Area Activities

A Great Place For Family & Group Activities

Arrowhead Point Campground & Cabins is great for your stay in the Buena Vista area and is just minutes from numerous area attractions. Let us be your base camp for day trips to Denver, Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Pikes Peaks, Great Sand Dunes, Aspen and Vail to mention a few. The Arkansas River offers guided river rafting trips for the entire family and there are stables in the area that will take you to the local mountains for horseback trail rides or pack a picnic and rent a jeep or ATV and take them up in the high country for a scenic day trip. The activities are endless! After your busy day of play, return to Arrowhead Point and enjoy a Rocky Mountain sunset, spend an evening under the stars and let the hustle and bustle of the city life become a distant memory. Whether you stay a weekend, week, or even longer, Arrowhead Point is an ideal location for your camping getaway. Being centrally located, it is no wonder Buena Vista, Colorado is a destination-vacation!

Zipline Tours

Colorado Adventures
12600 Hwy 24 & 285
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Guided Fishing

Ark Anglers
517 S. Hwy 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Horseback Riding

Colorado Adventures
12600 Hwy 24 & 285
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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ATV Mtn Adventure

Rentals / BV Jeeps
212 South Hwy 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Mtn Bike Rentals

Boneshaker Cycles
310 E Main St
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Leadville Train

Leadville Southern Railroad
326 E 7th Street
Leadville, CO 80461


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Mining HOF

National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum
120 W. 9th Street
Leadville, CO 80461


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Whitewater Rafting

Wilderness Aware Rafting
12600 Hwy 24 & 285
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Adventure Park

Browns Canyon Adventure Park
23910 US Hwy 285
Buena Vista, CO 81211


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Sawatch Range Fourteeners

(Peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation)

  • Mt. Elbert 14,433
  • Mt. Massive 14,421
  • Mt. Harvard 14,420
  • La Plata Peak 14,336
  • Mt. Antero 14,269
  • Mt. Shavano 14,229
  • Mt. Princeton 14,197
  • Mt. Belford 14,197
  • Mt. Yale 14,196
  • Mt. Tabeguache 14,155
  • Mt. Oxford 14,153
  • Mt. Columbia 14,073
  • Missouri Mountain 14,067
  • Mt. Huron 14,005
  • Mountain of the Holy Cross 14,005
Local Trails
Whipple Trail

Description: Loop with many options
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.3 miles


The Barbara Whipple Trail is named after a local artist and is accessible from the Buena Vista River Park Bridge, the Midland Railroad and Four Mile Trails, the Arkansas River Trail and the Whitewater Trail. From the traffic light in Buena Vista, take Main Street east until you reach the dirt parking lot at the boat ramp.

The Barbara Whipple Trail is a grouping of several trails on the east side of the Arkansas River. It is the most popular hike in town and hiking this trail is easily combined with any biking or boating experience nearby. Looking back across the valley, you will see great views of the Collegiate Peaks. The trail runs through pinions and one section follows a portion of the old Midland Railroad grade. Several kiosks along the way provide current and historical information about the area.


The trail is steep beginning at the Arkansas River trailhead, but becomes much easier with some elevation gain. Total elevation gain for the trail is approximately 600 feet.


Description: Out & Back
Difficulty: Beginner
Length: 12 miles


This trail passes by the turn-of-the-century ghost resort of Interlaken. This is a popular non-motorized multiple-use trail, expect to see mountain bikers, runners, anglers and other hikers.


Getting there: From the traffic light at 6th St. and Harrison Avenue, follow Highway 24 south for approximately 16 miles. Turn right (west) on Highway 82 toward Independence Pass. Follow Highway 82 for .6 mile, go past the Lost Canyon Road and turn left (south) onto this unsigned dirt road across from the little log cabin. Low-clearance vehicles should part at the wide area just south of the dam; high-clearance vehicles can continue along the left fork at the Colorado Trail sign to the end of the road, where another parking area is available.


Harvard Lakes

Description: Out & Back
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 miles


Harvard Lakes Trail is a moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a beautiful apline lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.


Two small beautiful lakes hidden at the base of Mt Columbia From the trailhead go south along the old logging road. When the road takes a sharp turn right (West) you will see a path continuing south. This is the key to this trail. Once you find this trail the rest is easy. After the trail crosses Three Elks Creek it will begin to turn west and lead you up the East side of Mt. Columbia. This trail will meet with the Colorado Trail just North of Harvard Lakes. Turn left onto the Colorado trail for about 100 yards to reach the upper lake, continue on the trail a short ways to reach the lower lake.

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Use us as your base camp for day trips to Denver, Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Pikes Peaks, Great Sand Dunes, Aspen and Vail to mention a few., give us a call at 719-395-2323 and ask for Group Coordinator, Cathy.

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