In Southern Colorado
We can't wait to have you join us
Nestled among the Rocky Mountains, the quiet valleys of Southern Colorado offer the perfect respite for those seeking a true mountain vacation experience—far from the bustling 1-70 corridor, but close enough to be easily accessed from Colorado’s Front Range. Whether your idea of a perfect vacation involves relaxing in a natural hot spring or scaling one of the many fourteeners that populate Southern Colorado, there are no shortage of options for visitors to the region.
The heart of South Central Colorado is closer than you may think: It’s a scenic 2.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs and 1 hour from Pueblo. And the farther you go, the more you are rewarded... As the traffic from the Front Range thins out around the hour or so drive into the heart of Southern Colorado, a majestic landscape unfolds: There are towering, jagged mountains dotted with hiking trails. Rivers carve their way through the land, carrying adventurous whitewater rafters. Warm water bubbles up from the earth, soothing weary travelers throughout the year.
With so much to do, Southern Colorado deserves to be more than a day-trip—especially when you consider the region features the only internationally designed “Dark Sky” town in all of Colorado thanks to Westcliffe’s world-renowned starry nights. Centrally located in the Wet Mountain Valley, Westcliffe offers quick access to hiking, biking and even skiing at Monarch Ski Area.
Two of the most unique Southern Colorado lodging options are located in Westcliffe and nearby Hillside: The Lamp Post Lodge is located within walking distance to downtown Westcliffe for quick access to quaint shops and restaurants. Just down the road is Hillside, which features beautifully renovated, private cottages. Explore both of these options through the links below.