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Buena Vista (pronounced Bew' na Vis' ta, and also referred to as BV) was settled peacefully in 1864. Unlike some of the surrounding wild and woolly mining towns, it has a history of peace-loving residents and a quiet atmosphere. It was recently declared the safest town in Colorado. The photo shown at the right was taken during BV's community potluck dinner. Fifteen hundred people participated in the dinner, which was held down the center of Main Street in downtown. This small mountain town enjoys a mild year-round climate, with winters ranging from highs in the 50s to lows in the teens, and summer temperatures ranging from the 80s to low 50s.
Buena Vista supports a variety of shopping establishments including antique stores, art galleries, retail stores offering wares from local artisans, locally owned restaurants, coffee roasteries, breweries, outdoor sporting goods and more. There are also festivals and a farmer's market in the summer.
As part of the Arkansas River Valley, Buena Vista lies in the foothills of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. The Collegiate Peaks boast eight 14,000-foot mountains and several more over 13,000 feet.
During free time, clients can participate in many of Buena Vista's and Colorado's outdoor activities such as scenic drives, hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, hot springs, rock hunting, fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping, as well as white water rafting in the summer and snow skiing, ice skating, sledding and snowmobiling in the winter. Or take a day's trip to Denver, Colorado Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, or Vail—all within less than a 2.5-hour drive. For pictures of the surrounding area, click here.