Salida Colorado Real Estate North of town: Buena Vista and Nathrop

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Salida Colorado Real Estate North of Town: Buena Vista and Nathrop

Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista's population is 2134.. a small town with a big heart. Buena Vista has been called a hardworking quiet community. With an elevation of 7965, it is higher than Salida and lower than Leadville, further to the north. Geographically, it is 1/2 way between Salida and Leadville.

To the west of Buena Vista, the Collegiate Peaks rise up, many Buena Vista Colorado - Collegiate Peaks to the Westof which are considered fourteeners... over 14,000 feet. Lakes, creeks, water falls and miles and miles of trails await you, whether you are a hiker, bicyclist or horse rider.  

If you like to soak, Buena Vista has 2 hot springs nearby, Cottonwood and Mt. Princeton. Cottonwood has several pools and Mt. Princeton has a lap pool, a soaking pool and Chalk Creek.. soak in the creek, adjusting the rocks to the temperature is perfect.

The Ute tribe inhabited the area for hundreds of years, until other settlers were drawn to the area. The earliest settlers migrating from other parts of the nation were attracted to the Arkansas Valley soon after gold was discovered in the 1860s. Similar to other areas around Salida, they were mainly interested in mining, but some were attracted by the availability of water and good soil which made farming and cattle raising a possibility in the valley. More came with the stage coach era and then the rail road.

Employment: Most folks in the Buena Vista area earn a living either ranching, working for the Buena Vista Correctional Facility, are self employed, or work for the service industry (restaurants, etc.).


Folks who want to ski the big resorts nearer Denver like Breckenridge, stay in BV because it is laid back and much less expensive. 
Buena Vista Colorado - Homes for SaleHomes in Buena Vista Colorado.


The prices of homes in town are generally lower than Salida Colorado. However, out of town, homes with acreage and vacant land are pretty similar to Salida.

We have divided Buena Vista into the various neighborhoods for you to peruse if you want a feel for price, style and amenities.


Buena Vista (town)

Arkansas Wilderness

Casa Del Rio

Cielo Vista

Game Trail


Sunset Vista

Three Elk Creek Estate


Woodland Brook Cabins


Nathrop Colorado Home for SaleNathrop Colorado

Nathrop Colorado, south of Buena Vista about 8 miles, could be considered  a bedroom community for either Salida or Buena Vista Colorado. For the folks who live there, however, it is a destination...home.

The population is 1397 and is known for larger parcels with lovely homes. If homes with acreage outside of a town center appeals to you, be sure to look at Nathrop Colorado Real Estate.  


Here is a link to an interactive map of the area.

For an overview of Salida Colorado Neighborhoods and surrounding areas, use the links below. Enjoy!


View Salida Location in a larger map

Salida Colorado: Overview and Six Unique Places to Live

Salida Colorado Real Estate: Historic Downtown 

Salida Colorado Real Estate: Great Salida Neighborhoods 

Salida Colorado Real Estate: Chaffee County Rural Properties

Areas Near Salida Colorado: Howard, A Great Place to Live and 12 minutes from Salida 

Areas Near Salida Colorado: Cotopaxi and Texas Creek

Areas to the North of Salida Colorado: Buena Vista and Nathrop

Salida Colorado Real Esate: North of town, Buena Vista and Nathrop 

Salida Colorado Real Esate North of town: Buena Vista and Nathrop 

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Specializing in homes and land in the Colorado river towns of Salida, Howard, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Nathrop, Poncha Springs  and Buena Vista, I am here to work for you as you buy or sell your home or land. 


It is not just about buying in this area. it is a statement about lifestyle. Our residents generally are active people, whether it involves horses (my passion), white water rafting, cross county or downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or Contra dancing. Some prefer quiet sunrises, strolls through town and time in one of our fabulous coffee shops or restaurants. Whatever the style, folks appreciate this area for its charm and beauty.


Want to get more information on available homes or condos in the Central Colorado River Valleys? Go to SouthernColoradoHomesonline to search the area listings by town, zip code or county.


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Our Colorado Mountain river communities: A Snapshot


Salida ColoradoSalida:  As quoted in the 2004 edition of Outside Magazine, Salida is “Sweetly unpretentious” as they ranked it as one of their “Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts.” You might agree. Our community of 6,500 (9700 counting the surrounding homes) is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands, a haven for bicyclists, campers, folks who love to fish, hikers, skiers, nature photographers and hunters. It is a lovely natural setting with several converging mountain ranges  (We have15 peaks surrounding us that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation).

 We are known for being the Banana Belt of Colorado and this area is known as one of the Colorado River Towns. The Arkansas River winds its way through the Arkansas Valley, through downtown Salida and more; creating an invitation to rafters, kayakers, fishers, and “beach lovers” alike.

