Mountain Almanac for the Week of June 8

*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 8

 The Green Mountain Falls  Town Hall has opened 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.  For more information, call 719-684-9414 or visit the town’s website.

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet at Town Hall on  June 8 at 6:30 p.m.  All GMF meetings are now held in-person and aren’t available on Zoom. But if you wish to speak at these meetings, and you cannot attend, contact the town clerk’s office.

Wednesday, June 9

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for June 9  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.

Live Summer Fun. Meet the Goats at Manitou Elementary School, 110 Pawnee Ave, on June 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Library.

Thursday, June 10

Gallop in the Garden, Scheduled for June 10 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. .

Chuckwagon Chat. Scheduled for June 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods, Jaycee Chuckwagon Plaza. Join Bowen Gillings as he presents information about the park, shares his favorite stories and places and the Leave No Trace program. This is a free event.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet  in the Woodland Park Council Chambers on June 10 starting at 7 p.m. In-person attendance is permitted, and the meetings are available online.  For more information, call 719-687-9246.

Friday, June 11

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.

Teller County HDSA Golf Tournament. Scheduled for June 11 at the Shining Mountain golf course.  Hit the links with the sheriff.  This event is sponsored by the Teller County Honorary Deputy Sheriff  Association. For more information, call 719-661-5913,  or 719-687-7587 or visit the Teller County HDSA website.

Furbaby Friday. Scheduled for June 11 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 11 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-5225.


Saturday, June 12

Woodland Park Senior Center High Tea . Scheduled for Saturday June 12 from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Woodland Park Senior Center. 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!

Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present again the original historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The tours, which began on Saturday May 29,  continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Each tour starts at 1 p.m. from the District Museum in Cripple Creek. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied history, as depicted by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Please join us for the only historical trolley tour in Cripple Creek. A donation of $10 is requested. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.


Pikes Peak  Or Bust.  Scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at noon at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center’s 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.

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.

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 5 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.  Coronavirus restrictions, though, apply, and the indoor museum exhibits and the theater will remain closed throughout the summer. The park video, though, is available at the Fossil Bed’s website. Visitors also can enjoy massive petrified redwood trees in an outdoor exhibit. The visitor center is open Wednesdays through Sundays.  For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS.

 Live music. Big Sky will perform on June 12 at 9 p.m. at Armadillo Ranch, 962 Manitou Ave,  in Manitou Springs.

Monday, June  14

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.



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! The June 15 Business After Hours is hosted by Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, located at 4729 Twin Rocks Road in Divide from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

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

Green Box Arts Festival. Registration has begun for a variety of classes, performances and events for the annual several-week festival that extends from June 21 to July 11.  The festival, which mostly occurs in Green Mountain Falls, is capped by ballet, theater and musical performances, art displays, two block parties, guided hikes and a variety of workshops.  A dedication also will occur for the new James Turrell Skyspace installation. To register and receive more information, visit

Gold Camp Adventures. Tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District will be offered this summer from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The new tours will highlight gold rush history and gold mining. The tours will be conducted using transportation and drivers from Parks & Recreation and an experienced tour guide from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. All of the tour proceeds from the new tours will benefit Parks & Recreation and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, furthering the missions of both community-minded organizations as a win-win fundraising option for both. The tours will provide the chance to learn about the district’s unique gold rush history – including gold mining old and new, pioneers, and ghost towns. Tours can be packaged with a walking tour of the Sunnyside Cemetery near Victor on select Saturdays this summer as well as with museum admission and gold panning. For more information, call Ruth Zalewski at 719-689-5509.