The Heart of the Rockies
Chaffee County, “The Heart of the Rockies”, home to 15 of Colorado’s “Fourteeners”, and your next place to call home. 

With the spectacular drama of the Sawatch Range to the west and the tumbling, crystal clear waters of the Arkansas River to the east, Chaffee County is a mecca for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Eighty six percent of the county is public land, the sun shines more than three hundred days each year, the Arkansas River Valley is agriculturally rich and verdant, wildlife abounds, and there is culture to spare in the small, vibrant towns of Salida and Buena Vista. If this isn’t the place you want to call home, we can’t imagine what else you could be looking for. It can be hard to believe that there are still real estate options available in such a beautiful part of the country.
Salida hosts a fine seasonal Farmers’ Market, the wild and wonderful FIBArk kayak races, and the Salida Art Walk – a three-day festival of art and entertainment – to name just a few of the town events.
 Abundant snow, easy access and reasonable prices make nearby Monarch Ski Area the place to ski in Central Colorado and, if you don’t ski, they also offer dog sled tours. 
A lively nightlife, both casual and fine dining, extensive bike trails, the Hot Springs Aquatic Center and the new Captain Zipline – the largest Aerial Adventure Park in the western US – along with stunning natural beauty in every direction, make Salida an enchanting place to be any time of the year. You do not have to live in the snow, but you can drive five miles and play in it.
Buena Vista, CO
Buena Vista, north of Salida at the base of the Continental Divide, sits at 8000 feet in the shadow of the Collegiate Peaks. The Arkansas River runs along the eastern edge of town. Nearby attractions include hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, exploring ghost towns and 19th century train tunnels, snowmobiling and motorcycling. 
Elk, deer, antelope, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Goats live in the hills and mountains nearby. The area has several geothermal hot springs for soaking and swimming all year round including Mt. Princeton Hot Springs – a favorite resort for locals and destination travelers. 
Buena Vista is very family friendly. McPhelemy Park with Town Lake is a great place to learn water sports or to fish; while BV also boasts an outdoor climbing wall; a skateboarding park; a nine hole golf course; an historic train depot; and the Marquard Nature Center with wildlife, walking and biking trails.
Does Chaffee County sound like the perfect place for you? 
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Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, GRI, ABR, SRS, SRES, is a multiple award-winning Real Estate Broker, Speaker, Author, Certified High Performance Coach, and Entrepreneur who is consistently driven by three key tenets: dedication, integrity, and passion. 
Helping people has always been a passion that she has held close to her heart. Naturally, this drew her to a vocation in real estate, and for the last two decades, she has been helping others achieve their dream of homeownership throughout Colorado.
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  • CRS Certified Residential Specialist
  • ​Realtor Of The Year Chaffee County Board Of Realtors 2019 
  • ​Top Producing Broker Associate Of The Year 2008, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • ​Top Producer Award 2017
  • Pinnacle Award 2016
Barbara Pearson-Sawyer 
First Colorado Land Office
7385 W. Hwy 50 
Salida, CO 81201
  •  (719) 207 3884