Trip Ideas

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Choose Your Own Summer Adventure

TBA With 12 mountains that tower more than 14,000ft in Chaffee County, it’s easy to reach alpine lakes for faublous fishing, as well as meadows of wildflowers, evergreen forests and transparent streams. Relax. Listen to hummingbirds whiz by, view deer and elk in their...

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Choose Your Own Autumn Adventure

Choose your own autumn adventure in Chaffee County! Autumn brings spectacular color to the Rocky Mountains. Aspen trees turn golden between mid-September and mid-October, depending on temperatures and elevation. Anytime is a good time to visit Chaffee County, but if...

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Day Trip From Denver via Bailey

Explore the Beauty of Buena Vista via Bailey, Colorado If you're looking for an exciting and easily executed day trip from Denver, Colorado, consider visiting the quaint and historic mountain town of Buena Vista via Bailey, Colorado. Experience the beauty of the...

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Day Trip from Denver via Breckenridge

Come Explore the Heart of Colorado via Breckenridge Bored this weekend? Plan a day trip from Denver to the majestic mountain town of Buena Vista Colorado through Breckenridge. This wonderfully scenic mountain loop contains ski towns, Colorado wildlife and adventure....

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Ghost Towns

Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado Chaffee County is surrounded by rich history and is home to many ghost towns from the old west. Explore these ghost towns year round either by snowmobile, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. One of the best preserved ‘ghost towns’...

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Colorado Bucket List

Rimmed by the mighty Sawatch, Mosquito and Sangre de Cristo mountains, Chaffee County is a breathtaking place to get outdoors. Like sentinels lining the horizon to the west, Sawatch peaks dominate the Upper Arkansas Valley. Running some 100 miles, from south of Salida to north of Leadville, 15 of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks rise in the Sawatch. The range features four of the state’s five tallest peaks including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet the state’s highest and second only to California’s14,505-foot Mount Whitney in the lower 48. The Collegiate Peaks – five mountains named after colleges – are included in the Sawatch.

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Plan Your Colorado Vacation

Literally everyone dreams of the perfect Colorado vacation, but boy howdy planning one sure can be STRESSFUL. With so many beautiful, highly-cultivated attractions to choose from in this great state, it's easy to get overwhelmed. So here's a simple trick that might...

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Visit Browns Canyon National Monument

For centuries, the rugged granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings and stunning mountain vistas of Browns Canyon National Monument have attracted visitors from around the world. The area’s unusual geology and roughly 3,000-foot range in elevation support a diversity...

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Hutchinson Homestead

The Hutchinson Homestead which sits along the South Arkansas River was founded by Annabelle and Joseph Hutchinson in the late 1800’s and is an important part of Chaffee County’s history. The site, which is now called the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center...

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Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway

1 Agnes Veil Falls 2 Allie Belle and Flora Belle Ore Tipple 3 Alpine 4 Alpine Tunnel Entrance (closed to traffic) 5 Arkansas Headwaters Visitor Center 6 Arkansas Hills 7 Arkansas Hills Trail System 8 Aspen Ridge 9 Barbara Whipple Trail System 10 Bassam Park 11 Big...

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Enjoying the Arkansas River

Flowing through the center of Chaffee County, the Arkansas River is one of the four major drainages that flow out of Colorado. It’s also one of the most popular. The river, fed by snowmelt, runs a bit later than other rivers, but provides a longer season of...

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Mountain Biking the Arkansas Hills

Mountain biking the Arkansas Hills Trail System, also known as Tenderfoot or S Mountain, is one of the most convenient and most beautiful activities in the town of Salida, Colorado. Lying only a couple hundred yards within downtown, bikers and hikers can be on the...

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Rock Climbing in Chaffee County

Rock climbing opportunities in Chaffee County are mainly centered around the Buena Vista area – more specifically, the Four Mile Recreation Area. Climbs in this area are a mix of sport and traditional routes from 50 to 450 feet on granite slabs ranging from easy to...

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Buena Vista Heritage

The Upper Arkansas River Valley has been shaped by Native Americans, trappers, miners, railroaders, and ranchers. Evidence of the past can be seen wherever one travels through the valley. Buena Vista Heritage is a local non-profit that owns and manages several...

