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Welcome to Buena Vista, Colorado

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Buena Vista is situated between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River and is known for its laid-back, mountain-town vibe. A friendly and welcoming community filled with opportunities for adventure.

Buena Vista means ‘beautiful view’ in Spanish. And the name truly says it all. Resting at roughly 8,000 feet elevation, the town of Buena Vista Colorado is nestled between the majestic Continental Divide to the West and the Fourmile Recreation Area foothills to the East, with the impressive Arkansas River running through town

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


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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

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


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

Area Post Offices & Zip Codes

Buena Vista Post Office (81211) – 110 Brookdale Ave. - 395-2445
Nathrop Post Office (81236) 22617 Hwy 285  395-2720

Salida Post Office (81201) 310 D St.           539-2548
Poncha Springs (81242) – 114 S. Main St.  539-2117
Granite (81228)
Leadville (80461) - 130 W. 5 – 486-1667
Fairplay (80440) 517 Hathaway – 836-2423
Hartsel (80449) 12771 Hwy 24 – 836-2617
Twin Lakes (81251)

Buena Vista Public Library

131 Linderman Ave.
(719) 395-8700

Closed Sundays & HolidaysColorado library cards issued and accepted – Internet access. The library’s collection contains books, periodicals, audiobooks, and video 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, is only one mile south from the center of town. This facility 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.