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Buena Vista is located in the colorful Arkansas River Valley surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks.  This mountain range consists of ten 14,000 foot peaks commonly known as “The Fourteeners”. The prominent three peaks being Princeton, Harvard, and Yale.

The town was named by Alsina Dearheimer in 1879 for its BEAutiful view... thus pronounced BEW-na Vista.  Buena Vista is home to about 2,500 people and is known for its friendliness.  This close knit community is bound by a love of the outdoors, 320 days of sunshine yearly, and pure mountain air.  We offer the best of Colorado all year round.

Buena Vista has an appealing climate of mild summers and mild winters thus naming it “The Banana Belt” of Colorado.  Winter temperatures range from the high 50's to low teens.  Summer temperatures range from the high 80's to the low 50's.  Snow magnifies the beauty of the surrounding 14,000 foot peaks but there is usually little in the valley floor.  Buena Vista is home to coffee roasteries, a brewery, a whiskey distillery, a goat farm, and numerous galleries that feature talented local artists.  There are a variety of eateries from good ole American food to Ethnic choices.

The town and surrounding areas are rich with history in ranching, farming, mining, and railroads, with several museums and historic sites.  You can always find something happening year round from river activities, to music / art events, local bazaars, festivals, and community fundraising events.

Come for a visit and stay a lifetime!

Top 10 Must Do Things In Buena Vista

1)  White water raft or kayak on the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon (a designated national monument)
2)  Summit a Fourteener (20 peaks within 5 minutes or a day's drive)
3)  ATV or Four Wheel on numerous forest service approved backcountry roads and acres
4)  Hike some of the most breathtaking trails including sections of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide
5)  Fish the gold medal waters of the Arkansas River or pristine alpine lakes
6)  Snowmobile on hundreds of miles of the most scenic trails in the state
7)  Try your skills at our world class designed water parks (kayak, paddle boards, rafting)
8)  Cross country ski or snowshoe some of the most pristine winter trails
9)  Horseback ride, golf, frisbee golf, skateboard, shop, eat, and enjoy the beautiful views
10)  Soak in private and public odorless and natural hot springs pools

Buena Vista Events Calendar


  • Hot Springs
  • Winter Activities:  Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, & Snow Shoeing


  • Hot Springs
  • Winter Sports
  • Golf


  • Hot Springs
  • Spring Skiing
  • Winter Sports


  • Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce Trade Show
  • Kids Fest at Monarch Mountain


  • Paddlefest & Whitewater Pro Rodeo-Clinics
  • Gear Swap
  • Competitions
  • Wine Festival


  • Buena Vista Bike Festival
  • Collegiate Peaks Stamped Rodeo
  • Bike Fest
  • Cemetery Tours


  • Bike Show
  • Cemetery Tour
  • Car Show
  • Traditional 4th of July Celebration:  Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Community Picnic, Kids Games, Art Show, 5K Race, & Fireworks


  • 8/13/2016 - 8/14/2016 – Gold Rush Days:  Burro Races, Entertainment, Toilet Seat Races, Vendors, Duck Race, Madams of Central Colorado, & Cemetery Tour


  • Apple Fest
  • ATV Historic Color Tour


  • Chamber Banquet
  • Trick-or-Treat Street


  • Hot Springs
  • Winter Sports


  • Christmas Opening:  Chocolate Walk, Equine Parade, Festival of Trees with Santa, & Parade of Lights
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