Where are the bathrooms? Outside on the West end of the main building and in the bathhouse. 

Internet Access/Wi-Fi? We do provide access to Wi-Fi on the campground, however due to the limited bandwidth in the Arkansas River Valley, Wi-Fi access generally will not support online activities such as streaming movies, and there may be limited ability to download or send large files or attachments through email. Wi-Fi service is intended for general web surfing, emails, and access to social media.

Do you guarantee specific requests? No. You must call to request any specific sites, and we do not guarantee any special requests. Our sites book up quickly during the summer months, we will try our best to accommodate your requests, but we cannot guarantee anything.

 

Where can I let my dog run loose? Inside the Pet Pen located next to the playground.

 

Where can I walk my dog? You may walk your dogs along the drainage ravine, the BLM land, or the open area southeast of the Cook Shack. Please make sure to pick up after your dog.

 

What are the mountains in front of us? These mountains are in the Sawatch Range: Mt. Princeton (14,197 ft) and Mt. Yale (14,196 ft) are a part of the Collegiate Peaks; Mt. Antero (14,269 ft), Mt. White (13,667 ft), Shavano Peak (14,229 ft), and Mt. Tabagauche (14,155 ft).

Why do you recommend River Runners over other area rafting companies? We have a long-standing relationship with River Runners. Their guides have the most experience in the area, and we feel they are the most reputable company. They also offer a 10% discount to all of our guests, just mention that you are staying at the Buena Vista KOA while booking.

 

Where is Salida (Sa-lie-duh)? (35 miles) Turn right onto 285/24. Make a left at the “T” onto 285 South. Turn left onto 50 East which will take you into town. Turn left onto 291 East which will take you downtown.

 

Where is Buena Vista (Buena – like Beautiful, not like the Spanish word – Vista)? (4 miles) Turn right onto 285/24. Make a right at the “T” onto 24 North which will take you right into town.

 

How long are the laundry room, office, store, and recreation room open? On weekdays, the store is open from 8am-9pm. On weekends, it is open from 8am-9pm. Off-season times will vary. Please see posted signs. The laundry room and recreation room are open from 8am-9pm.

 

What kind of wildlife lives in the area? Elk, deer, chipmunks, prairie dogs, coyotes, squirrels, mountain lions, marmots, pykas, bears, rabbits, Big Horn sheep, and foxes.

When are the Hunting seasons? 

  • Archery season - Late August to mid-September

  • Muzzle-loader season - Early to mid-September

  • Rifle season, Elk - Mid-October & Mid-November

  • Rifle season, Deer & Elk - Late October and early November

 

Do you have snakes up here? Yes, they are called Rocky Mountain Rattlers. They put off a smell just like skunks and have rattles. They are rare.

 

Do you have mosquitoes? No, we have no standing water on the campground.

 

Do you have problems with bears or mountain lions? They are in the area but we have not had any problems with them on the campground.

 

Do you require reservations? No, however we do strongly recommend making reservations for full hookup sites and cabins. They tend to fill up very quickly.

 

When do your rates change? Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend are our regular season rates. All other dates are off season rates. Rates also change during holiday weekends.

 

Do you have a dump station? Yes, it costs $15.00 for non-guests and is free for our guests.

 

Are there any fire restrictions? Campfires are permitted. Firewood and starter is for sale in the store. These conditions may change per the National Forest Fire Warning levels. Please encourage guests to use fire safety. Fires are never to be left unattended. Remember, only you can help Smokey prevent forest fires!

 

Do we have an ATM? No, there is one at the truck stop in Johnson’s Village. Turn right onto 285/24. Cross the Arkansas River bridge. The truck stop will be on the left.

 

Where are the grocery store, post office, and Wal-Mart?
Grocery Store: Turn right onto 285/24. Make a right at the “T” onto 24 North which will take you right into town. There is a City Market in Buena Vista located on 24 North across from the car wash.
Post Office: Turn right onto 285/24. Make a right at the “T” onto 24 North which will take you right into town. From 24 North in Buena Vista turn left next to the Evergreen Cafe. The Post Office is behind Vista Tires.
Wal-Mart: Turn right onto 285/24. Make a left at the “T” onto 285 South. Turn left onto 50 East that will take you into town. Wal-Mart will be on the left in Salida.

