The Mountain Almanac For the Week of Dec. 22

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Wednesday, Dec. 23

Sleigh Rides. Magical Christmas lights, hot beverages, smore’s, treats, and surprises await your family as you enjoy a private sleigh ride in the mountains at the historic M Lazy C Ranch. Dates available from now through Jan. 17 by reservation for 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Remember! We will only have four reservations each day so call us to make your reservation now! 719 748-3398 Due to COVID, we will only be offering rides to a single family/small group. We clean the sleigh in between each family/group using the current COVID standards and recommendations. We have spaced 30 minutes between each ride for proper cleaning, and to provide space between parties arriving and departing so no one will have to be in contact anyone else outside their group other than staff members. That includes the Smores and campfire. Please note that if there isn’t snow, we will use wheels instead of the sleigh blades.



Thursday, December 24


Join us for a community-wide Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at 5:30 p.m. outdoors on the Library Lawn, 701 Manitou Avenue, organized by Manitou Community Church. Social distancing protocols will be in effect. Candles will be available or bring your own


Virtual Christmas Eve Services.  A number of churches in the area will be conducting virtual Christmas Eve services. Check with local churches and visit their  website.


Friday, December 25


Merry Christmas from The Mountain Jackpot staff and stay safe

All government offices will be closed.


Saturday, Dec. 26


Fossil Beds Activities.  The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open year-round. The Monument is now open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS. Many of their programs and facilities have been impacted by the Coronavirus epidemic.



Holiday Headframe Lighting. Held throughout the CC/V mining district. Held weekend evenings from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1. Also, conducted nightly from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. Self-guided tour.  Sponsored by a variety of organizations in southern Teller, including Newmont, the Southern Teller County Focus group, Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, Black Hills Energy, Cripple Creek District Museum, city of Victor and more. For more information, visit


Mueller State Park Hikes. Whether you need to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays or you’ve been stuck at home too long – Escape to Nature with us on a guided hike at Mueller State Park.  A variety of guided hikes are offered for all ages through December, mostly during the weekends. Enjoy the beauty and quiet of the winter woods. Hear the call of a chickadee and the wind in the pines.  See the crisp, white snow on Pikes Peak against a backdrop of Colorado blue sky.  Breathe in the clean, mountain air.  There are many reasons to visit the park this month! New Year’s Day is a time of hope and welcome for a new year called 2021!  Make a fresh start by joining a First Day Hike at Mueller.  It’s a Colorado State Park tradition! The Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas Day but the park is open every day for hiking and camping. Due to COVID restrictions, all hikes and programs are limited to 10 people. Participants should sign up at the Visitor Center. For information on specific hikes, call 719-687-2366.







Fifth Tuesday of the Month Happy Hour! Join the fun, network in a local venue, and tell people about the great work you do. Scheduled for Dec. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fiesta Mexicana, 420 West Midland, Woodland Park. Call 719-233-9902 for more information.
Chamber Lunch and Learn: Suicide Prevention Amid COVID-19 Crisis Learn about the suicide dangers facing local teens and especially the warning signs and available resources. This is scheduled for Jan. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., via Zoom. It is presented by Marysia Pawlik, LCSW and Norma DeJesus, Youth Outreach Director AspenPointe in partnership with Colorado Phoenix Project.  For more information, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber website.


After Hours. Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards!

January 19 Business After Hours is hosted by the city of Woodland Park’s Parks and Recreation Department, and is scheduled at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.