Explore camping in Buena Vista

The Great Outdoors

Complete with the Rocky Mountains, Arkansas River, Colorado sunshine and mild winter climate, Buena Vista is the perfect outdoor playground all year long! Above photo by www.mtnspiritphoto.comConsider embarking on one of these adventures to explore Buena Vista:


Buena Vista is nestled in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, with San Isabel National Forest and the World-famous Arkansas River. It doesn’t get any better than this special place to camp! Our night skies are full of wonder and splendor. Here you can camp near town, along the Arkansas River or nearby streams, high on our mountain peaks or nestled in the valley. Each location is spectacular – you may have to try them all!   For locally run campgrounds click here.

Nearly 80% of Chaffee County lands are managed by Federal and State agencies as “public lands.”  The main river corridor is managed by Colorado State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management jointly through Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. AHRA map and information can be downloaded via this link.

The Salida Ranger District is part of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. The district encompasses over 440,000 acres of public lands and is located in the central part of Colorado near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs.  Paid camping is noted via the listings below.  Photos by Mountain Spirit Photography.

Camping in the Salida Ranger District Recreation Area
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Angel of Shavano Campground
Angel of Shavano Group Area
Bootleg Campground
Cascade Campground
Chalk Creek Canyon
Chalk Lake Campground
Collegiate Peaks Campground (closed 2018)
Cottonwood Lake Campground
Iron City Campground
Monarch Park Campground
Mount Princeton Campground
O’Haver Lake Campground

Camping in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area 
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Railroad Bridge Campground
Ruby Mountain Campground
Hecla Junction Campground

Camping in the Twin Lakes Recreation Area
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Dexter Campground
Lakeview Campground
Parry Peak Campground
Twin Peaks Campground
Whitestar Campground

Locally Owned Campgrounds

Noted below is a list of locally owned campgrounds which offer variety of amenities.  

Town of Buena Vista Area

Mt. Princeton RV Park & Cabins

30380 CR 383
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals
800.954.8481, 719.395.8481
30430 North Highway 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211

North of Buena Vista Area

Arkansas River Rim

Campground & RV Park
33198 Highway 24 North
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Arrowhead Point Campground & Cabins
33975 US Hwy 24N
Buena Vista, CO 81211

AVA Rafting & Zipline
40671 US-24, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Camping South of Buena Vista Area

Buena Vista KOA Camping & Cabins
800.562.2672, 719.395.8318
27700 County Road 303
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park
11430 Co Rd 197
Nathrop, CO 81236

Dispersed Camping in our Area: