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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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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SJO Public Star Party

OPEN TO PUBLIC A two hour open house to view the celestial objects we are observing that evening at the Smokey Jack Observatory. Weather permitting.

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2nd Saturday Art Walk

Come out to enjoy walking around to the many fine art galleries in our little town. 3rd Street Gallery, Andy Mast Fine Art, Arterburn Fine Art Gallery, Cheryl Swartz Jewelrysmith, Greenstone ArtWorks, K-2 Gallery Arts, Melody DeBenedictus Fine Art Gallery, Sangre de Christo Gallery and Rock Shop. Wild Iris Gallery

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AND THE WINNER IS... Lollipop & Co. with 47% of the votes! Big props to Valley Ace Hardware with 34% and Historic Jones Theatre with 19%. And really, aren’t we all the true winners with these THREE GREAT SOURCES for POPCORN in the Wet Mountain Valley? #visitwetmountainvalley #lollipopandco #valleyacehardware #historicjonestheater ... See MoreSee Less
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TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! CONCERT - Come What May with Smythe and Taylor at Historic Jones Theatre, tonight, Feb 17th from 7:00 - 9:00pm. $20 for tickets, available at the door or online at The WINNER OF THE COMMUNITY JUST FOR FUN POP-OFF will also be announced during this event and then posted online too!#visitwetmountainvalley #smytheandtaylor ... See MoreSee Less
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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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