Red Cliff is the
oldest town in Eagle County. It was the first County Seat for Summit County,
which included the current areas of Summit and Eagle Counties. The town is made
up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. At 8,650 feet above
sea level, Red Cliff boomed at the turn of the century as a mining town with
saloons, a bank, sawmills and even an opera house. The town was mapped
and patented in 1883 by the U.S. government.
Today it is a quaint mountain
community that continues to attract rugged individualists from business
entrepreneurs to outdoor enthusiasts. Many residents and tourists alike
enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking
with fantastic wildflower viewing, all within and around Red Cliff. From Red
Cliff you get close-up views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and
the surrounding White River National Forest.
Many tourists stop in as they drive their way down the Colorado
Scenic Byway, Highway 24. You'll often see classic cars and motorcycles
parked in front of Mango's Restaurant or the Green Bridge Inn. Red Cliff
is 20 miles North of Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the U.S. and
just 12 miles from the center of Vail, a world famous ski resort.
The Town of Red Cliff is also accessible via Vail Pass off of
I-70 and over Shrine Pass by car, dirt bike or four-wheeler 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!