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Salute to Summer: 5 Things to Do in Buena Vista

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Buena Vista, Colorado is bursting with summer activities the whole family will enjoy. Whether you’re a local or here for the weekend, discover the best things to do in Buena Vista during your stay. From off-road adventures and whitewater rafting to cruising down the street in a Polaris Slingshot to grab a bite to eat and catch a concert in the park, the possibilities are endless. Here’s a list of a five of our favorite things to do in Buena Vista to embrace your weekend-warrior spirit:

  1. Off-Roading: BV Adventure Hub grants you the opportunity to take out a 2018 Polaris RZR 900 and explore miles of world-class OHV trails in the San Isabel National Forest. Side-by-sides elevate your off-road adventure with 2-seat and 4-seat options to roam on your own or take a tour with an expert staff. Wanting to plan your own excursion with the side-by-sides? We’ve got you covered. Request a specific drop-off location and your machines will be brought to you, hassle free.
  2. White Water Rafting: Cool off from the summer heat and make a splash in the Arkansas River. River Runners guide the best family white water rafting trips whether you are a river veteran or a beginner wanting to get the ultimate rafting selfie for Instagram. Ride the rapids next to alpine scenery for a half day, full day or keep the adventure going on an overnight trip.
  3. On-Roading: Explore the heart of Colorado in style with the new Polaris Slingshot. Your family can take a slingshot ride through the twists and turns of Buena Vista, soaking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. After a day of venturing off and finding hidden gems, you can roll into town in style and grab a bite to eat at (Eddyline Brewery and Taproom, The Lariat, Browns Canyon Riverside Grill), a local favorite.
  4. Local Eats: Browns Canyon Riverside Grill is a family-friendly restaurant with a Baja-style menu that offers a unique, casual dining experience. Relax on the banks of the Arkansas river with locally-purchased food in one hand and a cold microbrew in the other. Eddyline Brewery and Taproom has been brewing craft beers for over 9 years, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Sip on a cold one and indulge in their tasty selection of pizzas, soups, salads, tacos and burritos. The Lariat has established partnerships with local farmers to deliver organic and sustainable seasonable ingredients where available to provide a fresh and healthy meal for their customers. Enjoy dinner and a show at this family friendly bar and pub with live mountain music!
  5. Hot Springs: Exploring can be tough on your body, so we recommend capping off your day at the Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn and Spa for some old-fashioned rest and relaxation. These natural, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas are historically noted for the medicinal and therapeutic value. Rejuvenate your muscles in the curative waters to not skip a beat in your next day’s adventure-packed itinerary.

Buena Vista offers the full package of family-friendly adventures, customizable to fit your ideal trip. Experience beautiful scenery, whitewater rafting, off-road or on-road exploration and more.

What are you waiting for? Book your trip now!


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