About the Area

Nearby Towns

Wetmore (2.5 mi.)

Wetmore offers a post office, a small library with wireless Internet access, a cafe, and two churches, but no other services.

Westcliffe and Silver Cliff (25 mi.)

Two linked towns with one ZIP code, they are the commercial heart of Custer County and share a dramatic setting between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo range.

Florence (14 mi.)

With a population of about 5,000, Florence is the nearest place to buy groceries, fuel, liquor, etc. The business district features numerous antiques stores.

Cañon City (25 mi.)

Largest town in Fremont County, Cañon City offers a larger selection of restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions such as the Royal Gorge and various river-rafting companies, plus the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Two commercial portal sites: Cañon City Visitor's Guide and Chamber of Commerce.

Victor & Cripple Creek(50 mi.)

Cripple Creek has the casinos, but Victor, "City of Mines," still gets by on gold mining and low-key tourism. Victor Chamber of Commerce.

Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Colorado Springs (55 mi.) and Pueblo (35 mi.) are the two nearest cities. The nearest commercial airport is in Colorado Springs.



Public Lands

San Isabel National Forest

Bureau of Land Management, Royal Gorge Field Office

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Other Activities

Fishing: Nearby lakes include Lake Pueblo (warmwater fishing, boating), Brush Hollow Res. (warmwater fishing), Lake Isabel (coldwater fishing), and Lake DeWeese (coldwater fishing).

The Arkansas River, with 60 miles of public access, is a short drive away, as are numerous smaller streams.

Whitewater Rafting: Several companies in Cañon City offer rafting trips on the Arkansas River.

Hiking: Walk from the cabin into the San Isabel National Forest, or consult the maps and guidebooks in the bookcase for trails in the Wet Mtns. and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

Birding: Walk out the front door onto part of the Colorado Birding Trail.  Other habitats (prairie, montane forest, boreal forest, grassland, riparian, tundra) can be found nearby.

Hunting: Jack's Cabin is in big-game unit 84 and close to units 581, 69, 86, and 861. The Mountain Meadows Ranching for Wildlife property is close by.

Special Attractions

Mission: Wolf

Wolf refuge and educational facility. Tours available. Gift shop.

Bishop's Castle

The "craziest castle in America" has been built by one man a few miles south of Jack's Cabin. It is open to visitors and a special site for weddings and other festivities.