JJ & Sarah’s Guide to Things to Do in BV

JJ & Sarah
JJ & Sarah
JJ & Sarah’s Guide to Things to Do in BV

Hot Springs

Our property is located about 20 minutes from two great hot springs options described below. We provide beach towels in our guest spaces.
Mt. Princeton hot springs is a recently renovated resort with a historic bath house located on Chalk Creek. The upper pools (usually open Memorial Day through Labor Day) feature a 400' water slide, kiddie pool, hot tub pool, two larger pools connected by a little lazy river, and a beautiful new "family relaxation pool" with infinity edges. You pay extra for a water slide wrist band. There are two general admission lower pools open year round. If you take a fitness class or get a spa treatment that gains you access to the pool area across the bridge, south of the creek. The best part of the lower pool area, however, is the creekside hot springs (typically open fall-spring during lower water flows). We love laying back in these shallow, hot seep, sandy bottom creek pools. We typically pack a lunch and hang out there all day with the kids. The creek is amazing at night too. For more information check out https://mtprinceton.com/ and go to the upper navigation drop down menu under "Swim" for a description and slideshow of each area so you can get a sense in advance of where you want to spend your time - it's a fairly large campus that spans both sides of a little mountain highway so good to plan ahead.
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Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort
15870 County Road 162
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Mt. Princeton hot springs is a recently renovated resort with a historic bath house located on Chalk Creek. The upper pools (usually open Memorial Day through Labor Day) feature a 400' water slide, kiddie pool, hot tub pool, two larger pools connected by a little lazy river, and a beautiful new "family relaxation pool" with infinity edges. You pay extra for a water slide wrist band. There are two general admission lower pools open year round. If you take a fitness class or get a spa treatment that gains you access to the pool area across the bridge, south of the creek. The best part of the lower pool area, however, is the creekside hot springs (typically open fall-spring during lower water flows). We love laying back in these shallow, hot seep, sandy bottom creek pools. We typically pack a lunch and hang out there all day with the kids. The creek is amazing at night too. For more information check out https://mtprinceton.com/ and go to the upper navigation drop down menu under "Swim" for a description and slideshow of each area so you can get a sense in advance of where you want to spend your time - it's a fairly large campus that spans both sides of a little mountain highway so good to plan ahead.
If you are looking for a more natural soaking experience with no added chemicals, then Cottonwood might be right for you. It is located on Cottonwood Creek. In addition to the typical spa treatments, they also offer services like iridology and rain drop therapy. For more information check out www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com.
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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
18999 County Road 306
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If you are looking for a more natural soaking experience with no added chemicals, then Cottonwood might be right for you. It is located on Cottonwood Creek. In addition to the typical spa treatments, they also offer services like iridology and rain drop therapy. For more information check out www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is generally available from spring through late summer (depending on water flows). The Browns Canyon stretch of the Arkansas River is a National Monument and a popular leg of local rafting tours. The Milk Run is another popular leg for folks who are looking for the milder side of adventure. There are put ins for commercial rafting trips just blocks from our property and throughout the summer we you'll see rafters regularly floating by as you walk along the river trail near our property.
River Runners is a great all around option. When we go on commercial trips or floats with friends, we go with the River Runners crew.
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River Runners Browns Canyon
24070 Co Rd 301
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River Runners is a great all around option. When we go on commercial trips or floats with friends, we go with the River Runners crew.
For a very wholesome family rafting trip we recommend Noah's Ark, which has a reputation for hiring pleasant, wholesome and polite guides. Rafting is generally available from spring through late summer (depending on water flows). The Browns Canyon stretch of the Arkansas River is a National Monument and a popular leg of local rafting tours. There are put ins for commercial rafting trips just blocks from our property! They also offer package deals for various combinations of: aerial adventure park/rafting/climbing/hot springs/scenic train rides/llama trekking! (See https://www.noahsark.com/site/packages.html)
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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting
23910 US Highway 285
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For a very wholesome family rafting trip we recommend Noah's Ark, which has a reputation for hiring pleasant, wholesome and polite guides. Rafting is generally available from spring through late summer (depending on water flows). The Browns Canyon stretch of the Arkansas River is a National Monument and a popular leg of local rafting tours. There are put ins for commercial rafting trips just blocks from our property! They also offer package deals for various combinations of: aerial adventure park/rafting/climbing/hot springs/scenic train rides/llama trekking! (See https://www.noahsark.com/site/packages.html)

