Buena Vista Area - South Central Colorado

Includes Johnson Village, Nathrop, St. Elmo

 

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 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. Now Buena Vista is the jumping off point for some of the best river rafting in Colorado. Brown's Canyon, 8 miles south, is often called the whitewater capital. The impressive Collegiate Range, lies to the west has the most concentrated number of peaks above 14,000' in Colorado, abounds with hiking trails, mountain bike trails and riddled with ghost towns. Another feature of the Buena Vista area are the natural hot springs where you can soothe your body while gazing up at majestic, snowcapped peaks.

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.

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

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Premium Buena Vista Area Businesses

Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, off-roading, hiking, and hot springs pools. Log Cabins have a kitchen and bathroom, sleep 6. Some RV & tent sites along Chalk Creek. Large BIG RIGS full hookups!

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Snowy Peaks RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RIGS and Tenters; large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, cable TV. Near Buena Vista, hot springs, hike, ATV/4WD trails, raft, fish. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway wondrous views, campfires, live music.

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Come to explore Buena Vista's high country! Experience the wonders of Colorado's highest back country and have a fantastic time getting there! 1 and 2 seaters. Half-day and full day rentals. Weekly specials.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


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

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St Elmo General Store, Inc. TRV & Side By Side Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
NO TRAILERING -- trails start at our front door! St. Elmo Colorado was officially founded in 1880. Most reasonable priced rentals in the area. 56 miles of mapped trips visiting ghost towns and gold mines.

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Featured Buena Vista Area Businesses

Adventure Company, The  link to Colorado vacation
Whitewater Rafting on 4 different rivers, serving vacationers from Buena Vista to Breckenridge. Activity Packages: Fishing expeditions, full moon raft trips, zip line tours, mountain biking & kayak instruction.

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All Season Adventures Inc. - Snowmobile & ATV Rentals & Tours  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Ride the Divide! Guided or unguided, you choose. Open all year. Enjoy our spectacular Fall Color Tours. Come enjoy the fun of riding through back country of Rocky Mountains near Salida and Buena Vista.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Alpine Hot Springs Hideaway  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
This private vacation hideaway is located in a spectacular alpine setting between Buena Vista and Salida. Soothe your body and soul -- Soak in the private hand-built soaking hot mineral springs pool!!

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Antero Hot Springs Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Historic creekside cabins each have a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL out your backdoor. They are in the heart of the Collegiate Peaks Colorado's fourteener region, near Buena Vista and Salida.

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Arkansas River Rim Campground & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin
WALK TO RIVER FISHING! 4-1/2 miles north of Buena Vista, the Banana Belt of the Rockies. Along the Arkansas River, spectacular mountain views. On-site cabin, trailer & 5th wheel rentals. RV & tent sites.

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Arrowhead Point Campground, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
AMAZING VIEWS! In Buena Vista; near rafting, hiking, ATV/4WD trails, fishing, hot spring pools! Cabins, cottages, yurts, some with kitchens & bathroom, sleeps up to 6. BIG RIG friendly, tent sites in the trees.

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Come to explore Buena Vista's high country! Experience the wonders of Colorado's highest back country and have a fantastic time getting there! 1 and 2 seaters. Half-day and full day rentals. Weekly specials.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Bunny Lane Cabins  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Great hiking! 1 & 2 bedroom, modern and semi-modern pioneer log cabins along Chalk Creek south of Buena Vista near Mt Princeton Hot Springs. OPEN ALL YEAR. Small weddings and reunions welcome.

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Cabins at Chalk Creek  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Modern mountain cabins with fully equipped kitchens on Chalk Creek (a trout stream that runs behind the cabins) near Mt Princeton Hot Springs and Buena Vista. Two trout lakes are within 1 mile.

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Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, off-roading, hiking, and hot springs pools. Log Cabins have a kitchen and bathroom, sleep 6. Some RV & tent sites along Chalk Creek. Large BIG RIGS full hookups!

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Colorado Adventure Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service outdoor company -- rafting, biking, zip-lines: Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Bike Tours, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Highside Adventure Tours, Colorado Canopy Adventures.

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Colorado Adventures  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Twice Named Colorado's: Company of the Year! Offering 1/2 to 10 day whitewater rafting trips on 5 Colorado rivers. Featuring Inn-to-Inn rafting, horseback riding, zip lining and downhill mountain biking.

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

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Deer Valley Ranch  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Charming, affordable cabins, each with kitchen & fireplace, at the base of Mt. Princeton. Year round hot springs pool & hot tub. Mountain getaway for couples, families & singles. Dude/Guest Ranch summer.

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Mount Elbert Lodge & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Step into a quieter, peaceful time the moment you walk in! A get-away nestled in San Isabel National Forest at the base of Colorado's highest peak, west of Twin Lakes, near Leadville, Buena Vista & Aspen.

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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort  link to Colorado vacation
A Dream Location. Mountain Peaks 14,000+ feet surround you. Hot springs melt away your cares. Dine on gourmet meals. NEW creekside LUXURY SPA with massage rooms, licensed therapist, and yoga.

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Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Located in the Heart of the Colorado Rockies, between Salida and Buena Vista. Fun, exciting raft trips for all ages and abilities, all with FREE WETSUIT USE! DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE.

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Sagewood Cabins
Family ranch, borders National Forest near Buena Vista south of Leadville. Quaint, quiet, country log cabins. A great place for honeymooners, family retreats, single solitude, artisans and writers.

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Snowy Peaks RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RIGS and Tenters; large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, cable TV. Near Buena Vista, hot springs, hike, ATV/4WD trails, raft, fish. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway wondrous views, campfires, live music.

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Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  link to Colorado vacation
Pop-up campers and travel-trailers rentals in Buena Vista -- less hauling! All sleep 4-6, have a sink, stove, refrigerator and furnace. Self-contained travel trailers: full kitchen, bathroom and air-conditioning.

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St Elmo General Store, Inc. TRV & Side By Side Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
NO TRAILERING -- trails start at our front door! St. Elmo Colorado was officially founded in 1880. Most reasonable priced rentals in the area. 56 miles of mapped trips visiting ghost towns and gold mines.

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Topaz Lodge  link to Colorado vacation
Originally built in 1879, this motel is a Buena Vista landmark. 2-room family units. Pets Welcome! Open for winter snowmobiling! Family owned for the last 30 years! Expect to be treated like family.

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Treehouse Hot Springs  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
An octagon home in Nathrop near Mt. Princeton, elevated in a tree house fashion to enjoy the fabulous views! Private 27 foot hot spring soaking pool and fishing on site, the perfect family vacation spot! WI-FI.

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Twin Lakes Roadhouse Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Unspoiled beauty of ancient Twin Lakes makes THIS part of Rocky Mountains unique. ONLY AAA rated lodging in area offers elegant comfort, WI-FI and crisp Rocky Mountain air-dried sheets. New Art Gallery.

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  link to Colorado vacation
Pop-up campers and travel-trailers rentals in Buena Vista -- less hauling! All sleep 4-6, have a sink, stove, refrigerator and furnace. Self-contained travel trailers: full kitchen, bathroom and air-conditioning.

RV Services, Sales and Information 



For more travel information contact:

Buena Vista Area Activities and Maps

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

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

Hot Springs:
Buena Vista Hot Springs

Snowmobiling:
Buena Vista Snowmobile Trails

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


 
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