Mountain Alamanac for the week of June 1

*Many of the following events and gatherings must comply with the COVID-19 restrictions, which currently limit attendees. For more details, contact the event sponsors and suggested web sites.


Tuesday, June 1


The Green Mountain Falls Town Hall will open to the public for the first time since the pandemic. Town hall will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks will be required. For more information, call 719-684-9414 or visit the town’s website.




Wednesday, June 2



Wellness Walk. Scheduled for June 2 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.


New Gift Shop Hours. The Ute Pass Historical Society has new hours! The gift shop will be open Wednesdays 10-noon; and Thursdays through Saturdays 11-4. Stop by and check out our great selection of historical books, cards, art and jewelry. While here, ask about taking a free guided tour of the five historic buildings in History Park. The gift shop is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Library. Call 719-686-7512 Watch the trailer for the Teller County dude ranch Video coming out later this year.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. In-person attendance is permitted on a limited basis. If you wish to attend, please call 719-689-2502 no later than noon of the day of the meeting. The meeting is also available for viewing online, by accessing the city’s website.




Thursday, June 3


Gallop in the Garden, Scheduled for June 3 at 3:30 p.m. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. There is free admission, but facial coverings required. .


Lunch and Learn. The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn Series on June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The topic is “Best Practices for Networking and Security for small businesses,” and features a presentation by Zachary Babiarz of the PC Touchup, LLC. The meeting being done through Zoom. For more information, call Debbie Miller at 719-687-9885.






The Woodland Park City Council will meet in the Woodland Park Council Chambers on June 3 starting at 7 p.m. Limited attendance is permitted, and the meetings are available online. For more information, call 719-687-9246.




Friday, June 4

Tee-off Time. The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open for daily play for the 2021 season, weather permitting. In addition, the clubhouse bar is open, along with the driving range and chipping area. In addition, the restaurant is now open on a limited basis from Thursday through Sunday. Driving carts are now available. Call 719-687-7587 for more information.

Furbaby Friday. Scheduled for June 4 at 9 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Bring your furry friend, check in at the visitor center and get a free map of pet friendly areas in the park and register for the giveaway.



Parent’s Night Out Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast at the pool at the Woodland Aquatic Center. Your kids will swim, play games and eat pizza. Suitable for ages 6-17. Scheduled for June 4 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-5225.


First Friday Art Walk. Scheduled for June 4 beginning at 5 p.m. in Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs and downtown Colorado Springs. Shop and explore the various galleries and shops in the three areas and enjoy refreshments and special offers and sales. Shuttle bus service available between the three locations.





Saturday, June 5


Pearl DeVere Memorial. The Old Homestead, once a grand brothel for the rich men of the Gold Rush Era in Cripple Creek, is planning to hold a memorial for their famous Madame Pearl DeVere. Join us in celebrating the life of Pearl on Saturday June 5th at 353 E. Myers Avenue.

During our normal operating hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day you can enjoy discounted admission to the museum $1 off ($6.00), special guest sharing the story of Pearl, and we will be handing out “pearl” necklaces to our guests. There are possible photo opportunities with Pearl and others. It will be a day of remembrance. The Old Homestead began as an exclusive brothel in 1896 during Colorado’s Gold Rush and is today a museum painting a picture of Colorado’s history for tourists from around the world, thanks to a group of local ladies dedicated to protecting the historic building for future generations. For more information, contact Charlotte Bumgarner at 719-689-2485 or or The Old Homestead Museum at 719-689-9090.


TCSO Open House. Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell and staff will be on hand to meet and greet with folks from throughout the community during the annual Open House. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miss Priss in downtown Woodland Park at 110 West Midland. Be sure to stop by, SWAT will be there with the bearcat and make sure you meet the volunteer Posse, our Reserve officers, Teller County Search and Rescue and our new CERT team will be on hand too with information on how to volunteer and get involved. There will be free food and drinks available, so bring the kids. For more information, call Renee Bunting at 719-661-5913.



