In South Central Colorado, you’ll find larger than life mountains, a louder than life river, a respectful bow to the past and an artful eye toward the future. Our scenery and people are 100% natural. No artificial ingredients obscure the view of 14,000-foot mountains. No superhighway speeds you here nor whisks you between the quaint sister communities of Buena Vista and Salida. Bumping into a celebrity is not likely, however finding yourself is.
Arkansas River. Colorado is a mecca for river enthusiasts. Crystal clear streams feed nascent rivers that ramble across white-capped mountain valleys and tumble down boulder choked granite gorges. What sets Chaffee County apart from everywhere else, is the relationship we have with the Arkansas River. The Ark played a key role in the early history and exploration of this nation and settlement of this Valley. It inspired a history of rafting and kayaking that’s still evolving. The river draws us to work and play and inspires our art. Join us in enjoying, celebrating and cherishing this great river.
Rocky Mountains. If wealth were measured vertically, Chaffee County would be the richest little county in the country. Fifteen of Colorado’s 54 highest peaks, those taller than 14,000 feet – aka Fourteeners – reside here in south central Colorado. On a clear day, expansive views from the summits of these behemoths stretch to Colorado’s borders with New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. Veteran peak baggers know the best way to improve odds for a successful summit include getting a pre-sunrise start, pack lots of water, dress in layers, stick to established trails and turn back immediately if bad weather approaches. Some peaks require specialized mountaineering gear – do your homework.
Hiking and Backpacking
Horseback Riding & Llama Trekking
Off Roading & Jeep Tours
Rock/Ice Climbing & Mountaineering
Skiing and Snowboarding
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing