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Arkansas River Frontage PRIVATE/ROMANTIC Waterfront

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Buena Vista House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

View the colors changing up and down the mountains from the decks and hot tub on the river. Fall colors are creeping in under the bluest skies you'll ever see and with perfect weather of warm days and cool nights. The sun is bright and the breeze is a little cool, so you feel perfect all the time. It's a great time to enjoy all the outdoor activities available in the Arkansas Valley without the crowds. Hiking and biking on the extensive trails doesn't get much better than this! The River House is a 1.25-acre property and therefore offers a very private river-front experience for only you and the wildlife that visit frequently. Yet, you still have the convenience of being close to the town of Buena Vista which is only 1.5 miles away on a quiet country road.

Sitting in the very private sunken hot tub on the deck above the river is wonderful from early morning sunrise to late at night under the stars. You will not want to leave the peace and quiet of the river. Call the property manager, Linda at the number provided for a CORRECT and CURRENT rate quote and availability. You might also want to start thinking about booking for this winter when you can enjoy all the many winter activities in the mountains without having the big crowds. We have also started booking next summer 2017!

The Arkansas River is still alive with activities and the towns of Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida are fun and full of music, shopping, fairs and fiestas. Mountain trails are open for hiking and biking and extensive off-road trails are within easy distance from the property in any direction. The house is right on the river where you can experience white-water rafting and kayaking with many local raft companies that have packages available for all skill levels. Get out on the river for a unique experience!

This is the perfect place to stay for a fun vacation or romantic get-away any time of year! The house is comfortable and intimate with all the comforts of home. It is close to all of the stunning mountain beauty and adventure of the outdoors. Maybe you've always thought about climbing a fourteener or perhaps you've done them all. This is the perfect place to start your day. But here's a warning: you may just want to sit on the deck and gaze at the peaks in the distance while you enjoy the peace and beauty of the river house while you soak in the hot tub. But take the time to walk down the gentle private path to the river and sit on the rocks or fish for rainbow and brown trout.

Get away to the Rocky Mountains and avoid the traffic and noise of the city during days that are perfect for various types of outdoor fun or checking out shops and galleries. If your stay is during a full moon, you can hike or bike with enough light to provide a magical experience. In winter, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe under the moon! Fly fishing on the Gold Medal Arkansas River is excellent and hatches are usually emerging. Try to catch the big trout that hang out in front of the house; but please release them so they can grow bigger for you to catch next year!

The house will fulfill all your needs and expectations. If you decide to stay home and cook, the kitchen is fully furnished with everything you need to make all meals and there is a gas grill on the deck. Watch the river flow by as you sit inside at the dining room table with views of the river and mountains right in front of you. When it's warm enough, you will want to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the incredible views from the decks. Many unique birds fly along the river and you can frequently see hawks, osprey, wild canaries and kingfishers. Migrations along the river bring species seldom seen in other parts of the valley. Take a nice 1.5 mile walk or bike-ride into town on the country road that goes by the house and then return to relax in the hot tub before going to sleep to the sounds of the river.

Views of the Collegiate Peaks are pristine and spectacular; wildlife is easy to spot as the deer, coyotes, fox, elk and hawks search for food in the lingering twilight or venture down to the river to drink. Bears and mountain lions lurk in the hills and occasionally are seen near the house. You must be especially careful to close all house and car windows and doors and never leave food or trash where animals large and small can smell and find it. Bears are filling up now for the winter hibernation and love trash and garbage. They will seek out and eat anything in their path along the river! So you must be especially careful to close all windows and doors.

Along with a variety of great restaurants, brew pubs, whisky distillery, bakeries, coffee shops and ice cream shops, there are also two local world-class hot springs resorts/spas that are incredible at any time of year and are especially nice now without the summer crowds. You can access the natural hot springs that flow in the river at the Mt. Princeton Resort, swim in the warm pools, get a massage or hang out on the decks. Cottonwood Hot Springs are smaller and more private with several pools from which to choose. But why go there when you can have your own hot tub right outside the door on your private deck!

Arkansas River Casitas are located 1.5 miles north of downtown BV and 25 miles from Salida to the south and Leadville to the north. The climate is usually a little drier and warmer here by the river then it is as you climb higher to the 14,000 foot peaks of the Collegiate and Buffalo Peak Mountains which you can view from the house. Nights are always cool and comfortable and when it gets cold enough, there's a lovely wood stove in which to have a fire to watch as the river changes to magic under a light snow.

