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Westcliffe Recreation

The naturally beautiful landscape of Westcliffe Surrounded by the majestic Sangre De Cristo mountain range to the west and Wet Mountains to the east offers a virtual bountiful basket of Recreational activities !

Recreational Activities

Horseback Riding
Mountain Climbing
Packtrips and Outfitting
Photo Opps

Downhill Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Fishing
Snow Mobiling


Bluegrass Festival
Memorial Day
4th of July
Stampede Rodeo
Labor Day
Art for the Sangres
Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run
Halloween Hullabaloo

Features and attractions

Lake DeWeese
Rainbow Trail
Silver Cliff Museum
Bishops Castle
Royal Gorge Scenic Bridge
Mission Wolf
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument


Westcliffe - Silver Cliff Co

Recreational Activities

The naturally beautiful landscape of Westcliffe and its majestic Sangre De Cristo mountain range to the west and Wet Mountains to the east offers a multitude of Recreational activities for you, your friends and family or your organization group. There is a never ending list of things to see, places to explore and friendly people to meet along your journey.  You can participate in  a relaxing hike or bike along the rainbow trail; providing a few hours or a day full of fun. There is camping, boating and fishing at Lake  DeWeese for the whole family and there are other more strenous and adventurous expeditions amongst the mountain creeks, high mountain meadows and forest.  Whatever activity you choose to recreate to ease your mind and soothe your soul you can be assured to enjoy all of it iwhile breathing in the pure, refreshing air and have numerous opportunites to observe many critters in the natural wildlife preserve the Wet Mountain Valley has always been famous for.


There are multiple trails in the Sangres that provide a fun filled riding experience. Tour the Rainbow Trail and the many trail heads you can access from there or just cruise around  DeWeese Reservoir or even around town by yourself or bring the kids along.
Biking in Westcliffe


Bird Watching in Westcliffe

Custer County includes a large range of habitats. You may see lowland species such as Lewis Woodpecker and Juniper Titmouse in the NE corner or shorebirds and waterbirds near Westcliffe to ptarmigan and rosy-finches above treeline.

Please refer to the followig website for boating regulations on DeWeese Reservoir
Boating in Colorado Mountains


Cliff Lanes Bowing in Westcliffe CO

Cliff Lanes Located at the far west end of Main Street in Westcliffe.

Camping in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

DeWeese Reservoir,
a 208-acre lake stocked with rainbow trout and small mouth bass.
Free Camping, No Services, non motorized boating permitted on the lake.

When reserving at the campground or RV parks; please mention you found them on www.Westcliiffe-Colorado.com

Alvardo Campground
sits at 9000 ft and provides easy access to trailheads open to hiking, biking and horseback in the Sangre De Cristo Mt. Range Facilites for tents, RV's and Equestrian campsites. Reserve a site

RV Parks
There are two RV parks providing full hookups located in Westcliffe. One is in town on main street and the other on the valley floor on the westside of Hwy 69 S

. Hiking in Westcliffe

Lake of the Clouds Trail- Moderate
10 miles - A steep upper section leads to 3 mountain lakes in a basin known for its own weather microsystem. Accessed from the Gibson Trailhead off Hermit Rd in Westcliffe.

South Colony Lakes Trail - Hard
12 miles - Leads to the very popular Crestones: Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle. The deeply rutted road is heavily traveled by brave drivers as well as hikers..

North Colony Lakes Trail - Moderate to Hard
18 miles - Not the steepest trail in the range, but its length makes it one of the more lightly-used trails. Features include a waterfall and a series of rock outcroppings.

Cottonwood Creeks Trail - Moderate
8 miles - A favorite of outfitters and campers, leading to a large, grassy basin. Access south off the Rainbow Trail from the Alvarado Campground.

Venable-Commanche Trail -Moderate
9 miles - Trailhead located at the Alvarado Campground, one of the most popular in the Sangres.

Marble Cave Trail - Hard
12 miles - The Marble Caves, with stories of hidden Conquistador gold and chained-up skeletons. Accessed between South Colony Road and Music Pass Road.

