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. Tourism literature is also available throughout the community.

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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.
Watch The Wet Mountain Valley, a dark-skies timelapse video produced by award-winning SKYGLOW.
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EVENTS

Sangres Art Guild ~ June’s Bustin’ Out

Sangres Art Guild’s second show in 2024 called for visual art in all mediums, styles and themes and open to both member and non-members. Enjoy the work of local and regional artists at the 3rd Street Gallery anytime from Thursday – Monday between 11am and 4pm. Visitors can also see the work of our Sangres Art Guild volunteers, on display on the 2nd floor,...

Free
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Beckwith Ranch Roundup

The 3rd annual Beckwith Ranch Roundup promises fun for all and great entertainment in ranching style. Live Bands, Ranching Arena Presentations, Mansion Tours, Blacksmithing Demo, Tours of Newly Restored Barns, Observe the Sun Safely, Face Painting (Kids Council), Stick Horse Derby, Horse Shoes, Calf Roping, Ponies. Additionally, there will be an authentic Chuckwagon Lunch, Wagon Rides, Silent Auction, Community Booths and of course the...

$2 – $10
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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.

Free
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Sangres Art Guild ~ June’s Bustin’ Out – Gallery Reception

The “June’s Bustin’ Out” Opening Reception is the perfect way to spend your Saturday - mingling with local artists, having some refreshments, and enjoy a sampling of tunes by our local musicians. You also get to vote for your top two favorite artworks in the People’s Choice awards. Receptions at the 3rd Street Gallery are free to attend.

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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.

Free
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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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