Come for the mountains, stay for the stars

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.
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EVENTS

Beckwith Ranch March Madness Murder Mystery and Soiree

Come to Beckwith Ranch to investigate the mysterious death of Elton Beckwith. A cold case that is still unresolved after 116 years!  Wine and treats will be served as guests enjoy visiting and collaborating to solve a mystery. The official cause of death was from a fall from the second floor window at Waverly Mansion (known today as Beckwith Ranch). But many have speculated...

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Colorado Piano Trio

The Colorado Piano Trio is an international ensemble based at the University of Northern Colorado. American violinist Jubal Fulks, Polish pianist Adam Żukiewicz, and Slovenian cellist Gal Faganel perform classical music from the past and present.

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$20

WCPA Live Theater ~ Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso at the Lapin Agile is described succinctly by WCPA Artistic Director Christopher Tabb as “Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar...” in 1920s Paris. Need we add that “hilarity ensues”? It is Steve Martin we are talking about, here! 7pm Friday: April 21 - April 28 7pm Saturday: April 22 - April 29  2pm Sunday matinee: April 23 - April 30  Ticket prices...

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$20

WMVSC Kentucky Derby~Casino Night~Dance

Watch the race, bet on your horse win prizes, try your luck at black jack, roulette or craps, and dance the night away. $10 entry with race betting, casino tables, and drinks for other fees.

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$10

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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Free

#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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