Chaffee County Climatic Data

Summer Average High Temperature (July) 81.4° F
Summer Average Low Temperature (July) 47.3° F
Winter Average High Temperature (January) 40.2° F
Winter Average Low Temperature (January)  10.7° F
Growing Season 113 days
Annual Rainfall 10.95″
Annual Snowfall 41.1″
Average Wind Velocity W 7 MPH
Number of Frost Free Days 113 days
Number of Sunshine Days 300 days
Elevation  7,950 ft above sea level


Human Services

Area Agency on Aging
 Services provided: Information and referral, advocacy, handyman, Health Fair, Friendly Visitor, legal, OAP Dental Services, and Weatherization.

Public Health Nurse
 112 Linderman, Buena Vista
 ( 719) 395-8493
 Blood Pressure Clinic/Home Health Visits

Alliance Against Domestic Abuse
 Services provided: Information and referral, crisis intervention. Safe group.
 (719) 539-7347

Chaffee County Department of Social Services
 114 Linderman Ave.
 (719) 539-6627

Buena Vista Community Center
 715 East Main Street
 Buena Vista, CO 81211

Social Security Information: (800) 772-1213

Medicare Claims: (800) 332-6681

 Sunrise Manor Apartments
 Buena Vista, CO 81211 / (719) 395-2862

Chaffee County Veterans Services Officer
 Information of benefits, assistance
 (719) 539-3803 / 1-800-332-6742

Colorado Municipal Guide



Public Safety & Fire Protection

Buena Vista Police Department
 123 Linderman Avenue ~ PO Box 1088
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 (719) 395-8654
 Emergency 911

County Sheriff & Colorado State Patrol
 (719) 539-2596
 Emergency 911

Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department
 111 Linderman Avenue
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 (719) 395-8098
 Emergency 911

Chaffee County Fire Protection
 Antero Circle
 Buena Vista, CO 81211


Area Post Offices & Zip Codes

Buena Vista Post Office – 110 Brookdale Ave.- 395-2445 – 81211
Nathrop Post Office – 22617 Hwy 285 – 395-2720 – 81236
Salida Post Office 310 D St. – 539-2548 – 81201
Poncha Springs – 114 S. Main St. 539-2117 – 81242
Granite – 81228
Leadville 130 W. 5 – 486-1667 – 80461
Fairplay – 517 Hathaway – 836-2423 – 80440
Hartsel – 12771 Hwy 24 – 836-2617 – 80449
Twin Lakes -81251



Atmos Energy
 1448 F. Street
 Salida, CO 81201

Comfurt Gas Company
 655 Gregg
 PO Box 2059
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 Propane (719) 395-8445
 Natural Gas (719) 395-0212

Town of Buena Vista
Public Works Dept./Water

 PO Box 2002
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 (719) 395-6898 or 6713

Buena Vista Sanitation District
 321 E. Main / PO Box 3069
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 (719) 395-8095
 Sanitation Board meets
 3rd Tues. at 7pm at office

Sangre De Cristo Electric Assn Inc
 29780 US Hwy 24 N
 PO Box 2013
 Buena Vista, CO 81211
 (719) 395-2412
 FAX (719) 395-8742


Buena Vista Public Library

131 Linderman Ave. ~ PO Box 2019
 (719) 395-8700

Mon. through Fri. 9am – 7pm
 Sat. 9am – 2pm
 Closed Sundays & Holidays

Director: Gail Nottingham
 Colorado library cards issued and accepted – Internet access. The library’s collection contains books, periodical, audio books and videos cassettes. A collection of reference material and information on local trails, hot springs and camping.


Airport Facilities

Central Colorado Regional Airport
 27960 County Road 319 / PO Box 2002
 Buena Vista, CO 81211

Central Colorado Regional Airport, only one mile south from the center of town, has good approaches clear of the mountains, an 8,000 foot high weight capacity runway, hard pad parking, AWOS, GPS approach, 100LL, Jet A, Oxygen, hanger and tie downs for transients, catering available, courtesy and rental cars and much more. Fast turnaround time is our specialty. Not familiar with the mountains, call ahead and we will help you with your flight planning. When the major Front Range airports are below minimums AEJ is often available as an alternate for IFR flight plans. See for more information.


