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Westcliffe, Co. was quietly but quickly built at the end of the railroad tracks. Famed developers Dr. William Bell, founder of Manitou Springs and General Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs planned the town before the completion of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad line. Land was purchased and the town was named after Bell's hometown in England. Westcliffe pulled the energy from Silver Cliff and emerged as the central town in the Wet Mountain Valley. By 1890, the gold and silver had diminished and Rosita, Querida and Silver Cliff were nearly gone. Westcliffe began to thrive as the supply center for local ranchers and farmers. Prosperity returned to the valley as the ranching history began.

Nestled between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Range are the scenic towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. This valley is a peaceful home for residents and a glorious get-a-way for the thousands of visitors who discover this well-kept secret.

The majestic peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide a panoramic backdrop for the area. It is a year-round playground for fishermen, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, hikers and climbers.

Map: Westcliffe

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Custer

Proximity to other towns: Located 58.8 miles from Pueblo, 68.5 miles from Colorado Springs, 1.8 miles from Silver Cliff, 26.2 miles from Cotopaxi, 27.2 miles from Canon City

Population: 456

Elevation: 7888 feet

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