Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista

Buena Vista Colorado or BV as the locals call it is one of the best places to be in the summer! The Collegiate Peaks tower over you in the valley of Buena Vista filled with so many activities for every age group.  This is a must visit for family adventure!

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your next family adventure to Buena Vista Colorado:

Where to Go:

Buena Vista Colorado

When to Go:


How long should you stay:

5-7 days is ideal but it is not the easiest to get to so you may want to stay for a week minimum 

Where to stay in or near Buena Vista Colorado:

Recommendation: Mount Princeton Hot Springs & Resort – offers cabins or lodge rooms plus you can use the hot springs   

Best Western Plus Vista Inn – great hotel with pool, hot tub and free breakfast 

Pinon Court Cabins – small but eclectic cabins with kitchens. Close to a park and playground for the kids. 

There are lots of cabins available during the summer on VRBO or Vacation Home Rentals


Top things to do & travel tips for your family vacation to Buena Vista Colorado:

Hot Springs – check out the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Soak in one of the pools, ride the 300ft waterslide or find a warm spot in the river. 

Rafting the Arkansas River – check out The Adventure Company 

Hiking in Buena Vista with kids

  • There are municipal trails just across the Arkansas River (at the foot of Main Street). You can hike anywhere from short to long with great views. Make sure to stop at K’s for an after-hike ice cream cone.
  • The Twin Lakes area has historic buildings and it is an easy hike to Interlaken’s old buildings.
  • Or check out this website for more hiking trails near Buena Vista

Mountain Biking- stop in at Trail Head Bike Rentals and explore with two wheels. There is mountain bike trails in the hills right behind Buena Vista. 

Zip Line Tours  – a full adrenaline rush!

Horseback riding at Harvard City Riding Stables 

Adventure Park for the older kids at Browns Canyon Adventure Park

Drive to the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook 

Bouldering for the kids at the Buena Vista Boulder Garden


Restaurants in Buena Vista Colorado:

Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery – local hangout with wide variety of food for the entire family 

Pizza Works – great pizza 

Punky’s – BBQ and ice cream  

The Lariat Bar and Restaurant – great burger joint 

Brown Dog Coffee Company – morning coffee spot 


Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Colorado travel information. I am here to help plan your family vacations.

Saratoga Wyoming

Saratoga Wyoming

Looking for a quick, fun, side trip for two while traveling through the great state of Wyoming?

Head to Saratoga Wyoming for hot springs and hiking with amazing views!

Here are my travel tips and recommendations for a trip to Saratoga Wyoming:

Where to go:

Saratoga Wyoming

When to go:


How long to stay:

3-4 days 

Where to stay:

Recommended: Saratoga Resort & Spa – great hot spring pools and a perfect place to getaway from everything. Very romantic location.

Hotel Wolf – located right on Main Street, lots of character and charm. Great restaurant on-site. 

Silver Moon Motel – very clean, great rates and some rooms have kitchens. 

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch – for a luxury guest ranch experience.


Things to do:

Hobo Hot Pool – Free hot spring pool open 24/7. There are even changing rooms.  

Saratoga Hot Springs & Pool– visit the teepee covered pools, each are different temperatures and sizes. And take advantage of the spa while you are there. 

Blue ribbon trout fishing – stop by Hack’s Tackle for a great guide or just a scenic float.       

Breathtaking views in the Medicine Bow National Forest .

Hiking in the National Forest from Mirror Lake to Lookout Lake.

Driving on Hwy 130 which is closed in the winter.

Saratoga Lake Campground – camping, fishing, boating and beach activities.

Blackhawk Gallery – check out the local talent.

Shopping in Saratoga – check out Laura M and the Hat Creek Trading Post.

Horseback riding through the mountains and wilderness. 

ATV and Off-Roading adventures.

Bird watching at the Saratoga Dam.

Golf at the Saratoga Public Golf Course

The Red Sage Spa for a really relaxing end to your day.



Silver Saddle Restaurant – steakhouse at the Saratoga Resort & Spa.

Hotel Wolf Restaurant – local watering hole, great service. 

Bella’s Bistro – great Italian food. 

Snowy Mountain Brewery and Pub – fun spot to stop for a drink at the Saratoga Resort & Spa.


Enjoy your trip for two to Saratoga Wyoming! You will be glad you went off the beaten path and explored the Saratoga area!