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The Salida Museum

The Salida Museum is located in Centennial Park adjacent to the Salida Chamber of Commerce and was started in the 1950’s. This interesting museum showcases the people, places, and industry that helped shape the Upper Arkansas Valley. The north side of the museum...

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Zipline Tours & Aerial Adventure Park Salida, Colorado

{youtube}67DXhIdttdA{/youtube} Captain Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park is located a few miles east of Salida, Colorado in a spectacular box canyon adjacent to the wild Arkansas River. It was the first zipline outfit in Colorado and is now the largest aerial...

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The Arkansas River

Buena Vista & Saldia, Colorado Flowing through the center of Chaffee County, the Arkansas River is one of the four major drainages that flow out of Colorado. It’s also one of the most popular. The river, fed by snowmelt, runs a bit later than other rivers, but...

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Cool Colorado Jobs

Cool Colorado jobs available this summer! With so much adventure to be had in the Heart of Colorado, there’s a dire need for adventure seeking guides for summer work in Buena Vista and Salida Colorado. These small quaint mountain towns bustle with energy and...

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Colorado Artists

SALIDA ARTISTS TAKE ON MANY SHAPES IN THE HEART OF COLORADO Salida Colorado’s beautiful scenery and climate makes for a natural feeding ground for artists of all mediums. The mild  ‘banana belt’ climate found in Salida along with its convenient location in the Heart...

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Choose Your Own Spring Adventure

Choose your own spring adventure in Chaffee County! Our unique "Banana Belt" climate provides the perfect opportunity to plan a multi-sport day. Whether you want to play in the snow, the dirt, or the water, spring in Chaffee County has you covered. Start off the day...

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Hidden Treasure In Chaffee County?

Ever heard of Forrest Fenn? Many have tried and failed to solve Fenn’s riddle and find his hidden treasure – some say it’s right here in Chaffee County. Several of the clues he has published seem to fit this notion. Interested yet? Forrest Fenn is a world renown art...

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Scenic Drives in Chaffee County

Chaffee County is an extremely diverse area of Colorado holding a wealth of outdoor adventures, out of this world scenery, and friendly welcoming communities. Try these scenic drives to get a feel for what Chaffee County has to offer. This 57 mile route runs through...

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Fishing the Arkansas River

The Arkansas River that flows directly through Chaffee County Colorado offers some of the best trout fishing in all of Colorado. The season runs all year-long with multiple hatches. Mayflies, midges, stoneflies and caddis hatch regularly and in glorious abundance,...

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Alpine Lake Fishing

Chaffee County’s high alpine lakes feature spin or fly fishing along with incredible mountain views. For the best alpine fishing, head to high mountain lakes and streams that are filled with brown, brook, rainbow and cutthroat. Those who want to get away from it all...

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Rafting Browns Canyon National Monument

Floating alongside Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River provides a unique and thrilling way to experience the wonder and grandeur of this special place. Booking a trip with one of the many outfitters in the county is a great way for the whole family...

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Wildlife Viewing In Browns Canyon National Monument

Wildlife viewing in Browns Canyon National Monument features a huge variety of wildlife that can be spotted by those with patience and a bit of luck. The rugged, isolated nature of the terrain and proximity to year round water sources provide a perfect habitat for...

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Sing Spring Like a Local

Springtime in Chaffee County Colorado is a time to literally have it all. With snow still in the Western Sawatch Mountains, participate in winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling while basking in the warming spring sun. Eastern Chaffee County...

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Chaffee County; One Winter, Four Seasons

Colorado winter is not the wasteland of snow and cold as one would think. Despite being at elevation, Colorado’s unique ‘banana belt’ regions see unusually warm temperatures throughout the winter, directly next to some of the most high producing snow zones in the...

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Visit Browns Canyon National Monument

  Plan your vacation to explore Colorado’s newest National Monument in Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado. With the official designation of Browns Canyon National Monument on February 19, 2015, Chaffee County has become a unique mark on the Colorado map. By...

