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Westcliffe shines as a distinguished, internationally acclaimed dark skies community. While you immerse yourself in this captivating locale, don't miss the opportunity to behold the mesmerizing night sky at Bluff Park. For an even more extraordinary experience, consider paying a visit to Smokey Jack's Observatory, conveniently located just a stone's throw away, less than half a mile from the Courtyard Country Inn.
Throughout the year, Westcliffe dazzles with a multitude of star parties and captivating events. As the official dark skies website aptly describes, "As two of the highest altitude Dark Skies towns in the world, combined with the unwavering dedication of our community to preservation, you can indulge in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Milky Way, even while strolling down illuminated Main Street!"
Make sure to stay informed about all the enchanting events taking place by visiting the link below. Additionally, for further details regarding our exceptional dark skies, please explore the invaluable information available at https://www.darkskiescolorado.org/
Mission: Wolf, situated on the outskirts of town, presents an extraordinary chance to experience the magnificence of wolves in an up-close and personal manner. We take great pride in our role as a corporate sponsor for the recently released documentary, "Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living," brought to you by NeeNee Productions.
Bishop Castle is a place waiting to be discovered. As stated on their official website, the castle boasts three expansive levels filled with interior rooms, including a magnificent Grand Ballroom. Its towering structures and bridges offer breathtaking views that span over a hundred miles. Adding to its allure, the castle features a mesmerizing Fire-Breathing Dragon. The Bishop Castle promises an unforgettable experience. Visitors are warmly welcomed without any admission fee, and the castle remains open to all at all times.
Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure at Llama Trekking, where you can explore the enchanting ranch. Embark on a breathtaking hike, indulge in a day of discovery, and bask in the exceptional company of llamas. For more information, visit our website
Explore the breathtaking beauty of the San Isabel National Forest by embarking on a memorable hike. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the stunning landscapes of the Wet Mountain Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. Immerse yourself in nature's splendor as you traverse trails like the Rainbow Trail, Music Pass, Venable, and Commanche, each offering unique challenges suitable for different skill levels.
Located in Westcliffe, Colorado, Peregrine Coffee Roasters is a beloved local gem that comes highly recommended by Vanessa Cruz, the Innkeeper of Courtyard Country Inn. Vanessa is thrilled to have this fantastic coffee shop just a short 2-minute walk away from her inn.
Peregrine stands out for its unique approach to coffee as they seek to provide coffees that consistently "wow" you. This means ethically sourcing coffees from unique origins all over the globe. As the only coffee roaster in Custer County, they roast every Tuesday and Wednesday, while also providing craft drink service in their café 6 days a week. If you stop in, you can expect 100% made-in-house and organic ingredients, side-by-side with specialty coffees.
Vanessa mentions that Peregrine's dedication to their craft goes beyond their roasting process, as they actively participate in coffee conventions. Vanessa is so impressed by their offerings that she hopes to serve Peregrine's coffee at her inn in the near future. She even jokingly suggests that she should work for them. For those seeking a remarkable coffee experience in Westcliffe, Peregrine Coffee Roasters is an absolute must-visit.
Photo Credit: Steve Willis
Lake DeWeese is renowned for its abundant fish population, including bass, trout, and tiger muskie, making it an ideal year-round fishing destination. Ice fishing is also a beloved activity in this area. Additionally, Grape Creek presents another enticing option for fishing enthusiasts. For those seeking elevated angling experiences, the Alpine Lakes, namely Macey, Stout Creek, Lily, Hermit, Venable, and Brush Creek, offer some of the finest opportunities. However, it's important to note that accessing many of these lakes requires either a 4-wheel drive vehicle or a hiking expedition. River Sister Fly Fishing provides exceptional prospects for fly fishing enthusiasts as well.
Custer County provides diverse cycling opportunities to suit every individual's preferences. Whether you're into mountain biking along the scenic Rainbow Trail or prefer a family-friendly cycling experience on the Park to Park trail in town, there's something for everyone. For those seeking a more thrilling adventure, the Historic Mining Loop and various trails leading to Lake DeWeese offer exciting options for cyclists of all ages. The best part is that you can access these trails directly from the Courtyard, eliminating the need to load your bikes onto a vehicle. Simply step out of your room and embark on your cycling adventure right away, enjoying the convenience and comfort.
The new RAM Outdoor Custer County has recently opened and is offering e-bike and gear rental.
Visit their website for more information: https://www.ramoutdoor.us
Westcliffe boasts a delightful array of shops and dining establishments that are sure to capture your interest. Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and indulge in the charming coffee shops, captivating art galleries, unique boutiques, and captivating rock shops, among other attractions. There is something to suit every taste and preference, ensuring a delightful experience for all.
Among our personal recommendations is All the Range, a favored establishment that provides all the essential gear for your outdoor adventures. For a wholesome family activity, look no further than Cliff Lanes, offering bowling, billiards, and the opportunity to relish a satisfying lunch or dinner.
If you find yourself craving a delectable treat, just across the road from the Courtyard lies the remarkable Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery. Treat yourself to a scrumptious muffin, cinnamon roll, or even a slice of quiche or a breakfast burrito, and savor a tranquil morning in the inviting courtyard. Alternatively, a mere two blocks down the road, Sugarlump Bakery awaits, ready to satisfy your hunger with delightful breakfast and lunch options, as well as gourmet coffee or frappes.
As the afternoon rolls in, why not indulge in the flavorsome offerings of Tony's Mountain Pizza? Alternatively, if you plan ahead, venture a short drive out of town and make reservations at Alpine Restaurant for a truly memorable dining experience.
Westcliffe hosts a multitude of events and festivals throughout the year. These include: