Buena Vista, translated in Spanish for “good view,” is situated at the foot of the Continental Divide. In this secluded mountain town, most downtown commuters and suburbanites of Denver can only dream about living in this scenic mountain community. Adventure seekers, thrillists and those wanting a summer vacation seek Buena Vista for its outdoor activities that include:
- and more.
Not into adventure but need to escape for a weekend summer getaway, Buena Vista offers a variety of activities. You can head over to nearby towns of Nathrop to check into the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort for some relaxation. Or Families can check out St. Elmo, one of the best preserved ghost towns in Colorado.
For those wanting to sample craft beers of Colorado or mountain distilled liquors created in Buena Vista and neighboring cities, visit these breweries and distilleries:
- Eddyline Brewing,
- Elevation Beer Company
- Deerhammer Distilling Company
- Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
For more information:
Tip 1: Ask a local for their suggestions in restaurants.
Tip 2: With an average elevation of 8,000 feet, drink lots of water to avoid altitude sickness.
Tip 3: Enjoy the amazing mountain sunrise and sunset views. This town is called Buena Vista for a reason.
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Explore downtown Buena Vista
The Buena Vista Farmers Market is a project of the CCFA. This year the market will be held Sunday mornings in the heart of town adjacent to the BV Roastery at 409 East Main.
Amidst the bustle of the vibrant businesses in downtown BV, the market provides entertainment, a chance to socialize with friends, and a diverse selection of products.
St. Elmo Ghost Town
Founded in 1880, this town received incoming goods and shipments for the nearby towns evolved from mining minerals. More than 150 mining claims were filed when the town started its humble beginnings. It is one of the preserved towns in Colorado.
Adventure travel in Buena Vista
Consider rafting capital of the world, Buena Vista is the starting point for many rafting companies of Colorado. Several places in downtown Buena Vista show several areas are ideal people watching for rafters going down the river.
Historic buildings in Buena Vista
Like to walk? Just stroll through downtown Buena Vista. Most buildings show plaques, describing its origins and place in history. Drink lots of water to help with the mountain elevation of 8,000.
Water sports in Buena Vista
Known as the white water capital of the world, the Arkansas Headwaters Recreational Area Colorado State Park provides for a variety of exciting rafting adventures. Located on the river at the east end of Buena Vista is one of the longest whitewater parks in the nation.
Adventure tours in Buena Vista
Ziplining is a great family adventure sport. Take a look at the website of Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce for their list of approved tour groups. http://buenavistacolorado.org