Bring your own "toys" or rent a variety of equipment in town such as mountain bikes, horses, kayaks, horses or paddle boards. Tours, trips and lessons are all available from various outfitters in Buena Vista, Leadville and Salida for any activity you want to try. There is an extensive system of trails in the area or you can walk or bike to The Roastery, the best coffee shop in the county which is right down the road. Hike or bike to the river park and the Barbara Whipple Trail, peruse shops, enjoy bars and restaurants by taking the county road 1.5 miles into town. In town, the Barbara Whipple Trail leads into a vast system of endless trails and is usually accessible all year.

Whether you want to be energetic and participate in activities or just relax, the choice is yours as every opportunity exists close to this property. Rentals and guides are available for you to participate in all types of outdoor activities including full-moon hikes/ski trips which are possible to do because it is so bright and clear in the clean high-altitude air. But the best "activity" is waiting for you at home in the Casitas where you can hang out in the hot tub in the sun or star-watch at night all by yourself in the cool clear air. Look for the Milky Way; it's easily visible on clear nights!

Come to the mountains for serenity and quiet; the river is incredibly beautiful and a little wild right now and wildlife viewing (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wild turkeys, occasionally the reclusive mountain lion) is always a delight. We're located in a snow/rain shadow of the 14,000-foot high Collegiate Peak mountains which surround the Arkansas Valley.

Stunning open vistas of the mountains and sky make the landscape breathtakingly beautiful and the house is situated in a rural setting off the road and private. There are plenty of opportunities for urban exploring in Buena Vista and strolling Main Street or the new urban neighborhood of South Main, eating, drinking coffee or wine and leisurely checking out shops and galleries as welcome diversions. Sometimes, it's fun to take short day trips to other towns. Independence Pass is open in June to the end of October and you can drive to Aspen for the day. Quaint Frisco and Ski Breckenridge are close enough for day trips and the big outlet malls in Silverthorn are big temptations. In the winter, Ski Cooper is 30 minutes away and is perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers. Monarch Ski Area is about 40 minutes away and has trails and slopes for all levels of skiers.

After taking advantage of daytime activities, come back to the comfort and beauty of the river house. You will not believe how gorgeous the stars are in the clear night sky! The Milky Way is right overhead and the Big Dipper is easy to find. Watching the stars while listening to the river is a soothing and gentle way to prepare for a good night's sleep.

No matter the season, Arkansas River Casitas is a very unique, peaceful and romantic property; the house is a gem on the river! The hot tub is ready and waiting for you to sit on the private multi-level deck and watch the river go by (clothing is optional). The sound of the river is magical all the time and if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, the melodic river sounds will lull you back to sleep. This modern two-bedroom home is romantic, intimate and beautifully furnished with elegant yet simple decor. Cozy and clean, it has everything you need for the perfect vacation!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Linda Efird and Mary Giammari
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About Linda Efird and Mary Giammari

Originally from Baltimore, MD, I fell in love with Colorado on a ski trip here in 1968 and vowed to return to the place where the sky is incredibly blue, the sun shines with warmth at least 300 days a year and the air is clean and fresh. I finally fulfilled my dream and moved to Colorado in 1972 and though I wandered away for awhile, I returned and moved to Buena Vista in 1998. Personal circumstances compelled me to move away from my home on the Arkansas River and its incredible peace and beauty and I don't live here permanently anymore; yet I derive great pleasure in sharing this lovely home with others who are looking for a peaceful and lovely home on the river. I hope you can visit soon!

Linda Efird and Mary Giammari purchased this house in 1998

Why Linda Efird and Mary Giammari chose South Central Colorado

The river, peace, privacy and quiet with incredible mountain views make this house a sanctuary. Accessibility to everything you need, clean air, good people and peace are here.

What makes this house unique

Mostly I love to sit on the deck in the hot tub, sleep with the windows open at night and listen to the river. While watching the river flow past, it's easy to lose yourself in its sights and sounds while looking watching various birds and other types of wildlife who call this home. The house sits back off of a county road on 1.25 acres and is only a mile and a half from town where coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, brew pubs, churches and museums are located. The surrounding areas have something for everyone and you can walk or ride your bike into town to have lunch or dinner, peruse shops and galleries, explore the Arkansas River Park and ride back trails to ghost towns, go rafting, fish, hike/climb, go horseback riding and then visit local hot springs. It's endless what you can do here but mostly I, and people who visit, just want to relax.

