The Arkansas River is a number of the baddest whitewater kayaking in the united states also has some of the very family-friendly whitewater rafting everywhere. "The Ark" starts near Leadville, Colorado and flows south through Upper Arkansas River Valley. The location near Buena Vista is an outdoors aficionado's utopia with numerous fourteener peaks within the Collegiate Peaks, road cycling, mountain cycling, trail working, climbing, bouldering, walking, and a lot more. In winter season, Alpine, Nordic, and backcountry skiing & snowboarding and snowshoeing are available. The ground of this Valley from Buena Vista to Salida has actually a fairly moderate weather year-round and for this explanation is sometimes called the Banana Belt. You'll go skiing or snowshoeing regarding the west side of the Valley or rock-climb, hill cycle, hike, etc. regarding the eastern side-on numerous cold weather times Buena Vista has actually one of several earth's great outside shops, The Trailhead. They are really willing to give you a hand with what you may require, including information on places to go.