The High Point Within Buena Vista Town Limits
(Photos on September 13, 2008)
If you are a high point enthusiast, this is an interesting activity for you in town.
It may not appear spectacular or fit the image of a
lofty summit, but the highest
natural point within town limits of Buena Vista is located in the vicinity of the rodeo grounds and sportsmans club.
The altitude at the high point is 8,180 feet and is located on the far west side of town limits.
Buena Vista's corporate boundary zigzags out this way to the west,
and it makes sense the high point would be closest to the
Sawatch Mountains (quite high)
and farthest from the Arkansas River (quite low).
Directions on how to get to the Buena Vista high point: From the
traffic light in Buena Vista
(Main Street & Highway 24), travel west on West
Main Street for 1.8 miles as if you were going to
Make a left (south) on Chaffee County Road 337 and proceed approximately 0.5 miles.
The road appears to end and comes to a point where you must make a perpendicular left on Gregg Drive. If you look ahead, you'll see an
old dirt road (adjacent photo) ... continue on that road and the high point is on the left. Park in the area for the
shooting range and model airplane airport and walk back toward the road.
The high point is located just past the last remaining wooden post from an old
barbed wire fence. (Click the adjacent photo to see it at a larger size.)
Yes folks, "high pointing"
is becoming increasingly popular these days. For example, there are many people who travel around the country just to visit
the high points in each of the 50 U.S. states. I will admit I "caught the bug" recently and
created a page dedicated to my high pointing adventures:
Enjoy your visit. I have created a small pile of rocks to denote the high point.
Maybe at some point we can put a flag or place a monument out there!
All the best,
|Four photos showing some of the views at the Buena Vista high point.
TOP: The beautiful view of Mt. Princeton.
SECOND: Facing west with Red Deer Mountain in the background. (Initially, I placed an old
bottle of Jones Soda before creating the small pile of rocks.)
THIRD: Mt. Columbia's summit stands way out there in the background.
BOTTOM: The easterly view from the high point. It is difficult to notice in the photo, but in person,
there is an unmistakable grade as one looks towards most of Buena Vista out there. The range out there is known as
Note: There is a manmade "berm" (some kind of small ridge) that runs
along the dirt road. It was clearly created by human(s) and does not count as
the natural highest point. This reminds me of the Delaware high point controversy.
Delaware's high point is located
in suburban Wilmington near a busy road, but nearby is a trailer park that
elevated the foundation of its grounds a few feet. That does not count!
||The highest point in Buena Vista, Colorado. (alt. 8,180 feet)
||I was so happy to be there that I smoked a cigar! :)
|The nearby runway for model airplanes and the sportsmans club area.
||The pile of rocks at the high point.
Some of my U.S. state high point visits:
Oklahoma High Point
Iowa High Point
Maryland High Point
North Dakota High Point
Colorado High Point
Florida High Point