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Buena Vista, CO

Travel Guide
Buena Vista showing a small town or village and street scenes

Explore a mountainous wilderness, travel down fast-flowing waterways and learn about mining history in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Experience Buena Vista’s spectacular scenery in many ways. Vacation in the small mountain town in the Upper Arkansas River Valley to hike rocky trails, ride river rapids and study mountain wildlife. Appreciate history in the remains of former mining towns.

Get out and explore part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. This extensive trail system covers 3,100 miles (4,989 kilometers) between Mexico and Canada. Find hikes for all abilities, including family-friendly options such as the moderately difficult trek from Spring Creek Pass to Snow Mesa.

Jump on a four-wheeled vehicle for a drive through the rugged wilderness. For an adventurous ride, drive along the Mosquito Pass. At more than 13,000 feet (3,962 meters), this is one of the highest mountain passes in the United States.

Buena Vista’s location on the Arkansas River offers plenty of stretches for whitewater rafting. Some of the roughly 100 miles (161 kilometers) of whitewater start in the city. Begin your adventure at the Buena Vista Whitewater Park.

After all the strenuous activity, you may be in need of a rest. Unwind in bathing pools of warm water at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

Learn about local history on a scenic drive into the mountains. The drive from Chalk Creek Canyon to St. Elmo passes through five ghost towns, remnants of the gold rush of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

During winter, go to Monarch Mountain and Copper Mountain for skiing and other snow-based activities.

Spend many happy hours on wildlife-spotting trips. Observe the herd of elk at the Heckendorf Elk Reserve and look for mountain goats in the rocks of Chalk Cliffs.

Reach Buena Vista by flying into Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport or Denver's international airport and rent a car for the 2-hour drive to Buena Vista. Visit to explore the wilderness, discover abandoned towns and study wildlife.

Where to stay in Buena Vista

Loyal Duke Lodge
Loyal Duke Lodge
2.5 out of 5
525 W Rainbow Blvd, Highway 50, Salida, CO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $148 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Situated in Salida, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Mini Golf and Salida Museum. Loyal Duke's Dog Park and Salida Golf Club are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Overall i like the hotel. I would stay there again"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Loyal Duke Lodge
Gateway Inn And Suites
Gateway Inn And Suites
2.5 out of 5
1310 East US Hwy 50, Salida, CO
The price is $150 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on the Strip, this spa motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arkansas River, Riverside Park, and Wood's High Mountain Distillery. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation ...
4.3/5Excellent! (722 reviews)
"The room was clean and seemed to be remodeled recently. The staff was helpful with our room requests and offering excellent choices of restaurants. It is close the downtown area and hiking trails."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Gateway Inn And Suites
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
3.5 out of 5
15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO
The price is $253 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in a national park, this family-friendly resort is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Mt. Princeton and 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from St. Elmo. Salida Golf Club and SteamPlant ...
4.3/5Excellent! (855 reviews)
"The hot springs were of course excellent. As a Colorado trail hiker, I was disappointed that no bread was offered with the dinner options. All of the meals were healthy and low calorie which would normally have been fine. I was really hungry when I started my meal, and still hungry after. They need ..."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
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Wapiti Getaway Near Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Nathrop, With Private hot tub
Wapiti Getaway Near Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Nathrop, With Private hot tub
Nathrop, CO
The price is $99 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Nathrop, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Isabel National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mt. Princeton and Agnes Vaille Falls. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Winter Getaway
"Loved staying there. Beautiful area, lots to do and all very relaxing. Just what we needed!!"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Wapiti Getaway Near Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Nathrop, With Private hot tub
Ski Town Condos
Ski Town Condos
3.5 out of 5
22595 MARTIN STREET, Monarch, CO
Situated in the historical district, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Isabel National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Monarch Ski Area and Monarch ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Minutes from Monarch
"Great location as it is minutes from Monarch. Great use of space and well decorated. Kitchen is fully stocked with equipment, except a blender. The hot tub setup is very nice. The built in bunk beds are very cool. Wasn't excited about paying a specific cleaning fee and then receiving a list of cleaning ..."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Ski Town Condos
Downtown Buena Vista Condo: Steps From Everything!
Downtown Buena Vista Condo: Steps From Everything!
Buena Vista, CO
Situated in Buena Vista, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Buena Vista Heritage Museum and Buena Vista River Park. Arkansas River and Arkansas ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Wedding trip
"Perfect place to stay! We were able to walk every where. Would definitely recommend this VRBO."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Downtown Buena Vista Condo: Steps From Everything!
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