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Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Colorado

Centrally located between two majestic mountain ranges, Buena Vista, Colorado is a little town packed with scenery, fun and lots of adventure-loving folks.

Don’t let its one stoplight fool you- you’ll find plenty of action here. If you like to play outside, Buena Vista’s world-class outdoor playground will keep you busy doing the fun things you love.

AVA's Granite Outpost is just 15 minutes north of Buena Vista, making "BV" our original hometown. 

Buena Vista Activities

Whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River
Zipline tours on our Mountaintop Zipline Course
• Fly fishing
Horseback riding in the Arkansas Valley
• Hiking
• Mountain biking
• Rock climbing
• Camping, both at AVA's Campground and other local spots
• Hot springs

Buena Vista sits smack in the middle of the longest chain of 14,000-foot peaks (15!) in the state of Colorado. Want to climb one? Most trailheads are an easy 10-30 minute drive from the town of Buena Vista.  

Buena Vista is also home to the Eddyline Brewery, the Deerhammer Distilling Company, the Asian Palate, Brown Dog Café, the BV Roastery and several more yummy restaurants, coffee shop and drinking holes.

Because so many people come here to take advantage of the great outdoor recreation (particularly the whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River) it’s a fun and bustling place in the summer.

Camping options are unlimited: from commercial campgrounds to National Forest.

Rafting Buena Vista

The Arkansas River runs right through town, and you can stroll or hike on trails that follow the river.  Buena Vista rafting offers diverse river trips appropriate for first-timers all the way up to extreme adventures. You have to see the beauty of Buena Vista to believe it: everyone who comes to this town falls in love with it.

Which is why people come back year after year to Buena Vista to enjoy whitewater rafting and other activities with AVA.

AVA’s Granite Outpost is located just 14 miles north of the town of Buena Vista.

Where is our Granite Outpost?
• 2 hours from Denver
• 1 hour, 45 minutes from Colorado Springs
• 1 hour from Vail
• 1 hour from Breckenridge or Keystone
• 1 hour from Aspen

Our favorite places to stay:
• The AVA Cabins and AVA Campground, of course!
• Vista Court Cabins
• Thunder Lodge
• Monarch Mountain Lodge
• South Main Property Management & Rentals

Our favorite places to eat and imbibe:  all in town in BV
• Asian Palate
• Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
• The Evergreen Cafe
• BV Roastery
• Bongo Billy’s Café
• Pizza Works
• K’s Dairy Delight (a BV classic)
• Biggie’s Subs

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