Hello Chamber Members,

Gold Rush Days are finally here! We have been working hard all year to bring a fantastic 38th annual festival for our town filled with activities for all ages. The Chamber & Visitor Center continues to be busy non-stop with visitors from all the world wanting to learn about the place we call home. Business After Hours in July was a wonderful event and everyone enjoyed a gorgeous evening in McPhelemy Park. This months BAH is hosted by BV Public Library. After Gold Rush Days we will begin to finalize planning for our next events; the OHV Color Tour held Sept. 18-22, Pumpkins & Pilsners held Oct. 27 and Christmas Opening held Dec. 1.  If you have an interest in participating in or sponsoring any of these events please contact us . . . now that we are advertising on the front range we need information much sooner. 

Gold Rush Days will be August 11-12th. If you have not already picked up a copy of The Ark Magazine please do. Our 8 page insert in their magazine this month came out amazing and lists all the numerous events going on in town for Gold Rush Days.  A special THANK YOU to Jamie Wolkenbreit with Ark Magazine who coordinated all of the music for GRD. Elevation Beer and Rally Liquor have sponsored the Beer Garden for those who wish to enjoy some lively spirits with their music. We have worked hard to have a fun-filled packed weekend full of happenings. Over 100 Vendor booth spaces are going to fill McPhelemy Park showcasing a whole host of products, information and kid’s activities. The Buena Vista Heritage Museum has put together a large variety or reenactments including new shows; the Oddities Display, Medicine Man Show, and Czestekova Sideshow.  New this year is a 1800’s costume contest it’s fun and adds to the festivities. To enter show up on Saturday, August 11 at 12:50pm at the Depot at McPhelemy Park to be judged for best costume. Best women’s, men’s and child costume each WIN a Mount Princeton Hot Springs Pass good for two a $70.00 value.

Please see the full schedule of GRD by visiting our website page.  Gold Rush Days would not be possible with out our gracious sponsors; Arrowhead Waters, The Ark Magazine, Climax Molybdenum, Elevation Beer Co., Heart of the Rockies Radio, High Country Bank, Liars’ Lodge, Pinon Real Estate Buena Vista, and Rally Liquor.  We are in need of volunteers to help with all aspects of Gold Rush Days. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us – 719.395.6612!  We have advertised GRD with OutThere Colorado, KOAA News, Ute Country News, The Ark Magazine and Heart of the Rockies Radio in addition to our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.  We expect the largest crowds ever!

A fantastic marketing part of your membership is word of mouth. We did have a few days this July when we reached over 100 visitors!  On average we see about 80 visitors per day.  Whenever a visitor asks for recommendations we always recommend you; our Chamber Members. If you have a brochure, business card, poster etc., for your business please stop in today to make sure we have them in stock to assist with marketing you to our visitors. Also, please make sure to let us know if you have an event going on. We want to help market your event as much as we can. We will have a booth at the Seven Peaks Music Festival where we will be handing out our visitor guide and informing concert goers of all the greats things to do and see here in BV.

Please join us for our August Business After Hours hosted by chamber member Buena Vista Public Library on August 16th from 5-7pm at the Public Library.  For Chamber members and invited guests. Cost is $7, enjoy food, adult beverages and great conversation with colleagues and community members!

The OHV Color Tour is filling up fast. There is only room for 200 participants and we are close to capacity.  Once we take a breath after Gold Rush Days we will be busy starting to finalize this great event taking place September 18th-22nd. We are in need of door prizes for the raffle for our registered participants. If you are interested in donating a door prize please contact us.  This event is brought to you by Liars’ Lodge with sponsors: Arrowhead Water, Best Western Vista Inn, Biggies, Buffy’s Flowers & Gifts, BV Jeeps Mountain Adventure Rentals, Community Banks of Colorado. Elkhorn Pizzeria, Fairway Independent Mortgage, High Country Bank, High Rocky Riders, Loves Travel Shop, Napa Auto Parts, Rally Liquor, Rustic Woods, Simple Eatery, TBK Bank, and Timberline Motor Sports.  Besides putting together the OHV Color Tour Liars’ Lodge and owner Michael Sorrell have put together a raffle to WIN a Texron Off Road VLX-700 ATV.  Raffle tickets are $10.00 each.  To be drawn on Sept. 22 at 5:30pm at the OHV Color Tour Saturday evening pig roast.  Tickets are available at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.  

