Public outcry over adding a second traffic light to Buena Vista was enough to squelch the plan.
Tiny Buena Vista lies in South Central Colorado and boasts a population of 2,700, give or take 100. There’s one traffic light that has its own Facebook page. Check it out to get a fast feel for the gorgeous terrain here in the land of Collegiate Peaks. The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area stretches between Buena Vista and Aspen to the north. It’s one of seven officially designated wilderness areas within the San Isabel National Forest. Here you’ll find some of the highest mountains in the Rockies named after Ivy League schools. It’s a mountain climber’s smorgasbord, with eight of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners. Campers have nearly limitless choices in Chaffee County. A wide array of locally owned campgrounds includes the Arkansas River Rim Campground & RV Park. It’s the only park in Buena Visit right on the river. An obvious choice for tent camping kayakers, rafters, and anglers. Just north of Buena Visa is Mt. Princeton RV Park & Cabins. The quiet RV sites with full hook-ups and full-service cabins provide 360-degree views of the majestic mountains. Nearly 80% of Chaffee County lands are public lands. Check out one of the dozen campground offerings in the Salida Ranger District Recreation Area. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area offers three, and Twin Lakes Recreation Area has five. Regardless of where you lay your head, be sure to soak your bones in the hot springs. Buena Vista’s bubbling geothermal offerings are 100% natural and odorless. Cottonwood Hot Springs and Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort are less than 20 minutes from downtown Buena Vista. It’s the perfect end to your perfect outdoor adventure.