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Buena-Vista is nestled at the foot of the spectacular Rocky Mountain Collegiate Peaks in central Colorado. It's a "crossroads" town of sorts, with Leadville to the north, Salida to the south, Aspen to the west and Colorado Springs to the east. The town of Buena Vista is known by many as "the capital of whitewater rafting in the United States," with the Arkansas River running right through the town. The river is the starting point for many rafting companies, and it's the focal point of the beautiful City Park, which is particularly stunning in the fall when the cottonwoods turn golden. Buena Vista is also a popular area for snowmobiling and cross country skiing, mountain biking, back packing and wildlife viewing. The historic district of town is lined with quaint shops and restaurants, and many special events are held all year long, including the Collegiate Peaks Music Festival in August. Just outside of town are the towering 14,000 foot peaks of the Collegiates, a favorite spot of photographers, and nearby is the Mount Princeton Hot Springs, a natural hot pool set alongside the cold waters of Chalk Creek.

Surrounding areas: Twin Lakes, Colorado (21.6 mi), Hartsel, Colorado (21.9 mi), Salida, Colorado (22.4 mi), San Luis Valley, Colorado (22.4 mi), Monarch, Colorado (23.0 mi), Fairplay, Colorado (27.3 mi), Leadville, Colorado (29.5 mi)

Buena Vista Vacation Rentals

Buena Vista Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Vista Inn733 Hwy 24 NBuena Vista, CO (719) 395-8009
Super 8 Motel530 N U S Hwy 24Buena Vista, CO (719) 395-8888
Woodland Motel And Residence Inn903 W 1STSalida, CO22.0 mi.(719) 539-4980
Comfort Inn315 E Rainbow-us Hwy 50Salida, CO22.4 mi.(719) 539-5000
Econo Lodge1310 E Hwy 50Salida, CO22.4 mi.(719) 539-2895
Holiday Inn Express7400 W US Hwy 50Salida, CO22.4 mi.(719) 539-8500
Rainbow Inn105 E Hwy 50Salida, CO22.4 mi.(719) 539-4444
Salida Super 8525 W Rainbow BlvdSalida, CO22.9 mi.(719) 539-6689
American Safari RanchFairplay, CO27.3 mi.(719) 836-2431
Delaware Hotel700 Harrison AveLeadville, CO29.4 mi.(719) 486-1418
Leadville Inn - Super 81128 U S Hwy 24Leadville, CO29.5 mi.(719) 486-3637
Leadville Inn25 Jacktown PLLeadville, CO29.5 mi.(719) 486-3637

Buena Vista Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather depending on the topography of the area. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 10°F 0.28 in. -
February 42°F 13°F 0.40 in. -
March 47°F 20°F 0.69 in. -
April 54°F 25°F 0.94 in. -
May 64°F 34°F 1.09 in. -
June 76°F 42°F 0.86 in. -
July 80°F 47°F 1.45 in. -
August 78°F 45°F 1.67 in. -
September 71°F 37°F 0.94 in. -
October 61°F 27°F 0.82 in. -
November 47°F 17°F 0.53 in. -
December 39°F 10°F 0.36 in. -

Buena Vista Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located about 2 miles south of Buena Vista, Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located approximately 21 miles south of Buena Vista in Salida, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located roughly 47 miles northwest of Buena Vista in Aspen, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located around 48 miles west of Buena Vista in Gunnison, Colorado, the Eagle County Regional airport (EGE) located about 69 miles northwest of Buena Vista in Vail / Eagle, Colorado, the Silver West airport (C08) located approximately 70 miles southeast of Buena Vista in Westcliffe, Colorado, and finally the Leach airport (1V8) located roughly 73 miles south of Buena Vista in Center, Colorado.

Buena Vista Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO62.5 mi.
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO79.7 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO87.2 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO87.2 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO92.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Collegiate Peaks Golf CourseBuena VistaCO 
Salida Golf ClubSalidaCO22.9 mi.
Mount Massive Golf CourseLeadvilleCO29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO29.5 mi.
AspenAspenCO44.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO44.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO44.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO44.0 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO44.5 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO46.1 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO56.6 mi.
VailVailCO56.6 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO64.0 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO75.1 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO80.5 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO110.1 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO110.1 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO110.4 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO119.5 mi.
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO54.2 mi.(Art)
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO58.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO70.5 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO87.2 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO91.8 mi.

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