Happy New Year from The Mountain Jackpot


Happy-New-YearThursday, Jan. 1


Happy New Year from The Mountain Jackpot.  All local government offices will be closed and any scheduled meetings will be canceled, including a regular meeting of the Woodland Park City Council, which normally meets the first and third Thursdays of the month.  The next WP Council meeting won’t occur until Jan. 15.

First Day Hike at Eleven Mile. Join park naturalist Beth Dodd on New Year’s Day for a First Day hike that focuses on the cold season survival challenges faced by the plants and animals of Eleven Mile State Park. We’ll explore the woods and frozen lake shores, hiking a mile along the Ponderosa Loop. Bring warm boots, gloves or mittens, head gear as desired and water or a thermos of warm liquid. The hike will be an hour to an hour and a half in length. Registration requested, but not required. Meet us at Eleven Mile State Park, Coyote Ridge Parking Lot, 4229 County Road 92, Lake George at 11 am on New Year’s Day. Admission fee: $7 park entrance fee (or annual pass).

For more information, contact Donna Wahl or Mark Young, 719-748-3401, http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/ElevenMile.

Mueller Park First Day Hikes. Mueller State Park in Divide will feature three First Day hikes on Jan. 1, beginning with the Elk Meadow Trail at 10 am and followed by Outlook Ridge Trail at 11 am and Preacher’s Hollow Trail at 1 pm. The program is part of a way to encourage year-round recreation at state parks. Call 719-687-2366.

Final Day for Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek district on weekend nights (weather permitting) through Jan. 1. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at, area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and online at VictorColorado.com.  The lights will be best viewed after dark.