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6 Great Outdoor Date Ideas in Buena Vista, Colorado

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Wanting to do something original for a date? Buena Vista hosts many options for an outdoor date that can be both romantic and fun.  From thrilling and adventurous to relaxing and laid back, Buena Vista is a great location to get out in nature with your plus one this summer.

Hit up the Hot Springs

If you and your significant other are in the mood to relax and take in views, the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs just outside of Buena Vista are a great idea. With views of Mt. Antero, Mt. Princeton and the chalk cliffs from their many pools, you’ll get a chance to relax and take it all in. You can enjoy the various pools and cascading hot springs or just sit in beach chairs and sip on a smoothie or cocktail from the juice bar.

Explore the Backcountry via Horseback

Horseback riding makes the perfect romantic, outdoor date. Mt. Princeton Stables offers a sunset ride showing off the 14,000 feet peaks and Colorados beautiful golden hour.  The trail rides up ridges of the Chalk Cliff behind Mt. Princeton resort, and you will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime date experience.

Crystal Lake Hike Breckenridge Colorado - Photo by Katie Schneider

Hike One of the Many Trails

In the Buena Vista area. there are multiple scenic hikes if you and your date would like to break a sweat while checking out the Colorado views. Ranging from gentle, scenic walks to difficult, rigorous hikes, there are plenty of options in the Collegiate Peak Wilderness and San Isabel National Forest areas. A few popular trails to check out listed from easy to hard are:

  • The Colorado Trail – North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek
  • Kroenke Lake Trail
  • Mount Yale Summit Trail

Pack a lunch, put in some miles on the Buena Vista trails, and enjoy stunning views of lakes, creeks, rivers, and expansive mountainous terrain with your date.

Hiking in Buena Vista Colorado

Navigate the Whitewater Rapids

If your date is the adventurous type, rafting may be just the right option for you.  Buena Vista is home to the popular Arkansas River, and AVA’s outpost is situated north of the mountain town with optimal opportunities for rafting adventures.  The Numbers Wyldride runs down the class IV Numbers section of the Arkansas River and is set up for two guests plus an experienced guide in a smaller than normal raft. The 9-foot “lemon boats” create a more challenging, yet more intimate trip down the river. Ripping down whitewater will definitely be a date for the books.

Fly Among the Treetops

AVA also offers multiple aerial adventures in the Buena Vista area including a Mountaintop Zipline and Granite Via Ferrata.  Both will send you soaring among the mountain vistas and you’ll gawk at the breathtaking views surrounding you as your adrenaline pumps along the courses.

Post Up on a Patio

Summers in the Rockies are gorgeous, and the majority of bars and restaurants in the mountains are equipped with great patios to enjoy the mild and sunny Colorado weather.

House Rock Kitchen

The House Rock Kitchen has a large back patio area complete with games and plenty of health-conscious food options including their delicious bowls with their famous “super slaw.”

Eddyline Brewery

Another great spot to drink a beer and get some lunch on a patio is the Eddyline Brewery. They have an excellent draft line up of microbrews as well as a menu with fire grilled meat and pizza. After a day filled with activities nothing feels better than kicking back on a patio with a beer and good food, so why not end your day in Buena Vista?

Looks like you’re all set for your next getaway date with your plus one!  If you’re seeking adventure, call AVA Rafting & Zipline today.  We’ll set you up with an action-packed day your date won’t stop braggin about for weeks to come.


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