One of the Last Remaining Bastions of the True Old West
Located in southern central Colorado, the Colorado mountain real estate in this region may be the state's most beautiful and unspoiled mountain valley. The Valley is bordered on the east by the Wet Mountains and on the west by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: the longest and straightest mountain range on earth. The Sangre de Cristo Mountain string of 13,000 and 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks tower over the 7,800 foot valley floor.
Because it is off the beaten path, this area of mountain real estate maintains it's rural charm, yet it is within easy reach of several urban areas. From the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, the Valley's commercial center, Denver is three driving hours north, Colorado Springs, with its beautiful new airport, is 90 minutes to the Northeast, and Pueblo, Canon City and Salida are each within an hour's drive.
This is Colorado ranch country, and for those seeking beauty and solitude in the great outdoors it is prime vacation, hiking, biking, horseback riding and relaxing country. The evidence of this rural lifestyle is seen in the population density of 4.41 persons per square mile. Forty percent of our county's land is State and Federally owned and most of the Sangre de Cristo range is designated a National Wilderness Area. 7.5% of our population live on farms and ranches. This compares to 1.4% for the state of Colorado and 1.6% for the entire US. Currently there are approximately 3,500 people living in Custer County.
The town of Westcliffe is "old Colorado" in nature and with the vastness of the surrounding land and ranch properties, it is one of the last remaining bastions of the true old west!
The name "Wet Mountain Valley" is an interesting one since the area is semi arid with low humidity and relatively little precipitation. The climate is ideal, and resembles the climate of northern New Mexico (only three hours south) rather than the cold associated with Northern Colorado. With over 320 days of sunshine per year and with low humidity, the weather is pleasant the vast majority of the time, even in the winter. In this blessed region of Southern Colorado, there is seldom an extended period of gray skies.Mattie Burtt Realty
201 Main Street
Westcliffe, Colorado 80152