Buena Vista

65°F
Current Population
2,767
Elevation Level
7960 ft

About Buena Vista

Buena Vista is located in Central Colorado and is part of Chaffee County. It sits midway between Salida and Leadville in the upper Arkansas River Valley. 

Buena Vista is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking constant contact with nature. It’s considered by many to be the capital of whitewater rafting in the US. For hikers, trail runners, and rock climbers, the collegiate mountain range runs right through town. Additionally, there are 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that can be easily accessed via cottonwood pass. 

Residential properties range in style from log cabins with expansive yards to ranches and more traditional brick or clapboard single-family homes. 

Explore Buena Vista

Entertainment & Culture

You'll definitely be entertained in Buena Vista. One might say there is almost too much to do here! In the historic district, you'll find art galleries, local shopping, craft breweries, and distilleries. 

Elk Mountain Ranch
 is an all-inclusive ranch surrounded by the Rocky Mountains inside the San Isabel National Forest. Cottonwood Hot Springs are Colorado’s purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Monarch Mountain is less than an hour’s drive from Buena Vista and features deep powder and short lift lines in the winter.
 

  • Elk Mountain Ranch is an all-inclusive ranch surrounded by the Rocky Mountains inside the San Isabel National Forest. 

  • Cottonwood Hot Springs are Colorado’s purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. 

  • Monarch Mountain is less than an hour’s drive from Buena Vista and features deep powder and short lift lines in the winter.

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Popular Restaurants

A meal with a view. That's how we'd describe the restaurant scene in Buena Vista. This town prides itself on a booming foodie atmosphere and its numerous independent restaurants that range from sushi to steak. After a long day of exploring Buena Vista, appreciate its imaginative cuisine and award-winning distilleries all packaged into a relaxing and small-town setting. 

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Parks

When you think of Buena Vista, many outdoor activities come to mind. Here, you'll find hot springs, Monarch Mountain, 14er's to climb, trails to hike or bike, and popular whitewater rafting spots! A vast majority of the public land in Chaffee county is dedicated to outdoor recreation so Buena Vista is truly an outdoorsman paradise.  Good luck getting bored in this adventurous town!

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About the Community

Avery Parsons Early School

Summary
  • District
  • Phone
  • Address (unavailable)
  • County
  • Grade -
  • Instructional Level
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct
  • Total Reported Enrollment
  • Student Teacher Ratio

Avery/parsons Elementary School

Summary
  • District Buena Vista School District No. R-31
  • Phone (719) 395-7020
  • Address 516 E MAIN ST
  • County Chaffee County
  • Grade PK - 05
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -10% to -15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 430
  • Student Teacher Ratio 15

Buena Vista High School

Summary
  • District Buena Vista School District No. R-31
  • Phone (719) 395-7100
  • Address 559 RAILRD ST
  • County Chaffee County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -1% to -5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 295
  • Student Teacher Ratio 13

Harry L Mc Ginnis Middle School

Summary
  • District Buena Vista School District No. R-31
  • Phone (719) 395-7060
  • Address 549 RAILRD ST
  • County Chaffee County
  • Grade 06 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 257
  • Student Teacher Ratio 11

Population, Weather and Economics

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Population

Population Details
  • Population 2,767
  • Population 5 Yr Projection 3,078
Households
  • Total Households 1,301
  • Households 5 Yr Projection 1,487
  • Average Size of Household 2.00
  • Households With Children 291

Climate & Weather

Summary
  • Annual Precip In 9.93
  • Avg Jan Low Temp 4.74
  • Avg Jul Low Temp 43.61
  • Avg Jan High Temp 34.43
  • Avg Jul High Temp 75.05
Indexes
  • Ozone Index 126
  • Air Pollution Index 97
  • Earthquake Index 73
  • Hail Index 1
  • Tornado Index 3
  • Wind Index 26

Economics

  • Housing Median Built Yr 1980
  • Maintenance and Insurance Cost 80
  • Health Care Cost 80
  • Transportation Cost 79