Buena Vista is a scenic mountain town, centrally located in the Rocky Mountains. It's close enough to the Front Range to provide for an easy weekend trip, and a convenient base for nearby activities. Whitewater rafting and hot springs are two of the biggest. Highlighting the magnificent landscape are the 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks right outside town.

Main Attractions:

Hot Springs - Since the 19th century, those who wanted to improve their health through the healing power of hot springs have headed to this Colorado town. Local hot springs were actually used as a regular location for family getaways as early as the 1880's.  Originally a miner town, Buena Vista was an area that was known by local Native Americans for the hot springs' healing power. 


  • The San Isabel National Forest is located around Buena Vista. Free car camping exists 15 miles north of town on Highway 24. Take a left at Clear Creek Reservoir on County Road 390. There is a national forest campground just after the Clear Creek Reservoir. Dispersed camping exists up the county road. Watch for pull-over spots for your car and you can set up anywhere. There is some private property during the first few miles of road. 12 miles down County Road 390 is the ghost town of Winfield. The county road is suitable for most cars, but it is bumpy from heavy truck traffic.

  • Great trout fishing can be found in the Arkansas River which runs past town.​
  • Crystal Reservoir is a 15 minute drive north of town on Highway 24.
Downtown Buena Vista CO
Buena Vista's historic Main Street.
Old schoolhouse in Buena Vista, CO.
© 2013 Uncover Colorado | Buena Vista, CO

Ghost Towns:

Hot Springs:


National Lands:

Scenic Drives:

Ski Resorts:


Whitewater Rafting:



Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery - Wood-fired cuisine and local craft beer. Located a short drive from downtown.  326 South Main St, 719-966-6000, eddylinebrewing.com

K's Dairy Delite - Shakes and burgers, this local favorite is located on Hwy 24 in town. 223 US 24, 719-395-8695

Mothers Bistro - Homemade comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 414 E Main St, 719-395-4443, mothersbistrobv.com

Pizza Works - Great pizza parlor. 601 US 24, 719-395-4882​
Buena Vista CO Schoolhouse
About Buena Vista, CO
Buena Vista Colorado
Downtown Buena Vista.
Buena Vista CO Downtown
Buena Vista CO Downtown
Buena Vista CO Car Show
Buena Vista CO Downtown
Buena Vista Flickr Photos:  7/1/2012 
Buena Vista CO Skate Park
Buena Vista CO Collegiate Peaks
Buena Vista CO Eddyline Brewery
K's Dairy Delite on US 24.
Main Street is lined with shops and restaurants.
Further down Main Street.
A car show lines the main street.
A chromed trailor.
The Lariat Bar & Grill.
A skate park.
Overlooking Buena Vista and the Collegeiate Peaks.
Buena Vista CO Lariat Bar
Buena Vista CO River Park
The Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery.
The Buena Vista River Park is open to the public.
Buena Vista CO Highway 24
Businesses on Highway 24.
Branding Iron Bar & Grill.
Pizza Works.
A deer casually crosses.
Buena Vista CO Branding Iron Bar
Buena Vista CO Pizza Works.
Buena Vista CO State Highway
Buena Vista CO Mothers Bistro
Buena Vista CO Drive Inn Theater
Another Eddyline Brewery in town.
Buena Vista CO Eddyline Brewery
Buena Vista CO Deer
Buena Vista CO K's Dairy Delite
Comanche Drive In Theater.
The State Highway Roadhouse & Theater.
Mothers Bistro.