Mountain Almanac for the Week of June 29

Tuesday, June 29

Green Box Arts Festival. Registration is ongoing for a variety of classes, performances and events for the annual several-week festival that extends until July 11.  The festival, which 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 forthcoming James Turrell Skyspace installation. To register and receive more information, visit

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on June 29 at the GMF Town Hall, starting at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually, with no in-person attendance. To participate, visit the town government’s website.

Wednesday, June 30

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for June 30 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.

Thursday, July 1

Gallop in the Garden, Scheduled for July 1 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. .

The Woodland Park City Council will meet  in the Woodland Park Council Chambers on July 1,  starting at 7 p.m. In-person attendance is permitted, and the meetings are available online.  For more information, call 719-687-9246.

  Friday, July 2

Furbaby Friday. Scheduled for July 2 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.

Farmers Market. Scheduled every Friday until from now through September at N. Center Street near Memorial Park in Woodland Park from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Our Vendors come from all over Colorado and provide a variety of products to choose from. Including, Colorado fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, honey, coffee, food trucks, and more. We have space for 100 vendors, providing a large variety of products. For more information, call Lara Maas (Shadwick) at 719-400-9986.

Under the Colorado Moon. Live performances have returned to the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with the debut of their summer melodrama show, Under the Colorado Moon. The Golden Age Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, will debut on Friday July 2.  Both shows extend through the summer until mid-August. For reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit


Saturday, July 3

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.


Sunday, July 4

Independence Day Festivities.  A full lineup of events and shows will occur on July 4 throughout Woodland Park, Cripple Creek/Victor and Green Mountain Falls.  See related story in this week’s TMJ and visit and our Facebook page for more details.


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.

Night Sky Program. 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. This is scheduled for July 9 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Meet on the front patio of the visitor center. 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