Welcome To Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado
Follow the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway to the heart of Colorado. Whitewater raft through Browns Canyon National Monument or fish the 102 miles of Gold Medal Waters on the Arkansas River. Discover the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. Create your own cool adventure in Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado then soak in 100% natural and odorless hot springs.
Home Of Monarch Mountain & Browns Canyon National Monument
The Upper Arkansas River Valley is located in the geographic center of Colorado, surrounded by three mountain ranges rising 7,000 feet above the valley floor to an elevation of over 14,000 feet. There are fifteen 14,000 foot peaks in the Sawatch Mountain Range, more than anywhere else in Colorado. More people raft the Arkansas River than anywhere else in Colorado. The 100% natural and odorless hot spring water bubbles out of the ground at 140 degrees.
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Buena Vista, Colorado
In case you are unfamiliar, Buena Vista means ‘beautiful view’ in Spanish. And the name truly says it all. Resting at roughly 8,000 feet elevation, the town of Buena Vista Colorado is nestled between the majestic Continental Divide to the West and the Fourmile Recreation Area foothills to the East, with the impressive Arkansas River running through town.
Salida Colorado is a REAL Colorado mountain town. Beautifully nestled between the Sangre de Cristo and Sawatch Mountain ranges, this central Colorado Historic downtown at 7,000 feet elevation boasts a liveliness driven by artistic minds and outdoor enthusiasts.
Meet high-energy sled dogs who simply love to run through the snow. They’ll delight you with an unforgettable daytime or moonlight ride.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is one of the most unique settings of all the hot springs in Colorado. Sit in the source of the hot springs in Chalk Creek and create your own hot springs pool. Ride the 400-foot water slide while surrounded by the 14,000 foot peaks on either side of the resort. The Spa & Club offers an adults-only experience with a relaxation pool and three Japanese-style cascading pools. Hot springs ore included with your overnight stay; purchase a spa treatment and
enjoy all the hot springs amenities all day. (Located in Nathrop between Buena Vista & Salida)
Pure geothermal mineral waters flow into five large, rack-lined soaking pools ranging from 94 to 110 degrees at Cottonwood Hot Springs. The quiet, meditative environment may be similar to that experienced by the native Utes, who regarded the hot springs as spiritual sites with healing waters. Massage therapy, spa services and lodging available. (5 miles west of Buena Vista on Cottonwood Pass)
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is fun for the whole family. A zero-depth-entry play pool of 97 to 100 degrees borders one end of the largest indoor hot springs pool in North America. The opposite end
features a 6-lane, 25-meter lap pool and diving area around 85 degrees. You can also reserve a private soaking pool and customize the water depth and temperature. (In Salida on US Hwy. SO)
The winter world is your oyster on a pair of trusty snow-shoes. Explore winter trails along creeks and in valleys, observing wildlife and crisp winter views. Pack a lunch and create a memorable day exploring the outdoors.