Buena Vista, near neighbor to Salida Colorado is a bit smaller, a bit quieter and still a lovely town to base your Colorado vacation or life in. Mountain climbers from all around the country consider it a challenge to climb all 54 of the state's 14ers (peaks over 24,000 feet). Nine of those peaks use Buena Vista as their base.
The headwaters of the Arkansas is less than a mile from town, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land is to the east and national forest is west, placing this valley right in the center of two very different styles of terrain..from high mountain peaks to richly colored cliffs to the west. The newest National Monument, Browns Canyon, is to the west where the Arkansas has cut a wild path through the rocks and cliffs.