While Silver Cliff is home to an outstanding mining, firefighting, and historical museum, Westcliffe exudes a more artsy vibe. Its business district is lined with galleries and specialty shops, and its summer season is packed with music festivals, free concerts, art shows, and workshops, cowboy-poetry gatherings and live theater.
Attractions that draw visitors from around the world to this secluded, picturesque valley are outdoor activities that range from hiking, fishing, camping, bicycling and climbing the 14,000-plus-foot peaks of the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, to exploring mine ruins and pioneer cemeteries.
Since the mountain ranges shield Westcliffe and nearby Silver Cliff from light pollution in the region, the communities are the first in Colorado to be recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association for their exemplary stargazing opportunities.
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Smokey Jack’s Observatory hosts star parties through the summer months.