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Romantic Private Ark River Frontage W/Hot Tub Special! 3 Nights for Price of 2!

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Door from master bedroom to deck and hot tub on the river in summer.


Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Winter/Spring Special! Get three nights for the price of two. Starts January 9 and goes through April 30 (Holidays excepted). View the mountains from the decks and hot tub on the river! Stay warm and cozy in front of the wood stove fire. The bluest skies you'll ever see and perfect weather with warm sunny days and cold nights invite you to relax and slow down. The sun is bright and the air is cool, so you feel perfect all the time. It's a great time to enjoy all the winter and spring outdoor activities available in the Arkansas Valley without the crowds. Hiking and biking on the extensive trails is possible most of the time starting in April and there's plenty of opportunities to snowshoe and cross country ski close by. Several major ski areas are within a half hour to an hour's drive away and the snow this year is fabulous! Most of them stay open into April. The River House is a 1.25-acre property and therefore offers a very private river-front experience for only you and the wildlife that visit frequently. However, you still have the convenience of being close to the town of Buena Vista which is only 1.5 miles away on a quiet country road.

Sitting in the very private sunken hot tub on the deck above the river is wonderful from early morning sunrise to late at night under the stars. You will not want to leave the peace and quiet of the river. Call the property manager, Linda, at the number provided for a CORRECT and CURRENT rate quote and availability. Take advantage of the winter special of 3 nights for the price of 2! You might also want to start thinking about booking for this spring and summer when you can enjoy all the many warm-weather activities in the mountains of the beautiful Arkansas Valley. We have already started booking next summer 2017, so call today!

The Arkansas River is alive with activities and the towns of Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida are fun and full of good food and drink, shopping, music and fiestas. Mountain trails are open for winter activities and sometimes for hiking and biking. Extensive off-road trails are within easy distance from the property in any direction and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands border it. But the best part of this house is that its's right on the river where you can experience the beauty of the natural flow of the Arkansas in winter and watch crystals of ice form around the edges. Now is also the time when many animals come to the river to drink and you will spot them from the cozy warmth of the living room.

This is the perfect place to stay for a fun vacation or romantic get-away any time of year! The house is comfortable and intimate with all the comforts of home. It is close to all of the stunning mountain beauty and adventure of the outdoors. Maybe you've always thought about skiing under a full moon or climbing a fourteener. Ski now-climb later. This is the perfect place to start your day no matter what you decide to do. But here's a warning: you may just want to sit on the deck and gaze at the snow-covered peaks in the distance while you enjoy the peace and beauty of the river house and soaking in the hot tub. It’s total magic if it snows a little while you’re in the hot tub. If there's not too much snow, take the time to walk down the gentle private path to the river and sit on the rocks (or throw them); you may still be able to fish for elusive rainbow and brown trout.

The house will fulfill all your needs and expectations. If you decide to stay home and cook, the kitchen is fully furnished with everything you need to make all meals from simple to gourmet and there is a gas grill on the deck. Watch the river flow by as you sit inside at the dining room table with views of the river and mountains right in front of you. When it's warm enough, you will want to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the incredible views from the decks. Many unique birds fly along the river and you can frequently see hawks, osprey, wild canaries and kingfishers. Migrations along the river bring species seldom seen in other parts of the valley. Take a nice 1.5 mile walk or bike-ride into town on the country road that goes by the house and then return to relax in the hot tub before going to sleep to the sounds of the river.

Views of the Collegiate Peaks are pristine and spectacular; wildlife is easy to spot as the deer, coyotes, fox, elk and hawks search for food in the lingering twilight or venture down to the river to drink. Bears and mountain lions lurk in the hills and occasionally are seen near the house. You must be especially careful to close all house and car windows and doors and never leave food or trash where animals large and small can smell and find it. Bears are scary but mice and chipmunks are worse if they get in the house! Bears may still be filling up now for the winter hibernation and love trash and garbage. They will seek out and eat anything in their path along the river! So you must be especially careful to close all windows and doors. Smaller animals will sneak in the smallest door or window opening and can chew, poop on and scratch anything.

Along with a variety of great restaurants, brew pubs, whisky distillery, bakeries, coffee shops and ice cream shops, there are also two local world-class hot springs resorts/spas that are incredible at any time of year and are especially nice now without the crowds of summer. You can access the natural hot springs that flow in the river at the Mt. Princeton Resort, swim in the warm pools, get a massage or hang out on the decks. Cottonwood Hot Springs are smaller and more private with several pools from which to choose. But why go there when you can have your own hot tub right outside the door on your private deck!

