Welcome to Planet Walk, A Westcliffe & Silver Cliff Space Odyssey
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of the Wet Mountain Valley
The Wet Mountain Valley
for the towns of
Silver Cliff, Co
A Fun Family Adventure
A Spacewalk down Main Street!
What if the Sun were only 14" in diameter?
The Planet Walk is an interpretive exhibit of the Solar System at a scale of 4 billion-to-one. At this scale, the Sun is only 14 inches in diameter and Neptune is 3/4 mile away.
The Westcliffe Space Odyssey starts at the west end of Main Street with the inner planets lined up in front of Cliff Lanes. Jupiter is 675 feet away at 101 Main Street. Saturn is downtown in front of the Library. Uranus is 1,125 feet from Saturn in front of Solvista Health. Neptune is in front of the High School at the intersection of Main Street and Bassick Street.
Beyond Neptune, the Silver Cliff Planet Walk/Ride begins with the Kuiper Belt at the city limits, followed by Halley's Comet at Valley Assisted Living, The Pale Blue Dot at Altitude Fitness, Pluto and the Dwarf Planets across from the Silver Dome and the Pioneers at Town Hall and Silver Cliff Museum.
3 miles east of town, the Frontier Pathways and Scenic Byways Overlook hosts the Voyager Space Craft exhibit and introduces the Planet Walk to travelers stopping for a break.
The Fundamental objective of the [exhibit] is to provide visitors a sense of earth’s place in space, but a larger sense or celebration of the fact we even have the ability to know it; that something the size of [our brain] has the ability to ask questions of the universe …