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Summit of Independence Pass in Colorado

Top of the Rockies National Scenic Highway & Historic Byway

Top of the Rockies Byway National Scenic Highway and Historic Byway.   In 1999 this 115-mile stretch was designated as one of only 53 roads in the United States as a National Scenic Byway. &nbs...  Details

The Arkansas River

The beautiful Arkansas River flows from the historic town of Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range and through the towns of Buena Vista, Salida and Canon City before continuing south.  Al...  Details

Arkansas River at the Buena Vista River Park

Buena Vista River Park

The river park in Buena Vista has become one of the premier whitewater play parks in the Rocky Mountains. Funded by the town of BV and a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, the whitewater park is much more...  Details

Fall Aspen Viewing Drive

Not many places in the country have such large amounts of aspen trees as Colorado does, arguably the most admired leaf-bearing tree in the state. When the sunlight reflects just right on yellow aspen ...  Details

Chalk Cliffs located near Nathrop, CO

Chalk Creek and St. Elmo Drive

This scenic drive is one where you will enjoy thorough mountain experience for the entire day. The 10.6 mile drive from Nathrop to St. Elmo in Chaffee County has hot springs, hiking trails, roadside a...  Details

Independence Pass, Colorado

Twin Lakes to Independence Pass Drive

Probably one of the most beautiful places to enjoy the fall colors is via Highway 82 from Twin Lakes to Independence Pass. (From Buena Vista, travel north on Highway 24 for 22 miles and turn west at t...  Details

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Clear Creek Canyon Drive

A popular year round drive is inside Clear Creek Canyon in far northern Chaffee County.  In the fall this drive offers spectacular aspen viewing. From Buena Vista, travel 15 miles north on H...  Details

Cottonwood Lake & Pass Fall Drive

One of the closest place to enjoy the fall foliage is directly west of Buena Vista. At the traffic light, travel on West Main Street, which becomes Chaffee County Road 306. Head into the mountains. At...  Details

The Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad

The Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad followed the Platte River from Denver to Kenosha Pass, crossed South Park, and reached Buena Vista in 1880.  The narrow-gauge railroad then tackled C...  Details

Colorado & Southern Railroad

The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad is a tourist train that runs north from Leadville toward Fremont Pass.  It uses the track and 1884 depot built by the Denver, South Park & Paci...  Details


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