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Summer Activities in Buena Vista, Colorado to Pair with your Ziplining Adventure

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Tucked away in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Buena Vista, Colorado, is a paradise for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its verdant landscape, clear blue skies, and the Arkansas River cutting through the town, Buena Vista morphs into an unrivaled summer playground, offering countless opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation to experience either before or after your ziplining trip! Let’s delve into the many ways you can soak in the summer magic of this vibrant Colorado town.

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Whitewater Rafting

Buena Vista’s most celebrated summer activity is undoubtedly whitewater rafting. The Arkansas River, North America’s most popular whitewater rafting destination, provides a variety of rapids suitable for beginners and experts alike. AVA offers half-day, full-day, and multi-day rafting trips, each promising a thrilling, heart-pumping adventure as you navigate the roaring rapids amidst breathtaking scenery! Check out our adventure packages, and discover how you can make the most of your Colorado adventure by combining two different activities into one thrilling day of adventure!

group whitewater rafting


If you prefer dry land, the trails around Buena Vista offer an unmatched hiking experience. The town is nestled at the base of the Collegiate Peaks, home to several mountains over 14,000 feet (14ers). Experienced hikers can attempt challenging treks like Mount Yale and Mount Harvard, while those seeking a more leisurely pace can explore the Midland Hill trail, offering panoramic views of the town and the valley below.

Mountain Biking

Buena Vista is a mountain biker’s dream, boasting numerous single-track trails and dirt roads. The Colorado Trail and the Whipple Trail System are among the top choices for avid bikers, offering exciting routes through the forest and along the river. The town’s biking culture is so vibrant that it hosts the Buena Vista Bike Fest annually in June, attracting cyclists from all over the country.

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Rock Climbing

The extensive granite cliffs and crags around Buena Vista make it a prime spot for rock climbing. From bouldering to multi-pitch climbs, there’s something for every skill level. AVA offers guided rock climbing experiences for beginners looking to learn the basics of top rope climbing, as well as intermediate climbers hoping to level up their skills!

man rock climbing


Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-timer, the Arkansas River’s Gold Medal Waters, teeming with brown and rainbow trout, offers a premier fly-fishing experience. AVA leads guided half day and full day beginner fly fishing trips on the Arkansas River!

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Hot Springs

After a day of thrilling activities, what could be better than soaking in a natural hot spring? The Cottonwood Hot Springs, just a short drive from Buena Vista, offers therapeutic mineral pools in a serene, forested setting. If you’re seeking luxury, the Mount Princeton Hot Springs offers hot spring pools with stunning mountain views, a rejuvenating spa, and dining options.

back of woman in hot springs

Community Events

Summers in Buena Vista also see a host of community events, bringing together locals and visitors alike. September brings the BV Strong Community Dinner, an annual potluck where the entire town gathers for a meal on Main Street and an event that encapsulates the town’s community spirit. Music festivals, art walks, and farmer’s markets also abound, making Buena Vista both an exciting outdoor destination, as well as a vibrant town. Check out Buena Vista’s event calendar to discover the best local events. 

fresh produce at farmer's market


To truly immerse yourself in Buena Vista’s natural beauty, consider a camping trip. With numerous campgrounds offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains, the experience of waking up to a gorgeous sunrise or stargazing on a clear summer night is truly unforgettable. AVA offers convenient lodging options, including rustic cabins and camping spots right at our Buena Vista outpost! This makes getting to your adventure and relaxing after easy and convenient. 

camping under stars with fire

Whether you’re drawn to the rush of ziplining, whitewater rafting, a Via Ferrata adventure, the tranquility of a hike through verdant trails, or the relaxation of natural hot springs, Buena Vista, Colorado, hosts the best of Colorado summer. With so much to explore, Buena Vista and the Arkansas River valley offer countless opportunities for adventure and relaxation in addition to your ziplining experience!

Written by Rosa Canales, Marketing Specialist


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