Buena Vista

A friendly and welcoming community filled with opportunities for adventure.

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Overview for Buena Vista, CO

8,156 people live in Buena Vista, where the median age is 50.9 and the average individual income is $30,418. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

50.9 years

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Welcome to Buena Vista

Buena Vista is situated in scenic Chaffee County, between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado, and is known for its laid-back, mountain-town vibe.
A friendly and welcoming community filled with opportunities for adventure is what awaits you in Buena Vista. See for yourself with a live view from one of many Buena Vista webcams, and get a Buena Vista Visitor Guide to help you plan your visit before you arrive.
Many find themselves in town searching for a good hot-springs soak — and they have their pick, from rustic and natural to luxurious and family friendly. The hot springs are the perfect way to relax after all the mountain exploring visitors relish in the area.
Hiking: The Sawatch mountain range has more 14ers than any other range in Colorado. Even if summiting one of the state's highest peaks isn't on your agenda, hundreds of miles of hiking trails await visitors of all abilities.
Four Wheeling: Buena Vista's dirt roads are calling! These alpine beauties will take you anywhere from historic ghost towns to the top of the state's highest peaks. Like the hiking trails, there are opportunities for off-roaders of all abilities to take in some thrills and amazing scenery. 
Biking: BV's mountain-biking scene is ever changing and ever spectacular — there's bound to be a sweet new route every time you visit since the trail system is always being expanded and improved. For those who like some pavement in the cycling experience, road biking in this area will lead you to two of Colorado's most scenic passes (open seasonally).
Rafting and fishing: The Arkansas River lays claim to some of the best rafting and fishing in the country. Outfitters can get you on the river's whitewater pumps, bumps and rollers, as well as guide you to the best hidden fishing holes — tailoring the experience to everyone in your family. Buena Vista's whitewater park is a world-class locale to catch some waves and playholes. This mountain beach scene is a hub for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, boogie boarders and body surfers.
When winter rolls into this area, visitors hit the cross-country and snowshoe trailsgo dog sledding and snowmobiling, and play in Colorado's deep, fully, natural powder at Monarch Mountain.
But it's not all adventure all the time. This community also boasts steller dining, libations, shopping, events and a music scene. There's always a new, hip, scrumptious restaurant to check out; and you will find a gallery, a gift shop, an outdoor store and more on nearly every corner with an eclectic, original item waiting to make the trip home with you.
Buena Vista lodging options include camping in the desert mountains to high alpine environments. Boutique properties and other lodging options will keep you cozy and comfortable. An abundance of Buena Vista vacation rentals from mountain cabins to homes with Victorian-era charm are also fantastic options.
The folks in Buena Vista cannot wait to welcome you to Chaffee County and show you all this special area of Colorado has to offer!

Demographics and Employment Data for Buena Vista, CO

Buena Vista has 3,280 households, with an average household size of 2.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Buena Vista do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,156 people call Buena Vista home. The population density is 17.07 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

55.65 / 44.35%

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Around Buena Vista, CO

There's plenty to do around Buena Vista, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, KODI Rafting, and Mount Belford and Mount Oxford Trail.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 4.57 miles 26 reviews 4.6/5 stars
Active 4.95 miles 71 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 3.39 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Active 4.55 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Beauty 3.67 miles 2 reviews 1/5 stars

Schools in Buena Vista, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Buena Vista. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
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The Grove BVSD's Early Learning Program
PreK - PreK
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7th - 12th
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Buena Vista High School
9th - 12th
Buena Vista Middle School
6th - 8th
Avery/Parsons Elementary School
K - 5th

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