It’s not hard to find a great place to hike near Buena Vista, Colorado. Many hiking trails meander and weave through the area in and surrounding BV. Class I and II fourteeners are within an hour’s drive from the city limits. Right in town, at the end of Main Street is the Barbara Whipple Trail, and Hop Gulch. If you have kids there are great places to splash in the Arkansas River, and easy walking paths and stairs to get you there. The town also sits at the base of Cottonwood Pass. Ptarmigan Lake, Lost Lake, and so many other treasures await. Go for the view or the wildflowers. Take pictures at the top of the divide and follow the pass into Gunnison County.
If you follow 285 South toward Salida you can cut off toward Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, past Nathrop on County Road 162, and find many beautiful trails past the resort. The Colorado Trail and Agnes Vaille Falls are there to greet you. If you’d rather you can travel North on Highway 285 and cut off toward Twin Lakes. An awesome walking path that curves around the lakes will take you to an old lakeside town full of history.