Chalk Creek  Email link icon Web page link icon
Modern mountain cabins with fully equipped kitchens on Chalk Creek -- a trout stream that runs behind our cabins. Within 1 mile of two trout lakes! Near Mt Princeton Hot Springs and Buena Vista, Colorado.

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Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, hiking, hot springs pools, off-roading. Log Cabins have kitchen and bathroom. Some campground sites along Chalk Creek. Large full hookups RV sites! FREE WI-FI!!

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Colorado Adventure Rentals: ATVs, UTVs and Snowmobiles  Web page link icon
Explore the best trails in Colorado! Winter and Summer Rentals! Polaris and Arctic Cat: Snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs. Adventures: Gunnison, Crested Butte and Buena Vista provide you with days of off-roading.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware  Web page link icon Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun in a raft! Twice Named Colorado: Company of the Year! Daily trips on 5 Colorado rivers into the wilderness. Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Colorado Mountain Vacations  Web page link icon New Colorado business icon
Sit back, relax and let us organize your perfect Colorado mountain vacation in Salida or Buena Vista! Many vacation homes and cabins are pet friendly. We are your personal vacation home match makers!

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Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos on page icon
Near Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Enjoy your mountain vacation at this historical log cabin built in 1878 with a kitchen, BBQ grill, claw-foot tub. Walk Bunny Lane to Wrights Lake, rainbow trout stocked.

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Delaware Hotel - On the National Register of Historic Places  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
Lodging, shopping, dining under one roof, history comes alive at the Historic Delaware Hotel an award winning Bed and Breakfast Inn; a time capsule of the Victorian West with Museum Quality Collectibles.

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Leadville CO & Southern Railroad Co  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Discover Leadville -- our gem high above the clouds in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Passengers ride along the old Denver, South Park Pacific and Colorado Southern Railroad line to the Continental Divide.

Scenic Byways Whitewater Rafting Attractions 


Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co.
"Miles from Ordinary"
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The family whitewater rafting specialists since 1983! Noah's Ark is dedicated to excellence, adventure and fun. Half-day, full-day, overnight trips on the Arkansas River. Group discounts with reservations.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Snowy Peaks RV Park  Web page link icon Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
BIG RV RIGS and Tenters: large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, views of snowy peaks near Buena Vista. NEW clubhouse guest rooms. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway with campfires, live music, trails.

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Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  Web page link icon
Rentals in Buena Vista -- Less Hauling! POP-UP CAMPERS: sink, stove, refrigerator, furnace. TRAVEL TRAILERS: self-contained, full kitchen, bathroom, air-conditioning. Snowy Peaks on-site RV Storage!

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Topaz Lodge - A Family Motel  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Rumored to have been a brothel, Topaz updated their lodge rooms with free WI-FI and flat screen TVs. Large 3-bed family units. Pet rooms are available. Come to Buena Vista in winter for snowmobiling!

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Treehouse Hot Springs - A Dream Vacation House  Email link icon Web page link icon
Elevated in a treehouse fashion to enjoy the fabulous views, this octagon home is in Nathrop near Mt. Princeton! A perfect family vacation! Private 27-foot hot springs soak/swim pool and fishing on-site. WI-FI.

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Twin Lakes Roadhouse Lodge and Cabins  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Unspoiled beauty of ancient Twin Lakes is between Buena Vista and Leadville. Roadhouse Lodge is the ONLY AAA lodging: Cabins, rooms, WI-FI, homemade cinnamon rolls, Rocky Mountain air-dried sheets!

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  Web page link icon
Rentals in Buena Vista -- Less Hauling! POP-UP CAMPERS: sink, stove, refrigerator, furnace. TRAVEL TRAILERS: self-contained, full kitchen, bathroom, air-conditioning. Snowy Peaks on-site RV Storage!

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For more travel information contact:

Buena Vista Area Activities & Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Browns Canyon National Monument

Scenic Byways:
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Fishing:
Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - East
Arkansas River Headwaters Fishing Map - North

Rafting & Kayaking:
Arkansas River Rafting & Kayaking -UPDATED-

Jeep & 4WD:
Buena Vista Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails
Salida & Monarch Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails
St. Elmo Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Hot Springs:
Buena Vista Hot Springs

Snowmobiling:
Buena Vista Area Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Buena Vista, Park County, Leadville Area Map


 
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