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Chaffee County Welcomes You

Welcome to Chaffee County Colorado, where we found the Colorado outdoor lifestyle ‘Jackpot’! We have all of Colorado's beauty in an affordable package. Chaffee County is centrally located in Colorado, making it an easily attainable Colorado destination. Here, the...

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What to do in Browns Canyon National Monument

The 22,000 acre Browns Canyon National Monument is located between Salida and Buena Vista on the eastern side of the Arkansas River Valley. Characterized by steep granite gorges and rock outcroppings within a healthy piñon-juniper forest, this area provides...

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Historic Chaffee County

The original county seat was founded in Granite at the far northern end of the county. It was later moved to Buena Vista and then finally to Salida. Granite sprung up as a result of one of the first gold discoveries in Colorado found in nearby Cache Creek. By 1861 the...

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Winter Fat Biking In Chaffee County

Winter fat biking is an up and coming winter sport in Chaffee County. Due to oversized wheels and super low tire pressure, these bikes excel in winter conditions where others struggle. The riding options vary from groomed mountain trails to sandy desert washes. Fat...

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Mountain Weddings In Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

 Mountain weddings are always great, but they’re straight up fantastic in Salida and Buena Vista. Choose a destination wedding that is as beautiful and majestic as your love together, in beautiful Buena Vista or Salida Colorado. Destination weddings are multi-day...

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Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing In Colorado

Snowshoeing & cross country skiing are two low impact winter activities that can be enjoyed by most anyone. With over 80% of the land in Chaffee County designated as public, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy these two sports. Whether you have your own...

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Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties in Chaffee County

Buena Vista and Salida are great places for bachelor & bachelorette parties. Be sure to consider some of these awesome ideas for your special trip. Buena Vista and Salida are centrally located in Colorado, providing a great central meeting point for all your...

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Dog Sledding In Chaffee County

Ten years ago Caleb Hathaway got a job as a sled dog guide in Winter Park Colorado where he instantly fell in love with the profession.  Wanting to learn more about the sport, he moved to British Columbia then on to Alaska where he began to acquire his own team of...

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Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rentals

Established in 1988, Monarch Snowmobile Tours & Rentals is one of the most affordable and customer friendly snowmobile guide service in the state of Colorado. The unique location just east of Monarch Pass allows guests to walk out the front door, hop on a snow...

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Hot Springs Cool Adventures

Hot Springs Cool Adventures Relax in the many hot springs in Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado. Along these mountainous fault zones in the Arkansas River Valley, the water bubbles out of the ground, at 140-degrees. MONARCH MTN. SKIING & HOT SPRINGS Monarch...

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Follow Your Heart to the Heart of Colorado

A Two-Day Winter Trip to Central Colorado Rockies is a ‘Staycation’ Getaway We all need a pick-me-up sometimes, especially when the dull-drum of winter really sets in. Being just a few hours drive from bustling Denver, the quaint mountain towns of Buena Vista and...

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Romantic Getaways in Buena Vista and Salida

Buena Vista & Salida are both great for romantic getaways. Surprise your loved one with a romantic evening of luxury at The Palace Hotel in Historic downtown Salida. Be treated like royalty from the welcome right through to the accommodations. The Palace Hotel is...

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A Chaffee County Winter Proposal

Impress Her with a Unique Winter Proposal Advice on Premiere Proposition Spots in Buena Vista and Salida Colorado   Warm Gloves   Once slopeside with ski bunny in tow at your favorite Colorado ski area, Monarch Mountain, suggest she try on your gloves for...

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Choose Your Own Winter Adventure

Choose your own winter adventure in Chaffee County! Winter is the perfect time to bundle up and explore snow-capped mountains, frozen streams and all of the season's beauty. Fire up a snowmobile and chart your own path across fields of white. Or feel the snow crunch...

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Apres Spots in Buena Vista

Apres spots in Buena Vista are easy to find. Wind down from your hard day skiing or snowboarding or whatever with a locally crafted beer at one of our breweries, or a fancy drink at one of our distilleries. Iif you’d like to take relaxing up a notch, check out one of...

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Apres Spots in Salida

Apres spots in Salida are easy to find. Wind down from your hard day skiing or snowboarding or whatever with a locally crafted beer at one of our breweries, or a fancy drink at one of our distilleries. Iif you’d like to take relaxing up a notch, check out one of our...

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Monarch Mountain: A Colorado Gem

Monarch Mountain is one of Colorado’s true hidden ski gems.  Found in south-central Colorado at the south end of the Sawatch Range and astride the Continental Divide, this family-favorite ski resort is easily accessible off U.S. Hwy 50 and, even better, is far away...

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Snowmobiling Buena Vista & Salida – 301

Explore the Rocky Mountains Of Colorado By Snowmobile     Snowmobiles pump up the adrenaline and cover miles of roads and trails typically impassible in snow. Dive into some fresh powder on a big machine and savor the rush. With three main trailheads in...

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Top Winter Selfie Spots In Chaffee County – 301

  With crisp mountain air and sunny blue skies, winter is a perfect time for selfies!  Chaffee County just happens to have some great locations for sharing your perfect adventure.     Pick A Peak This location boasts unending 360 degree views from the crest...

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5 Must-Haves for Cross-Country Skiing

If you want to explore Chaffee County on your cross country skis this winter, take note of these five must-have’s to ensure you have a remarkable winter experience. General touring and metal-edge touring skis are available to cross country skiers. The general touring...

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Kids’ Vacation

Are you planning your kids’ vacation? We’ve got so many great options for you. For starters, riverside parks in Buena Vista and Salida are perfect places to skip rocks, race sticks down the river or cross over the Arkansas River on a bridge and peer down on rafters,...

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Browns Canyon Hikes

If you’re looking for adventure fit for the whole family, here are two Browns Canyon hikes that will certainly fit the bill. Browns Canyon in Chaffee County is a great place to go hiking with your friends and family, and two great places you can start from are Ruby...

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A Play Day in Buena Vista – 301

I love where I live because I can hang out in Buena Vista and South Main! BV is fun because of several things. First, there’s the bouldering wall in South Main. The bouldering wall looks easy from a distance, but it ends up being just right! The front side is...

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Hiking Through Time

Now that summer has officially begun, and the beauty of the Chaffee County countryside is in full bloom, what better time to spend in the thick of it? And we’ve got the perfect opportunity – in fact, we’ve got almost 30! Did you know that Chaffee County boasts nearly...

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Paddling Season is Coming!

CKS Paddlefest kicks off Summer Memorial Day Weekend and paddling season too! If you’re in Chaffee County late spring, you’ll find you can almost feel the electricity of change in the air. The rivers are beginning to swell over their banks, and they’re starting to...

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Looking for The perfect girls-only getaway?

6 ways to be pampered while playing in Salida and Buena Vista It’s about time. Time for a break from taking care of everyone else… Time to bond with the girlfriends you never see enough… Time to breathe in fresh mountain air and sunshine as you explore the uncrowded...

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Salida’s FIBArk Festival Returns This Summer

Salida's FIBArk river race and festival coming up June 11-15th – the 66th Annual repeat of this world-famous race – you’ll want to make plans to be in Salida or Buena Vista for the whole 4-day event. After all, there’s no better way to feel the rush of whitewater...

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How to Enjoy Chaffee County: Top Five Best Bets

March madness? How to slam-dunk a guys’ weekend trip to Salida Although nearby Monarch Ski Resort gets hit regularly with serious powder, the Arkansas River Valley floor (and the outdoorsy towns of Salida and Buena Vista) are blessed with a temperate mini-climate...

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Chaffee County A-Z

Chaffee County A to Z Arts. A myriad of choices—from art galleries to dance troupes, musicians and photographers—await visitors. Come stroll along the downtown streets of Buena Vista and Salida and experience the unique aesthetics. Beauty. The region boasts raw,...

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Visitor Guidelines

Along with the dry climate, the altitude in Chaffee County ranges from 7,000 to more than 14,000 feet. At these elevations the sun is intense, so make sure to apply sunscreen, especially on the little ones.  Stay on designated roads. Obey posted signs and follow the...

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