As always, we wish you all the very best!   Warmest regards, The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team


Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber members:

Monumental Expeditions
Phone: 719-581-2123

Started in 2015, Monumental Expeditions builds on the experience of 18 seasons running rafting trips on the Arkansas River and other rivers of the West and Northwest. They use that hands-on knowledge to run a company that goes beyond the average outfitter. Special attention is paid to the guest experience and safety on the river.
Their goal is to offer you the most memorable and special trip out there. Their small size allows us to cater trips specifically to our guests. Don’t hesitate to contact them with any questions or special requests.
It’s your Adventure, let ME be your Guide.


Jo Reese, Broker Associate RE/MAX Mountain Vista Properties
Phone: 719-966-7711

Jo Reese fell in love with the Buena Vista area years ago, while experiencing the joys of backpacking on the Continental Divide, rafting down the beautiful Arkansas River & bicycling over Independence Pass. This was enough to plant the seed to permanently settle here. 
Jo has owned and operated multiple successful retail & service businesses in town. She does what it takes to get things done, while treating every customer with utmost respect, loyalty and passion to provide the best services possible. 
If she’s not hard at work, working on a real estate deal, you may run into her out in the back country or at her ranch where she raises organic beef, honey, eggs and fresh produce.


The Farm at Buena Vista

The Farm is pocket community within walking distance of Main Street in Buena Vista. Featuring epic front porches, open green spaces and contemporary farmhouse architecture, The Farm is the first major development in the Rockies to create a high quality neighborhood at affordable prices.
The Farm is being developed by Fading West which is a company born in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with the goals of creating communities of attainable, high quality, architecturally, interesting, fee simple homes for Buena Vista. Fading West was founded to help provide an option for home ownership in Chaffee County, so people can stay, live in, and invest in Buena Vista.
Fading West believes in building communities, not just housing. To that end, The Farm is designed around a “pocket” community concept where each home is accessed from the back of the lot along one-way roads and the front of each home has a large porch that opens onto community green spaces.


Charlott Hannaford, Broker Associate First Colorado Land Office

Charlott Hannaford is a Broker Associate with First Colorado Land Office in Buena Vista.  She was born in Ohio and relocated to Littleton, CO in 1986.  Charlott and her husband, Bob, relocated to Buena Vista in 1998.
Charlott started Real Estate in 1999 as a Broker Associate at REMAX. In 2001, she became self-employed as a Broker Owner for her Property Management Business and Sales called Hannaford Properties LLC for 16 years.  She began working for First Colorado Land Office in June 2017 as a full-time realtor. 
Charlott is a full time Broker Associate specializing in Seller Agency for Listing clients, and a Buyer Agency for Buyer Representation.  She doesn’t offer Transaction Broker Agency unless a client prefers it, and feels it is not a fair representation to work with both Sellers and Buyers on the same sale.
Charlott believes in an open communication throughout the beginning to the end of a sale and to get to know each other very well.  Constant communication is important to assure that everyone is on the same page.Charlott has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Adams State University.  She has an Associate Degree in Business Management.  Charlott is also an active Licensed Insurance Broker. 


Pa Paw Billy’s BBQ

Great BBQ restaurant here in town! Open daily 11am -9pm. Open until 10pm on Friday & Saturday. Please note – CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays


Beautiful View Essential Oils
Phone: 970-690-4628

Beautiful View Essential Oils is revolutionizing the way families and individuals manage their healthcare and lifestyle. By educating and empowering you with the tools and knowledge you need to deal with some of life’s curve balls.
Owner Kelley DeLaney is a firefighter by trade and wellness advocate by passion. She enjoys helping others and giving them the tools they need to make informed healthcare decisions and to live life to the fullest! Kelley moved to the area two years ago and has been using DoTERRA essential oils for over four years. She has enjoyed sharing DoTERRA oils with others for over two years now. Kelley wants to help you discover the natural and pure solutions DoTERRA can provide.


Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures
719- 251-9961

Canoe and kayak rentals let you travel along the peaceful waters around Twin Lakes, CO. Those who are interested in angling can even sign up for fishing tours too! Open May through October. Open Daily from 9:00am-4:00pm Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures currently has available for your enjoyment: 5 Standup Paddle Boards, 10 Single Kayaks
4 Tandem Kayaks, and 9 Canoes. All rentals include paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs)






THANK YOU to July BAH host Buena Vista Optimists.  There was delicious food and it was a wonderful time networking with our colleagues, friends, neighbors and community! The event setting at McPhelemy Park was lovely and allowed for an evening outside.

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