The Bluff Park

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Bluff Park,  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.

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The park is the culmination of years of community work and is now 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.

Bluff Park is co-owned by San Isabel Land Protection Trust and the town of Westcliffe. Together, we work 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. Supporting donations are welcome.

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  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield