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Guide to Visiting Red Cliff

Red Cliff has been welcoming rugged outdoor recreationists and adventure seekers since 1879. Established as the oldest town in Eagle County, we’re nestled in a gorgeous valley in the Colorado Rockies on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway.


Located just 9 miles from Minturn, our towns provide easy access to a wealth of outdoor adventures and are surrounded by the Holy Cross Wilderness, the White River National Forest, and crossed by the mighty Eagle River. Hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting, and fishing are only some of the many recreation opportunities offered within our towns and on the national forest outskirts.


Our two small towns share a common mission – to inspire visitors to discover the allure of these distinctive towns while promoting responsible recreation. As stewards of the land, we are committed to conserving the thousands of acres of public lands that surround our destinations. We urge all visitors and residents alike to embrace outdoor recreation principles when venturing into the great outdoors. 


The best times to experience Red Cliff and Minturn’s small-town charm are: 

  • Springtime for the least amount of crowds and the best lodging deals
  • Monday through Thursday during the summer months
  • Fall with fantastic temperatures and leaf-peeping opportunities 
  • Winter months for “only-in-Colorado” experiences 

Download our Outdoor Responsible Recreation Guide, developed in partnership with Minturn. This guide includes two-day itineraries for every season and responsible recreation tips. Learn how to responsibly explore our two small towns, one big backyard!