BOOK NOW FOR SUMMER AND FALL! Dates are filling up fast so make a reservation now. Enjoy the stars from the hot tub as you soak away your cares in the warm water. Get cozy on the deck and look at the incredible views from the River House. The high mountains are still covered with snow and the river will be flowing fast as soon as spring thaw occurs. This will be an epic rafting and kayaking summer because of all the snow we've had! In spring, the sky is incredibly blue, the bears and other critters are waking up, all kinds of birds are making the spring migration along the river and trails are starting to dry out to welcome hiking, biking and horseback riding. Come to the river and mountains for serenity and quiet or active playing. Bring your toys or rent them here. Mountain bikes, kayaks, paddle boards are all available to rent in town. Wildlife viewing (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wild turkeys, birds and the reclusive mountain lion) is sure to be an exciting delight. Spring and summer activities are starting and restaurants and shops are getting ready for the best season of all in Buena Vista! After a fun day exploring or enjoying the outdoors, come home and sit on the deck in the hot tub as you watch the river flow by. The Arkansas River Casitas is the perfect place to stay for a fun vacation or romantic get-away any time of year. There is a modern two-bedroom home that sleeps up to 6 and a separate Casita with a queen bed that sleeps 2 and has its own private detached bathroom. The accommodations are romantic, intimate and beautifully furnished with elegant yet simple decor; you will find everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Situated on 1.25 acres of natural vegetation set back off a county road, the Casitas are cozy, clean and located away from the hustle and bustle of life but only five minutes to the town of Buena Vista. Only the sounds of nature and the river can be heard as you relax outside on the deck or inside the house. Take a short walk down the private path to the river and throw rocks into it as it flows past. View the Collegiate and Buffalo Peaks from both decks and sit in the hot tub overlooking the river. From spring to fall you can walk down the gentle path to the water and have a picnic on the river bank or fish for the trout that lurk underwater. In summer you can watch rafters and kayakers speed past the house challenging the rapids in front of it. Autumn brings a special beauty to the river with perfect days to hike or bike and then get cozy in the hot tub on the back deck as the sun sets and the moon rises. Winter is truly special as ice starts to form on the river and mountain tops are covered in snow. Sometimes you may be fortunate enough to sit in the hot tub during a light snow and feel the snowflakes gently land on your warm skin-magical!
The detached casita which sleeps 2 people with its own private bathroom and porch is available to be rented only in conjunction with the main house for an additional $75 + $15 cleaning fee. This casita has lovely views and its own parking area and is really nice if your group includes extra people who like privacy with their comfort. There is a queen bed, seating area with table and a private outdoor patio.
Wildlife is easy to spot on the property as they search for food or venture down to the river to drink from it in the lingering twilight. Osprey, wild canaries and kingfishers fly past the house as migrations along the river bring species seldom seen in other parts of the valley. 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 scary but mice and chipmunks are far worse if they get into the house! Smaller animals will sneak in the smallest opening, door or window and can chew, poop on and scratch anything.
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 prepare meals from simple to gourmet and there is a gas grill on the deck. Sit outside on the deck or inside at the dining room table with views of the river and mountains right in front of you; better yet, do some start-gazing at night and see the Milky Way and amazing array of magic in the sky that you can't see from brightly-lit cities. Take a nice 1.5 mile walk or bike-ride into town on the county road that goes by the house and into town. The quaint town of Buena Vista with its variety of great restaurants, brew pubs, bars and a whisky distillery, bakeries, ice cream and coffee shops (The Roastery is the best coffee shop in the county). BV has a natural river park and the Barbara Whipple Trail for hikes and biking and also many unique shops, cafes, services only minutes away.
There are two world-class hot springs resorts/spas close by and varied activities in surrounding towns. Bring your own "toys" or rent equipment such as mountain bikes, horses, kayaks, rafts or paddle boards in town. Tours, trips and lessons are available from various outfitters in Buena Vista, Leadville and Salida for any activity you want to try.
This is the perfect place to stay no matter what you decide to do. But here's a warning: You may just want to stay here sitting on the deck and gazing at the gorgeous peaks in the distance while you enjoy the peace and beauty of the river house and soak in the hot tub and not go much farther! No matter the season, Arkansas River Casitas is a very unique, peaceful and romantic property; the house is a gem on the river. 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. The hot tub is ready and waiting for you so come visit soon!