The Answers You Need
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT CAN I USE?
Cash is always welcome (exact change is appreciated). You can also pay online with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover via PayPal.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE?
At the end of your tour, if you feel your guide did an exceptional job, tipping is greatly appreciated. Showing visitors around town is your guide's full-time job. While the amount of gratuity is a personal preference, $5-$10 per person is a typical amount.
HOW LONG/DIFFICULT ARE THE TOURS?
Length depends on which option you choose. The shortest tour is 1 hour (12 blocks). The longest is 4 hours (about 3 miles). Our tours are all slow-paced walking, nothing strenuous or uphill.
WHEN ARE TOURS AVAILABLE?
Please visit the tour page for up-to-date listings of all tour availability.
DO YOU EVER CANCEL BECAUSE OF WEATHER?
Rarely. Buena Vista is in the mountains, where the weather can (and does) change without notice. Delays do occur for lightning, but otherwise, rain, sleet, snow, or scorching sun, the show goes on. Dress for the elements.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON A TOUR?
Up to 24.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Only service dogs as approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Emotional support, comfort, and companion dogs are not allowed on any tour.
I LIVE HERE. WHAT CAN YOU SHOW ME?
Locals are surprised every day! That's one of the most rewarding things of this business--making Buena Vista comes alive for locals. Locals are always among the most surprised at what they learn about their town. Plus, you'll have a blast. Just check our reviews.
WILL CHILDREN HAVE FUN?
Absolutely! Your guide loves well-behaved kids and includes them in the storytelling. Children will hear about life before social media and electronics, and their eyes always grow wide when hearing stories about gunfights and of towns with few laws or rules. Please be aware some tours discuss the red light district, ghosts, and murders. All tours are rated PG-13.
IS THE ROUTE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes. The streets and sidewalks of downtown Salida have been recently upgraded to provide access for all. Routes have designed to take advantage of these positive changes.
DO YOU OFFER CUSTOMIZED OR PRIVATE TOURS?
Absolutely. Our tours are customizable for weddings, family reunions, and most any gathering you can imagine. Click here for details.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
You can book online or call 719-497-9444. Reservations must be made at least one hour in advance, although many tours fill up days ahead.