Kayaking/SUP'ing

If you are already a boater, you know more about this than we do. If you are coming here to learn and try it out, below are some places that can help you get started with renting gear and possibly some lessons or guided trips too. It is possible if you are very fit to walk from our property to the river whilst carrying a kayak, or paddleboard to try surfing the local playwaves (staircase wave is a spot where a lot of beginners get started). If you are new to paddleboarding you're best bet is to head to Twin Lakes or Cottonwood Lake to try it out, rather than starting in the river. You can also try it much closer to town at our little town pond at McPhelmy Park (locally known as "Pond Park") - at the NW corner of US HWY 24 and Main St.
KAYAK/RAFT/SUP RENTALS CKS Main Street......................................................................719-395-9206 https://www.cksmainstreet.com/ Address: 327 E. Main Street This is THE place for renting river equipment.
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CKS Main Street - Rentals, Kayak, Stand up Paddleboard, and lifestyle boutique
327 E Main St
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KAYAK/RAFT/SUP RENTALS CKS Main Street......................................................................719-395-9206 https://www.cksmainstreet.com/ Address: 327 E. Main Street This is THE place for renting river equipment.
GUIDED KAYAK & SUP'ing TRIPS Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center......................................719-395-3335 https://rmoc.com/ 23850 HWY 285 Whenever people ask us who to contact about a guided trip, these are the folks we recommend. They are THE local professional guiding service, and there is a lot of adventure to be had around here!
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
14825 US-285
GUIDED KAYAK & SUP'ing TRIPS Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center......................................719-395-3335 https://rmoc.com/ 23850 HWY 285 Whenever people ask us who to contact about a guided trip, these are the folks we recommend. They are THE local professional guiding service, and there is a lot of adventure to be had around here!

Biking

Trails on the east side of the Arkansas River, accessible from trailheads just a few minutes walk from our property, are often useable year round. It is always a good idea to check on conditions just prior to your travels. For example, guests who plan to mountain bike in January sometimes decide to bring skis instead of bikes, and vice versa, depending on current weather conditions. The Arkansas River Trail, Barbara Whipple Trail and Midland Trail combine to form a network of trails that provide everything from a mellow jaunt along the river, to single track trails up to the ridgeline with stunning views of the 14ers across the valley. The USFS Four Mile Travel Management Area just a few miles north of town is also very popular for mountain biking. http://www.buenavistarec.com/trails/ https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recarea/?recid=21414
BIKE RENTAL/SALES/REPAIR Black Burro Bikes....................................................................719-966-5045 https://www.blackburrobikes.com/ Address: 801 Front Loop, Unit 1A Matt and Lindsey are passionate about Colorado and passionate about bikes. They're a great resource if you need to rent a bike, if you brought a bike that needs some maintenance, if you want to buy a bike, or just want to find out the scoop on the local bike scene. They're on the South Main Square, just a short walk from our property.
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Black Burro Bikes
807 South Main Street
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BIKE RENTAL/SALES/REPAIR Black Burro Bikes....................................................................719-966-5045 https://www.blackburrobikes.com/ Address: 801 Front Loop, Unit 1A Matt and Lindsey are passionate about Colorado and passionate about bikes. They're a great resource if you need to rent a bike, if you brought a bike that needs some maintenance, if you want to buy a bike, or just want to find out the scoop on the local bike scene. They're on the South Main Square, just a short walk from our property.

Fishing

We have had quite a few guests indicate that they had a great time (with success) just along the river between the "Staircase play wave" and the "Downtown play wave" (adjacent to the Surf Hotel), just a short walk from our property. One 11 year old guest caught her first rainbow trout, a 21"-er, along the river just east of the Boulder Garden park near our property! There are also local fishing guides and maps in the visitor literature in our space.
FLY SHOP & GUIDED FISHING TRIPS Ark Anglers...............................................................................719-395-1796 http://www.arkanglers.com/fly-shop-buena-vista Address: 517 South Highway 24 Ark Anglers is a great option for guided fishing trips. Let us know if you are interested in a guided trip and we can recommend our favorite guide.
ArkAnglers
517 US-24
FLY SHOP & GUIDED FISHING TRIPS Ark Anglers...............................................................................719-395-1796 http://www.arkanglers.com/fly-shop-buena-vista Address: 517 South Highway 24 Ark Anglers is a great option for guided fishing trips. Let us know if you are interested in a guided trip and we can recommend our favorite guide.
FLY FISHING GEAR RENTALS CKS Main Street......................................................................719-395-9206 https://www.cksmainstreet.com/ Address: 327 E. Main Street This is THE place for renting river equipment.
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CKS Main Street - Rentals, Kayak, Stand up Paddleboard, and lifestyle boutique
327 E Main St
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FLY FISHING GEAR RENTALS CKS Main Street......................................................................719-395-9206 https://www.cksmainstreet.com/ Address: 327 E. Main Street This is THE place for renting river equipment.

