Come for the mountains, stay for the stars

Newly available for summer 2023 is Custer County Past & Present: A Historical Digest for Exploring the Wet Mountain Valley, a guidebook detailing the county’s fascinating history in timelines, images, stories, and more.

It can be picked up in town for FREE at the Welcome Center at 107 N 3rd St. Copies are also available at the Westcliffe and Silver Cliff Town Halls, the West Custer County Library and the Wet Mountain Tribune.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park. Take the popular, adventurous four-wheel drive pass or the highway to this natural wonder.


Hike to one of our 52 mountain lakes or hop on the Rainbow Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking.

EXCEPTIONAL STARGAZING…in the highest elevation International Dark Sky Community in the world and the first in Colorado.
Watch The Wet Mountain Valley, a dark-skies timelapse video produced by award-winning SKYGLOW.
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Sangres Art Guild Calendar Art Show ~ ‘Wild Things’

Check out SAG’s 2023 season-opening show featuring original 2D, 3D and photographic art reflecting the Wet Mountain Valley and Southern Colorado.  Over 60 pieces were entered for the 2024 SAG Fine Art Calendar, 'Wild Things'.  Thirteen (13) winning entries were chosen by juror Charles Frizzell and will be featured in the 2024 Sangres Art Guild Fine Art Calendar: Wild Things. Show runs May 6...

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Music on the Patio ~ Some Guy Named Robb

Some Guy Named Robb a.k.a. Robb McCormick is an award-winning, internationally touring, Singer-Songwriter, multi-instrumental, Poet, Guest Speaker, who is native to Arkansas.​ Robb is the winner of the Beaux Arts Academy, Performer of the Year award and the 40 under 40 in Arkansas. He loves to perform and engage with the audience with his storytelling, wit and humor.

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Westcliffe Farmers Market every Friday

The Westcliffe Farmers Market celebrates its 16th anniversary in a new location for 2023. It will be set up in the spacious parking lot located at 59000 Hwy 69/N 3rd St. That is right around the corner from Main St and the Stage Stop corner and around the corner from Jess Price Park. Held every Friday from 9am to 1pm through September 29th. Come...

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Alla Prima Westcliffe

Sangres Art Guild presents the 14th Annual Alla Prima Westcliffe Plein Air Paint-Out Embrace the Wet Mountain Valley and our National Art Gala Event for 2023! Alla Prima Westcliffe is a nine-day event beginning with an optional two-day plein air workshop on June 2 and 3 with nationally renowned artist and author, Tim Deibler from La Veta, Colorado. Artists will begin the Alla Prima...

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Kids Kamp at A Painted View Ranch

Children (Ages 6-12) can have fun and learn all about horses with hands-on experience learning about the care of animals, basic anatomy, safety, and even riding! Snack included. $250.00 for the week. Spots are limited, preregistration required. Call Ashten Hutton at 719-371-4542 for information or to register.

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#LookUp: Stargazing at its Finest

Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are Colorado’s first designated International Dark Sky Community, and we’re the highest elevation of those sites in the world. Come see for yourself what a real night sky looks like!

Travel Responsibly in the Wet Mountain Valley

The Wet Mountain Valley is a beautiful place, and we’d love for it to stay that way for generations to come. Whether you’re strolling downtown, hiking trails, or watching the stars,  please help by traveling responsibly.

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