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The Town of Buena Vista, CO – An Ideal Location for Battlemoor

In 2016 the Battlemoor site moved to a prime location within the quiet mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado. While the site itself is vast with dedicated roads, lots of trees, a chilly river, and enough green fields to lose your arrows in, the town of BV itself is quite a gem. Mere minutes outside of the camping site you will find a town with plenty of modern amenities.


Not to take any of the focus off of Battlemoor but Buena Vista has world class rafting and fishing on the Arkansas River. The rapids run from Class I-V so there’s something for everyone. Trips range from half a day to 5 day camping trips. While it looks like we’re dry this year, I’m going to release water from Twin Lakes to make sure rafting flows stay high right around Battlemoor. The upper Arkansas is also a gold medal fishery- one of the best trout rivers to fish in the West. Even if the water flow is high on the mainstem, there are plenty of tributaries and pools. There are also incredible hiking and rock climbing opportunities and a chance to bag a bunch of Fourteeners. If you want to extend your vacation, this is the place to do it.


If you don’t want to haul a cooler full of food across state lines, fear not, BV has City Market, the main grocery store. If you prefer healthy, local variety, The Lettucehead Food Co. is right off the main street of HWY 24. If you would like really fresh produce, BV Farmer’s Market operates Fridays 3pm-7pm.

Rally Liquor, High Peaks Liquor, or Little Daisy liquor stores are not far for that last-minute peace-offering bottle to your loud camp mates.

Need a pick-me-up between battles or before dancing all night? BV Roastery Café, Brown Dog Coffee, and the Midland Station are local favorites, with rich coffee, assorted drinks, and snacks.

Prefer a pint? BV has Deerhammer Distilling Co., The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar, and Eddyline Brewery and Restaurant.

Don’t want to cook? There are plenty of restaurants, such as Quincy’s, a great place for steak; the Jade Garden with fresh Chinese Food; or the House Rock Kitchen, the best paleo option!


The Battlemoor camping site does not have showers, but there are alternatives! Wally Lala’s Laundromat and Showers is minutes away and offers affordable showers and a place to do quick laundry.

The Community Center on Main St. also has public showers that are quarter-operated.

Or, you’re welcome to take a dip in the river, but it’s COLD.


Break a tent stake? BV has lots of hardware store options. Tractor Supply Co., Under Hardware, and Rocky Mountain Lumber & Hardware are minutes from site.

Does no one in your camp have a needle and thread? The local craft shop, Bev’s Stitchery, is right off HWY 24.


BV has two glorious hot springs, so bring your bathing suits. (No, it’s not optional.) Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is 15 minutes south. It is a beautiful location with two massive hot pools and a sauna. Ten minutes west is Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn and Spa, which is in a more rural, private area with 5 man-made stone springs of different temperature. These locations are also excellent places to grab a shower. Bring a towel to both, or you can rent them.


Prefer to stay in a lodging? Best Western and Super 8 are close by. If you would rather stay in a fancier accommodation, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is 15 minutes from site.

Buena Vista is a beautiful, quiet town with just the right number of amenities at the ideal distance from site. The town was so good to us last year, and we look forward to another successful event. We hope you will come have a look for yourselves and join us in July.