Things to do
Buena Vista is a 3.5- hour drive from the Denver airport (DIA) or 2 hours from the Colorado Springs airport (COS). We recommend fIying into Colorado Springs, and renting a car at the airport. The Colorado Springs airport is an excellent facility, and is much less crowded and congested than the Denver airport.
From Denver, follow U.S. Highway 285. From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24. Both routes are easy and pleasant drives.
No, except sometimes during the winter months. If you would like to explore the numerous jeep trails, bring an SUV with 4-wheel drive, or rent a jeep in Buena Vista (jeep rentals are a tad expensive, however).
Basically nothing! This is the Eigsti family cabin, and everything is there for you to use. We ask only that you replace items used from the pantry (food, spices, etc.).
There are 4 bedrooms with a total of 5 double beds plus 2 single beds in the loft. It gets pretty crowded with more than 10 people. Also, the septic system is not designed for long periods of heavy use. We don't charge extra for large families or groups.
You will be 7 miles from Buena Vista, which has an excellent grocery store and several good restaurants. The county seat of Salida is 25 miles south, with fine restaurants, plus a full-array of the familiar fast-food restaurants and stores.
Buena Vista has a medical clinic with 4 doctors. Salida has a modern, 52-bed hospital, with CT scan, ultrasound, and a number of specialists on staff. EMTs and ambulance crews are on-call via 911.
I lived full-time at the cabin for 12 years, and seldom locked the door. In 30 years, the closest thing to a break-in occurred recently, when a black bear tried to enter the cabin through a screen door. Normally, you will never see a bear.
About 90% of the renters at Lost Creek come for a family vacation. Outdoor activities are the main attraction. The Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort (4 miles away) is open year-round, and offers several hot mineral pools. A larger (cooler) pool is open in the summer months. St. Elmo is a neat, old ghost town, which is accessible by standard auto. There are miles of fishing in mountain lakes and rivers. Spring and summer offer the best white-water rafting in the United States. There are no water parks or amusement parks - you need to stay in the big city for that. See the "Things to Do" page for links to other activities.
The I-70 corridor (Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, etc.) is 60 to 90 minutes by car. Monarch and Ski Cooper (a great family/beginner area) are only 45 minutes from the cabin.
I'm happy to answer your specific questions. Please call or email:
Ken Eigsti, WØLSD