Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado are located in the heart of the Rockies along the Arkansas River. The Sawatch Range and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain surround these charming, friendly, artistic and historic towns. These towns are know known for their laid-back, mountain town vibes, filled with opportunities for adventure.
Arkansas River Flows
No Experience? No Problem!
We have you covered, no equipment or experience required. Monarch Mountain, along with other outdoor shops in town offer skis, snowboards and clothing rentals. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you are a seasoned skier or snowboarder, Monarch Mountain’s ski school instructors will make you feel comfortable from the very start. Send the kids to ski school and enjoy the day exploring the mountain on your own.
Tubing on Snow
Snow tubing is the easiest way to enjoy Monarch’s all-natural snow and is sure to be fun for everyone in your group. The magic carpet will carry you to the top of the hill. No hiking! The tubing park features individual lanes to race down the hill. Double up with a little one or challenge someone to a race. Experience après ski at the lodge.
Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet— more than any other state in the country
The Sawatch Range consists of 15 peaks of 14,000 feet or more, including Mt. Elbert at 14,440 feet, the highest in Colorado and second highest in the lower 48 states. The Sawatch Range rises over 7,000 feet from the valley floor to the top of the Continental Divide.
The Adventure By Nature Pledge is an outreach and education project supporting outdoor recreation, economic and visitor growth in Chaffee County by encouraging responsible recreation, stewardship principles and best practices for visitors and residents recreating in the outdoors.
We believe that stewardship of the environment is everyone's responsibility. Please help us protect and preserve our home so future generations can enjoy it just as you have.