"Johnny Come Lately Westcliffe" Westcliffe by grandmaR

Westcliffe Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 23 photos

Westcliffe is a mile from Silver Cliff. It did not exist until the railroad came to town and the terminal was built here. The two towns have more or less grown together - the borders between the two are no longer defined, and are not correct on Google maps.

Westcliffe is the county seat of Custer County which was formed in 1877 from Fremont Co. and today is bordered on the north by Fremont County, on the east by Pueblo County, on the south by Huerfano County and on the west by Saguache County. The western border is formed by the Sangre de Christo Mountains, and the eastern border by the San Isabel National Forest.

Population (year 2000): 417, Est. population in July 2002: 461 (+10.6% change)
Males: 201 (48.2%), Females: 216 (51.8%)

Elevation: 7888 feet
Land area: 1.1 square miles
Zip code: 81252

The nearest hospital is in Canyon City which is 27 miles away. That's where my grandfather died.

There is a public high school in Westcliffe
* CUSTER CO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 157; Location: P O BOX 730; Grades: 09 - 12) which was started when my dad was at the end of his sophomore year. He was one of the first graduates.

In 1948, we went up to Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. We camped out a lot but here we stayed in cabins which were across the street from the Texaco station. We had no bathrooms in the cabins - had to go across to the Texco station for that.

We hiked up into the mountains to Hermit Lake, and I caught a garter snake. On another day (above), we went to a ranch outside of town that was owned by some distant relatives of my dad, and watched them milk their goats and took a trail ride.

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