Fall in Love with Westcliffe
Escape to Westcliffe, where open space stretches far across Colorado's Wet Mountain Valley and stars shine brighter than almost anywhere else in the world.
Make a donation to All the Range, 210 Main St., Westcliffe.
Wear layers as temperatures can range widely from morning to afternoon. Stay hydrated so you can enjoy these activities at altitude.
It’s a remarkable feeling to be surrounded by the golds, reds and burnt oranges of fall colors, and what better place to experience them than in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Custer County? The Alvarado Loop is a locals' favorite for leaf peeping. The trailhead is located at the Alvarado Campground, just a few miles southeast of downtown Westcliffe.
Hit the backcountry on horseback with the experienced horsemen and guides of Music Meadows Ranch.
Westcliffe's Wet Mountain Valley has long been known for its beautiful mountain vistas and big open skies, but now word is getting out about its world-class dark night skies. In 2015, Silver Cliff and Westcliffe were recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association as the ninth International Dark Sky Community in the world. It's also the first in Colorado and, with an elevation of almost 7,900 feet, the highest in the world. Come see the stars as you've never seen them before.
Drive an hour northeast to your next stop: Cañon City.