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Westcliffe is a historic western town located between Pueblo and Salida and an hour and a half southwest of Colorado Springs. Situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Westcliffe is in Custer County, which is a very rural part of southern Colorado. It is said that Westcliffe has "a larger population of cattle than people," - the actual human population of the town is around 700 residents. Westcliffe's economy is based in agriculture and the town boasts the best high-mountain hay available anywhere in the country. To give you an idea of the type of low-key, sparsely populated place this is - there are no stoplights anywhere in the county and no major highways run through the area (but this only adds to the charm of Westcliffe.) The town does offer a golf course and movie theater, great restaurants, pubs and live entertainment, art galleries and various other shops and services. The area is ideal for horseback riding and several expert outfitters in the valley will guide overnight pack trips into the mountains. Many mountain lakes, streams and rivers provide outstanding fishing, and there are miles and miles of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails in the area. The nearby Arkansas River offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the country, and Westcliffe is about an hour's drive south of Salida, home of Colorado's largest indoor natural hot springs. The major ski areas of Monarch, Crested Butte and Breckenridge are all within easy driving distance of the town of Westcliffe.

Surrounding areas: Crestone, Colorado (15.9 mi), Canon City, Colorado (24.8 mi), Beulah, Colorado (26.3 mi), Penrose, Colorado (31.3 mi), Rye, Colorado (32.6 mi), Salida, Colorado (40.0 mi), San Luis Valley, Colorado (40.0 mi)

Westcliffe Vacation Rentals

Westcliffe Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Lazy J Resort & Rafting Company Inc16373 Hwy 50Coaldale, CO22.5 mi.(800) 678-4274
Quality Inn & Suites3075 E Hwy 50Canon City, CO22.8 mi.(719) 275-8676
Comfort Inn311 Royal Gorge BlvdCanon City, CO24.2 mi.(719) 276-6900
Super 8 Motel Canon City209 N 19THCanon City, CO25.4 mi.(719) 275-8687
Super 8 Motel4540 State Hwy 67Florence, CO25.8 mi.(719) 784-4800
Stage Stop Inn111 E Main StFlorence, CO25.9 mi.(719) 784-6463
Holiday Inn Express110 Latigo LnCanon City, CO26.6 mi.(719) 275-2400

Westcliffe Weather & Climate

South-central is a complex mix of mountains and desert. Since Colorado is a mid-latitude interior continental state, and has the highest elevations in the United States, weather can change dramatically from place to place. The state has one of the most complex climates in the nation. Southern Colorado is not always warmer than the northern part of the state, due to the elevation. Generally, the mountainous areas are cooler and wetter than lower elevations. Winters are cold and snowy, and summers are warm with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Nights anytime of the year can be crisp in Colorado. Humidity is usually not a problem. Southern Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine per year. So, although there is plenty of snow in the wintertime, except at the highest elevations, it usually melts by mid-day.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 6°F 0.43 in. -
February 40°F 10°F 0.50 in. -
March 46°F 18°F 1.20 in. -
April 53°F 25°F 1.36 in. -
May 63°F 33°F 1.47 in. -
June 74°F 40°F 1.03 in. -
July 78°F 44°F 2.16 in. -
August 76°F 43°F 2.38 in. -
September 70°F 36°F 1.10 in. -
October 60°F 25°F 1.00 in. -
November 45°F 15°F 0.96 in. -
December 37°F 7°F 0.58 in. -

Westcliffe Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Pueblo Memorial airport (PUB) located about 53 miles east of Westcliffe in Pueblo, Colorado, San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field (ALS) located approximately 53 miles southwest of Westcliffe in Alamosa, Colorado, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located roughly 58 miles northwest of Westcliffe in Buena Vista, Colorado, and finally the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located around 62 miles northeast of Westcliffe in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Westcliffe Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO59.0 mi.
Golf Courses
St Andrews at WestcliffeWestcliffeCO 
Los Cumbres Golf CourseCrestoneCO15.8 mi.
Bear Paw Golf CourseFlorenceCO26.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO89.1 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO96.7 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO98.0 mi.
Red River Ski AreaRed RiverNM98.6 mi.
AspenAspenCO103.2 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO103.2 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO103.2 mi.
TiehackAspenCO103.2 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO109.3 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO114.9 mi.
VailVailCO114.9 mi.
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO43.5 mi.(Art)
American Hall of Heroes MuseumPuebloCO47.3 mi.(History)
American Numismatic Association Money MuseumColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.(Technology)
Tesla Museum and LibraryColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.(Technology)
SpielArts. Figurative Fine Art & PrintsColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.(Art)
Colorado Springs MuseumColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.(History)
Edward J. Peterson Air and Space MuseumColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO47.3 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO59.6 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO113.8 mi.

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