Buena VistaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Buena Vista

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Salida Inn & Monarch Suites
Salida Inn & Monarch Suites
2 out of 5
7310 West U.S. Highway 50, Salida, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $85 per night

This family-friendly Salida motel is located in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Rocky Mountain Mini Golf and Salida Museum. Loyal Duke's Dog Park and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (545 reviews)

"Clean room at a reasonable price! The lovely young woman at the counter was helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Salida Inn & Monarch Suites
Loyal Duke Lodge
Loyal Duke Lodge
2.5 out of 5
525 W Rainbow Blvd, Highway 50, Salida, CO
The price is $104 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Overall, a very nice room but slightly on the pricey side. The photos of the rooms match the product exactly, but the exterior is not quite as nice as the photos would suggest. Great view! Comfortable beds. Very nice decor."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Loyal Duke Lodge
Surf Hotel & Chateau
Surf Hotel & Chateau
3.5 out of 5
1028 Wave St., Buena Vista, CO
The price is $205 per night

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Buena Vista River Park and Buena Vista Heritage Museum. San Isabel National Forest and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (446 reviews)

"Great location. Balcony overlooked a park where there was a concert."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Surf Hotel & Chateau

Popular places to visit in Buena Vista

Mt. Princeton
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Mt. Princeton

4.5/5(142 reviews)

Explore Mt. Princeton, a popular spot to commune with nature in Buena Vista, and enjoy the mountain views. Wander the riverfront in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Buena Vista

Wild West History Tour
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Wild West History Tour

$27
Per adult
Ghost & Murder Tour
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Ghost & Murder Tour

$34
Per adult
Browns Canyon National Monument 1/2 Day Rafting
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Browns Canyon National Monument 1/2 Day Rafting

$80
Per adult

Reviews of Buena Vista

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 60.8%
4 - Good
38
4 - Good 30.4%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.4%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.4%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 15, 2020

Hotel is close to the Hotsprings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Beautiful location!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

We love it and try to make a trip there each year. We enjoy CottonWood Springs. Area is beautiful! Lots to do!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

Love the view!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

Nice clean town with very friendly people.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

I will never return. The scenery was like very but dining was seriously inadequate.

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