Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation around Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista is home to the Rocky Mountains, Arkansas River, beautiful lakes and tons of hiking and biking trails for all levels. Our favorite outdoor recreation activities in the area include: 

  • Biking 
  • Hiking & Backpacking 
  • Camping
  • Fishing 
  • Hunting 
  • Golfing 
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle Boarding 
  • Whitewater Rafting 
  • Off-Roading 
  • Rock Climbing 
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Skiing 
  • Snowmobiling 
  • Cross Country Skiing 

Family Activities

Family activities in Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista is booming with young families! There is plenty of family and kids activities to fit your lifestyle that will keep you adventuring year-round. 

  • Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and fishing the many lakes within town limits or a short drive. 
  • Horseback Riding the many trails our area provides.
  • Playing at the community parks. We have a plethora to choose from.
  • Skate Park & Pump Track along the Arkansas River. 
  • Louie's Ice Cream Shoppe & Playhouse
  • The Comanche Drive-In Movie Theater is the perfect way to end the day .

Hot Springs

Mount Princeton Hot Springs located in Nathrop, Colorado

The Arkansas River Valley is home to two of the most beautiful and sought after hot springs in Colorado. 

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is located in Nathrop, Colorado overlooking the Chalk Cliffs. Our family frequents the upper family pools and slide when open during the summer months. The bath house and relaxation pools are open year-round.

Cottonwood Hot Springs Resort is charming and rustic. Located off CR 306 heading up Cottonwood Pass, this is the perfect place for adults who want to relax in the many soaking pools located along Cottonwood Creek. 

Attractions Around Buena Vista Colorado

St. Elmo Ghost Town

Buena Vista offers tons of family attractions perfect for weekend adventures or when family and friends are visiting.  Here are our favorite attractions in the areas: 

  • Hiking The Collegiate Peak 14'ers. You can also drive to the top of many. 
  • St. Elmo Ghost Town - kids get a kick out of feeding the chipmunks and exploring one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in the western U.S. You can also rent ATV's to take up on Tin Cup Pass. 
  • Cottonwood Pass - a beautiful scenic drive from Buena Vista to the highest elevation of paved Colorado state highway. Follow the road over the pass to Taylor Park Reservoir.  

Support Local, Buy Local

Buena Vista Farmers Market

Many locals choose to live in Buena Vista Colorado due to the abundance of locally-owned businesses. No big box stores here!

Our local farmer's market is held weekly come spring through fall and features Weathervane Farms fresh produce plus many local artisans held in beautiful South Main along the Arkansas River. 

A few of our favorite locally-owned establishments include:

  • Simple Eatery/Spoon It Up
  • The Roastery 
  • House Rock Kitchen 
  • The Blend
  • Wesley & Rose 
  • Sundance & Friends 
  • Rock Paper Scissors 
  • The BV Village 

Live Music & Festivals

Music and festivals in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Believe it or not, Buena Vista offers amazing nightlife and fun festivals for all ages! 

Locals enjoy a night out at The Lariat or Surf Hotel for great bands and well renowned musicians. Plus the drinks are pretty good!

During the summer months, you can find families stationed up in South Main for free music at The Beach Friday evenings at 6:30pm.

Not to mention, locals and tourists flock to BV for CKS Paddlefest, Campout for the Cause, Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, Gold Rush Days, Seven Peaks Music Festival and much more!