Vista Court Cabins & Lodge

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Every season in Buena Vista, CO is truly magical. Being located in a banana belt means we are typically warmer, drier, and have more sunshine, making it an ideal destination for your Colorado adventure vacation! Buena Vista is home to Browns Canyon National Monument and the Arkansas River, which is Colorado’s most rafted river. We have an average of 254 sunny days and 41 inches of snowfall in average yearly. The snow fall usually occurs in the higher mountain elevations. The very same high mountain peaks that surround our serene valley also provide a winter sport wonderland. We are encircled by twelve 14,000-foot mountains and ideally located between several Colorado ski resorts, which receive over 200 inches on natural snow fall a year.

So whether you are looking for hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, or just relaxing; whatever the season, we have something for everyone. Come, Adventure Awaits!

Summer Attractions

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Summer is beautiful in Buena Vista, and your options are almost limitless. Whether you want to go whitewater rafting, maybe take a Ducky Trip, or try a round of disc golf. Take a guided fly fishing trip, a SUP- stand up paddleboard, tackle whitewater kayaking, or even rock climbing.  Nothing says you must stop there; how about lake kayaking or horseback riding, ziplining, high ropes and low ropes courses, or go or a hike and backpacking.

Winter Attractions

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Winter in Buena Vista is much more low key, less traffic, and not as much hustle and bustle. Try your hand at fat tire biking, or maybe some ice fishing, how about taking a trek in a snow cat, or soaking in one of our two local hot springs. Why stop there? Snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing is some amazing terrain. Going zipping along on a dog sled, or conquer the indoor rock climbing right after you go snowmobiling.

Chaffee County Recreation Maps

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Try out Chaffee County’s Recreation Map showing you all the best places to OHV, hike, take a scenic drive on the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway, go fishing, camping, or snowmobiling. 82% of Chaffee County is public land. So, this means you have located a massive outdoor playground.


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The crisp mountain air, the tall pine trees surround you as you go on a hike through the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area or Sawatch Mountain Range; trek the Continental Divide or Colorado Trail. Climb one of our 14ers or maybe two. Take a stroll on the Arkansas River Walk.

Off Roading, Jeeping, OHVing

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Just a distance from Buena Vista are numerous ghost towns, mining camps, alpine tundra, pristine mountain lakes, tall mountain peaks, and wildflowers waiting for you to discover them. Trek to Tincup, Hancock Pass, St Elmo, crawl on Chinaman’s Gulch Loop, or Carnage Canyon.


Special Events occur every single weekend in the town of Buena Vista during the summer months. Some weekend we have more than one event occurring at the same time. From beer fests, to music concerts, whitewater rafting events, polar plunges, Independence Day, or Christmas Opening, we have an event for everyone. Marathons, bike races, bingo at the American Legion, and many more.

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