Our Story – About Us

Buena Vista Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce

The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, established in 1976, promotes and enhances the economic vitality of the surrounding community by serving as a business advocate. We are a non-profit, membership-driven organization that provides a variety of services and resources to our members. 

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Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement:

To unify the community by enhancing quality of life through the promotion of business and tourism.  


At the Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce, we have two main goals:

  • We want to help our local businesses succeed and thrive.
  • We want to promote our Town and bring more people to this beautiful area.

Helping Buena Vista Businesses Succeed

Thriving Community

The local shops, restaurants and service providers know our community and all bring something unique to Buena Vista. They offer goods and services tailored to the heartbeat of our town.

And, in order for these businesses to stay alive and flourish, we work hard to support and assist them.

A Bevy of Benefits

Members profit from the many benefits offered by the Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce. For instance, the Chamber offers marketing and advertising tools for businesses online, in print, and in person. Chamber members also receive social media exposure to thousands of Buena Vista Chamber followers on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Credibility and Recognition

Joining the Buena Vista Chamber is a way businesses gain credibility and endorsements recognized by community members and visitors. Please click here for a listing of the member benefits. Businesses also benefit from our Chamber’s networking events.

About Us: 

The Welcome Center is funded mainly by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce. We strive to help Buena Vista’s businesses succeed. The local shops, restaurants, recreation, lodging, and service providers know and love our community and all bring something exceptional to Buena Vista, Colorado. We want others to enjoy the grandiose views and adventures that we encounter each day and to experience our tight-knit Buena Vista community. Please consider a donation or join the Chamber to support our awe-inspiring town. If you visit one of the businesses on this website, thank them for their contribution to our valley.

Welcome to Buena Vista! Our Town’s Welcome Center showcases all of the adventures and experiences to be enjoyed in Chaffee County, Colorado. We offer expert advice and support through education (free collateral, guides, maps, and our Town’s local information). We seek to help more people experience this beautiful area safely via education about trail and road usage, high altitude preparedness, and our local history. We are often the first connection visitors have with our community and we want that experience to be warm and friendly . . . just like the town that we live in. This year, we have updated our look, brought in new assortments of products and services, and now showcase a unified offering of all that our town has to offer. Please visit us soon and take a look for yourself.

The Chamber Team

Executive Director, Melissa Traynham

Membership & Sales Specialist, Jon Cobb


Board of Directors

President: Jay Smith
Treasurer: Kit Salway
Secretary: Tom Rollings
Ashley Basta
Keith Barbeau
Nelson Fleming
Ryan Martin
Tim Stange

To email the BOD directly please send to Welcome@BuenaVistaColorado.org


Welcoming Visitors to Buena Vista

Community Events

We want others to enjoy the grandiose views that we encounter every day and to experience the tightknit Buena Vista community. One way we encourage people to visit Buena Vista is through a number of Chamber events, including our the Buena Vista Wedding Expo, Fourth of July Celebrations (Art in the Park, 4th of July Parade & Fireworks etc.), Gold Rush Days, the OHV Color Tour, Christmas Opening, and Business After Hours.

Doorway to Endless Adventures

Our Welcome Center attracted over 10,000 people this past year, with over 100 visitors per day during the summer. Located on U.S. Highway 24 South in a historic church building, the Welcome Center is complete with maps, brochures, visitor guides, event flyers, business cards, relocation information and various handouts.