Scenery that Takes Your Breath Away


Your Home Base for Adventure


The Wet Mountain Valley:
Where Dark Skies Rule


A Day in the Mountains


Bring Out Your
Inner Cowboy


Get Inspired: Arts & Culture


Experience Live Music in the Valley

Come for the mountains, stay for the stars

As travel restrictions vary by county in Colorado, please note the current status for Westcliffe and Custer County:
Lodgings and many of our local restaurants are now open. Also, Lake DeWeese Reservoir is open for camping and fishing with a license. Hiking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is available provided visitors respect social distancing. Please contact us or our local businesses if you have other questions about what is open for visitors.
For your wellbeing and that of our community, we request visitors be considerate of others by respecting social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently and trying to have minimum exposure to others. Thank you for helping us all stay #ColoradoStrong!

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.


A Painted View Ranch: Kids Kamp

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles: Sign kids up now for a fun-filled morning or afternoon. Spaces are limited. June 22-26, July 6-10, August 3-7 Morning Kamp is 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., ages 4-7 Afternoon Kamp is 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., ages 8-12 Kids will learn equine basics and care with fun activities on and off the horse.' For more information and to...

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Public Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

Celebrate one of the years biggest, brightest, and most awe-inspiring astronomical events: the Perseid Meteor Shower! The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus. The Moon won’t rise until 1 AM, giving us plenty of time to see meteors streak...

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Silver West Air Fest

CANCELLED. Free event! Fly or drive on out and enjoy our beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains, airplanes, music, and food. At the airport south of Westcliffe, Colorado.

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High Altitude Horsepower Car Show

CANCELLED. Enter your antique, vintage, classic, rat rod, or hot rod/muscle car, while you share the day with other car enthusiasts, or just come enjoy the cars and vote for your favorites. Features a pancake breakfast provided by the local Rotary Club, food vendors, bounce house for the kids, fabulous shops...and don't forget to pick up a Car Show t-shirt! Contact the Custer County...

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High Peaks Music Festival

The 11th annual High Peaks Music Festival is set against the backdrop of one of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain ranges and showcases the Valley’s amazing musical talent and incredible friends. It's a ‘not to be missed’ acoustic music event. Scheduled so far this year: Hard Road Trio Charlie Provenza and Jimy Murphy BLT David Starr Dakota Blonde Smythe and Taylor

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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!