Buena Vista Correctional Facility

The Buena Vista Correctional Complex (BVCC) is located approximately one mile south of Buena Vista, Colorado, in the shadow of the Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range.

The complex is comprised of three separate components: the main facility which houses 871 medium and close custody inmates; the Buena Vista Minimum Center (BVMC) which houses 288 minimum-restrictive custody inmates; and the Colorado Correctional Alternative Program (CCAP) or Boot Camp which houses 100 minimum custody inmates.

The complex was originally opened in 1892 as the Colorado State Reformatory (CSR), a facility for juvenile offenders. The reformatory was built in 1891 by 37 inmates from the Colorado State Penitentiary. During the early years, all able-bodied inmates worked primarily in ranching assignments on the 1,000 acres appropriated to the reformatory. By 1922, CSR housed 209 boys in a facility designed for 106. A small medical unit was built in 1920 and in 1947 an academic school program was inaugurated.

The reformatory evolved from a juvenile facility to a medium custody adult prison in 1978 and was renamed Buena Vista Correctional Facility. A modular component was added in 1984 and a boot camp facility in 1991. It was renamed the Buena Vista Correctional Complex (BVCC) in 1999 as a result of its multi custody status. Today, the BVCC is one of the state’s largest correctional facilities with a capacity of 1,259. The complex is approximately 65% double bunked.

The main facility consists of five housing units: Segregation, Admission & Orientation, South Unit, East Unit, and North Unit. The segregation unit houses administrative segregation, punitive segregation, hold close, removal from population, and mental health observation inmates. Admission and Orientation houses newly received inmates, restricted privileges inmates, and general population.The other three units inside the main facility house general population inmates and provide a parity of conditions. An internal incentive program is utilized in these units. The BVCC main facility houses close, medium and minimum custody inmates in the general population.

The Buena Vista Correctional Complex is unique in the availability of inmate programs. Ten academic classes and eleven vocational programs are offered. In addition, inmates can find assignments with the correctional Industries Leather Shops, in institutional support services, in food services, janitorial or clerical. BVCC houses Colorado’s only inmate operated fish rearing unit, producing 225,000 trout yearly. This highly successful program is the result of a cooperative effort with the Division of Wildlife. BVCC’s Vocational Heavy Equipment and the Division of Wildlife have agreed to rehabilitate the headwaters of the South Platte River in South Park.

BVCC has been involved in several remodeling projects over the past year including the East Unit relocking project, a new medical building and the BVMC replacement project.

BVMC is situated within the security perimeter fence of the complex. Currently housing 288 inmates, the minimum center consists of three multi-story housing units, new programs and administrative/security buildings recreation facilities. This unit supplies Correctional Work Program (CWP) inmates to the surrounding communities to provide a myriad of services. In addition, the CWP sign shop fabricates signs for multiple agencies. The program saves the taxpayers of Chaffee, Lake, and park counties over $600,000 per year, based on in-kind services.

The BVCC mission is to provide a lawful, secure correctional framework within an environment of humane treatment and professionally applied standards and procedures; to provide offenders with programs that enhance management control and provide self improvement opportunities to assist them in becoming law abiding citizens; to provide continuing improving quality of services to all stakeholders.

The complex has a proud heritage of attracting quality, highly professional staff at all levels. The management believes in empowering staff in the decision making process and in the effectiveness of a culturally diverse workforce. Career opportunities exist in Custody and Control (housing and security), clerical, academic and vocational education, the business office, Clinical Services (medical, dental or mental health), food services, Physical Plant (maintenance), laundry, warehouse and other more specialized area. Call the Public Information Officer at (719) 395-7203 for more information.