Come for the mountains, stay for the stars

All literature can be downloaded here or 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 and the West Custer County Library.

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.

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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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Custer County’s Got Talent Show

Your host & emcee for the evening — TC Smythe. Directed by Bev Allen. Ticket price by donation – give what you can with proceeds benefitting Children’s Programming at the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts.

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Pines Ranch Wellness Event

Stress Management  The Pines Ranch, West Custer County Library, and Rosi Blaesius are hosting a series of wellness events to empower people to improve their health and wellness. The Pines Ranch has been known as a place to restore health and well-being since the early 1900’s and that purpose continues to this day to be known as the "Wellness Center of the Rockies "...

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Beckwith Ranch Kids Day

The Custer County Kids Council, West Custer County Library, and Friends of Beckwith Ranch are teaming up for a great event for kids at Beckwith Ranch.  Saturday, May 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM, families are invited to Beckwith Ranch. Beckwith will open up all the buildings and provide docents (in 1890 period costume) to tell interesting real life ranching stories, answer questions,...

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Beckwith Ranch Roundup

The 3rd annual Beckwith Ranch Roundup promises fun for all and great entertainment in ranching style. Live Bands, Ranching Arena Presentations, Mansion Tours, Blacksmithing Demo, Tours of Newly Restored Barns, Observe the Sun Safely, Face Painting (Kids Council), Stick Horse Derby, Horse Shoes, Calf Roping, Ponies. Additionally, there will be an authentic Chuckwagon Lunch, Wagon Rides, Silent Auction, Community Booths and of course the...

$10 – $25
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SJO Sun Observing Hour

OPEN TO PUBLIC 11:00am-12:00pm Safely observe the sun through several solar telescopes at the Smokey Jack Observatory.

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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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