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Buena Vista, CO

Lodging in Buena Vista

  • Buena Vista Best Western

    Escape to this award winning, non-smoking Buena Vista, Colorado hotel with breathtaking views of Mt. Princeton. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Vista Inn where guests will find all of the amenities and outstanding service customers expect from the Best Western name. Guests staying at this Buena Vista hotel will enjoy well appointed guest rooms featuring cable satellite television and free high speed internet access. Start the day off right with a complimentary continental breakfast, a refreshing dip in the hotel's indoor swimming pool and spa or the seasonal outdoor spa. The knowledgeable staff at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Vista Inn is highly skilled at planning any event with space available to accommodate up to 100 people.

    The onsite View Cafe is a great place for afternoon espresso and pastries.

    719-395-8009 | VISIT SITE

  • Vista Court Cabins Lodge

    Vista Court, situated on over two acres, is located on the outskirts of town at the base of the Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range. We offer our guests a spectacular view from their own covered porch. You can play horseshoes, lawn shuffleboard, or tetherball. There are BBQ's for your cooking enjoyment.

    719-395-6557 | VISIT SITE

  • Thunder Lodge

    Thunder Lodge welcomes you to "your home away from home" any season of the year. The lodge is perfectly located in the heart of the Collegiate and Sawatch Mountain Ranges on the banks of the legendary Cottonwood Creek.

    Eight pine log cabins surround a tree covered central courtyard in a tranquil creekside setting.

    719-395-2245 | VISIT SITE

  • The Topaz Lodge

    At the Topaz Lodge you can expect to be treated like family. We have been owned by the same family for most of the past 30 years, with the second generation having purchased the business in January of 2005. Our rooms are standard Motel style with in-room coffee and most have a table and/or office area. Also, Wireless High Speed Internet is now available.

    We are committed to providing our customers the best value in lodging in town. We provide clean rooms at an economy price.

    719-395-2427 | VISIT SITE

  • Buffalo Peaks Bed Breakfast

    Buffalo Peaks Bed and Breakfast is the perfect Buena Vista Colorado lodging for exquisite views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Mt. Princeton, Buffalo Peaks, and The Sleeping Indian. Our magnificent property is located off the 8th hole of the prized Collegiate Peaks Golf Course and hidden away by beautiful trees.

    From our decks enjoy the beautiful sun-kissed 14ers at dawn and sunset, and watch for our resident fox, birds, and deer.

    719-395-3313 | VISIT SITE

Hiking in Buena Vista

Buena Vista is located in central Colorado between Salida and Leadville.  This town offers a lot of outdoors activities such as rafting, zip lining, camping and of course hiking.  Being situated between wide valleys and high mountain ranges makes this a prime location for amazing views and challenging hikes.

  • Mount Elbert / Colorado Highpoint

    Standing at the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains at 14,440 feet, Mount Elbert is quite the climb.  There are three main routes to reach the summit.  The most popular is the North (Main) Elbert Trail which is about 9 miles round trip with a total ascent of 4,500 feet.  Each of the routes are strenuous and do require decent physical fitness, however you do not need any special equipment or skill in order to reach the summit.  This trail runs primarily from June to October and is used for camping, rock climbing and hiking.

  • Browns Creek Trail

    This friendly trail is great for all skill levels with scenery consisting of beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls.  There are also views of Mt. Antero and access to fishing in Browns and Little Browns Creek.  Camping is allowed although there are not camping facilities along the trail.  The total length is 11 miles out and back and is primarily just used as a hiking trail. The season for this trail runs from June until October.

  • Kroenke Lake

    This moderate level 8 mile hike is great for a full day trip or an overnighter.  The hike has a bit of a steep grade but the beautiful view from the top is well worth it.  Kroenke Lake is a great fishing spot and a very popular destination for four-wheel drive exploration as well.  There are many hikes that go off from the lake as well. It is primarily accessible from July until September.

  • Huron Peak

    One of Colorado's famed "14ers", Huron's main trail runs 7 to 11 miles round trip depending on how far up the access road you park. While the steady grade requires good physical condition, the trail is not technical, and the views are among the best anywhere in the Sawatch Range with impressive panoramas of the surrounding Collegiate Peaks and the valley below.  The trail is most accessible from June to September.

Dining in Buena Vista

  • Mother Daughters Bistro & Bar

    Mothers, a neighborhood bistro is a family owned and operated restaurant. We are located in the heart of Buena Vista’s historic district. With a focus on wholesome, comfort foods and healthy fare, we utilize the best of Chaffee County’s bounty of locally produced meats and produce.

  • Bongo Billy’s Cafe

    Bongo Billy's has been a consistent gathering place and a place for community for over a decade. We strive to provide the best coffee, food and service. We offer daily, fresh-roasted Bongo Billy's Coffee, homemade pastries, soups, sandwiches, and more. Bongo Billy's, Buena Vista Cafe, also offers Bongo Billy's bulk coffee for sale.

  • Punky’s

    People come from all around for our hand-breaded chicken strips and smoked BBQ pork and beef sandwiches, and fresh grilled burgers and chicken. Or maybe a hand crafted wrap or sub is more to your liking. And don't miss our 16 flavors of ice cream, along with our homemade cheesecake-on-a-stick and delicious fruit smoothies. So whether you've been rafting the Arkansas, skiing or riding our crazy fresh powder, or just hanging out in our great valley, we've got something for you here at Punky's to help make a great day even better.

  • The Asian Palate

    Eddie Sandoval is proud to share his passion for food and a vision of an Asian Bistro to Buena Vista. His aim is to work closely with community outreach efforts and avidly supports the arts. He has a deep connection to the Arkansas River and the surrounding 14,000 ft Collegiate Peak mountains.

  • The Lariat Bar & Grill

    Located on the edge of the Continental Divide in historic downtown Buena Vista, Colorado, the Lariat offer cold beer, hot food and warm smiles. It's like traveling back to the mining days of the late 19th century with a great new vibe and live music.

Shopping in Buena Vista

  • Serendipity Yarn & Gifts

    Unique yarn store has not only variety of yarns but sells finished products and offers classes in knitting.

  • The Trailhead

    Sporting goods, bike rental, cross country ski rental.

  • Eagle's Roost Trading Post

    Retail Gifts, Souvenirs, T-shirts, antiques, crafts, local art work, local foods, thrift books, and consignments.

  • Global Garage

    Upscale consignment store with new and recycled goods: clothing, jewelry, household, etc.

  • Cool Beans Coffee and Collectibles

    Serving Allegro coffees and teas, breakfast burritos, muffins, biscotti, coffee gift baskets, antiques, collectables, gifts, t-shirts. Open 6am-6pm Monday thru Saturday, and 8am to 5pm Sundays.

  • Ark Anglers

    Fly fishing guides and instruction, Wade and Float trips, full service fly shop, shuttle service. Visit our site or call for updated fishing conditions report.

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