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Ski Cooper is a great, family friendly, small ski resort in Leadville that is less than an hour from our front door. This is where we have taken our kids to learn the slopes.
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Ski Cooper
232 County Road 29
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Ski Cooper is a great, family friendly, small ski resort in Leadville that is less than an hour from our front door. This is where we have taken our kids to learn the slopes.
Monarch Mountain is a smaller, family friendly ski resort located less than an hour from our front door. Monarch gets the second most snow in Colorado, behind Wolf Creek, but it's not along the over crowded I-70 corridor so it's extra awesome!
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Monarch Mountain
23715 U.S. 50
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Monarch Mountain is a smaller, family friendly ski resort located less than an hour from our front door. Monarch gets the second most snow in Colorado, behind Wolf Creek, but it's not along the over crowded I-70 corridor so it's extra awesome!
SKI and SNOWSHOE RENTALS The Trailhead............................................................................719-395-8001 https://www.thetrailheadco.com/ Address: 402 E MAIN STREET The Trailhead is a great place if you need to pick up some gear for your winter adventures, and they're right here in downtown BV. To see current gear rental pricing and offerings check out: https://www.thetrailheadco.com/rent/
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The Trailhead
402 East Main Street
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SKI and SNOWSHOE RENTALS The Trailhead............................................................................719-395-8001 https://www.thetrailheadco.com/ Address: 402 E MAIN STREET The Trailhead is a great place if you need to pick up some gear for your winter adventures, and they're right here in downtown BV. To see current gear rental pricing and offerings check out: https://www.thetrailheadco.com/rent/

Rock Climbing

CLIMBING RENTALS (shoes/helmets) The Trailhead............................................................................719-395-8001 https://www.thetrailheadco.com/ Address: 402 E MAIN STREET The Trailhead is a great place if you need to pick up some gear for your climbing adventures, and they're right here in downtown BV. To see current gear rental pricing and offerings check out: https://www.thetrailheadco.com/rent/. Pick up a copy of "Arkansas Valley Climbing" while you're there to get the scoop on local crags.
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The Trailhead
402 East Main Street
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CLIMBING RENTALS (shoes/helmets) The Trailhead............................................................................719-395-8001 https://www.thetrailheadco.com/ Address: 402 E MAIN STREET The Trailhead is a great place if you need to pick up some gear for your climbing adventures, and they're right here in downtown BV. To see current gear rental pricing and offerings check out: https://www.thetrailheadco.com/rent/. Pick up a copy of "Arkansas Valley Climbing" while you're there to get the scoop on local crags.
GUIDED CLIMBING TRIPS Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center......................................719-395-3335 https://rmoc.com/ 23850 HWY 285 Whenever people ask us who to contact about a guided climbing trip, these are the folks we recommend. They are THE local professional guiding service when it comes to climbing, and there is a lot of climbing to be had around here!
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
14825 US-285
GUIDED CLIMBING TRIPS Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center......................................719-395-3335 https://rmoc.com/ 23850 HWY 285 Whenever people ask us who to contact about a guided climbing trip, these are the folks we recommend. They are THE local professional guiding service when it comes to climbing, and there is a lot of climbing to be had around here!
Noah's Ark GUIDED CLIMBING.............................................719.395.2158 https://www.noahsark.com/site/rock-climbing/1-2-day.html https://www.noahsark.com/site/rock-climbing/full-day.html For full day climbing trips they have a minimum group size of 10. 1/2 day climbing trips they sometimes offer open enrollment so call ahead if your group is smaller and see if they can fit you in. They also offer package deals for various combinations of: aerial adventure park/rafting/climbing/hot springs/scenic train rides/llama trekking! (See https://www.noahsark.com/site/packages.html)
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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting
23910 US Highway 285
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Noah's Ark GUIDED CLIMBING.............................................719.395.2158 https://www.noahsark.com/site/rock-climbing/1-2-day.html https://www.noahsark.com/site/rock-climbing/full-day.html For full day climbing trips they have a minimum group size of 10. 1/2 day climbing trips they sometimes offer open enrollment so call ahead if your group is smaller and see if they can fit you in. They also offer package deals for various combinations of: aerial adventure park/rafting/climbing/hot springs/scenic train rides/llama trekking! (See https://www.noahsark.com/site/packages.html)