Silver Cliff Museum
Royal Gorge Scenic Bridge
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Bear Basin Provdes packtrips and outfitting
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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