Gold Rush Days August 13-14

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days is August 13 & 14 and we’re expecting record crowds.  We sold out our vendor spaces and have a waiting list.  We’re proud to say this event has a reputation of being in one of the best venues in the area.  We’re encouraging all businesses in town to embrace the spirit of Gold Rush Days and participate in the fun!   We will have a costume rental company on North Railroad Street from August 7 to August 12 if you need to supplement your wardrobe for the weekend with old west attire. Let’s make Gold Rush Days a town wide event, not just something in the park.  Thanks to all of our sponsors for making Gold Rush Days a reality:  Nestle Waters, Climax, High Country Bank, Pinon Real Estate, Chaffee County Waste, Heart of the Rockies Radio, Los Girasoles, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, Chaffee County Habitat, True Value, and CKS.  

Duck Race Tickets

Duck Race Tickets on Sale Online!

In addition to having Duck Race tickets at all the banks, BV Drug, and the Chamber, you can now buy a ticket online. Visit our Chamber web site at, click on our “store” to make your purchase! We will not mail them to you, but will notify you of your numbers, and if YOU WIN!  First prize is $500, last duck in wins you $250.  Thank you to our Duck Race sponsors:  Collegiate Peaks Bank, Colorado East Bank, and Rainbow Lake Resort.

August 2016 Business After Hours

Open to the Public! $7.00 per person. 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Bring your business card and be entered into a drawing for a Mt. Princeton Spa Pass!

Tourism Is Up

Summer is in full swing here in Buena Vista and we are just getting started.  I left a meeting at 8:15pm at the Courthouse Monday, July 25th and the streets were full of people. There was not a parking spot to be had. We’re receiving nothing but positive feedback in our visitor’s center about all the new and exciting things around town, as well as the landmarks we all know and cherish. The Colorado Tourism Office sent notice that Colorado is breaking the all-time visitor records. The town treasurer said that Buena Vista tax revenue is up 11.09% for the month of May, and up 9.47% from Jan-May 2016. We have been featured in several out of area publications, some as far away as Canada! The website has been performing well! We had 46,977 visitors for the month of July, which is an average of 1515 a day!

Board Members Needed

The Chamber is in need of 5 board members this September.  Each seat is a three year term; meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm.   If you would like to present and apply all the ideas you have, now is the time to take action; don’t let this opportunity go to waste.  We need people with great ideas who are willing to participate in Chamber events and meetings. Don’t just think about it, become a Buena Vista Chamber & Visitor Center board member!  You must contact Kathi Perry, Executive Director by September 1, 2016.  The positions take effect October, 2016

2017 Chamber Guide

We are starting to work on our 2017 Buena Vista Chamber Guide that will be distributed in February, 2017. We’ve had rave reviews about this year’s 2016 guide which has been sent to all corners of the state and beyond.  Of course, our goal is to make the next one even better, and with your support it will be!  Contact the Chamber at 719-395-6612 to be placed on our list to reserve your space and receive details on pricing. 

Citizen of the Year

It is also time to be thinking of a Buena Vista citizen who has gone above and beyond with their volunteer work.  If you would like to nominate someone who has made a difference in our community, send an email to Kathi Perry at Chamber@BuenaVistaColorado and tell her why.  OR, drop a simple letter off at the Chamber nominating that special person. 

ATV Historical Color Tour

We have a little time left if you would like to sponsor the ATV Color Tour in September.  The deadline is August 15th if you would like to have an ad in the commemorative book, so contact us immediately to be a part of this popular, shoulder season event. We are also looking for non-profits or organizations to serve breakfast for this event as a fund-raiser. We are looking for people to do it on the mornings of Sept. 21-24. Please contact Kathi or Megan at or

Thank you to all our members!  We could not do what we do without your support!

New Members:

New Members

Buena Vista Baptist Church

Contact:  Douglas Cobb
Phone: 719-395-3671
30990 County Rd. 356

Buena Vista Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church with a congregation that welcomes all and strives to live our lives as according to the will of God.  Through education and stewardship, the Buena Vista Baptist Church is a church with which you and your family can grow. 

Nicco Custom Designs

Owner:  Gary Haroutounian
Phone:  719-966-2824
211 North Hwy 24 Unit D Buena Vista, CO 81211

Gary is a 3rd generation jeweler and named his store after his son.  He designs custom pieces of jewelry and sells them.  He also does watch and jewelry repair.  Gary has recently started designing custom jewelry from aquamarines found on Mt. Antero by Mt. Antero Treasurers. 

Mt. Antero Treasurers

Owners:  Tracie and Craig Cardwell
Phone:  719-626-1621
17897 Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO  81236

Tracie and Craig are known for being the Prospectors on the weather channel.  Tracie, an esthetician, noticed when working their claim that her hands were very smooth.  So she took the minerals to a specialist who found they were the perfect combination for women’s facial products.  Tracie created her own line of products called Gemclay, which she is selling in their store.  They also have fabulous smoky quartz, aquamarines, and jewelry for sale. 

“The Cardwell family has been in the valley since 1953 from the days of Grady Cardwell carving the road to the top of Mt. Antero to present day 2016 where we still produce Aquamarine products to share with the small business community in Chaffee County and surrounding communities. We are proud to be part of a growing economy and to be involved with the entire community.”

Ores & Mine Bed and Breakfast

Owner: Donna Cornella
Phone: 719-486-3552
6285 County Rd. 10 Twin Lakes, CO 81251

We offer a rustic setting with décor reminiscent of the early 1900’s mining era while providing all the modern comforts of home.  Ores & Mine Bed and Breakfast features five rooms each named after a well-known gold or silver mine in the area.  All rooms have a private bath and unique features including an incredible antique collection.  A full hot home cooked breakfast is served every morning in our dining area.  Enjoy incredible views of Twin Lakes from our cozy patio, or relax in our hot tub after a day of fun and adventure.  We are located just off Colorado Hwy 82 on County Road 10 which gives our guests easy access to Leadville, Aspen, and Buena Vista. 

Diversified Commercial Insurers-Mountain

Contact: Tyler Scherffius
Phone: 719-966-5266
2953 CR 372B Buena Vista, CO 81211

DC Insurers is a Colorado based premium independent insurance agency dedicated to serving its clients’ needs.  For over 14 years we have been providing individuals, businesses, and organizations with the highest quality insurance products and services available.


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