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.

Super 8 by Wyndham Buena Vista
Super 8 by Wyndham Buena Vista
2 out of 5
530 N US Hwy 24, PO Box 4993, Buena Vista, CO, 81211
The price is $189 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Buena Vista. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (798 reviews)
"Comfy bed, reasonably clean. TV cable worked. That's all I need."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham Buena Vista
Best Western Vista Inn
Best Western Vista Inn
2.5 out of 5
733 U S Highway 24 N, Buena Vista, CO, 81211
The price is $230 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this hotel in Buena Vista. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (711 reviews)
"What an amazing service. The staff is super nice."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Best Western Vista Inn
Surf Hotel & Chateau
Surf Hotel & Chateau
3.5 out of 5
1028 Wave St., Buena Vista, CO, 81211
The price is $310 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Buena Vista. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (777 reviews)
"The Surf Hotel is pure perfection in the most beautiful surroundings! The restaurant on site is fabulous, the staff are helpful and the vibe is on point!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Surf Hotel & Chateau
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Updated modern rustic cabin sleeps 2 - 4
Updated modern rustic cabin sleeps 2 - 4
Buena Vista, CO
The price is $150 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this vacation home in Buena Vista. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Buena Vista Heritage Museum and Buena Vista River ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Excellent!
"This cabin is wonderful! Its pristinely clean, comfortable, has all the amenities, and is within walking distance to all the action in old town."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Updated modern rustic cabin sleeps 2 - 4
Rustic Cabin Near Downtown BV & Arkansas River!
Rustic Cabin Near Downtown BV & Arkansas River!
Buena Vista, Colorado
Stay at this cabin in Buena Vista. Enjoy onsite parking, a porch, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (16 reviews)
Amazing!
"Such a fun little cabin. Loved staying here. Great location. Super great communication with the hosts, easy check-in instructions. Cabin itself was clean and had everything necessary for a perfect little place to stay in the mountains. 10/10!"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Rustic Cabin Near Downtown BV & Arkansas River!
Log cabin, walking distance to town.  STR-049
Log cabin, walking distance to town. STR-049
Buena Vista, CO
The price is $230 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this vacation home in Buena Vista. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Buena Vista Heritage Museum and Buena ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (210 reviews)
Great overnight in Buena Vista
"Our family of 5 (2 parents, 3 young adult 'kids') stayed at this Lisa/Thomas' small home after a full day rafting trip on the Ark river. We knew that we'd be tired and wanted to stay nearby and this was the perfect solution! It was very comfortable, we carried in dinner from a local restaurant (Simple ..."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Log cabin, walking distance to town. STR-049
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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