Last weekend I visited Buena Vista Colorado in off season. It's off season because it's not ski season yet and it's not white water rafting time either. But it was amazing.
We, my husband and I and close friends that live there drove to Cottonwood Pass, Crested Butte and around this charming little city along the Arkansas River Valley. It was a stagecoach stop in the late 1800's and today it is one of these off the beaten path stops in Colorado that just somehow sends a message to your brain to relax, smell the fresh air, take in the snow capped mountains and enjoy the small town vibe.
14,000 ft peaks frame the west side of this town, the Collegiate Peaks and the fast moving Arkansas River that runs through it make it the capital for white water rafting in the United States. Two hours from Denver and Colorado Springs, the drive there is breathtaking. Coming down from Kenosha Pass into South Park is absolutely stunning. And I've never seen so many stars in the sky in my life. There's some sweet Bed & Breakfasts and small town hotels that are about as friendly as you can imagine. Think Mayberry in the mountains. Bottom line, at time of the year, this is a hidden gem. Call us if you need some well deserved RandR. 1 800 422 3727
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