Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 16

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Nov. 17 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.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Nov. 17 at 5;30 p.m. at the CC Council Chambers.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Meeting Change.  Due to the forthcoming Thanksgiving holidays, the Teller County Commissioners will meet on Nov. 18 at the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The meeting is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. This marks a change from their usual meeting times that generally occur on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Garden Run. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park Nov. 18  at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, Nov, 19

Shooting nights. Scheduled for the Victor Elks Lodge on Fridays at the corner of 3rd and Diamond in Victor at 7 p.m. in the indoor shooting range downstairs. The entrance (white door) is on the southside parking lot level. You don’t have to be a member. (Though it’s free, most of us leave a donation for the Elks building fund.) Don’t forget hearing and eye protection. Remember, the Teller Rifles Challenge is still on! Offhand, 10 consecutive shots, 50′, iron sights, first one to shoot better than an ’81’ gets prizes!

Saturday, Nov. 20

The Shining Mountain  Golf Course is closed for the season.  But the spacious Event Center facility, adjacent to the bar area, is still open for holiday events.  If interested in hosting your event at Shining Mountain, call 719-687-7587.

Woodland Park Farmers Market-Holiday Market. Scheduled for Nov 20 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring seasonal vegetables, cheese, eggs, meats; breads, pies and pastries; jams, honey salsa; candies, crafts and holiday wreaths, live music and more.


Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Scheduled for the days following the Thanksgiving holiday. With the current shipping and transportation problems facing the nation, local businesses  offer one of the best outlets for Christmas and holiday shopping.  A number of shops are offering special deals. Check out details in the Nov. 23 issue of TMJ and visit us on-line at

Best of the High Country Kick-off.  The first round of voting for this annual contest, sponsored by TMJ and featuring 75-plus categories, will kick off the week of Nov. 23, with the first round of nominations.  More details will be announced shortly.  Voting will occur on

A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol. Cripple Creek history meets the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol in this holiday season is a perfect past, present and future holiday experience. This show, kicks off on Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 31 on select days, is a great holiday outing for the entire family as its plot is based on the classic tale – with a Cripple Creek twist that relies on Bob Womack (who in 1890, discovered the gold that made Cripple Creek famous) to rescue the Scrooge-like Gooch from his selfish ways. The show was written for the Butte stage by TATC producer Chris Armbrister and Cripple Creek’s favorite playwright Chris Sorensen. For more information, call 719-689-6402.

Holiday Headframe Lighting The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. This marks the 22nd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek on weekend nights from Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 1 Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at  The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. This holiday lighting tradition is sponsored by Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine, on whose property most of the headframes are located; Southern Teller County Focus Group who coordinates generator crews; and the El Pomar Foundation who provided grant funding for the event this year. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include the City of Victor, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, and the Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments.

More information and maps are at