Music Pass Trail - Moderate
8-12 miles - (Length depends on where you park your vehicle). The view is considered one of the most scenic valleys in the range. Located south of Westcliffe on Hwy 69.

Crestone Needle Trail - Hard

Humboldt Peak Trail - Hard

Lower Sand Creek Trail - Hard

Upper Sand Creek Trail - Hard

Venable Creek Trail - Hard
12 miles - A popular trail to the Venable Falls, one of the most scenic in the Sangres. The trailhead is located at Alvarado Campground.

Texas Creek Trail - Hard
16 miles - Accessed from the Gibson Trailhead off the Rainbow Trail, ends at a huge boulder field at timberline.

Lower and Upper Macey - Hard

Hermit Lake Trail - Moderate
12 miles - Used by 4-wheelers as well as hikers. Featuring 3 lakes and was the setting of much of the John Belushi movie, "Continental Divide.

Horn Creek to Horn Lakes Trail - Moderate
5 miles - Trailhead located at the end of Horn Road, south of Westcliffe, leading to a large basin at Horn Lake with great camping.

Kit Carson Mt - Hard

Goodwin Lakes Trail - Moderate
12 miles - A popular destination for hikers and fishermen to 3 medium-sized lakes. Access off the Rainbow Trail north of Alvarado Campground.

Mt Adams Summit Trail - Hard

Horn Peak Trail - Moderate

Alvarado Campground - Easy

Rainbow Trail - Easy to Moderate
Approximately 100 miles long with altitudes between 9,000 to 10,000 feet. Mountain bikes, ATVs, dirt bikes and horses only permitted on part of the trail. Snow and rain gear should be carried at all times. More info at the Visitors Center in Westcliffe open May 23rd thru Sept 7.

Stoutt Creek Trail and Bushnell Lake Trail - Hard
7 miles -  10 miles south of Canon City on Oak Creek The Stout Creek Trail, (off the Rainbow Trail), offers a steep trek to some of the best waterfalls in the state. From the same trailhead is to Bushnell Lake at 11,500'.

Tanner Trail - Hard
Climbing to over 9,000 feet and offering spectacular views of the Arkansas River Valley

North Taylor Lake Trail - Moderate
10 miles - One of the most spacious valleys in the Sangres. Trailhead south of the Gibson Trailhead. Megan Lake lies at timberline and is the crash site of a WWII military plane.

Crestone Needle (14,197 ft.)
Crestone Peak (14,294 ft.)
Humbolt Peak (14,064 ft.)
Kit Carson Peak (14,165 ft.)

Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding Westcliffe

Come on down an saddle up at one of the many places you can go horseback riding in Westcliffe.
Bear Basin
Music Meadows

Fishing in Westcliffe

The Westcliffe area at DeWeese Reservoir and in the many creeks are great for trout fishing a, including brook trout, brown trout and cutbow trout. You can also check out the Cross D Bar Ranch where no license is required.


St. Andrews is a 9 hole golf course on the north east end of the valley floor.

Golfing in Westcliffe


Peaks Gym and Health Club on Main Street in Westcliffe, CO
Gym in Westcliffe

Mountain Climbing
Mountain Climbing

Movies and Theater
Jones Thearter and Center for Performing Arts where you and the whole family can enjoy first-run Academy Award winning films in Westcliffe, Colorado.
Jones Theater in Westcliffe

Music Festival
The High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Festivalin Westcliffe

Packtrips and Outfitting
Jones Theater in Westcliffe

Bear Basin Provdes packtrips and outfitting

Photo Opps
 Photo Opps

No matter what recreational activity you engage in in the Westcliffe area; your camera is a must so you can capture the natural beauty all around you.  Most of the images on this page and throughout the entire Westcliffe-Colorado.com website are credited to T.R. Stilley and Kevin Parsons, two advid outdoors men and outstanding professional photographers who live in Westcliffe, CO.


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