Arkansas River Casitas are located 1.5 miles north of downtown BV and 25 miles from Salida to the south and Leadville to the north. The climate is usually a little drier and warmer here by the river then it is as you climb higher to the 14,000 foot peaks of the Collegiate and Buffalo Peak Mountains which you can view from the house. Nights are always cool and comfortable and when it gets cold enough, there's a lovely wood stove in which to have a fire to watch as the river changes to magic under a light snow.

Bring your own "toys" or rent a variety of equipment in town such as snow shoes, skies, mountain bikes, horses, kayaks, horses or paddle boards. Tours, trips and lessons are all available from various outfitters in Buena Vista, Leadville and Salida for any activity you want to try. There is an extensive system of trails in the area or you can walk or bike to The Roastery, the best coffee shop in the county which is a mile and a half right down the road. Walk or bike to the river park and the Barbara Whipple Trail, peruse shops, enjoy bars and restaurants by taking the county road 1.5 miles into town. In town, the Barbara Whipple Trail leads into a vast system of endless trails and is usually accessible all year.

Whether you want to be energetic and participate in activities or just relax, the choice is yours as every opportunity exists close to this property. Rentals and guides are available for you to participate in all types of outdoor activities including full-moon hikes/ski trips which are possible to do because it is so bright and clear in the clean high-altitude air. But the best "activity" is waiting for you at home in the Casitas where you can hang out in the hot tub in the sun or star-watch at night all by yourself in the cool clear air. Look for the Milky Way; it's easily visible on clear nights!

Come to the mountains for serenity and quiet; the river is incredibly beautiful and a little wild right now and wildlife viewing (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wild turkeys, occasionally the reclusive mountain lion) is always a delight. We're located in a snow/rain shadow of the 14,000-foot high Collegiate Peak mountains which surround the Arkansas Valley.
Stunning open vistas of the mountains and sky make the landscape breathtakingly beautiful and the house is situated in a rural setting off the road and private. There are plenty of opportunities for urban exploring in Buena Vista and strolling Main Street or the new urban neighborhood of South Main, eating, drinking coffee or wine and leisurely checking out shops and galleries as welcome diversions. Sometimes, it's fun to take short day trips to other towns. Independence Pass is open in June to the end of October and you can drive to Aspen for the day. Quaint Frisco and Ski Breckenridge are close enough for day trips and the big outlet malls in Silverthorn are big temptations. In the winter, Ski Cooper is 30 minutes away and is perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers. Monarch Ski Area is about 40 minutes away and has trails and slopes for all levels of skiers.

After taking advantage of daytime activities, come back to the comfort and beauty of the river house. You will not believe how gorgeous the stars are in the clear night sky! The Milky Way is right overhead and the Big Dipper is easy to find. Watching the stars while listening to the river is a soothing and gentle way to prepare for a good night's sleep.

No matter the season, Arkansas River Casitas is a very unique, peaceful and romantic property; the house is a gem on the river! The hot tub is ready and waiting for you to sit on the private multi-level deck and watch the river go by (clothing is optional). The sound of the river is magical all the time and if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, the melodic river sounds will lull you back to sleep. This modern two-bedroom home is romantic, intimate and beautifully furnished with elegant yet simple decor. Cozy and clean, it has everything you need for the perfect vacation!
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1250 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    You must be at least 24 years old (with proof)....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a smoke-free property. If you have to smoke, you will need to go out into the street or off the property. If any evidence of smoking is seen, you will be asked to leave, charged the full price and forfeit the deposit....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    This is a very romantic place and because of the river location and decks, is not well-suited for children....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Queen size Beds (2) Very comfortable beds with upscale linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a queen sofa bed in the living room next to the sliding door which goes out to the deck....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The house has a newly landscaped yard with natural grasses and flowers. There is a gardener who waters the yard & services the hot tub. There is a small casita that used to be an office but is no longer in use....moreless


  • Books:

    Some available including cook books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    There is a DVD player and videos available to rent at City Market 1.5 miles away. The library is close too....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    We only have an antenna & usually get the major local networks. However, if there's any kind of high wind or bad weather, it might be time to read a good book. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Very limited and changes as guests leave or take DVD's....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Area in front of house for picnics and fishing right on the Arkansas River...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Quaint town of Buena Vista is within walking or biking distance of 1.5 miles....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Incredible views of river rock formations from the back deck on the Arkansas River. Views of the Collegiate Peaks (with Mt. Princeton, the most symmetric peak of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks), and of the Buffalo Peaks. ...moreless

