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Buena Vista Info & Activities

Buena Vista is a small mountain town on the northern end of Chaffee County. To stay in or near this area, check out our Buena Vista vacation rentals. You can learn more about this great town at the Chamber of Commerce site.

Natural hot springs are a great way to relax and play. Cottonwood Hot Springs is just 5.5 miles west of downtown Buena Vista. Rather than the large pools that many hot springs offer, Cottonwood Hot Springs has a variety of small pools of varying temperatures. While children are pemitted, it is not as family-friendly as the other options in the area. Quiet and relaxation rule and parents are asked to make sure their kids are not loud or boisterous.

Kids and adults will all love horseback riding in the mountaiins. In the Buena Vista area, there are two good choices - American Adventure Expeditions 888 640 1343and Harvard City Riding Stables 719 966 9395

For ghost town adventures near Buena Vista, you can visit the ghost towns of Vicksburg and Warfield.. You shouldn't need four wheel drive vehicles to get to these in the warm weather.

For both off-roading and mountain biking fun,visit the Fourmile Travel Management Area, just east of Buena Vista. Fourmile has over 100,000 acres of public land that is criss crossed with hiking , biking and jeep trails, just East of Buena Vista.  There are dozens of bike routes through this area, some great for beginners, and some more challenging.  With shuttles, several of the routes are long downhill runs that end in Buena Vista. Best to consult one of the biking guide books to pick the trail you want to ride and get the details on how to get to it.  Enjoy! Check out the official link Here for more information, and even some good maps. More Four Mile info here.

In the winter, Ski Cooper, located atop Tennessee Pass, near Leadville, is 35 miles northwest of Buena Vista. . Building on its unusually rich history and prime location, Ski Cooper has in recent years earned recognition as one of the nation's most successful and innovative smaller ski areas. You can also take snowcat tours or go snowmobiling. Closer to town, you can enjoy snowshoe, cross-country ski and snowmobiling opportunities in the Cottonwood Pass area.