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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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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Sangres Art Guild Art Show ~ Blend of Art

This Blend of Art Show, opening up Labor Day weekend, weaves together a unique display of art in all mediums. Visitors are invited to vote for People’s Choice awards at the opening reception on September 2nd and check out the upper floor of the gallery, featuring artwork from our Gallery Volunteers. The Blend of Art exhibit joins the local Annual Fiber Art Show, Quilt Show, and...

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Sangre de Cristo Ultras, the 6th Annual

The 2023 running of the Sangre de Cristo Ultras, the 6th Annual September 20-24, 2023 at Music Meadows/Greenhorn Ranch For distances, start times, etc. website has all info: and the 200-mile has its own page: John P. Lacroix Owner & Race Director | Human Potential LLC | Arvada, CO @HPRunningSeries

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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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Beckwith Ranch Harvest Festival

Beckwith Ranch will be open for family fun, tours of the Mansion and other new exhibits, local vendors will be selling their wares, market vendors featuring produce, and great food. Kids can participate in games played in the 1890’s and families can enjoy great music featuring local bands.

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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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