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.

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Mt. Yale and Buena Vista
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The bridge near Johnson Village

 

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.

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Enjoy a Nice Cup of Joe
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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
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 


Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware Rafting  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! Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions. Daily raft trips on 5 Colorado rivers through the wilderness. BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun!

Groups and Reunions 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 New Colorado vacation business
The family whitewater rafting specialists since 1983! Half-day, full-day, overnight trips on the Arkansas River. Noah's Ark is dedicated to excellence, adventure and fun. Group discounts with reservations.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


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
Adventure Packages: Full moon raft trips, zipline tours, kayak instruction, fishing expeditions, mountain biking. A Whitewater Company Rafting on 4 rivers, serving vacationers from Buena Vista to Breckenridge.

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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 or unguided, rentals or tours. Pick your Season, adventures all year. Spectacular Fall Color Tours. Play the rocky mountains near Salida, Monarch 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 has a PRIVATE NATURAL HOT SPRING POOL. Views of Mount Antero in the heart of the Colorado's fourteener region - the Collegiate Peaks! 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 Rockies. 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
AMAZING VIEWS! Arrowhead Point is in Buena Vista: campground tent sites in the trees, RV sites BIG RIG friendly, cabins some have kitchen & bathroom. Raft, hike, fish, ATV/4WD trails, hot spring pools!

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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 


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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Buena Vista Area Chamber of Commerce  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Be awed, revel in the beauty of our world, Buena Vista, CO is your mountain valley adventure! Use our 2015 Area Chamber Guide! Attractions: kayak, raft, fish, hike, cycle, bike, ATV, snowmobile, snowshoe.

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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, 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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Colorado Adventure Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service outdoor center -- 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 - Wilderness Aware Rafting  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! Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions. Daily raft trips on 5 Colorado rivers through the wilderness. BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun!

Groups and Reunions 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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Deer Valley Ranch  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 getaway for couples, families and singles. Summer dude guest 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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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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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co. "Miles from Ordinary"  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
The family whitewater rafting specialists since 1983! Half-day, full-day, overnight trips on the Arkansas River. Noah's Ark is dedicated to excellence, adventure and fun. Group discounts with reservations.

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Salida and Buena Vista the Outdoor Center is in the Heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Fun, exciting raft trips for all ages and abilities, all with Free WETSUIT Use! DISCOUNTS for Groups of 10+.

Groups and Reunions 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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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
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
An octagon home in Nathrop near Mt. Princeton, elevated in a treehouse fashion to enjoy the fabulous views! Private 27 foot hot springs soaking pool and fishing on site, the perfect family vacation spot! 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!

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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

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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