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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Buena Vista Basecamp

If perfection equals a relaxing mountain town with natural hot springs, quiet B&B’s and adventure out your front door, Buena Vista, Colorado has got you covered. After all, the name says everything. Spanish for “Beautiful View,” Buena Vista, Colorado sits at the foot of the snow-capped Collegiate Peaks, a majestic grouping of some of Colorado’s highest mountains.

  • Activities: Whitewater Rafting
  • Rivers: Arkansas River
  • Retail: Rafting memorabilia, Photos
  • Address:  22565 U.S. HWY. 285, Nathrop, CO  81236

Buena Vista Information

Incorporated in 1879, the town of Buena Vista sits in a large valley of high mountain desert terrain. This means milder temperatures than many of Colorado’s mountain communities, and of course, lots of sunshine for hearty lunches on the banks of the Arkansas River.

rafting on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, ColoradoLocals know the stretch of river near Buena Vista as the quintessential Colorado rafting trip: wide-open blue sky, rock formations that inspire tall tales, a backdrop of 14,000-foot peaks and enough whitewater to make anyone smile. We love Colorado rafting from this quaint little mountain town, where a longtime love of rafting began for many of our friends. We add a hearty riverside lunch, knowledgeable guides and real Rocky Mountain hospitality to make our Buena Vista rafting trips stand apart.

There’s no question about it; Buena Vista residents are friendly. After you’ve made a few new friends, try spotting some of Colorado’s other locals. Mule deer, antelope, eagles and hawks all call the Buena Vista area home. Use the map on this page and click “Directions” to Buena Vista, Colorado or contact us for more help. We are happy to e-mail, fax or send you directions to any of our four basecamp locations.

Basecamp Location


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Colorado Adventure Center Buena Vista Basecamp

22565 U.S. HWY. 285
Nathrop, CO 81236

800.808.0357

All Arkansas River whitewater rafting trips meet at our Buena Vista Basecamp.