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Buena Vista

Buena Vista Colorado VacationMeaning “Beautiful View” in Spanish, Buena Vista is located in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. There are numerous things to do in Buena Vista, and it is a mecca for rafting, hiking, fly-fishing and camping. In fact many consider Buena Vista to be the capitol of whitewater rafting in the United States. The Arkansas River offers beginner to advanced rafting adventures in addition to world class fly fishing, kayaking, and more.

The surrounding Collegiate Peaks include Mt. Princeton, Mt. Yale, Mt. Columbia, and Mt. Harvard, all of which top 14,000 feet in elevation.  Their close vicinity makes hiking a “fourteener” (or four!) easy to check off the bucket list on your Buena Vista vacation.

Buena Vista’s location is referred to as the “Banana Belt" because Buena Vista lies in a wide valley that boasts an alpine desert environment with milder temperatures than nearby communities, such as those on the I-70 corridor.  It's temperate climate only adds to its appeal as the destination of choice for the outdoor enthusiast.

Buena Vista was established in 1879 as a railroad town servicing the Denver & Rio Grande, South Park & Pacific, and Colorado Midland railroads. Buena Vista still has a strong connection to its mining and railroad roots. Many of these sites still exist today and allow for fascinating and beautiful excursions by four-wheeling, mountain biking or hiking.

St. Elmo, one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the country, is only 30 minutes from town and a popular local attraction. St. Elmo’s largest mine was the Mary Murphy Mine, which recovered over $60,000,000 worth of gold while in operation.

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