Buena Vista is located between Salida and Leadville in Chaffee County, and it has a population of 2,617 people. You won’t make a mistake if you plan going here on vacation because it is a town with many activities for you to participate in.
For instance, Arkansas River offers visitors an opportunity for whitewater rafting, and it is for sure the best in the county. Also, visitors can go kayaking or boating in this river. Apart from these beloved water activities, there are other things that you can try out like hiking and horseback riding. Alternatively, you can go climbing or mountain biking.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, we are sure that you’ll be thrilled with everything that this town has to offer. Moreover, it is perfectly suitable for families as well because there are stunning mountain views that you simply must see in person; you might even decide to camp there.
History of Buena Vista
The natives of Buena Vista are Ute Indians just like in many other small towns in Colorado. In 1725, explorers set foot on this area, and they settled here. Sometime around 1860 in Denver, they found the gold mine, and because of that, later on, many people migrated to Buena Vista.
Officially, Buena Vista became a town in 1879, and approximately three years after founding it, they got a courthouse and jail.
Buena Vista boasted three railroads which had junctions in town. Several years later, in 1888, the city of Buena Vista got electricity. Five years later, people started using telephones. After the end of the mining era, people settled in this region because the level of water of Arkansas River elevated.
How the Name Came to Be
Buena Vista is Spanish for a “beautiful view,” but it is not pronounced as one might think. Namely, the first three letters of “Buena” are pronounced as “beau” from “beautiful,” and that has been the case from the town’s foundation. That has been decided at the meeting that took place in 1879 with the idea of forming a community. Townspeople picked two names — one of them was Collegiate Peaks, which was chosen because of the surrounding mountains — and they later decided to go with Buena Vista.
Attractions That You Simply Must Check Out
Whitewater Rafting — Browns Canyon National Monument
If you want to go water rafting in Colorado, we have a perfect place for you — Browns Canyon National Monument. You’ll be able to enjoy rafting whether you’re just a beginner or an expert because there are parts with calm waters.
Buena Vista River Park
For nature lovers, this is a bull’s eye. In this park, there are picnic tables that you can use if you want to relax surrounded by nice scenery. It goes without saying that runners will be glad if they go here because there are bike paths which can be good for exercise.
And when you want to take a break, you can just chill near the river. It is close to the main street as well as downtown Buena Vista — which is a convenient location.
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
This is very unlike the 21st century, but that makes it more interesting at least for those who are looking for a tech-free vacation. Namely, their rooms don’t have Wi-Fi, and they get their electricity through wind towers and solar panels.
They offer 12 rooms and hot spring pools. More precisely, they have five pools of different temperatures. San Isabel National Forest surrounds the whole site.
St. Elmo and Tin Cup
If you want to check the best ghost towns, you should go west of Buena Vista to St. Elmo. Wooden facades and the main street with tumbleweeds are just like from a ghost movie. Individuals can come here by car or a quad. After you’ve taken a look at this town, we suggest going to Tin Cup, which was a town with a lot of violence, and now, visitors can feel the creepiness of this place when they arrive.
Super 8 by Wyndham Buena Vista
Visitors can enjoy and spend time in rooms which have televisions, free Wi-Fi, coffee-makers, and minifridges; some of them have microwaves. What is very good about this hotel is that kids aged 17 or below can stay free of charge with an adult.
If you decide to stay overnight, you’ll have breakfast and a chance to use their indoor pool. Also, you can opt for a hot tub. Nearby, there’s a laundry room and business center. Those guests who will drive to the hotel have free parking space at their disposal.
Best Western Vista Inn
Their hotel is award-winning and has a view of Mount Princeton. Guests have all the amenities they need. Note that smoking is not allowed here. Also, guests get breakfast, and after they finish it, they can relax in their indoor pools and spa center.
Surf Hotel & Chateau
When it comes to this hotel, visitors have a view over Buena Vista Whitewater Park. Its style resembles the European hotels, and it exudes the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. No matter if you are coming alone, with your friends, or your family, you will be pleased with their hospitality.