Below are some local area links with information on the local cities, county, local attractions, schools and more.
Bed & Breakfasts
Dazzler’s Best ~ (719) 371-4519 ~ www.dazzlersbestcasita.com
Rosita Rose Guest House ~ (719) 783-2423
The Lamp Post Lodge ~ (719) 783-2876 ~ www.lamppostlodge.com
Cabins and Rentals
Historic Alpine Lodge ~ 6848 County Rd. 140 ~ 719-783-2660 ~email@example.com
Hillside, Colorado Cottages ~ (970) 219-3295 ~ www.townofhillside.com Music Meadows Ranch ~ (719) 783-2222 ~ www.musicmeadows.com Ponderosa Acres Cabins ~ (719) 783-0885 link https://www.facebook.com/PonderosaAcresCabin
Rosita Rentals ~ (719) 783-0941 ~ www.rositarentals.com
Shining Mountain Rentals ~ (719) 783-2627
Campgrounds & RV Parks
Arkansas River KOA & Loma Linda Motel ~ (719) 275-9308 ~ www.coloradocampingkoa.com
Eberling Mobile Home & RV Park ~ (719) 783-9778
Horn Creek ~ (719) 783-2205 ~ www.horncreek.org
Hiking in Custer County
Rainbow Trail runs 100 miles along the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains at 9,000-10,000 feet. Parts of the trail are open to motorized vehicles. The trail can be accessed from many trail heads. (According to www.trails.com , this is one of the best rides in the state.)
Gibson Creek Trail Head: Hwy 69 N then left on CR 175, right on CR 171, then right on CR 172 to trail head.
Duckett Creek Trail Head: Hwy 69 N 12 miles, left on CR 198 to trail head.
Grape Creek Trail Head: Hwy 69 S, right on CR 119, then 2 miles north of trail head discover Crystal Falls.
Horn Creek Trail Head: Hwy 69 S, then right on CR 130.
Comanche/Venable Trail Head: Hwy 69 S, then right on CR 140 to end, right on CR 144.
Hikers please let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
Technical climbers, please register your climb with the Sheriff's office.
Be prepared for ever changing Colorado weather
Drink lots of water. This will help your body adjust to the altitude.
Lakes in Custer County
Lower Altitude Lakes…
Lake San Isabel: Hwy 165 in the town of San Isabel. Eastern End of Custer County. Lake Stocked. Forest Service picnic and camp sites. No wake Lake.
Lake DeWeese: DOW managed, 5 miles north of town. Limited dry camping. Public boat ramp and beach. Fish from shore or boat.
Higher Altitude Lakes…
Venable: 7 miles from Alvarado Campground. 2 lakes reached by horse or backpack.
South Colony Lakes: 2 lakes at 11,000 feet. Beautiful hike!
Rainbow Lake & Balman Reservoir: West of Hillside, past Lake Creek Campground.
Hermit & Horseshoe Lakes: 4-wheel drive access up Hermit Road then ½ mile hike to Hermit Lake. Horseshoe Lake is further up the road.
Goodwin Lake: Accessed from Alvarado Campground & located at 11,000 feet.
Comanche Lake: Most heavily used high mountain lake. Accessed from Alvarado Campground.
Macy Lakes: 3 lakes & a creek, southwest of town and a good hike from the Horn Creek Trail Head.
Sand Creek Lake & Music Mountain Pass: Take 119 South to the Music Pass Trail Head, then hike to the lakes.
Hermit Pass – 30 miles round trip, 2.5 hours minimum. 4-wheel drive required. High mountain lakes and spectacular summit.
Ghost Towns – 40 miles round trip, 2 hours. East on Hwy 96 7.4 miles pass CR 341, a cut off to Querida and the Bassick Mine. Only tailings remain. 9.8 miles reach the highest point on 96 – Hosa Flats. 12.5 miles, CR 347 is an alternate route to Rosita. Go 16.3 miles, turn right onto CR 358, follow it along N Hardscrabble Creek and Junkins Park Creek for about 10 miles. Turn left on CR 328 towards Rosita. The remnants of the 1870 town are visible. Visit the cemetery. Turn right on Hwy 69 back to town.
San Isabel – 69 miles round trip, 1.5 hours. Go east on Hwy 96 to McKenzie Junction, 16.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy 165, you will go over the Bigelow Divide, 9,350 ft. Past Bishops Castle 5.5 miles further come to San Isabel and Lake Isabel- Return the same route.
Medano Pass – 86 miles – all day – 4-wheel drive required. An historic trail to the Great Sand Dunes. Go south on Hwy 69 29 miles to Medano Pass road on right. 15 miles to summit and a view of the vast Sand Dunes. Trail crosses Medano Creek several times. After entering the park, 4 miles to the visitor center. Return to Westcliffe via paved roads. Hwy 150 south to 160 east to Walsenburg. Hwy 69 N to Westcliffe. OR take Pass Creek Rd off 160 on the west side of LaVeta Pass. This is 13 miles of dirt, then back on Hwy 69 just N of Gardner.
References to Local Offices and Resources
Town of Westcliffe – www.townofwestcliffe.com
Town of Silvercliff – www.silvercliffco.com
Custer County www.custercountygov.com
Custer County School District C-1 – www.ccbobcats.net
West Custer County Library – westcliffe.colibraries.org
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment – www.yourworkforcecenter.com
Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governements – www.uaacog.com/
US Forest Service – (719) 783-2079
Sheriff’s Department – (719) 783-2270
Sheriff, Fire & Ambulance – (719) 783-2443
Wetmore Volunteer Fire Department – (719) 783-3130
Wet Mountain Fire Protection District – (719) 783-9245
US Post Offices:
Hillside – (719) 783-0800
Westcliffe/Silver Cliff – (719) 783-2453
Wetmore – (719) 784-3205
Local Business Guides:
Cliffs Commercial District – cliffscommercialdistrict.com
Community United Methodist Church – www.cumcwestcliffe.org
First Baptist Church – www.firstbaptistwestcliffe.com
Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church – www.hopelutheranwestcliffe.org
Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church – (719) 783-3507
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – (719) 783-2477
Valley Bible Fellowship – (719) 783-9050
Wild West Cowboy Church – www.cowboychurchwestcliffe.org
Custer County Medical Center – (719) 783-2380
Valley Assisted Living & VALI Home Care – www.valiassistedliving.com
Ambulance – (719) 783-2380
Custer County Nursing Service – (719) 783-2720
Custer County Search & Rescue – (719) 783-0442