Located next to the San Juan National Forest, Bayfield is a historic town filled with natural beauty.

Welcome to Bayfield

A charming, historic community with a small-town feel
Mountain terrain dominates the landscape, making it an outdoor enthusiast’s dream locale. As an agricultural community, it offers small-town charm with close proximity to the country’s best skiing, hiking, and sightseeing.

What to Love

  • Small-town feel
  • Agricultural community
  • Charming historic downtown

Local Lifestyle

Known as the "Heart of the Pine River Valley," Bayfield is full of breathtaking views and quaint, old-time charm. Here, the neighborhoods are quiet and friendly, and residents have millions of acres of protected wilderness to explore nearby. Bayfield's historic downtown district also offers a variety of small, locally owned shops and restaurants with delicious meals and exceptional service year-round.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The locally owned Mill Street Bistro is a lively restaurant in downtown Bayfield that serves some of the best farm-to-table food in La Plata County. Customers rave about dishes like the Green Chili Mac and Cheese and the Bison Sliders, and with a menu that changes weekly, you’ll always have something new to try.

Another local favorite is Brenda's Old West Cafe, where you can buy fresh homemade pies served alongside big plates of steaming pancakes and cheesy omelets. The western decor gives it an old-American vibe that instantly makes you feel at home. Nearby, the Blue Sky Cafe is a small, locally owned restaurant that serves fresh entrees and various specialty coffee drinks to warm you during the cold Colorado winter.

Bayfield also boasts the Pine River Heritage Museum, which is located at the bottom of the old Town Hall building. Admission is free, and visitors can view artifacts and art displays of the old western days or walk through an old school room and post office.

Mountain View Artisans is a locally-owned shop that's situated in the downtown district of Bayfield. Here, you'll find unique gifts and trinkets made by local artists. It's the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind items that support local artists in Bayfield.

Things to Do

Bayfield is a small town with a tight-knit community. It offers several events throughout the year, including the Pine River Festival. Every July, over 20 local breweries come together to provide a tasting experience, and each attendee receives a taster glass as a souvenir. Local food vendors and live music make it an unforgettable experience that locals look forward to each year.

Each summer and fall, the Bayfield Farmers Market operates on Saturday mornings. Local farmers and artisans offer a variety of products, including produce, crafts, cheeses, and baked goods.

Bayfield is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts since it's next to the San Juan National Forest. This unique landmark offers nearly 2,000,000 acres of wilderness to hike, bike, camp, and explore. Many trails are nearby, including the 12.7-mile Vallecito Creek Trail that travels along the water. It's the perfect place to push a stroller, walk your pup, or catch up with friends.

Bayfield's also home to several parks, including Eagle Park. Here, you'll find walking trails and a playground. Best of all, the trail takes you under Twin Bridges, a scenic spot well worth the visit.

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