A culture trip to a town. A hike through a mountain. Whitewater rafting on a river. If you want to check off these items on your bucket list in one trip, then go to the town of Buena Vista in Colorado. Located in the rugged Southwest, the town offers a variety of activities for tourists to enjoy.
1. Hit the town.
Before embarking on your great outdoor adventure, spend some time mingling with the local folks and soaking up the culture in the town. For a slice of the town’s arts and history, you can visit the Lee Lester Studios and the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, respectively.
If you want to experience something unique, head over to the Deerhammer Distillery or Jumpin’ Good Goat Day. Of course, there are also bars, clubs, and restaurants in Buena Vista such as Lorenzo’s for your dining and entertainment requirements.
2. Explore the mountainside.
With the majestic Rocky Mountains and Arkansas River Valley nearby, the town is never short on exciting outdoor adventures. Apart from mountain and rock climbing, the other activities you can enjoy include hiking, cycling, off-roading, horseback riding, zip lining, camping, and a modern-day version of treasure hunting — geocaching. During winter, dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling and other snow-related activities are offered as well.
3. Conquer the river.
Your trip to Buena Vista won’t be complete without an Arkansas River adventure. Gear up and go on a thrilling whitewater rafting or kayaking trip on the river’s rough waters. If you’re not that daring, you have the options of taking boat tours or stand-up paddleboarding down the calmer parts of the river.
Swimming and fishing are yet two more water activities you can do. To cap off your exciting day, you can have a relaxing soak in the town’s geothermal hot springs.
Whether it’s visiting a distillery, mountain climbing, or whitewater kayaking, you’ll surely have wonderful memories to treasure from a trip to Buena Vista.