Westcliffe - South Central Colorado

Includes Rosita, Silver Cliff

 

When silver was king in 1881, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad expanded from Canon City west and built Westcliffe. After silver went bust, Westcliffe managed to hang on as a ranching and farming community. Silver ore was first discovered in black stained cliffs in 1878.

The new Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway connect Rye/San Isabel, Westcliffe and Colorado City/Pueblo via Colorado Highways 165 and 96.

Fronteir Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway , Westcliffe, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Fronteir Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, Westcliffe, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

SUGGESTED STOPS ON THE FRONTIER PATHWAYS
SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY

Be sure to stop and see The Colfax Colony Experiment 4.5 miles south on SH69. Carl Wulsten formed this German Colony bringing 100 families from Chicago in March 1871 by December the colony fell apart. The "Westcliff" Schoolhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on 4th street, was dedicated on Christmas Eve 1891. No one knows why the school name, still visible above the door as "Westcliff" spelled without the 'e'. Mingus Homestead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on Forest Service Road 383 near mile marker 11, stay to the right when the road forks, about 1 mile off Highway 165. The town of Ula is nothing more than a cemetery and cabin you can see from Highway 69 near mile marker 63.2. Ula was the first settlement in the valley boasting a post office, general store and hotel.

Just north of town is Lake DeWeese, in the bowl of the Wet Mountain Valley, which offers fishing and water sports. Grape Creek, which flows below the reservoir, has rainbow and brown trout. Lake Isabel, in the San Isabel National Forest, is ideal for picnicking, fishing and hiking. Lakes of the Clouds, at 11,200', are accessible by four-wheel drive or hiking in 5 miles. But the trip is worth it as the remote beaver ponds below the lakes have brook and cutthroat trout while the upper lake has rainbow trout.

In the winter, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the area.

Fronteir Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, Westcliffe, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

Westcliffe is near: Royal Gorge Area & San Isabel Area

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Featured Westcliffe Businesses

A Painted View Ranch  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
In the Wet Mountain Valley near Westcliffe! A Western Destination Wedding Venue with Packages. Seasonal Events: National Cutting Horse Events, National Chuckwagon Cook-off & Art for the Sangres.

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Attractions 


Alpine Lodge - Dinner Restaurant, Lounge, Cabins, Special Events  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Quaint mountain cabins near Westcliffe, nestled among pines. Borders San Isabel National Forest with its famous Rainbow Trail into the high country. Peaceful atmosphere and good food - Prime rib nightly.

cabins Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Restaurant 


Colorado Cabin For 2 (Spa Sola Fide)  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Kindle romance in a beautiful Colorado setting. Packages: 2-5 night stay, massages (Spa Sola Fide), wine & flowers. Enjoy the privacy of being the only cabin guest. Near Westcliffe an hour from Canon City.

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Golden Corner Suites  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On the Corner in Westcliffe. Spacious Golden Suites, full kitchens, in the picturesque Wet Mountain Valley between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Wired Internet access!

motels Scenic Byways Hunting 


Grape Creek RV Park: Campground & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Grape Creek runs through the Park -- a quiet & peaceful setting. On Highway 69; Westcliffe is 1-1/2 miles north. EXTRA LONG FULL HOOKUP RV SITES! Cute camper cabins sleep 4. Clubhouse with WI-FI.

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Shining Mountain Rentals  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A mountain retreat near Westcliffe with shining views of the Sangre de Cristos and Wet Mountains. Bring the family! Your interests! Your seasonal preference! We have the vacation rental for you! Love hunters.

cabins Guest Horses Hunting 



For more travel information contact:

Westcliffe Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Spanish Peaks

Scenic Byways:
Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
Rainbow Trail Hiking

Snowmobiling:
San Isabel Area Snowmobile Trails


 
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