 

Where can I get diesel/propane/gas? We have certified staff to provide propane. Diesel and gas is available in Johnson’s Village. Take 285/24 West 2 miles.

 

Can I check out late? Based on owner’s discretion.

 

What is your cancellation policy? You must give 48-hour notice on all sites and a 1-week notice on all cabins. A $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged on all cancellations. If you cancel after the notice period, you will forfeit your deposit.

 

Is there security on the campground? Our crime levels on the campground are practically non-existent. If emergencies or security issues arise, please find a KOA staff. They will be able to assist you, or you may call the owners at 719-395-8553. We also have security cameras 24/7.

 

What is the weather like? It rains sporadically until about the first of July. From the first week of July through the first of October we may get daily hour-long showers. We will then have sporadic snow from the first of October through the middle of May.
April: highs 60-70 F, lows 25-35 F
May: highs 60-70 F, lows 30-40 F
June: highs 75-85 F, lows 45-55 F
July: highs 80-90 F, lows 45-55 F
August: highs 80-90 F, lows 40-50 F
September: highs 60-70 F, lows 30-40 F
October: highs 50-60 F, lows 25-35 F

 

 

How do I get to the campground?

 

From Aspen: If your RV is under 35ft, you may take Independence Pass, Hwy 82 East to 24 South. Stay on 24 South through Buena Vista. Make a left turn onto 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross over the bridge and prepare to turn left into the campground. Look for the KOA sign on the left. Beware of traffic in front and behind you, there is no turning lane.
If your RV is over 35ft, you’ll have to go north on 82 to I-70 East. Then take Tennessee Pass, Hwy 24, which is the MinTurn exit. If Tennessee Pass is closed, you’ll have to take Fremont Pass, Hwy 91. These both go through Leadville. You’ll end up on 24 South. Stay on 24 South through Buena Vista. Make a left turn onto 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross the bridge and prepare to turn into the campground on the left. Look for the KOA sign on the left. Beware of traffic in front of and behind you, there is no turning lane.

 

From Colorado Springs: Take 24 West to 285 South through Trout Creek Pass. Look for the KOA sign on the right after Trout Creek Pass. We are located on County Road 303 on your right. If you get to Johnson’s Village you have gone too far.

 

From Denver: Take 285 South through Bailey, Kenosha Pass, Fairplay, and Trout Creek Pass. Look for the KOA sign on the right after Trout Creek Pass. We are located on County Road 303 on the right. If you get to Johnson’s Village you have gone too far.

 

From Glenwood Springs: Take I-70 East. Then take Tennessee Pass, Hwy 24, which is the MinTurn exit. If Tennessee Pass is closed you’ll have to take Fremont Pass, Hwy 91. These both go through Leadville. You’ll end up on 24 South. Stay on 24 South through Buena Vista. Make a left turn onto 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross the bridge and prepare to turn left into the campground. Look for the KOA sign on your left side. Beware of traffic in front of and behind you, there is no turning lane.

 

From Gunnison: Take 50 East over Monarch Pass to 285 North. Stay on 285 North through Nathrop. Turn right onto 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross the bridge and prepare to turn left into the campground. Look for the KOA sign on the left. Beware of traffic in front of and behind you, there is no turning lane.

 

From Pueblo: Take 50 West through Salida to 285 North. Stay on 285 North through Nathrop. Turn right onto 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross the bridge and prepare to turn left into the campground. Look for the KOA sign on the left. Beware of traffic in front of and behind you, there is no turning lane.

 

From Westcliffe: Take 69 North to Cotopaxi. Take 50 West through Salida to 285 North. Stay on 285 North through Nathrop. Turn right on 285/24 through Johnson’s Village. Cross the bridge and prepare to turn left into the campground. Look for the KOA sign on the left. Beware of traffic in front of and behind you, there is no turning lane.

Our Address

27700 County Road 303

Buena Vista, CO 81211

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TEL: 719-395-8318

E-MAIL: buenavista@koa.com

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