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Chaffee County
Chaffee County, located in the center of Colorado, is the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, SUPing, mountains, rivers, fishing, hot springs, skiing, shopping, nightlife, history, aerial parks and fun, pleasant, welcoming people make this the best mix of Colorado. The adorable small towns of Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista invite you to stay, shop, play, dine and meet the friendly locals.

Colorado’s Best Beaches are located along the shore of the Arkansas River in Historic downtown Salida and Buena Vista’s Main Street and South Main. Salida is also home to one of Colorado’s first designated “Creative District.” Beaches, artists, unique galleries, vibrant shops, and delicious restaurants make these towns a place for couples or the entire family. Young and young at heart will find places to play, people to enjoy and a plethora of things to do in and around these fun, friendly towns. In or near each town you will find rivers, lakes, mountains and geothermal hot springs.


People drawn to the area enjoy the welcome contrast to the states’ more glamorous destinations. Unpretentious and unassuming make this the place to relax and reconnect with family, friends and new friends.

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