Westcliffe and Silver Cliff were certified as an IDA International Dark Skies Community in March of 2015. It is the "ninth in the world, first in Colorado, and the highest by far." Westcliffe now features an observatory for the more adventurous star gazers. Step outside your door and experience the transcendent night sky.
The summer Milky Way giving way to the fall season over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Wet Mountain Valley, home to Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Colorado. Image credits: Curtis Urban (star), Ed Stewart (mountains).