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Buena Vista

Aliases: McPhelemy Park, Forest Square Park, Marquard Nature Area, Yale Pond

This lovely little town, properly pronounced ‘byoona vista,’ has several nice riverside parks and nature trails as well as some ponds worth checking. Right downtown is McPhelemy Park, with great mature trees for migrant passerines, a duck pond, and a stream complete with willows. A little ways downstream is the E. Alfred Marquard Nature Area, which includes a nature trail complete with wildlife viewing blinds. Lewis’s Woodpeckers aren’t difficult to find on the outskirts of Buena Vista. Forest Service maps of the Buena Vista area can be procured at The Trailhead, an outfitter on the east side of US 24 north of the traffic light.

County: Chaffee

Attractions: Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway

Habitat: Park, Stream, Urban/Suburban, Pond, Lowland Riparian

Directions: McPhelemy Park is adjacent to downtown Buena Vista, on the northwest corner of Main Street and US 24. Forest Square Park is one block south, on the east side of US 24. To get to the Marquard Nature Trail, head south on US 24 roughly half a mile from Main Street to a left-hand turn opposite DePaul Street. Once you turn left here and cross the railroad tracks, turn left again on South Railroad Street and take it north a few blocks to the trail access. To get to the sewage ponds, turn right on South Railroad instead of left, and look for the sewage ponds on your left in about half a mile. To get to Yale Pond, head north from downtown on US 24 about four blocks past Main and turn left (west) on Crossman Avenue (CR 350). After a mile, turn right (north) on CR 353. Take your first right in half a mile; Yale Pond is on the right (south).

Delorme: 60 B2
Roads of Colorado: 102 B1

Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please respect private property

Parking: Various
Lodging: Hotel

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car and from town sidewalks

Elevation: 7955

Latitude: 38.84186
Longitude: -106.13257


Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopYes