Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

Welcome to Chaffee County. Whether  you’re a new guest or an old friend we’re glad to have you here. The majestic 14,000 foot peaks of the Sawatch Range lining up to the west and the mighty Arkansas River that flows the length of the valley are waiting for you to come and hike, bike, golf, raft, fish, soak or simply bask in their glory. The quaint small towns of Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista invite you to stay, shop, dine and meet the friendly locals. What you will find is the best mix of what Colorado is all about. We trust that your experiences here will create the moments and memories you’ve been dreaming about. 

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Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado are historic mountain towns that feel like a Hallmark movie set during the holidays. Each town hosts holiday celebrations starting with a parade of lights in Salida, Colorado the day after Thanksgiving. The town comes together to light the largest Christmas Tree in Colorado. Christmas Mountain shows off a 750 foot Christmas tree complete with fireworks. This enormous Christmas Tree is lit each evening at dusk until the new year. You are invited to shop at the many art galleries in Colorado's largest National Historic District.

Buena Vista celebrates with their annual Christmas Opening held the first weekend in December. The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is a wonderful holiday tradition that unites our small businesses, visitors and residents to join together and share in the holiday spirit. 

Salida, Colorado

Salida Parade Of Lights 6:00PM November 25, 2022.

Santa Claus will light the 750 foot Christmas Tree November 25, 2022, after the Parade Of Lights, in downtown Salida, Colorado. The tree will be lit each evening until January 8, 2023.

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista Christmas Opening December 3, 2022.

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is a wonderful holiday tradition that unites our small businesses, residents, and visitors as we join together and share in the holiday spirit.


Outdoor Adventures

Buena Vista is situated between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River and is known for its laid-back, mountain town vibe. A friendly and welcoming…


Fishing in the Upper Arkansas Valley is a superb blend of river and big country. With…

Hot Springs

There is nothing quite as ahhh-mazing as warming up, relaxing and rejuvenating…

Horseback Riding

A popular mode of transportation in the Colorado outdoors is by horseback. For…

Summer Activities

Salida, Colorado

Salida is located in the heart of the Rockies. The Sawatch Range, the Arkansas River and Monarch Mountain surround this hamlet of a town. Charming…

Art Galleries

The visual appeal of Salida and Buena Vista has long inspired those visiting the…


Salida and Buena Vista are well known for their biking, both road and mountain…

Our Home Town Mountain

Monarch Mountain


Hundreds of miles of backcountry trails near Salida and Buena Vista are groomed each…

Dog Sledding

Dog sled tours based on Monarch Pass and an annual dry land dog sled competition…



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.

Trip Ideas

Buena Vista & Salida

Explore the historic small towns and the wild outdoors of this enchanting area – together! We’ve put together some plans so you don’t…

Romantic Getaway

Buena Vista & Salida are both great for romantic getaways. Surprise your loved…