Several ski towns are within a day's drive: Breckenridge-60 mi., Copper Mt.-56 mi., Aspen-(in summer) 44 mi. and a little farther away Vail & Winter Park-121 mi.. Salida, CO is frequently compared to some of the best art towns in the U. S., including Santa Fe, N.M., and it's only 25 miles away. It also has a movie theater and major shopping stores.

With all of these activities, you can easily be tempted to roam, explore and enjoy the outstanding areas surrounding this vacation home. However, in the end you may want to just stay home, relax and enjoy this small jewel on the river.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Arkansas River Frontage PRIVATE/ROMANTIC Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Clinton, Missouri

Relaxation on the River

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here late September as part of a fall leaf trip. This was in the middle of a 10 day trip and was a much needed rest and relaxation stop. The house is well designed and was very comfortable for two. The views and path to the river great and the hot tub on the deck so relaxing.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Location!

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend here with a friend. Could not have asked for a better house to stay in. The proximity of the river and the back deck really make this place special. Close to town but yet just far enough away to disconnect. Endless activities whether it winter or summer are easily accessible. Definitely a place I hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 2 teenagers) spent 5 days/nights at the Arkansas River Casita and we absolutely loved it. The space was perfect for the 4 of us, the big deck with hot tub overlooking the river was incredible and so awesome to star gaze in at night, and the location was fantastic. When you drive up to the house, you can't tell from the outside how perfect and comfortable it is on the inside. It was one of the best family vacations we've ever had and we would for sure stay at the Casita again if we decide to do another Buena Vista/Salida vacation. Each night, after river rafting, fishing, horseback riding, etc. we would return to the Casita for dinner and hanging out on the deck and hot tub. Again, the perfect getaway and the perfect family vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, Co

The River House is amazing

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I love this place! the deck and hot tub are private, and really wonderful. You can see the river from the hot tub. everything is clean and light inside, and only minutes from town.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The scenery and animal life was amazing in the area. The sound of the river lulls you to sleep and the home has all the amenities. Enjoy a soak in the tub on the private deck while taking in the breathtaking views of the river and the mountains on the other side. The house is cozy and warm, with everything you need but your food. In town you can enjoy delicious local cuisine, a great waterfront park with hiking trails, dog park, playground, skate park, and more. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO

Wonderful in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I'm writing this review because we were just there last month and I'm already trying to see when we can return. This cottage is private, funky, comfortable and extremely relaxing. The sound of the river literally washes away all of your stress. The massive rock formations that border the river in the back of the home are really stunning! Next time we will be bring our bikes and ride into the downtown area on a nice close. The mountain views from the porch on the front of the house will take your breath away every time. The deck and hot tub make this place even more perfect. I'm thankful we are in driving distance to this little gem in BV! Thank you for sharing your property:).

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Colorado Springs 90 miles; Denver 110 miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
brew pubs, misc bars in town
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Buena Vista; Salida; Leadville
Nearest Train
110 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 24 South
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Several in the town of Buena Vista; more in Salida
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Monarch 45 min;Copper 1 hr;Vail 1.5 hrs;Cooper 30
Nearest Beach
982 Miles
Los Angeles
Car: recommended

Outdoor attractions like horseback riding, fly fishing, lake fishing and two incredible hot springs resorts are minutes away. Choices are endless and close by for year-round hiking for beginners to experienced mountaineers, mountain and road biking, rafting, kayaking, bird-watching, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and several major ski areas close by (Copper Mt.-1 hour, Ski Cooper and Monarch Mt.-35 min.; Vail 1.5 hours away so you can ski all day and come home to peace and quiet. Art and antiques invite you to stroll the many shops and restaurants close by in Buena Vista and Salida.


Rates & Availability

Buena Vista House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2016-17
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Jan 10 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.5%

Minimum age is 24 years old without parent or guardian.
Cancellation Policy-Cancellation up to 30 days prior to check-in with a $50 service charge. If you change or cancel your booking any time after 30 days, you will be charged for the total reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Buena Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Very comfortable beds with upscale linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a queen sofa bed in the living room next to the sliding door which goes out to the deck.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The house has a newly landscaped yard with natural grasses and flowers. There is a gardener who waters the yard & services the hot tub. There is a small casita that used to be an office but is no longer in use.

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