Buena Vista Basics


The Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado was established in 1879.

Zip Codes:   Buena Vista – 81211     Nathrop – 81236

Population:   Buena Vista – 2,706     81211 – 8,058     Chaffee County – 18,726 (2016)

Elevation:   7,965 feet above sea level

Area Code:   719

Median Age:   40 years

Retail Sales & Use Tax:   State – 2.9%     Chaffee County – 2.5%     Buena Vista – 2.5%     Lodging – 1.9% 

Health Care:   HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center – Buena Vista     Swan Mountain Family Clinic – Buena Vista    HRRMC Hosptial – Salida

Newspaper:   The Chaffee County Times

Location:   Central Colorado on Highway 24     125 miles southwest of Denver                                                                    94 miles west of Colorado Springs     63 miles northwest of Aspen (summer only)

Transportation:   Black Hills Stage Lines bus to Denver     Central Colorado Regional Airport

Recreation:   Whitewater rafting     Whitewater kayaking     Gold Medal designated river trout fishing                        High mountain lake fishing     Hiking – including twelve 14,000 peaks     Mountain biking     Rock climbing               4-wheel jeeping/atv     Hot springs     Showshoeing     Cross country skiing     Snowmobiling

National Protected Areas:   Browns Canyon National Monument     Buffalo Peaks Wilderness                        Collegiate Peaks Wilderness     San Isabel National Forest