Retire in Buena Vista, CO

Livability Score
59
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. The Midland Stop

This coffee shop was a complete surprise and treat while making our way from Denver to the western slope to see the fall colors! It's nestled away behind...

2. Simple Eatery & Spoon It Up

I popped in here on the Fourth of July holiday weekend. I was eating by myself. I am a lover of organic food and am a vegetarian. So a place called simple...

3. House Rock Kitchen

Our family ate here during a rafting trip to Buena Vista and really enjoyed it. The service is exceptionally quick - you'll order inside the door, pay, and...

4. The Asian Palate

In a landlocked mountain town in Colorado, it isn't surprising that decent Asian fare is hard to find, so when Asian Palate opened on Main Street years ago,...

5. Biggies

Delicious Subs. We really like the upgrade in ambiance with the new owner. We ordered the Biggie 12 inch combo and split it. It was plenty of food for...

Golf
1. Rocky Mountain Mini-Golf

Had a great time playing mini golf with the family. Alan was friendly and got us playing right away. If your in Salida and trying to find something fun to...

2. Collegiate Peaks Golf Course

Nice course with tremendous views of the Rockies. I was fortunate to grow up in Buena Vista and frequented a round here as often as possible. The greens...

3. Salida Golf Club

Not too bad for a 9-hole course. Well maintained, minimally challenging (except the 8th that has a small reservoir and a tree smack in the middle of the...

Active
1. Elk Mountain Expeditions

Had an amazing time with these guys. Casey was our instructor and he whipped us first timers into shape real fast for Slaughterhouse! Thanks for the fun and...

2. American Adventure Expeditions

Fun Fun Fun This was our first rafting trip and Beau was awesome guide. Thanks TanSanta & Beau for an memorable experience. Can't wait to bring our boys...

3. Kodi Rafting

We had a flawless experience with Kodi Rafting last week (mid-August 2016). We did the Class 4 trip down the Arkansas river, leaving from the Buena Vista...

4. River Runners at Brown Canyon

First time rafting ever - this was a phenomenal experience! Paul was my boat's guide - & I definitely recommend him. Location: look for the big Orange...

5. Performance Tours

We saw a Yelp deal for $60 credit for $45 and gave Performance Tours a try. We did the Blue River 2 hour raft trip and loved the experience. CONS: Frisco...

Arts
1. The Lariat

After cruising around on Yelp to find a dog-friendly place to grab a drink and a bite, we ended up coming here. A saloon-feeling bar with an old, wooden...

2. Wanderlust Road

A consignment store with wine tasting - a genius business idea! We stopped by after having drinks at Woods next door for a spot of retail therapy. However,...

3. Storyville Cinema & Nightspot

Just watched the Breaking Dawn Twilight movie at this theater with Jodi. Small retro theatre in a small town. Clean and simple, classic. Great sound system....

4. Art and Salvage Gallery

Art and Salvage is one of my favorite galleries I've ever been to. The style of art is hard to describe - somewhere between unique, cute, and nostalgic....

5. Mountain Spirit Winery

Very nice small winery. Great information with the wine tasting. We bought 4 bottles after tasting. The owner made us feel welcome and walking around inside...

Shopping
1. Acquired Tastes Rafting & Saddle Shop

I booked a trip but had to cancel due to a medical issue. The owner seemed more disappointed that I was missing out rather than loosing the business. I...

2. The Trailhead

Stopped in here post a backpacking trip cut short by injury. Needed a new pack after finding out that my budget REI pack didn't cut it. Luckily happened on...

3. CKS Retail Store

Flew out to Colorado Springs to see a friend and told him I have to go to Colorado Kayak! It was a two hour drive but worth every minute. The employees were...

4. Boneshaker Cycles

Following a sales meeting in CO, I met up with friends in the Buena Vista area to burn up some trails. We found Boneshaker in the middle of town - a clean,...

5. Serendipity Yarn & Gifts

If I lived closer to this place, I'd be in real trouble -- their yarn selection is fantastic. The store itself is cute as heck, the staff was friendly, and...

Health
1. Elements Massage

Regardless of the therapist, I always get a fabulous massage. I do heavy exercise and suffer from migraines. They are always able to pinpoint the areas in...

2. King Chiropractic Health Center

Excellent chiropractic care! Run by two brothers, Brian and Kevin give a lot of care to their patients.

3. Buena Vista Dental

Dr. Mueller saw me on a holiday weekend on an emergency visit. He met me within an hour of calling. He quickly fixed me up and wrote me out a script for...

4. Mountain Medical Center of Buena Vista PC

I called for an appointment and they were incredibly rude. It was an urgent appointment and they said they wouldn't see me unless I switched to their office...

5. Amenta Massage & Bodywork

Cathy is amazing! I have been getting body work from her for over 15 years! She really understands the function and mechanics of the body and gets to the...

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