Come for the mountains, stay for the stars

Newly available 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 Art Show ~ Festival of Art

Festival of Art features original, smaller artworks—perfect for the gift-giving season.  Visitors can select two People's Choice awards at the opening reception and are invited to a special holiday reception before the annual Holiday Parade!  Don’t miss our popular “End of Season Sale of Small Artworks” table and check out the upper floor featuring artwork from our Gallery Volunteers. Show runs November 16 -...

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Greenstone Artworks: Super Soups Holiday Show

One-of-a-kind ceramic soup cups or bowls for sale to fill with delicious soups over and over again. While enjoying the fine soups, enjoy all of the artwork from our group of very fine artists! Gallery Reception on Saturday, December 9 ~ 12-5 pm

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Victorian Christmas at Beckwith Ranch

A month long event of beautifully decorated rooms, music events, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Nov 24 The outside lights on Mansion turn on. Nov 25 through Dec 8 come tour and vote on your favorite room. Dec 2 Closed for Private Party Dec 9  11am to 4pm Mr. and Mrs. Claus, kids make a wish ornament, Celtic Mountain Strings performs at 11:30 to 3:30....

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Beckwith Ranch New Year Open House

Beckwith is kicking off the year 2024 with its annual New Year Open House, Saturday, January 6th, 1pm - 4pm. It will be the last opportunity to see the Mansion and Bunkhouse decorated in its Christmas best. Enjoy light refreshments, tour the ranch, and find out about what is new for 2024. Beckwith staff will be on hand to present a new "Beckwith Membership...

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WCPA The R.i.P Improve Troupe

Fresh from Denver and all points Colorado, the R.i.P Improv Troupe's unscripted comedy style is sure to have you laughing until you cry! No two shows are ever the same, prepared for an 0ff-the-cuff, top-of-the-head, tip-of-the-tongue experience—and be ready for some audience participation to boot! R.i.P will also be doing an improv workshop Saturday afternoon!

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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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