Seniors Enjoy Westcliffe

The historic town of Westcliffe is one of the most amazing small mountain towns in the state. Senior visitors discover this quaint little town at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the longest and straightest mountain range on earth.

The town lies in the Wet Mountain Valley, between the Wet Mountain range and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and is approximately 50 miles due west of Colorado Springs. The Sangres’ string of 13,000 and 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks tower over the 7,800-foot valley floor. The town is to the east of the Sangre De Cristos.

It offers many grandiose  views and in town you will find 600+ happy citizens. Note that Westcliffe wasn’t built until the Denver & Rio Grande arrived in 1881, so it had a lot of history to live prior to the arrival of the railroad.

This quaint rural setting is a place where senior citizens can slip under the radar to spend long summer days enjoying the high meadow mountain weather while visiting with the company of those friendly residents.

Westcliffe is adjacent to the historic mining town of Silver Cliff, and two towns are being connected and often appear as just one. The valley is a peaceful home for residents and a glorious get-a-way for senior visitors who discover this well-kept Colorado secret.

You will find Silver Cliff lying just to the west of Westcliffe. Silver Cliff was formed in the late 1870s to house the miners of its namesake, the Silver Cliff mine, and other silver mines in the neighborhood, such as the Bull-Domingo.

This particular area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is known as the Sangre de Cristo’s and is famous for it’s unparalleled views and endless miles of lush wilderness trails and mountain meadows bursting with wild flowers.

 Seniors Awed At Mountain Views

Custer County is visited yearly by visitors from all over the world, for not only the views of the mountains, but for  hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, bird watching, and technical climbing, as well as the Wildlife preserve and observatory it has held intact.

Senior visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors in a more passive way will find great spots for photography and bird/wildlife viewing. When the tent is raised with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, you know its music festival time in the Wet Mountain Valley.

 The High Mountain Hay Fever Festival brings the best of blue grass to over 4,000 people from around the country each July. Westcliffe is just a super cool spot for settling in for a day or two to just unwind. You will find the scenery worth a visit and for those of us who love flowers, especially wildflowers, Westcliffe is the place to be when they are in full bloom.

What a great setting and what a neat small town. Stop in on your next trip to Colorado. jeb

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