Mountain Almanac Week of July 20

Wednesday, July 21

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for July 21 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.

Lawn Concert Series. Scheduled for July 21 and featuring Red Mountain Boys at 6 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Library Carnegie Building, 701 Manitou Ave. Free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.


The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on July 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  CC meetings do permit in-person attendance on a limited basis. Call 719-689-2502, if you wish to attend.

Thursday, July 22

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on July 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in  Cripple Creek. The commissioners now allow in-person attendance.  In addition, their meetings are available for viewing, via Zoom. For more information, visit the county government’s website.

El Paso County Summer Concert Series.  Scheduled for July 22 at 6 p.m. Featuring Peak Big Band at the Bear Creek Park Terrace, 21st Street at Argus Blvd. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food truck available.

Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series.  Featuring Starburn on July 22 at 7 p.m. at Bud Ford Pavilion in Soda Springs Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 23

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

Live Music and Performances.  Held every Friday evening in the patio area of the Painted Bear gift shop in Green Mountain Falls.

Saturday, July 24

Pearl DeVere Day and Bed Race. This is the second annual Bed Race and celebration aimed at honoring one of Cripple Creek’s great legends.  The action occurs on Myers Avenue, just outside the Old Homestead House Museum. For more information, visit Cripple

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.


Mueller Hikes and Activities.  Kick off  summer 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.

Sunday, July 25

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Memorial Park, Manitou Springs. Scheduled for July 25 at 2 p.m. with a repeat performance at 6 p.m. Join Pikes Peak Library District and Theatreworks at University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) for an outdoor Shakespeare performance! Three fairies wreaking revenge, four people escaping in love, and six workers aspiring to artistic greatness all add up to chaos during one magical, mystical night in the woods in one of Shakespeare’s most bubbling, lyrical, and ridiculous comedies. Six actors play multiple roles in this hilarious romp courtesy of Theatreworks’ Free-For-All program.


Bronc Day. The 83rd Bronc Day will occur on Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It 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!

The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Clay Gafford- a long time Bronc Day participant and Green Mountain Falls resident. 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.