Annual King Boletus Mushroom Festival: Aug. ??

A two-day mushroom seminar with classroom lectures and mountain forays.

Back in 1996, Jim and Carol Sanford conceived of the King Boletus Mushroom Festival as a fundraiser for Buena Vista Heritage, combining two of their passions. Although mushroom forays and historic preservation seemed an unlikely pairing, the event has been a success in every year except 2002 and 2018, when it was canceled due to drought conditions.

More than its success as a fundraiser, however, the King Boletus Mushroom Festival has educated hundreds of participants on the fine art of hunting for and identifying mushrooms in the Upper Arkansas Valley and throughout Colorado. It has also brought together mushroom hunters of all ages and levels of experience to share their passion, tips and success stories.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s fun?

This year's Mushroom Fest will be August 2021. The fee is $100.00, including lunch on Saturday, a wine and cheese reception Saturday afternoon, and a light lunch on Sunday. There is no one-day rate. Please leave your dog at home.

BVH sells mushroom guide books, collecting baskets, knives, and loupes at the event.

The seminar starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 338 N. Railroad Street, Buena Vista. Check-in between 8:30 and 9:00. Mushroom expert Ellen Jacobson and other members of the Colorado Mycological Society will present slides, display tables, handouts and information on locating and identifying mushrooms. In the afternoon, attendees will carpool to the local mountains to go on mushroom forays.

After the foray, everyone will gather to compare and identify the mushrooms they have collected, followed by a wine-cheese reception at the historic Turner Farm, 829 W. Main.

The festival will continue on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. There will again be forays into the mountains to find mushrooms. Then, participants return to the Legion Hall for more identification, question-and-answers session, and a light lunch of quick mushroom-based snacks and pizza.

What to Bring:
Hiking boots
pocket knife or mushroom knife
water and snacks for the forays
bug spray
hat, sun protection
a collection basket, loupe, or mushroom guide if you have them.

Registration is limited. No refunds after August 10, 2019... Request a printable form by emailing

For more information and registration availability, call 719-395-8458.

Thanks to
For support and donations for this event.
Buena Vista Heritage
P.O. Box 1414
Buena Vista, CO 81211