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 bacground, Colorado Vacation Directory
Mt. Yale is a Hikable 14er and part of the Collegiate Peaks near Buena Vista
rafting near Buena Vista Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
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.

Buena Vista Roastery Coffee shop, Colorado Vacation Directory
Enjoy a Nice Cup of Joe
Chalk Creek Canyon, Colorado Vacation Directory
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

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, hot springs pools. 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  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RV RIGS and Tenters: large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, views of snowy peaks near Buena Vista. NEW 2015 clubhouse guest rooms. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway campfires, live music, trails.

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Buena Vista's mountain back-country is an Adventure! Experience the wonders of Colorado's highest peaks while having a fantastic time getting there in a Jeep or riding an ATV! Rentals: weekly specials.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun! Twice Named Colorado's: Company of the Year! Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions. Daily raft trips on 5 Colorado rivers through the wilderness.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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 Bunny Lane to Wright's Lake, rainbow trout stocked.

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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co. "Miles from Ordinary"  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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 this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts 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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All Season Adventures Inc. - Snowmobile & ATV Rentals & Tours  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
RIDE THE DIVIDE! Snowmobile or ATV, guided tours or unguided rentals. Pick your Season, adventures all year. Spectacular Fall Color Tours. Play in Rocky Mountains near Salida, Monarch and Buena Vista.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Anderson Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Serving Salida and Buena Vista: Jeep rentals and trail maps. Anderson's will get you off the beaten path to play in the Collegiate Peaks. Over the Top Jeep Adventures, our sister co, offers Guided Jeep Tours.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Antero Hot Springs Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Historic creekside cabins have a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL. Views of Mount Antero in the heart of the Colorado's fourteener region - the Collegiate Peaks! Vacation near Buena Vista and Salida.

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Arkansas River Rim Campground & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin
WALK TO Arkansas River FISHING! North of Buena Vista, the Banana Belt of the Colorado. Campground: RV and tent sites. At the rim of the River, vast mountain views. On-site rentals: cabin, trailer, 5th wheel.

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

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ATV/Jeep Mountain Adventure Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Buena Vista's mountain back-country is an Adventure! Experience the wonders of Colorado's highest peaks while having a fantastic time getting there in a Jeep or riding an ATV! Rentals: weekly specials.

ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Browns Canyon Aerial Adventure Park "Harness the Challenge"  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
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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Bunny Lane - Pioneer Log Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Great hiking! Modern and semi-modern pioneer log cabins along Chalk Creek south of Buena Vista near Mt Princeton Hot Springs. Walk Bunny Lane to Wright's Lake Fishing. OPEN ALL YEAR. Small weddings.

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Cabins at Chalk Creek  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Within 1 mile of two trout lakes! 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, Colorado.

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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, hot springs pools. Log Cabins have kitchen and bathroom. Some campground sites along Chalk Creek. Large full hookups RV sites! FREE WI-FI!!

cabins Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly Scenic Byways Fishing Hot Springs ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Whitewater Rafting 


Colorado Adventure Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Winter and Summer Rentals! Polaris and Arctic Cat: ATVs, UTVs, Snowmobiles. Explore the best trails in Colorado! Adventures in Gunnison, Crested Butte and Taylor Park provide you with days of off-roading.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun! Twice Named Colorado's: Company of the Year! Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions. Daily raft trips on 5 Colorado rivers through the wilderness.

Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Connie's Mountain Orchid Cabin Rental on Bunny Lane  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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 Bunny Lane to Wright's Lake, rainbow trout stocked.

cabins Pool on site Scenic Byways Hiking Trails Hot Springs Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Whitewater Rafting 


Deer Valley Ranch - Mountain Cabins  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Charming cabins have a kitchen and fireplace, at the base of Mount Princeton. Deer Valley is a mountain getaway for couples, families, singles. Summer dude ranch. Year round hot springs pool and hot tub.

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Leadville CO & Southern Railroad Co  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Discover Leadville CO's 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.

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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co. "Miles from Ordinary"  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
BIG RV RIGS and Tenters: large sites with lawns, trees, WI-FI, views of snowy peaks near Buena Vista. NEW 2015 clubhouse guest rooms. On the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway campfires, live music, trails.

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Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  link to Colorado vacation
Rentals in Buena Vista -- Less Hauling! Pop-up campers have a sink, stove, refrigerator, furnace. Travel trailers are self-contained with full kitchen, bathroom, air-conditioning. Snowy Peaks on-site RV Storage!

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

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

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RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Snowy Peaks RV Rentals & RV Storage  link to Colorado vacation
Rentals in Buena Vista -- Less Hauling! Pop-up campers have a sink, stove, refrigerator, furnace. Travel trailers are self-contained with full kitchen, bathroom, air-conditioning. Snowy Peaks on-site RV Storage!

RV Services, Sales and Information 



For more travel information contact:

Buena Vista Area Activities and 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

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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