Mountain Almanac for the Week of September 6

Tuesday, Sept. 6

The Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority will meet on Sept. 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the WP Council Chambers.  The meeting also can be participated, via Zoom. Visit the city of Woodland Park’s website for more details .

Meeting Cancellation. The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees, originally scheduled for  Sept. 6, has been cancelled.  The next scheduled board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the GMF Town Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for  Sept. 7 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 Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers.  The council is scheduled to finalize the ballot proposals for initiatives legalizing the retail and medicinal operations of marijuana outlets. See related story in this week’s TMJ. The meeting is available on Zoom and in-person.

Thursday, Sept. 8

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 8 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners are scheduled to have a final hearing on their proposed rubbish ordinance, representing the first comprehensive revision of the county’s restrictions against excessive trash, junk cars and old building material.. See related story in this week’s TMJ.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will  meet on Sept. 8 at  6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available on Zoom and in-person.

Friday, Sept. 9

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.

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 Creek, 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. 10

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.

Sunday, Sept. 11

9/11 Memorial Ceremony. The annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will occur on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Lions Park at Hwys. 24 and 67, starting at 9 a.m. The event pays tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the many first-responders who lost their lives.  The ceremony  will feature representatives from the American Legion, VFW, the Teller County Sheriff’s Department, the Woodland Park Police Department and the Northeast Teller County Fire Department and more. The tribute has taken on special meaning in the  local area due to the region’s strong number of military veterans. See editorial by Teller County Commission Chairman Dan Williams in this week’s TMJ.


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.

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 events and activities in the community. The next After Hours, scheduled on Sept. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m., is hosted by Woodland Country Lodge at 730 Country Drive in Woodland Park. For more information, call719-687-9885.