When you think of gorgeous mountain views, outdoor fun, and wildlife, Buena Vista, CO should come to mind. Nestled in the heart of central Colorado with a population of under 5,000 it has more of a small town atmosphere yet offers more than it seems. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few facts that might change your mind.
- The Name Says It All
The name Buena Vista is Spanish for “Beautiful View” and was founded in 1879. That is largely because it has an elevation of 7,954 feet. Being such a small town and mature in age, Buena Vista is known for its more than 120 years of history including its buildings, which date back to the 1880s and 1890s.
- Affordable Accommodations Are Everywhere
With views around every corner, most people would think Buena Vista is exclusive to those who can afford the views, but that is far from the truth. Compared to more traditional Colorado vacation towns, Buena Vista offers affordable accommodations. Bed and breakfast lodging, cabins and hotels can be found just about anywhere to match your budget. While bed and breakfast locations are growing increasingly popular, there are also resorts for those looking for an all-inclusive adventure.
- There’s Something For Everyone to Enjoy
Whether you like sightseeing or outdoor activities, there’s always something to get into. There are more than 10 peaks that are 14,000-foot tall in Buena Vista, including mounts Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia as well as plenty of skiing and other winter activities. The small town is one of the main gateways to recreation in the San Isabel National Forest, which is 1,109,782 acres. Once there, visitors can visit ghost towns or backpack on more than 700 miles of trails. The 148-mile long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is also a close distance. The Arkansas River runs along the eastern edge of Buena Vista and offers over 100-miles of whitewater rafting fun.
Whether you are planning a family trip or looking for adventure, Buena Vista, CO has everything you want and need. Choose a trendy bed and breakfast overlooking the Arkansas River or an all-inclusive hotel or resort near Buena Vista attractions. One thing is for sure: you’ll never forget every moment you were here.