Mueller Hikes and Activities. Kick off spring at Mueller State Park, one of the secret gems of the state’s park system. While most state parks are overloaded with visitors due to the pandemic. Mueller provides ideal trails without massive crowds. Typical weather this spring at Mueller can provide some great outings. A full schedule of naturalist programs can help you to look, learn and enjoy the surroundings. Enjoy guided hikes and special programs. For more information, call 719-687-2366.

Pikes Peak Or Bust. Scheduled for June 5 noon at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Red Rocks Room. Join Paul Roberts and learn about the gold rush of 1859 and mining towns that boomed and busted. The presentation is free.




Sunday, June 6

Val Carr Memorial. A public memorial service in memory of Woodland Park Mayor Val Carr, who passed away earlier this year, will be hosted by the city on Sunday, June 6 from noon to 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Memorial Park Pavilion.

Monday, June 7

Mindful Monday. Scheduled for June 7 at 9 a.m. in Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Bring a journal and something to write with as we take a socially distanced walk together at the park, beginning Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. This is a slower paced reflective walk. We will observe the morning sounds, creatures, sensations, and movements that surround us. We will find spots to slow down and reflect on the experience this has on our internal world in our present experience. Explore how deepening awareness of our senses brings us to greater presence with the natural environment. Ages 14 and up. Must wear a mask and respect social distancing protocols to participate. Meet in front of the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center near the flagpole. Dress for the weather, bring water, and journal for reflection.






Woodland Park Senior Center High Tea . Scheduled for Saturday June 12 from 11:30 – 1:30. Join us for a luncheon catered by the Swiss Chalet – entertainment by “The Harvey Girls” from the Gold Camp Victorian Society and the Altitooters flute ensemble – $20 (non-member of WPSO or GCVS) includes lunch and entertainment. Call 719-687-3877 to make your reservation!


Dick Bratton Celebration of Life. A long-awaited celebration of life is scheduled for Dick Bratton, a long-time Green Mountain Falls resident, civic leader, trails’ committee founder, mayor, trustee and planning commissioner, who passed away last winter. It will occur on Wednesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. at GMF’s Church In The Wildwood. A reception will then take place at the Pantry Garden. For those interested, a full obit is available at:

For those who can’t attend in person the celebration, you my stream the ceremony at:





Night Sky Program. Scheduled for Friday, June 18 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Start on the front patio of the Visitor Center where you will show and/or get your park pass and you will get orientation information. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). 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 (online) and a bookstore (open on weekends only). For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Call For Local Artists

The 36th annual Mountain Arts Festival is accepting applications for artists from the Pikes Peak Region.

The festival is August 7 and 8 on the green between the Ute Pass Cultural Center and the Woodland Park Public Library. Eligibility: Any artist or craftsperson exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art is eligible. A committee comprised of members of the Mountain Artists will judge all applications. Criteria for judging include quality, salability, and uniqueness of item(s). The Mountain Arts Festival draws art lovers from all over the state, and is highly regarded among artists who have exhibited there. With up to 80 exhibitors, there is a surprising variety of art at the show, including but not limited to paintings, sculpture, woodwork, textile artists, mural artists, metalworks, and jewelry. Interested artists can download the application from the Mountain Artists website:

For more information, contact Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.

Bronc Day. The 83rd annual Bronc Day is scheduled for Saturday July 31 from 9am to 3pm
Enjoy a one day, one of a kind family fun western themed event with entertainment, a parade, food, kids’ games, gold panning, vendors, horses, bright blue skies, a beautiful lake and so much more! Bronc Day is one of the longest historical events running in Southern Colorado. It began in 1939 to welcome cowhands, tourists and families who were coming to the Ute Pass area to rodeo, vacation or work the summer trades. It led to some fun times and Bronc Day became an annual day that people set aside to attend as part of their summer experience and family memories! Over the years, it has expanded with kids’ games, gold panning. lots of vendors selling their wares and fabulous food from our local merchants. All this along with live entertainment: singing, Victorian dance lessons, western costumes, rubber ducky races on the creek and much more. It truly is the friendliest day and the most fun event for your family to enjoy! There is no admission fee. So put July 31st on your calendar for a drive to the beautiful town of Green Mountain Falls and the 83rd Annual Bronc Day Festivities.