Welcome to Buena Vista, CO
The Town of Buena Vista has small town charm, a growing economy, amazing mountain views and an abundance of outdoor recreation. Sandwiched between Mount Princeton and the Arkansas River, Buena Vista is a great place to raise a family, retire, open or relocate a business, or maybe you will come for the summer and stay forever. Good people, great quality of life. Love your life!
Moving to BV
Right now is a great time to move to Buena Vista, Colorado! Development inside town limits has exploded in recent years. There are still many empty lots, “fixer-upper” properties, and beautiful ready to move in homes on the market. Outside of town there are homes of every size and scale in neighborhoods and areas a varied as you can imagine. The rental market is tight and the housing market is hot, so be ready to move on something you like when you find it.
Finding a Job in BV
The economy in Buena Vista is strong and growing. The downtown businesses district is thriving. There are zero empty store fronts and there have been numerous high quality restaurants and shops open on Main Street in the last several years. The Town of Buena Vista has put a lot of energy and money into improving the pedestrian friendliness of town. The Hwy 24 improvement project brought us an easier to navigate highway with bike lanes, sidewalks, and new pedestrian crossings. Highway properties just went up in value! While the service industry represents the bulk of the jobs in Chaffee County, more tech and specialty employers are moving to town every year.
Buena Vista is a great place to raise kids! The Buena Vista School District operates four schools: Avery Parsons Elementary School (and Preschool), McGinnis Middle School, Buena Vista High School, and Chaffee County Alternative High School. It’s easy to envy kids who grow up in Buena Vista, Colorado. Both of the Preschools (Avery Parsons and Busy Bees) are fantastic. Avery Parsons Elementary School underwent a major renovation in 2014. The new campus is a major improvement and provides a great place for our kids to learn, explore, and grow. McGinnis Middle School and Buena Vista High School share a campus and both are due for a renovation. The community recently approved a bond to pay for new middle and high schools. Darren Patterson Christian Academy offers faith based curriculum for grades K-12, and they operate Busy Bees Preschool. Colorado Mountain College has a campus near the Buena Vista Airport.
Health & Medical
Buena Vista is fortunate to have several high quality options for health care.
HRRMC Buena Vista Clinic located on the South side of town is an extension of the larger and more comprehensive Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.
Our Town Medical is a private practice offering personalized medical care with a flexibility unheard of in modern medicine. Dr. Gibb makes house calls, takes appointments when it’s convenient for you, and knows every one of his patients.
Collegiate Peaks Eyecare provides exceptional eye care and hometown service. Dr. Matthew Scott brought a new level of eye care technology to Buena Vista and they offer a selection of glasses and sunglasses that will make you think you are in Denver.
Premier Home Care provides in home medical care to clients across the age span from infants all the way to geriatrics.
Click here to view a list of Buena Vista churches.
Buena Vista is a outdoor lover’s paradise! If you can do it outside you can probably do it in BV, even surfing. In addition to river sports like rafting, kayaking, and SUP surfing there is an awesome amount of fantastic mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding and much more. Living in BV is about living the life you love.
BV Whitewater Park
The Arkansas River is an integral part of the community, and the Buena Vista whitewater park is one of the longest white water play parks in Colorado. The park is fun at many different flow levels, and during Paddlefest you can see some of the best kayakers in the world compete in our backyard. SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) have become hugely popular. Several waves have been designed specifically for upriver SUP surfing.
The mountain biking in Buena Vista is awesome, all the time, year round! During spring and fall you can ride anywhere and we have some of the best trails in Colorado. In the summer get up and explore the high country and ride above treeline. When the snow comes grab a fat bike and head up Cottonwood Pass. The Colorado Trail and Monarch Crest Trail area two of Colorado’s most epic mountain bike rides, and they are right here. Click here for an interactive map to the local mountain bike trails.
The Arkansas Valley is known as a banana belt because the relatively mild climate. The mighty Sawatch Range holds the moisture so that the town of Buena Vista gets very little precipitation. During the winter the west side of the valley, up Cottonwood Pass and along the Continental Divide, will have several feet of snow while the east side, town and Midland Hill, remain dry.
Gold Medal Fishing
The Arkansas River is home to an incredible 103 miles of Gold Medal Fishing Waters. This is the longest designated section of river in the state of Colorado! Brown trout are the dominant species, and the rainbow trout population is growing nicely. Float fishing and wade fishing are both very popular. There are hundreds of alpine lakes within a day’s drive and hike from Buena Vista. Many have drive up access and many more require some length of hike. ArkAnglers Fly Shop & Guide Service is a great place for local advice.
14ers = Mountains over 14,000 ft
There are more peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation in Chaffee County than anywhere else in the continental United States. Only Alaska has more. There are twelve 14ers in Chaffee County. Mount Princeton is the iconic peak that dominates the Buena Vista skyline. Mount Yale, Mount Harvard, Mount Columbia, and Mount Antero are some of the mountains that can be seen from town. Get out and explore, but know before you go. The Trailhead store on E. Main St in BV has all the gear, tons of maps, and friendly knowledgeable staff. If you are looking for hiking info and maps check out www.14ers.com for the most comprehensive database of user-generated info on climbing Colorado 14ers.
Cottonwood Pass is a winter recreation playground. Several parking areas are available; Denny Creek is the most popular and final trailhead. Hundreds of miles of trails are groomed by the local snowmobile club. Cross country skiing is also very popular. The Collegiate Peaks Campground is a great place to cross country and snowshoe. Fat Biking is quickly catching on. Fat Bike sightings at the summit are common.
Industry in Chaffee County
According to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), the most prominent industries in the County in terms of number of jobs are: government, accommodation and food, retail trade, and construction. The Town’s economy relies heavily on lodging, restaurants, and general retail sales. As internet speeds and reliability continue to improve more and more remote based businesses are relocating to Buena Vista.
Job Growth & Migration
While many rural counties throughout the State experienced a decline in population during the Great Recession, Chaffee County experienced positive migration. The business community is surprisingly diverse. The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation is an excellent (and free) resource for businesses looking to relocate to Chaffee County.
The population of the unincorporated area of the County has consistently been greater than the combined population of the Town’s three incorporated areas, which include two towns (Buena Vista, Poncha Springs) and one city (Salida). Both in-town and out of town properties are very popular and development shows no signs of slowing down. Housing is in demand!