 Salida’s charming downtown area had the largest historical downtown district in Colorado. We have blocks and blocks of Victorian and other historic buildings. Because so many folks also come here to play, we have many of the advantages of a smaller resort town: great restaurants, 22 art galleries, fabulous boutiques, outdoor sportswear stores, and an array of shops for music, kitchen, sports, natural foods, children, books, knitters, and quilters.



 Real Estate in Salida CO


Poncha Springs COPoncha Springs: Poncha Springs is a small Salida “bedroom community” (population of 474 but a few thousand when you consider the outlying neighborhoods and ranches). Because it was surrounded  by hot springs (99 nearby) and had a strong early  influence of Spanish culture, the community became known as  Poncho (meaning cape and warmth) Springs. In 1924, the town officially became Poncha Springs.


Real Estate in Poncha Springs


 Howard ColoradoHoward: Howard, part of what is known as Pleasant Valley, is nestled along the Arkansas River as it snakes its way from Salida to Canon City. Some of the early settlers in the area were prospectors (some still pan for gold in the tributaries of the Arkansas).  Besides gold and silver, rhyolite, travertine, and limestone were sought after. Just a bit north of Howard is a tiny community of Wellsville where the locals used to soak on their time off in the natural hot pools. The area became more populated when the Rio Grande Railroad came through. Today, Howard is a charming, quiet ranch community and “bedroom Community” for folks who work in Salida. Many avid fly fishing folks have 2nd homes here. I love this valley.


Real Estate in Howard CO  


Coaldale Colorado


Coaldale: Coaldale, a tiny community just SE of Howard opens up into a lovely, meadow-like area with many horse properties, ranches, and folks who like the open meadows and surrounding mountains. It got its name from being called Charcoal Valley. In the early days, the Pinon Pines were burnt in beehive kilns to turn them into coals used for the silver smelters in Leadville Co and Pueblo CO. Some of the early kilns can still be seen. Every valley in Coaldale has a creek in it and with just a few minutes drive to the west, you can be on national forest trails. Absolutely lovely community.


 Real Estate in Coaldale CO


This image can be found at Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorian Volcano, grew from being a “whistle stop” for the Rio Grande railroad. Now it is known for world class white water rafting and fly fishing. Folks who live around here can commute for work to either Canon City, further east or back to is almost midway between the two. Cotopaxi is a great location for vacation/second home or your primary residence if you don’t mind the commute or can work from home.




Real Estate in Cotopaxi CO


This image can be found at  Nathrop, a quiet community north of Salida has always been known as the access point to Mount Princeton Hot Springs. To this day, folks come to soak in the restorative waters. It is my personal favorite in hot springs because the 104-degree water not only comes into the soaking and lap pools but comes out in Chalk Creek, running alongside the pools. I can spend all day there with a book, adjusting the rocks so that the water is neither hot nor cold. Lovely. Many folks choose to live in the area because of access to the hot springs and national forest.





Real Estate in Nathrop CO


This image can be found at Vista: Buena Vista was named after it’s stunning 360-degree views. Folks originally settled here because of the gold mining. Later, families began farming and ranching as they discovered the good soil in the area. The stagecoach and subsequent railroad brought more families to the area. With a population of about 2500 people, the town remains quiet and gracious. It is known as the best kept secret place to stay for folks skiing at the premier resorts near Denver and Aspen…because the town is so friendly and hotel rates are inexpensive. It is a few miles from Cottonwood Creek Hot Springs and Mt. Princeton.


Real Estate in Buena Vista Colorado


Crestone...beginning of the sunsetCrestone: Unique, magical and beautiful are words that tumble out of my mouth when I think of Crestone. The tiny town proper is 150 and the surrounding area is no more than 1500 when everyone is home. The magic of Crestone however, is its history. Early on, a rancher was instructed to bequeath parcels of his ranch to spiritual groups around the world which he did. It is now known for having the most diverse spiritual community in the world. Spiritual seekers in North America eventually hear about Crestone. And, it generally takes knowing a local or more than one visit for the fullness of the area to emerge…the 5 creeks heading up into the Sangre de Cristos, the temples hidden in the trees, the lovely residents and the “happening”. The local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, has calendars of event for local happenings that rival a town 10 times its size. If you want a sanctuary, Crestone offers just that.


Real Estate around Crestone CO



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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I will be giving both of these areas a serious look when we visit this fall. I've never really explored Buena Vista or Nathrop. I'm always on my way to somewhere else when I'm in the area. Doesn't Buena Vista have hot springs?

Jul 07, 2012 02:14 AM #1
Paula Bradfield
Keller Williams Performance Realty - Salida, CO
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Debbie, Yep... 2 of them.. Cottonwood and Mt Princeton. Actually, I will add that to the post.

Jul 07, 2012 03:12 AM #2
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