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!