Visiting Chaffee County, Colorado

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Doesn’t that look delicious? If you love black olives like I do, it does. And it was delicious, too!

This delicious pizza came from a restaurant called Pizza Works while my hubby and I got away for the weekend in the mountains outside Buena Vista, Colorado, last weekend.

Buena Vista, part of Chaffee County, is a small town that isn’t overly touristy (at least, not yet) but offers a ton of outdoor activities: hiking, biking, river rafting, hot springs, ghost towns, etc. Since many of the activities are free or inexpensive, it can be an affordable family vacation, or it can be a slightly pricey getaway. You can easily customize your vacation to your family’s budget and interests.

We opted for the slightly pricey getaway this time. We stayed at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Resort, pictured below, which is about a six-hour drive from our part of Kansas.

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I remembered the hot springs from when I was younger, but it has blossomed into a true mountain resort. When I was younger, the hot springs area was basically a convenience store, old hotel and a spring-fed pool and creekside springs. Now, it has more pools, a spa, an event facility, a waterslide, a restaurant and several renovated and new lodging options.

The rooms and cabins are not exactly cheap and they book fast, but they do include complimentary passes to all of the pool facilities. It’s so convenient to take a dip in the springs when they’re right outside your hotel room door!

If you want to visit the hot springs but don’t want to “spring” for the cost of a stay at the resort, you can buy a pass to the pools for about $20.

There are ample camping options around, including RV parks and national forest campgrounds, as well as hotels in Buena Vista, Salida and other area towns. And, if you’re camping and need a shower, a day at the pool might be just the ticket!

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