Things to do in the upper Arkansas River Valley

The upper Arkansas River Valley is literally at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Two main towns on the river, Salida and Buena Vista, are popular destinations for a myriad of outdoor activities.

Mountain biking trails abound, hiking trails in Browns Canyon National Monument and all along the river, valley and mountains. Zip lining, prospecting, hot springs, delicious local food and drinks, and a whole lot more.

Check out our list of some of our favorite places, activities and businesses.

Hot Springs

Restaurants – Buena Vista

  • Eddyline Brewery on South Main
    926 S. Main Street, Buena Vista, CO 81211

    Local grass fed beef, wood fire pizza, great brews.

  • Asian Palate
    328 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

    Thai food and sushi.

  • Biggies
    234 US-24, Buena Vista, CO 81211

    Best sandwiches in BV!

  • Evergreen Cafe
    418 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista, CO 81211

    Great breakfast and lunch.

Restaurants – Salida

Mountain Bikes – Guided Tours & Rentals

Gear Rental

Jeep, ATV, Motorcycle Rentals

  • Ark Valley Motor Sports
    17897 Highway 285, Nathrop, Colorado 81236
    Offering a variety of motor sport recreational rentals including Jeeps, ATV’s, Side by Sides & Motorcycles, in beautiful and diverse Chaffee County, Colorado.