The Mountains are calling and I must go,” John Muir’s famous quote certainly evokes the feeling one gets as the autumn colors begin to appear in our breathtaking valley.  Nature’s magnetism draws us to seek and find a connection that goes far deeper than our understanding of the way of things.  Another Muir quote sums this thought up, “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

I think the stunning fall colors, crisp mountain air and ebbs and flows of the high mountain peaks beckon in each of us an urgency to get up into the high country before the seasons change once more and one’s access is limited with the pending winter snows. 

Chaffee County is truly a special place with its awe-inspiring backcountry of the Collegiate Peaks range.  It has 12 mountains over fourteen thousand feet; the greatest concentration of 14,000 ft. peaks on the continent.  Buena Vista is minutes away from the San Isabel National Forest offering 1,109,782 acres of true splendor and over 700 miles of trails to explore.  Experiencing the fall colors, vast landscapes and rich western history transcends one to a new level of joy and awe.   

Just in time for autumn color exploration, the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce is offering an updated and reformatted book entitled, “ATVing in 14er Country.” This guidebook, with trail access and details, maps and historical landmarks for off road vehicles up to 50 inches wide, is available at  http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/product/atving-in-14er-country/  The book includes over 14 rides with all sorts of off shoot expeditions to discover, one being Aspen Ridge, an amazing view shed of the 14ers and vivid colors of gold and red aspens.  One can travel up to 13,700 ft. on the Mt. Antero trailhead, where it is then easy to peak Mt. Antero at 14,275 feet and see the grandeur of the Continental Divide.  One can also explore and soothe one’s soul at Pomeroy, Brown’s, Baldwin, Ptarmigan and Twin lakes trail systems and waterways.   

The release of this book coincides with an “ATV Historic Color Tour” an upcoming mountain escape held September 19th through 23rd.  The tour is small; only 200 permitted riders will explore our vast Colorado back country.  The tour enables each rider to get away, seek precisely what they are looking for in nature, and connect with like-minded explorers at breakfast, an ATV rodeo, and other events.

For those who prefer hiking or biking we also have many separate and unlimited trails for short or long journeys among the highest peaks in our continent.  Buena Vista is also a gateway to the 148-mile long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area with its Gold Medal fishing, kayaking, and rafting.  To make things even more enticing we have two Hot Springs to relax in after a thrilling day’s adventure.

This fall we celebrate the glory of nature and enjoy nearby Chaffee County high-country at these events:

Sept. 9: Apple Fest at the Turner Farm http://www.buenavistaheritage.org/turner-farm

Sept. 19-23: ATV Historic Color Tour http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/atv-historic-color-tour/

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: 14er Fest https://14erfest.com/   

Come rejuvenate yourself with the magnetism and splendor of Natures autumn colors in Buena Vista, Colorado!

By Jamie Hagen, Marketing Specialist at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Photos by Scott Peterson, Chaffee County , Colorado Visitor Bureau

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