Welcome to the Town of Red Cliff
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. 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 established in 1879, 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. The town is made up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. Many residents and tourists alike enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, fly fishing, 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.
Red Cliff is located off the Colorado Scenic Byway, Highway 24. You'll often see classic cars and motorcycles parked in front of the Mango's Restaurant of the Green Bridge Inn. Red Cliff is 20 miles North of Leadville, CO, the highest incorporated city in the U.S. and less than 15 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, a 12-mile dirt road, by car, dirt bike or four-wheeler in the Summertime or cross-country skis and snowmobiles in the Winter.
Town Office Information
Regular: Monday - Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Current: BY APPOINTMENT
For at least the remainder of November, the Town of Red Cliff office staff will be operating remotely and the office will be closed to the public (staff will be available to meet in person, by appointment).
This is being done for two primary reasons: to protect our workforce and support Governor Polis' request for local governments to transition to remote work in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Essential community services can still be conducted online through our website or via appointment. Office phone messages will be checked throughout each work day and staff will be present in the office on a limited basis.
Board of Trustees and Planning & Zoning meetings will continue to be held in person, as long as safely possible. These will be conducted in the Auditorium, and social distancing and mask wearing is required.
If you need access to the internet/study hall, arrangements can be made by appointment.
PO Box 40, Red Cliff, Colorado 81649
Located in the “Old School” at 400 Pine Street
Phone: (970) 827-5303
Fax: (970) 827-5300
Unique items and artifacts from the early gold and silver mining days of Red Cliff, as well as a special section dedicated to the original school (c.1935).
Located in the Town Office Building at 400 Pine Street
Normal: Monday - Friday 10AM to 3PM
Current: By appointment