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Updated on: May 16, 2024

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The Buena Vista Minimum Center is actually well-known to the point where it has a nickname, the “castle”. It is a maximum-security prison that only houses around 288 inmates. It is actually the oldest prison facility in the state, given that it was completed in 1886.

The penitentiary is managed by the Colorado Department of Corrections, and has an annual operating budget of $20 million annually. The Buena Vista Minimum Center houses death row inmates as well as the commonwealth’s actual execution facilities, as well. Inmates also wear a specific color to represent their custody level. For example, general population inmates wear khaki uniforms while death row inmates wear scarlet red.

There is also a minimum security facility near the Buena Vista Minimum Center as well. At this facility, inmates have work assignments.

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Buena Vista Minimum Center
Facility Name
Buena Vista Minimum Center
Facility Type
State Prison
Colorado Department of Corrections
15125 Highway 24 & 285, Buena Vista, CO, 81211
Date Established
Offender Gender
Male Offenders
Buena Vista
Postal Code
Chaffee County
Official Website

Visitation Hours

  • Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Holiday Closed

Inmate Search

You can utilize the inmate search of the Colorado Department of Corrections in order to find inmates that are in the Buena Vista Minimum Center. The inmate search can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/address-and-phone-number-information.

The inmate search allows inmates to be searched by aliases, for those who may not know the full name of the inmate they are searching for. There is also the option of only searching prison inmates with photos only. You can also search for inmates based on their first name, last name, and middle name.

Sending a Mail

Offenders that are incarcerated in Buena Vista Minimum Center can receive mail from Monday through Friday, but not on weekends or holidays. Usually, mail is received by an inmate within 48 hours of the mail arriving at the facility. However, there are certain situations where this may not occur, such as an emergency lockdown.

All incoming mail must have a return address, as well. The mail will be forwarded to an inmate within 30 days if an inmate gets transferred to another facility. Legal mail cannot be read. However, all other mail can be read and inspected. Inmates at Buena Vista Minimum Center can also request to send two letters per week, which is possible even if they do not have the money for postage.

Photos can be received, but cannot contain nudity. Polaroid photos are not accepted for security reasons. The photos should be 4” x 6”. The photographs cannot be sexually suggestive or contain any illegal activity. This also includes gestures that can be interpreted as gang symbols, as well.

Inmates can receive mail to this address:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Buena Vista Minimum Center

15125 Highway 24 & 285, Buena Vista, CO, 81211

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Sending Money

Those who are housed in Colorado state facilities must receive money through JPAY. This can be done in a variety of ways.

You can deposit money over the phone by calling this number: 719-395-2404 .

There is also an instant mail option available through JPAY, as well. Any correspondence might be rejected for mail modification (glitter, stickers, etc). Obscene language should not be used.

Phone Calls

No calls can be made to inmates at Buena Vista Minimum Center, but inmates can make outgoing calls. These calls may be monitored and recorded, unless the call involves an attorney. Emergency calls can be made. However, the emergency has to be verified before a call can be placed.

Visiting Rules

There is the only visitation on two days at Buena Vista Minimum Center: Saturdays and Sundays. The visiting hours are 7 30 AM to 1 45 PM. Visitors must register to visit between 7-10 AM. Segregation visits are appointment only, and can only occur on Thursdays.


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

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