Did you know that Red Cliff is the oldest town in Eagle County? Well, the current areas of Summit and Eagle Counties were once all one county (Summit) and Red Cliff was the first County Seat. The town is comprised of friendly people with a mountain frontier culture. At 8,650 feet above sea level, Red Cliff was a popular mining town at the turn of the century, equipped with saloons, a bank, sawmills and even an opera house for a little culture. In 1883, the U.S. government mapped and patented the town.
Present day Red Cliff is a quaint mountain community that continues to attract all sorts of individuals from business entrepreneurs to outdoor enthusiasts. With its rugged topography, residents and tourists alike enjoy a slew of outdoor fun, including mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, ATVing, and hiking in the summer, as well as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in the winter. From Red Cliff one is able to enjoy magnificent views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and the White River National Forest.
Red Cliff is a popular stopping point for tourists as they drive down the Colorado Scenic Byway, Highway 24. Besides the awe-striking views, travelers can take a moment to grab a bite to eat at Mango's Restaurant or stay the night at the historic Green Bridge Inn. Red Cliff is situated only 20 miles North of Leadville, and just 12 miles from the center of Vail.
The Town of Red Cliff is also easily accessible from Vail Pass and over Shrine Pass by car/truck or ATV in Summertime, or cross-county skis and snowmobiles in the Winter. However you plan to visit or come to stay, you're welcome to join us!