Buena Vista is concealed at the foot of the Rocky Mountain's Collegiate Peaks with the Arkansas Riverjust minutes from town.Elevation is 7,965 feet with a population of 2,200. Spanish for "Beautiful View", hikers have the largest collection of 14,000-foot Mountains,(known as "Fourteeners'), in the state of Colorado. Travelers are likely see herds of elk, deer, mountain goats, and antelope while exploring the beautiful scenery.
Buena Vista is considered a hidden gem among Colorado natives with its year-round mild climate and stunning views. Buena Vista is opposite of its lavishly better-known mountain towns with its few restaurants and shops on the main streets yet luxury boutique resorts nearby.
The small comfortable and unpretentious town is known as the white water capital of the world with the Arkansas River running along side it. Rafting, kayaking and fly fishing a bound throughout the area in the spring, summer and fall. There are adventures for both families and thrill seekers along the river. Rafting trips from a half day to 5 days excursions are available to take you through the rushing 100 miles of whitewater. Rapids are rated from 1 through 5 in strength and depending on the time of year, you can experience the thrill of your life! Overnight river trips are arranged by Colorado Vacations.
Rafting from 1 - 5 Rated rapids
As mentioned,the 'Fourteeners' make Buena Vista a paradise for the serious hikers and climbers with Mount Harvard, Mount Yale and Mount Princeton among more than 10 peaks in the area.
For a less strenuous day trip, St. Elmo, located 20 miles from Buena Vista, is one of the best preserved ghost towns in Colorado with numerous historic structures and cabins. Haunted? … Okay, sure.
After a busy day enjoying what nature has supplied our magnificent state, consider staying at Nathrop a quiet community, approximately 15 minutes southwest of Buena Vista. Boasting many access points to the local hot springs is Surf Chateau Hot Springs Resort with cabins dotting the river and of course, represented by Colorado Vacations.
- Denver - About 2.5 hours
- Colorado Springs - About 2 hours
- Summit County - About 1.25 hours
- Vail - About 1.5 hours
- Aspen - About 1.5 hours
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