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Celebrate Independence Day Custer County Style

Looking for something new to do this Fourth of July?

Custer County and the Wet Mountain Valley are our neighbors to the south and east, just an hour’s drive from Salida. Definitely more “country” than Chaffee County’s three main population centers, jeans, big hats and red, white, and blue garb are more likely to be seen here than river boating gear.

July Fourth Festivities include All Aboard Westcliffe’s annual Craft and Flea Market, and a pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 10: 00 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast includes unlimited pancakes plus sausage patty and biscuits and gravy

Adults – $10  Children under 10 – $5
Location: Depot at 102 Main St., Westcliffe

There’s also an old-fashioned small-town parade on the morning of the fourth. Sponsored by the American Legion Family, the parade takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Main Street in  both towns.

While you’re there, the Sangres Art Guild Art Show ~ Explosion of Art is open on the fourth from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

No fireworks this year but Lake deWeese still attracts many

Alas it is reported by organizers that “After consultation with weather witches and NOAA we have decided due to the fire ban and very dry conditions, to cancel the Fireworks Show at Lake DeWeese for 2023.” The Lake DeWeese Reservoir State Wildlife Area is 5 miles from Westcliffe and offers coldwater stream and lake fishing, hunting, and picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping.

Westcliffe itself is located one hour southeast of Salida along the upper canyon of U.S 50. A quick turn at Cotopaxi on County Road 1A takes you up into the hills of the Wet Mountain Valley with scenic views, cattle ranching, and open country enroute to Westcliffe. It’s a great place to walk around, soak up some history and enjoy a bite especially during this long holiday weekend.

Featured image: The Beckwith Ranch is a historic cattle ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley of Custer County, Colorado, USA. The headquarters spread over eleven buildings, ten of which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since May 20, 1998.[2][3] It was established by Elton and Edwin Beckwith, two brothers from Mount Desert Island, Maine. Photo courtesy Wikipedia