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Whether you’re visiting from far away or looking for an easy Colorado weekend getaway in the mountains, this guide will ensure an amazing weekend in Buena Vista and Salida!

Just two hours west of Colorado Springs sit the charming neighboring mountain towns of Buena Vista and Salida. While Colorado is full of magical little towns that are worth visiting, most of them come with flocking tourists and the high ski resort price tags.

Salida and Buena Vista are underrated and often overlooked Colorado gems, making them the perfect options for a mountain getaway, whether you’re from the area or coming from out of state.

You’ll find the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, complemented by a variety of food and drink options. There’s so much to see and do, so here’s our guide to making the most of your time in Buena Vista and Salida!


Where to stay in Buena Vista or Salida 

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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Need an extra dose of relaxation? Mount Princeton is the place to be! Nestled at the foot of the mountains, this cozy resort provides access to one of the area’s main attractions — the natural hot springs! While the resort is a bit of a drive to the two town centers, the mountains and hot springs are at your disposal — you may never want to leave!


Amigo Motor Lodge

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Find classic camp vibes and Pinterest worthy decor at The Amigo Motor Lodge. This converted motel provides guests with the perfect place to land after a day of adventuring! Stay in a traditional room or opt for one of their converted vintage airstreams for a new and fun experience! Be sure to schedule in a bit of time to sip their delicious (and complimentary) coffee and chill in their adorable lounge areas.


Surf Chateau

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This stunning boutique hotel is the perfect spot for those looking to add a bit of class to their mountain getaway. Enjoy luxurious rooms, fine cocktails and handcrafted cuisine at the lobby bar, and access to the best restaurants and views Buena Vista has to offer.


Activities you can’t miss in Buena Vista and Salida

Get outside

San Isabel National Forest | Photo Credit: Rich Morgan

This activity likely goes without saying! Buena Vista and Salida are known for their endless outdoor recreation options! Enjoy year-round access to the endless hiking trails of the San Isabel National Forest and a variety of seasonal adventures! For winter and early spring guests, you’ll find easy access to skiing at Monarch Mountain, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and even dog sled rides!

As the weather warms up, you’ll find whitewater rafting and kayaking and other summer adventures like rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, and more!


Visit the Mount Princeton hot springs for a day of relaxation

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End your day of adventure by soaking in the hot springs at Mount Princeton! The nearby Chalk Creek gives guests an authentic hot spring experience as geothermal hot springs warm sections of the rushing river. If you’re looking for a poolside experience, visit the various man-made pools.


Drink like a local

Photo Courtesy of Wood’s High Mountain Distillery | Facebook

Outdoor adventure and alcoholic beverages seem to go hand-in-hand. The area’s clean and odorless water makes it the perfect place for breweries, wineries, and distilleries to perfect their craft. Take a day (or two) to explore the local libations scene and be sure to schedule a few free tours to learn more about the artful process behind the beverage.


Buy some local art

Photo Courtesy of Salida Council for the Arts | Facebook

Salida is Colorado’s largest National Historic District, offering an amazing Creative Arts District. This small town is a mountain haven for artists and creatives. Explore galleries and boutiques to find handcrafted jewelry that reflects the local landscape and unique works of art by the area’s artist community.


Best Restaurants + Cafes in Salida 

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  • BoathouseEnjoy views of the rushing river and the passing kayaks and rafters while munching down on some American classics or Baja Mexican food!
  • Howl Mercantile & CoffeeNot only does Howl serve some of the area’s best coffee, but you’ll also find an amazing selection of trendy handcrafted items and accessories for your next outdoor adventure.
  • Little Red Hen BakeryStart your day off with some fresh baked bread and pastries from this local favorite!
  • Amicas PizzaCraft beer, pizza, and a convenient downtown location, Amicas is the perfect spot for your adventure carbo-load!
Photo Courtesy of Amicas Pizza | Facebook


Best Restaurants + Cafes in Buena Vista 

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  • House Rock Kitchen Enjoy healthy food and adventurous flavor combinations right on Buena Vista’s Main Street.
  • EddylineYou really can’t go wrong with pizza and beer, especially if they’re both made in-house!  
  • The Midland StopIf you’re strolling through Buena Vista’s trendy South Main neighborhood, be sure to stop for some artisan coffee and gelato at this sun-filled cafe.
Photo Courtesy of Eddyline | Facebook


Pack your bags and get ready for a weekend of some of Colorado’s best grub, adventure, and relaxation! Enjoy your stay!

Looking for more unique things to do in Colorado? Book a food tour with us, Rocky Mountain Food Tours, in downtown Colorado Springs. Experience some of the best local cuisine and learn about our local history and art.

Check out our list of tours here!

Cheers! Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

(So, what’s a food tour, anyway…?)




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