  • Resort:

    Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is 8 miles away. Cottonwood Hot Springs is 4 miles away....moreless

  • Rural:

    Very close (1.5 mi.) to town but property is on 1.25 acre on a county road. Federal land and river are the back yard boundaries....moreless

  • Water View:

    The Arkansas River flows right through the property with BLM (Federal) land on the other side. Extreme privacy! Private small beach area for fishing or being lazy. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Property is right on the river with no public access to the river-only private pathway for use of guests at the house. Private Fly fish @ house or go 1 mile up CR 371 to BLM land on Arkansas River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Getting old and a little touchy. Large laundry loads not recommended...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas hot-water baseboard heating is clean and efficient....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Soft and lovely linens on incredibly comfortable beds. Warm blankets and down comforters are in the closet if needed; even in summer, the mountain air can be cool at night....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Great room has large windows and sliding doors to deck....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell service is usually okay but you may have to find a good spot....moreless

  • Parking:

    Private long driveway...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    No room for large RV's or trailers over 10 ft. due to the curves and nature of our driveway. Very large motor homes will not fit....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Both indoor and outdoor towels for hot tub are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Detergent and dryer sheets provided...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    There is a very efficient wood stove for use in the winter months. It is 'summerized' from April to late September and cannot be used in warm weather....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Our wood stove has been 'summerized' and won't be available until the fall. Plan on coming when the snow is falling and sit by the warm fire after going snow shoeing!...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Filters are supplied but not coffee. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need for making snacks to gourmet meals....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need for simple to gourmet food prep....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is part of the great room with many windows to view the river and mountains. It is fully equipped with everything you'll need to cook and eat in comfort inside or out on the deck....moreless

  • Microwave:

    There is also a small toaster-oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Some staples may be available but vary....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Plenty of room for all your food. Some staples may be available for your use....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove with self-cleaning oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Excellent area for all levels of mountain biking. Rentals available in town 1.5 mi. away....moreless

  • Boat:

    Kayaks available for rent in town. Twin Lakes 15 mi. away also has boat rentals and docks....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Front deck w/fabulous Collegiate Peaks views ; large 3-level deck in back perched above the river includes a built-in clothing-optional hot tub, lounge chairs, picnic table...moreless

  • Golf:

    Beautiful Buena Vista course 2 mi. away. Salida course 25 mi. away. Highest altitude golf course in U.S. in Leadville, 25 mi. away. All are public....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available. Can launch right from private waterfront at house....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Natural grasses and professional xeriscape landscaping....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    This is a most amazing spot for a hot tub. It is built into the deck and sits right over the river. Clothing is optional in the tub and on the back deck - HOT TUB HAS BEEN WINTERIZED UNTIL MID-APRIL...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Jan 10 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Summer 2017
May 1 - Oct 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Fall 2017
Oct 16 - Nov 19, 2017
2 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2017
4 night min stay
Winter 2017
Nov 28 - Dec 16, 2017
2 night min stay
Winter Holidays 2017-18
Dec 17 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
Spring 2018
Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $80 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 7.5%


Minimum age is 24-years-old without parent or guardian.

Cancellation Policy-Cancellation up to 30 days prior to check-in with a $50 service charge. If you change or cancel your booking any time after 30 days, you will be charged for the total reservation. This is a firm policy and supersedes any other cancellation policy written in this listing.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Colorado Springs 90 miles; Denver 110 miles
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
brew pubs, misc bars in town
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Buena Vista; Salida; Leadville
110 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 24 South
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several in the town of Buena Vista; more in Salida
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Monarch 45 min;Copper 1 hr;Vail 1.5 hrs;Cooper 30
982 Miles
Nearest Beach
Los Angeles

Car: Recommended

Outdoor attractions like horseback riding, fly fishing, lake fishing and two incredible hot springs resorts are minutes away. Choices are endless and close by for year-round hiking for beginners to experienced mountaineers, mountain and road biking, rafting, kayaking, bird-watching, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and several major ski areas close by (Copper Mt.-1 hour, Ski Cooper and Monarch Mt.-35 min.; Vail 1.5 hours away so you can ski all day and come home to peace and quiet. Art and antiques invite you to stroll the many shops and restaurants close by in Buena Vista and Salida.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Originally from Baltimore, MD, I fell in love with Colorado on a ski trip here in 1968 and vowed to return to the place where the sky is incredibly blue, the sun shines with warmth at least 300 days a year and the air is clean and fresh. I finally fulfilled my dream and moved to Colorado in 1972 and though I wandered away for awhile, I returned and moved to Buena Vista in 1998. Personal circumstances compelled me to move away from my home on the Arkansas River and its incredible peace and beauty and I don't live here permanently anymore; yet I derive great pleasure in sharing this lovely home with others who are looking for a peaceful and lovely home on the river. I hope you can visit soon!

