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Winter Activities in Buena Vista, Colorado

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Buena Vista, nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Collegiate Range in Colorado, transforms into a winter wonderland when the snow falls. Far from the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of mega-resorts, this charming town offers a quintessential Rocky Mountain experience with impeccable access to Colorado’s best outdoors. 

We’ve already highlighted our top summer activities in Buena Vista, but it’s time to explore this town’s winter charm. Buena Vista promises thrills, spills, and memories that will linger long after the snow melts. Here are 5 epic adventures to jumpstart your winter itinerary: 

  1. Ski and Snowboard the Mountains’ Best Powder

Buena Vista boasts convenient access to some of Colorado’s finest ski terrain. Monarch Mountain, a short 15-minute drive away, is a skier’s paradise with 67 trails catering to all levels, from corduroy cruisers to adrenaline-pumping moguls. The family-friendly atmosphere, coupled with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, makes it an ideal spot for exceptional runs and beautiful views. 

three people on chairlift, wearing goggles

For those seeking a taste of the backcountry, Copper Mountain beckons with its legendary chutes and expert terrain. Guided backcountry tours cater to seasoned skiers and snowboarders, offering unparalleled access to untouched powder and stunning scenery. 

  1. Explore Cross-Country Skiing Trails

Gliding through a silent forest blanketed in snow may be the biggest allure of cross-country skiing. Buena Vista’s extensive cross-country trails cater to every skier, from beginners seeking gentle loops to seasoned enthusiasts craving lung-burning climbs and exhilarating descents. 

Monarch Park to the top of Monarch Pass is an almost 6-mile trail and picturesque route offering stunning mountain vistas. Check out the Graham Gulch trail for a steeper trail up to the Continental Divide.  

woman cross country skiing

  1. Try-Out Fat Biking

Conquer the snow, not with skis, but with oversized tires! Fat biking has taken the winter world by storm, and Buena Vista’s groomed trails and unpaved roads offer the perfect playground for this exhilarating activity. 

fat bike leaning against tree, snow

Feel the rush of adrenaline as you navigate snow-covered trails, weaving through forests and emerging onto panoramic overlooks. Guided tours cater to all levels, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. 

  1. Relax at a Natural Hot Springs

After a day of exhilarating adventures, what better way to unwind than in a steaming pool of natural hot springs? Buena Vista is blessed with several geothermal wonders, each offering a unique and rejuvenating experience. 

woman relaxing in hot spring pool

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is a historic landmark, boasting multiple pools nestled amidst the foothills, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa provides a more intimate setting, with private soaking tubs and luxurious spa treatments. 

  1.  Savor the Flavor of Buena Vista:

Buena Vista’s charm extends beyond its outdoor playground. The historic downtown bustles with independent shops, art galleries, breweries, and cozy cafes, perfect for après-adventure browsing and refueling. Savor a hearty meal at a local pub or indulge in handcrafted brews at one of the town’s microbreweries. 

man and woman enjoying themselves at brewery

For a touch of Wild West history, visit the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, or catch a live music performance at The Lariat, a lively music venue coupled with a restaurant in a historic building. 

Buena Vista awaits, promising an unforgettable winter escape filled with adventure, relaxation, and memories that will last a lifetime. Read our suggestions for Airbnbs and be sure to visit again in the spring to check out our zipline and Via Ferrata courses at our Buena Vista outpost! 


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