About

mapToday the silver mines are closed down and the railroad is gone, but the area’s agricultural heritage is strong as working ranches are passed down from generation to generation.

The natural beauty of the ‘Cliffs provides an ideal setting for events such as weddings, reunions, retreats and conferences.  It has the Colorado mountain beauty one expects of a ski town without the traffic, congestion and inflated pricing. In-town provides all the amenities one looks for including shopping, dining, arts and entertainment.

The surrounding rural areas are rich in adventure laden opportunities: hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, atvs, snowmobiles, 14ers, snow-shoeing, camping and other prospects from adrenaline boosting to an ambiance of relaxation. Year round family friendly and environmentally impressive opportunities await you at The Cliffs – your next Colorado vacation destination.

 The ‘Cliffs grew out of old West. Silver mines, ranching, and railroads all played a significant role in the development of what would become Silver Cliff and Westcliffe – the “Cliffs.5sc_geyser-mine

The first permanent settlers to the area were a group of German colonists who arrived to farm in 1870 and were followed the 1880s by English colonists who came to establish ranches. In 1878, silver was discovered in the area soon to be known as Silver Cliff.  The bustling town with its bars and brothels as well as schools, businesses and homes, quickly grew to such a size that it was seriously considered for the State Capital.

In 1881, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad completed a narrow gauge track terminating a mile west of Silver Cliff and the town of Westcliffe grew up around it. The railroad serviced the mines, farms and ranches but in 1882, the mining boom ended and most of the mines closed down. Repeated washouts and accidents eventually forced the railroad to shut down as well.