The Bluff Park

59000 CO-69
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 124
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Phone: (719) 783-3018
Email: Email this nonprofit
Contact: Janet Smith


Our mission is to protect and enhance The Bluff overlooking our panoramic mountain valley, which provides a window onto the community’s ranching heritage, and creates a venue for recreational and cultural events for the use and enjoyment of residents.


The Bluff Park, located at the west end of Main Street in Westcliffe, provides sweeping views of the Wet Mountain Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A steady stream of visitors and residents alike enjoy the park, the site of music festivals, night sky viewing parties, weddings and parties, and casual recreational use throughout the year.

The Bluff Park is the culmination of years of community work. It is now preserved as a public park with open views across the valley, protected forever by a conservation easement. The area has been enhanced with 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. A year-round restroom is under construction.

The Bluff Park is co-managed by San Isabel Land Protection Trust and the town of Westcliffe. Together, we are working to manage and improve the site, with ongoing landscaping projects and other efforts. That includes establishing perennial, drought-tolerant and deer-resistant plantings and using the park as an outdoor classroom for local students. Volunteer help and supporting donations are welcome. To learn more, visit