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!
YOUR HOME BASE FOR…

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Take the popular, adventurous four-wheel drive pass or the highway to this natural wonder.

100+ MILES OF TRAILS

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.

EVENTS

Art for the Sangres

Art for the Sangres fine art sale is happening now, with a special two-week online opportunity to purchase exquisite artwork and support conservation of the region's land, water, wildlife and scenic vistas. The online sale ends at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. Through Sept. 26 you can purchase the offerings of 17 renowned artists. Thirty percent of the purchase price will be a donation...

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Free

PAINT at the View

Join local professional artist, Kim Faiella, at A Painted View Ranch for a festive evening of painting an aspen landscape from 5-7 p.m. Delight in a guided painting on an 11”x 14” canvas and savor fine wines and hors d’oeuves in a beautiful outdoor setting at the base of the Sangres! Limited space. Call Kim at 206-618-5866 to reserve your spot. Space is limited $45 per...

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Harvest Festival & Music in the Park

Come out and enjoy this end of the season Harvest Festival on September 26-27 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. at the 300 Block of Westcliffe. Wine tasting, live Music in the Park, a skincare demo at the Boutique off Main on Saturday, a free coupon book for store specials and more. Call 719-371-7076 for more information.

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Custer County Welcome Center Re-Open House

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 107 N. 3rd Street in Westcliffe. Check out our new media center and lots of ideas of what to do in Custer County. Stop by and get a free Wet Mountain Valley sticker!

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Public Star Party: Star Clusters

CANCELLED. Final Star Party of the season! Star clusters are groups of stars which are gravitationally bound. Two distinct types of star cluster can be distinguished: globular clusters are tight groups of hundreds of thousands of very old stars, while open clusters generally contain less than a few hundred members, and are often very young. Both types will be viewable in our night sky....

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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!