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Things To Do - Major Events

There is much to do and see in Fourteener Country. The avid outdoorsman will marvel at the abundance and quality of the areas outdoor recreational opportunities. Those wanting a special, relaxing mountain escape will be in awe of the beauty this area offers. One can take a leisurely drive through the mountains on one of the Scenic Byways; see old mines and sparkling reservoirs, peaceful roads lined with history and beauty to take your breath away. Historic districts and ghost towns dot the landscape by the fistful. There are museums, scenic trains, hot springs, wildlife viewing, shopping and more. Below you’ll find information and listings to help you design the perfect sight-seeing trip to the Central Colorado Mountains.

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Apple Fest in Buena Vista

Apple Fest is a festival celebrating the historic Turner Farm and its century-old apple orchard. The event offers a taste of an old-fashioned fair with activities designed for all ages.  Apple Fe...  Details

ATV'ing in Chaffee County Colorado

ATV Historical Color Tour

ATV Historical Color Tour is held in areas around Buena Vista each September.  Participants of this fall 4 x 4 all terrain vehicle rally and mountain festival will visit the area's old mining...  Details

The Autumn Color Run in Buena Vista, CO

Autumn Color Run in Buena Vista

The Autumn Color Run is held in Buena Vista each year on the 3rd Saturday in September. The ACR features one of the most beautiful and popular Half Marathon routes in Colorado. The Half Marathon begin...  Details

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Buena Vista Bike Fest

Buena Vista Bike Fest is held in May and offers fun for all. The century route is the cornerstone of the Buena Vista Bike Fest.   Shorter rides of 35, 50 & 62 mile routes are also a...  Details

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Burro Days in Fairplay

Burro Days in Fairplay is held during the last weekend in July.    Part of the Triple Crown Burro Racing, Fairplay provides the launch location of the first leg. Thousands participate in t...  Details

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Collegiate Peaks Rodeo

The annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo happens at the Chaffee County Rodeo Grounds in Buena Vista . (West at the traffic light in town at Highway 24 and Main Street; Turn left on County Road 321.)...  Details

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Contin-Tail Gem & Mineral Show

Contin-Tail Gem & Mineral Show This annual event brings merchants and collectors from far and near. Buy, sell, swap and showing are all highlighted at this large event.  Held annually, t...  Details

Kayaking in Chaffee County Colorado

FIBArk in Salida

Every June since 1949, Salida celebrates First in Boating the Arkansas, the nation's oldest festival dedicated to whitewater racing. Besides the main distance race, FIBArk has water events such as...  Details

Burro Race at Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista, CO

Gold Rush Days Festivities in Buena Vista

Celebrating Buena Vista's Old West and mining heritage, Gold Rush Days has been a town signature event since 1950. Live music, blacksmith demonstrations, the rubber ducky race, kids train, and a v...  Details

Leadville Boom Days

A  town may be small, but its fun doesn't have to be, as Leadville's Boom Days amply demonstrate. During the first full weekend of August, history comes alive in celebration of Leadville&...  Details

The Arkansas River in Buena Vista

PaddleFest in Buena Vista

When the snow starts to melt and the river rises look for PaddleFest to mark the official kickoff to summer in the Arkansas Valley. Thousands of river enthusiasts from around the region and the world ...  Details

Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival

Held in March in Leadville Ski Joring is a fan favorite. Ski joring, the activity of a horse and rider pulling a skier from behind on snow-covered roads over snow jumps, is a wild winter sport an...  Details

The King Boletus Mushroom Festival

The King Boletus Mushroom Festival is a two-day seminar on hunting wild mushrooms.  The event takes place in mid-August in Buena Vista.  The workshop begins with a half-day lecture on locati...  Details

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