Take a Day Trip From the Frisco Lodge: Buena Vista
Posted by: admin November 11th, 2015
Just a little over an hour’s drive from our Frisco hotel lies the beautiful city of Buena Vista (BV), a mountain town nestled between regal peaks of the Sawatch Range and the Arkansas River. While we are talking about just a day trip from Frisco, you could truly spend an entire weekend or longer in BV with all of the activities and attractions to take in. Here are the Top 10 things we recommend doing when visiting Buena Vista:
1. Snowmobile, Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe – Buena Vista is home to over a thousand miles of some the most beautiful trails to snowmobile, cross country ski or snowshoe in the entire state of Colorado. For snowmobiling on your own, there are several hundred miles of groomed trails to take advantage of, or you can rent a sled from a local outfitter and have them show you the way. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is the same deal … go at it on your own or rent some gear from one of the local shops.
2. Hot Springs – If you are looking for a year-round activity that will nourish your soul, look no further than Buena Vista for soaking in public odorless, natural hot springs. Choose from a multitude of options, including Cottonwood Hot Springs, Mount Princeton Hot Springs or the indoor Salida Hot Springs Pool. Relax and refresh your body and mind before or after engaging in some of the other activities and adventures on this list.
3. ATV, Jeep or Four Wheel – The warmer months offer different methods of enjoying the beautiful backcountry by ATV, jeep or four-wheeler. You can rent, bring your own or take a guided tour from a local company, but whatever you decide to to just know that there are hundreds of miles of U.S. Forest Service-approved roads and trails to choose from. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in September, make sure to take part in the ATV Historic Fall Color Tour where you can mingle with like-minded friends from all over.
4. Raft or Kayak – Did you know that Buena Vista is known as the White Water Capital of the country? The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is one of the most popular places in the United States to raft and kayak. So, oyu can try rafting or kayaking the Class III-IV Arkansas River through the designated National Monument at Browns Canyon or take a family float through Bighorn Sheep Canyon (Class III-IV). As always, you can contact a local outfitter that will design a trip for you and your family or group to choose from.
5. Whitewater Park – Located at the end of Main Street/South Main is the Buena Vista Whitewater Park. Kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders flock there each year to tackle the main-made features along a half-mile stretch of river. Each year the summer season kicks off with a family-friendly event, PaddleFest, with lessons and competitions for both beginners and experts alike.
6. Fishing – Rod and reel and fly fishers both rejoice on the Gold Medal Trout Waters of the Arkansas River and the pristine fishing of the high alpine lakes. Bring your own gear or hitch up with a local guide or tour company to find those hidden spots.
7. Hiking & Biking – Buena Vista just so happens to be blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring trails in to hike or bike, including parts of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail. Some of the more popular hikes include Lost Lake, Ptarmigan Lake, Browns Pass, Hartenstein Lake and the Barbara Whipple Trail.
8. Hike a Fourteener – A multitude of Colorado’s 54 Fourteeners are just a short drive from Buena Vista. With elevations over 14,000 feet, there truly is nothing more exhilarating than conquering the summit of one of these beauties as your adrenaline rush will attest to.
9. Other Amazing Activities – There is a bunch of other amazing things to do in Buena Vista, including horseback riding, zipline tours, golf, Frisbee golf along the river, skateboard parks, town parks or even BV’s small town charm with buildings dating back to the 1800s.
10. Unique Events – Buena Vista is often a go-to spot for Summit County residents to retreat to in the middle of winter as the lower elevations typically remain snow free throughout much of the year. The town hosts a variety of special events year-round, including Rodeo Week, a 4th of July Parade and the Winter Sol Festival. Additional goings-on include workshops, music, art, shopping and other fun activities.
This is a pretty long list of activities to take part in while visiting Buena Vista, and due to its relatively close proximity to Frisco, maybe you can tackle them all in one day?!
*All images courtesy of mtprinceton.com