About the Westcliffe Area
Custer County, which includes the towns of Westcliffe, Silver Cliff and Wetmore, is located about 50 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. Cotopaxi lies in its neighbor to the north, Fremont County, where you'll find the world-famous Royal Gorge and a community with actual stoplights, Canon City.  The entire area offers beautiful mountain properties and rural living at very affordable and competitive prices. 
      
Westcliffe: The historic town of Westcliffe lies in the picturesque Wet Mountain Valley, with the Wet Mountain range to the east and the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo range to the west.  Westcliffe is a Statutory Town that serves as the county seat of Custer County, Colorado.  With a year-round population of approximately 500 people, it's a small town that celebrates an "away from it all" lifestyle in a gorgeous setting.  Recreationalists of all pursuits are drawn to the many hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, nearby river rafting, and easy access to public land.  In-town visitors enjoy galleries, restaurants, boutique-style shops, a historic movie theatre, full-service grocery store and recreation centers.  Annual events include music festivals, rodeos, parades, and car shows, among other activities.
Silver Cliff: The town of Silver Cliff lies directly east of Westcliffe.  Most visitors don't even know there are two separate towns.  Silver Cliff was formed in the late 1870s to house miners. The town, incorporated in 1879, had 5,040 residents by the 1880 census, making it the third most populous town in Colorado, after Denver and Leadville.  The Silver Cliff mine, also known as the Geyser mine, is on the hill immediately north of town. At one time the Geyser mine was the deepest mine in Colorado.  Silver Cliff was the Custer County seat from 1886 (when the town won the seat from Rosita) to 1928 (when the seat moved to nearby Westcliffe).
  
Cotopaxi: Named after an active volcano in Ecuador (Mount Cotopaxi) by Henry Thomas, an early prospector in the mid-19th century, Cotopaxi is known for its early failed colony of approximately sixty-three Jewish-Russian immigrants who first settled there in early 1882.  Today, Cotopaxi has a few small businesses, the most notable of which is the Cotopaxi General Store. This general store opened in the early 1920s and bills itself as "the center of everything."

While the greater Cotopaxi area encompasses several square miles in Fremont County, just north of Custer County, the town sits cozily along the Arkansas River and U.S. Highway 50.
Wetmore: Wetmore is an unincorporated town located about 25 miles east of Westcliffe. It has some beautiful mountain properties with amazing views.  There are also several ranches in the area.

Wetmore marks the junction of Highways 67 and 96, south of Florence and west of Pueblo.