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Buena Vista

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River Rafting & Tubing · Zipline · Hot Springs
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 2,617 at the 2010 United States Census.HistoryThe Arkansas River Valley and the area of what would become Buena Vista was first settled in 1864 by settlers drawn to the area by the plentiful water which made the land suitable for agriculture. By 1880, the county seat had moved from Granite to Buena Vista, but by 1928 Salida had a larger population so the county seat was moved once again. By 1894, Buena Vista had electricity, telephone service, street lights, parks, cemeteries, and schools. Travelers, speculators, and miners traveling up the Arkansas Valley towards Leadville made Buena Vista a popular stagecoach stop, and railroad depot following the 1890s. While certainly experiencing economic ups and downs, the valley's agricultural economy has made the area more resistant to the 'boom, bust' cycle of mining towns.Buena Vista is located in central Colorado roughly midway between Salida and Leadville in the Upper Arkansas River Valley at an elevation of 7965ft. The area between Buena Vista and Salida is often referred to as the Denver & Rio Grande, South Park & Pacific, and Colorado Midland railroads. Many of the existing buildings of Buena Vista date back to this era, and were built in the 1880s and 1890s.
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Off-Road Tour
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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River Rafting / Tubing
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Duration: 2 hours
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Zipline
Zipline
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Duration: 3 hours

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Mountain
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Scenic Drive
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Mountain
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Ski Area
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Hidden gems in Buena Vista

Park
Buena Vista River Park
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McPhelemy Park
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Mountain
Mount Harvard
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Water Body
Cottonwood Lake
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Buena Vista

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Art Gallery
Sundance and Friends
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Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
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Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Buena Vista

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Water Body
Clear Creek Reservoir
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Hot Spring
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
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Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Buena Vista

Garden
Buena Vista Boulder Garden
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Duration: 2 hours

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