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Old 02-04-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Can anyone comment on the number of visitors to the westcliff area of colorado on a yearly basis. I have heard the area is a popular spring and summer vacation area, but can't find any info anywhere that gives any estimates as to how many visitors there are.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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You might find that info at the Custer County Chamber of Commerce site:

Custer County Chamber of Commerce
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:44 AM
 
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Default Westcliff

Thanx, but NO, I tried the Westcliff Chamber, The Colorado Tourism Board, The Custer County Chamber of Commerce, The Colorado Highway Dept, and anywhere else I could think of.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Are you in a position to spend a couple of days in/around town, eat at the local eateries, browse in the local stores, strike up friendly conversations with people who live, work, and own businesses there?

You might not get the kind of hard numbers you're seeking, but you're bound to pick up some good qualitative (albeit somewhat anecdotal) data from the people whose livelihood depends on the tourist trade. Boots-on-the-ground, hip-pocket research can be surprisingly in-depth and accurate -- depending, of course, on what you ultimately plan to do with the information you gather.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Wink Westcliffe tourism

I can't give you a number, or any idea of it, but can relay that Westcliffe does not have a great deal of tourism.

There is some sign of it in town, but nowhere the degree of other Colorado towns relying heavily on this trade. There are only a few small places in town providing lodging, and if perhaps a few more options in restaurants, then probably to cater to the local trade, with a certain limited number of what appear seasonal second homes in the area.

Westcliffe is close enough to Pueblo or Cañon City to see day tourists, but even then it is a bit of a drive. There just isn't enough in the area to make it a strong draw given the remote location, although beautiful enough. If surely an influx of visitors in the warmer months, still modest.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Thank God, Westcliffe is not a "destination" type place for tourists. It is one of Colorado's hidden gems for visitors seeking "real" Colorado--that is, for superlative scenery without a bunch of yuppie tourist crap development. The Wet Mountain valley that surrounds Westcliffe offers about the best example of a sub-irrigated mountain ranching valley surrounded by mountains (the Wet Mountains to the east and the Sangre de Cristos to the west) that is relatively close to the Front Range and is still relatively unchanged. Unfortunately, the cancer of "ranchette" development is spreading there, but has not yet reached the epidemic proportions that it has elsewhere--yet. Also, unlike unfortunate South Park, it has not yet been de-watered by the water-wasting Front Range metroplexes, at least not yet. As such, it serves as a sterling surviving example of what a Colorado ranching valley looked like before the water-sucking Front Range cities ****ed them up--as they did with South Park. Visit Westcliffe and see what development and water grabs have squandered elsewhere.

As for visitor stats, I suspect that there aren't many available. As others noted, many visitors are day visitors who live or are lodging in nearby places such as Cañon City, Pueblo, etc., or are staying in Forest Service campgrounds.

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