Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 30

Tuesday, Aug. 30

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will  meet  on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The trustees are scheduled to hear a draft plan for guidelines for short-term rental properties.  The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday. 31

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for  at the Aug. 31 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.

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The Woodland Park City Council will  meet on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available in-person and via Zoom.

Friday, Sept. 2

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open daily for the 2022 season, weather permitting. The 18-hole course, the driving range and putting/chipping area are open for play/practice, along with the Shining Mountain bar. Carts are available, but the cart-path-only rule for the season will be in effect to protect the turf.  An outdoor grill, with limited food items, is available Friday through Sunday throughout the season. For more information, and to make tee-times, call 719-687-7587. Also, check out their charity tournament outings.

Live music. The Painted Bear Gift Shop in Green Mountain Falls will host their final Friday night music performance of the season in their outdoor patio area, starting at 5:30 p.m. This is one of the most intimate musical gatherings in the area. The Sept. 2 performance will feature a country jazz performer with some Bob Dylan renditions.

Farmers Market. Held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of September in downtown Woodland Park in Memorial Park.  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.

Greater Tuna. This play, hosted by the Butte Theater in Cripple Cree, extends until September 17. It is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. The play is at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes, but also a withering satire of same. The play is additionally notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. For tickets and information, call 719-689-6402 or see the city’s tourist website at

Saturday, Sept. 2

Victor Celebrates the Arts. This annual festival, featuring a variety of live artist showings, capped by the En Plein Air Art show,  festivities and opportunities for purchasing art, will occur from Sept. 2-5, in Victor and at the Victor Elks Club Lodge facility. This represents one of the region’s more unique special events, extending for several days over the Labor Day weekend. Visit for more details.

Music at the Depot. The Cripple Creek District Museum, located at 510 Bennett Drive in Cripple Creek,  will host  live music from the Tejon Corner Thieves, along with vendors and beverages, on Sept. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. For more details, contact the Cripple Creek District Museum at 719-689-9540.



Historic Trolley Tours. These tours occur every Saturday through Labor Day weekend, starting at the District Museum in Cripple Creek at 1 p.m. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied history.  The characters you will see are played by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Please join us for the only historical trolley tour in Cripple Creek. Adults $15 and children 12 and under $5. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.

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Victor Pack Burro Races. Experience a day of fast, furious, and furry racing that must be seen to be believed. The 8th annual race is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 in Victor and features a day of four-footed races packed with old-time fun. The annual Victor Pack Burro Race will kick off at noon in downtown with racers from across the region competing for cash prizes. The furry four-footeds are historically dubbed the Rocky Mountain Canary for their role in underground mining; the burros were used above ground during the gold rush era for hauling heavy loads. Proceeds from the burro race entries benefit the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG), a non-profit that maintains the Trails of Gold and assists with historic preservation and mining education. The race is produced by the Western Pack Burro Association and sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group with assistance from event sponsors Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor and the City of Victor. For more information, call 719-689-5509.

Mt. Pisgah Speaks, Cemetery Tours. Ghosts from the past come to life in this educational-but-slightly-creepy afternoon hosted by the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Learn who is buried in Mt. Pisgah and their history through live reenactments with a trolley ride to the cemetery Scheduled on Sept. 17-18. Tickets for the event can be purchased outside the Cripple Creek District Museum or advanced reservations can be made at or 719-270-2504.  The trolley will pick up guests at the ticket booth and transport them to Mt. Pisgah Cemetery (only trolley passengers may participate) for their supernatural experience.  The hours for the tours this year are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Trolleys will depart the Cripple Creek District Museum every 30 minutes.