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Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado

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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.

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.


Move over, New York City. Salida’s got something even better – higher and brighter—than the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center. How about a 750 foot tall Christmas tree? Not just a tree either; it’s a whole Christmas Mountain. This holiday symbol made up of 4,500 brightly-colored LED bulbs strung from Tenderfoot Mountain’s summit to base shines over Salida throughout the whole holiday season, from late November into mid-January.

See the largest Christmas tree in Colorado with the magical power to transform Salida into Christmas Town and Riverside Park into Holiday Park, too. It’s been a local holiday tradition since 1989.

This much-anticipated tree lighting is always held the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. As soon as Santa makes his much-anticipated appearance, it’s time for the countdown. 3-2-1…Just as the lights are turned on at Tenderfoot Mountain. Now it’s officially Christmas Mountain.

Hot Springs

There is nothing quite as ahhh-mazing as warming up, relaxing and rejuvenating chin-deep in blissful natural hot springs. Geothermal-rich Chaffee County has springs of…


Hundreds of miles of backcountry trails near Salida and Buena Vista are groomed each year for snowmobilers to enjoy along with nearly limitless trails for those who wish to…

Dog Sledding

Dog sled tours based on Monarch Pass and an annual dry land dog sled competition north of Buena Vista offer opportunities for adventurists and dog lovers to enjoy a unique…