Why the Owner Chose Buena Vista, CO, USA:
The river, peace, privacy and quiet with incredible mountain views make this house a sanctuary. Accessibility to everything you need, clean air, good people and peace are here.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Mostly I love to sit on the deck in the hot tub, sleep with the windows open at night and listen to the river. While watching the river flow past, it's easy to lose yourself in its sights and sounds while looking watching various birds and other types of wildlife who call this home. The house sits back off of a county road on 1.25 acres and is only a mile and a half from town where coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, brew pubs, churches and museums are located. The surrounding areas have something for everyone and you can walk or ride your bike into town to have lunch or dinner, peruse shops and galleries, explore the Arkansas River Park and ride back trails to ghost towns, go rafting, fish, hike/climb, go horseback riding and then visit local hot springs. It's endless what you can do here but mostly I, and people who visit, just want to relax. Several ski towns are within a day's drive: Breckenridge-60 mi., Copper Mt.-56 mi., Aspen-(in summer) 44 mi. and a little farther away Vail & Winter Park-121 mi.. Salida, CO is frequently compared to some of the best art towns in the U. S., including Santa Fe, N.M., and it's only 25 miles away. It also has a movie theater and major shopping stores. With all of these activities, you can easily be tempted to roam, explore and enjoy the outstanding areas surrounding this vacation home. However, in the end you may want to just stay home, relax and enjoy this small jewel on the river.

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Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • Door from master bedroom to deck and hot tub on the river in summer.

    Door from master bedroom to deck and hot tub on the river in summer.

  • Private Arkansas River frontage on property. Listen to the river as you sleep.

    Private Arkansas River frontage on property. Listen to the river as you sleep.

  • The Arkansas River on property is beautiful year round; private fly-fishing.

    The Arkansas River on property is beautiful year round; private fly-fishing.

  • Multiple-level deck overlooking river

    Multiple-level deck overlooking river

  • Fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need to prepare snacks to full meals.

    Fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need to prepare snacks to full meals.

  • Very comfortable queen-size bed with lovely bed linens in master bedroom.

    Very comfortable queen-size bed with lovely bed linens in master bedroom.

  • Lounge and watch wildlife from a comfy chair.

    Lounge and watch wildlife from a comfy chair.

  • Cozy wood stove augments the heat nicely in the winter months.

    Cozy wood stove augments the heat nicely in the winter months.

  • Second bedroom is cozy and cheerful.

    Second bedroom is cozy and cheerful.

  • Wood burning fireplace in winter

    Wood burning fireplace in winter

  • Great room and kitchen

    Great room and kitchen

  • Sink and mirror in master bedroom

    Sink and mirror in master bedroom

  • Hot tub on deck outside master bedroom and overlooking Arkansas River

    Hot tub on deck outside master bedroom and overlooking Arkansas River

  • Views of Mt. Princeton and Collegiate Range

    Views of Mt. Princeton and Collegiate Range

  • Hot tub on deck with privacy walls

    Hot tub on deck with privacy walls

  • Romantic get-away close to town yet private with front and back decks.

    Romantic get-away close to town yet private with front and back decks.

  • Living room in great room leading out to deck on river with gas grill and tables

    Living room in great room leading out to deck on river with gas grill and tables

  • Your own private river with incredible views of rock formations on BLM land.

    Your own private river with incredible views of rock formations on BLM land.

  • Bathroom has a large walk-in shower.

    Bathroom has a large walk-in shower.

  • House is cozy and well-equipped for your stay.

    House is cozy and well-equipped for your stay.

  • Watch the river roll by as you sip your morning coffee.

    Watch the river roll by as you sip your morning coffee.

  • The house sits above the river with a gentle path leading to private waterfront

    The house sits above the river with a gentle path leading to private waterfront

  • Deck on river with views of Buffalo Peaks

    Deck on river with views of Buffalo Peaks

  • Kitchen and hall to bedrooms & bathroom

    Kitchen and hall to bedrooms & bathroom

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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