10 acres, custer county
Once slated as the site for a high rise hotel, The Bluff Park is now protected forever thanks to a conservation easement originally completed by San Isabel Land Protection Trust.
“This is a significant milestone for Colorado conservation, for our land trust, and for the town of Westcliffe,” stated Larry Vickerman, Board President of San Isabel Land Protection Trust at the time. “Now, one of the most treasured lands and views in Custer County is protected, forever.”
In June 2014, the Bluff Park was donated to San Isabel by Richard and Audrey Stermer, whose vision for The Bluff was to preserve it as a public park with open views across the Wet Mountain Valley forever.
“The Bluff Park,” said Colorado Open Lands President Tony Caligiuri, “is a terrific property that provides a spectacular view and public benefit for the town of Westcliffe, which made it particularly important to protect for residents and visitors alike.”
Providing an unobstructed window into one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado, The Bluff Park is located at the west end of Main Street in Westcliffe, Colorado, and is one block west from the heart of the downtown district. The Bluff Park hosts the annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival, weddings, and other recreational activities throughout the year.
The Town of Westcliffe maintains the park as well as owns the parcels adjoining to the north and south. All together, the Bluff Park covers about 10 acres.
Banner photo by Bill Gillette.