Mountain weddings are always great, but they’re really great in Buena Vista and Salida. 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 events, therefore choosing the right location where guests can entertain themselves and explore the beauty of Colorado is key. By avoiding the higher-priced Colorado ski resort towns, your dollar goes further here.
Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado
With 80% of Chaffee County being public land, allow your guests to get out and explore the wonders of the Colorado outdoors through hiking, mountain biking, off-roading and more. Discover high alpine lake fishing, hiking sections of the Colorado Trail or four-wheeling on numerous jeep roads that traverse the Continental Divide.
Welcome to Chaffee County, home of the quiet and quaint towns of Buena Vista and Salida Colorado. Chaffee County is centrally located in Colorado, making it an easy destination for any traveler. Nestled against towering 14,000ft peaks of the Continental Divide, Chaffee County provides memorable scenic backdrops from all venues and lodging options.
The Arkansas River
The renowned Arkansas River also flows directly through this valley, providing world-class whitewater rafting and fly fishing opportunities. Connect the wedding party on an unforgettable whitewater rafting adventure, or send family members out on an impressive float trip. The Arkansas River has whitewater rafting sections suitable for all ages and abilities, no matter what experience level, and there are tons of professional whitewater rafting outfitters to service your group.
Winter weddings in Chaffee County have no shortage of outdoor activities either. With Monarch Mountain, Ski Cooper and Copper Mountain all within an hours drive of Buena Vista and Salida, guests can find themselves alpine skiing in some of the best Colorado family-friendly ski terrain, away from the crowds. Also, guests can explore Chaffee County Colorado winters by snowshoe or cross country skiing the backcountry with easy access to the Sawatch Range.
Romantic Dog Sledding Tours
Another exciting Chaffee County winter activity is Monarch Dog Sled Tours. Gather the wedding party on an unforgettable dog sledding experience just east of Monarch Mountain. Or better yet, say “I Do” on a dog sled tour – that would get the dogs howling with excitement and offer some incredible wedding photos.
Colorado’s Best Hot Springs
Year-round opportunities in Chaffee County are the unique geothermic hot springs. Three natural hot springs can be found in Buena Vista and Salida, all open to the public. Set aside a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at either Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort or Cottonwood Hot Springs, both also offering spa services. Take-in the grandiose scenery and enjoy the therapeutic waters only found in this quaint river valley.
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