The Bluff Park

59000 Highway 69 N
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Mailing Address:
PO Box 124
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Phone: (719) 783-3018
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Contact: Janet Smith


Bluff Park, with its sweeping vistas of the verdant Wet Mountain Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, seeks to bring our community and visitors together to celebrate, learn about and enhance our recreational, cultural and natural resources.


Bluff Park, at the west end of Main Street in Westcliffe, provides sweeping views of the Wet Mountain Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The park offers a window onto the community’s working ranches and scenic beauty and provides a venue for recreational and cultural events. A steady stream of visitors and residents enjoy the park, the site of music festivals, night sky viewing parties, weddings and parties, and casual recreational use throughout the year.

The park is the culmination of years of community work and is protected forever by a conservation easement. The property is enhanced with eco-friendly landscaping, accessible trails, benches, and other amenities. In 2015, the Smokey Jack Observatory was completed. At the same time, Westcliffe and Silver Cliff earned the International Dark Skies Community designation.

Bluff Park is co-owned by Colorado Open Lands and the Town of Westcliffe.  An advisory committee oversees proposed projects for the Bluff Park.  Currently, three signs are being developed for placement along the park’s west side.  One sign will have a photograph of the Sangre de Cristo’s with a key providing the names of the peaks.  One sign will provide historical information about the early settlers and the preservation of the valley.  The third sign will provide natural history information about the area.  Ongoing landscaping projects are being planned, which include establishing drought-tolerant and deer-resistant perennials.  Volunteer help and supporting donations are very welcome.