One hundred and fifty years ago, miners by the thousands flocked to the Arkansas Valley in search of minerals and gem stones. They had to endure heavy snow, mud slides, incredibly cold temperatures with little shelter, and no way to navigate other than the rise and fall of the sun. Today, you can re-trace the steps of those early settlers, without all the heartache, with a fun, high-tech way of treasure hunting.
On May 1, 2017, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in conjunction with Chaffee County Visitors Bureau will be kicking off a year-long GeoCaching Journey, in which participants can win prizes. To participate, it is as simple as downloading an app to your smart phone, or by using a GPS (Global Positioning System) device. You can search for hidden treasure stashed in “caches”, or treasure boxes.
This is the Chamber’s 2nd kickoff event, which has brought many people to the Buena Vista area in search of hidden treasure. The caches are hidden in some of the most scenic and historically significant spots in and around Buena Vista and Chaffee County. You might find something on the Barbara Whipple Trail, Trout Creek Pass, Ruby Mountain, St. Elmo Ghost Town, Clear Creek Resevoir, as well as Cottonwood Lake.
You won’t need to bring your stubborn old mule to carry your prospectin’ gear, the family sedan will get you to within a few steps of each cache, and there is no digging required. Make your plans to saddle up the Chevy, load the family – young and old – and head on out to find some hidden treasure!
Visit the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center website to find more information on this GeoCaching Journey: Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Link
by Erin Godonis & Renee Graner
Buena Vista, Colorado, USA, Present-Day Image, Courtesy of Baby Doe Studios