Mountain Almanac for the Week of July 26

Wednesday, July 26

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for July 26  at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the upper 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 20

TOPS. Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  in the basement of Church in the Wildwood 10585 Ute Pass Ave, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819. Affordable, effective weight-loss

The Teller County Commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Shining Mountain Links Activity.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course and clubhouse bar in Woodland Park has kicked into full-gear for the 2023 season. Tee-times are available, starting at 8 a.m., weather permitting.  Conditions are excellent for this time of the year, and the facility has undergone many improvements. In addition, the driving range and practice chipping  and putting greens are open for practice. SM features  special trivia nights every Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. (including a food truck) and other special events for the public. Also, check out their special charity golf tournaments, benefitting key groups around the county. The restaurant is open during Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will meet on July 27  at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers. The meeting is available in-person and on Zoom.

Friday, July 28

Farmers Market. This annual summer and fall tradition kicks into full-gear on North Street next to Memorial Park and occurs every Friday from 8 a.m. to 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. For more information, call Sara Swart at 719-400-9986.

Live Music. The Painted Bear gift shop in Green Mountain Falls will host  its summer music series, featuring live performers on Friday evenings throughout the summer from 5;30 to 7 p.m.  The music occurs outdoors (special arrangements are made in case of inclement weather) in the scenic, back patio area. The Painted Bear features one of the most intimate settings for live music and showcases a great variety of performers. For more information, call 719-684-7864.

Barn Dance. Scheduled at the Green Box Farm Stand (next to The Pantry restaurant in Green Mountain Falls) with the Ryders & Friends, playing on July 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The event serves as a kick-off for the annual Bronc Day Festival.

Saturday, July 29

Bronc Day. The 85th annual Bronc Day festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Green Mountain Falls. The festivities include a pancake breakfast, parade, pie contest, live music, food trucks, artisans and vendors and more. Visit

The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours again this summer. The tours, which kicked off on Saturday, May 27, continuing every Saturday through Labor Day weekend, with the exceptions of June 17th and August 12th. Each tour begins at 1 pm from the District Museum parking area in Cripple Creek. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied past. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Please join us for a ride into history that is fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so please arrive early to reserve your seat. For more information, visit

Teller County  Fair.  A full lineup of equestrian events and competitions will occur at the county fairgrounds, located of Teller One, just outside Cripple Creek, between July 29 and Aug. 6.

Sunday, July 30

Live theater. The Butte Theater is still hosting the popular musical, We Will Rock You, featuring the music of Queen, and produced by the Funky Little Theater Company. It will be showcased at the Butte until Aug. 12. The show features some popular hits from the British band Queen, and brings back familiar memories from one of rock ‘n’ roll’s magic eras, and unveils a story that has strong relevance in today’s social media times. For more information, call 719-689-6402 or visit


Monday Music Series.  These series of concerts are held at the Gazebo Island in Green Mountain Falls and continue until the end of August. They are sponsored by the Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce and occur every Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  The next concert, scheduled for July 31, features the music of  Countrywyde. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Farm Stand, next to The Pantry. For more information, visit

Music at the Depot.  The Cripple Creek  District Museum will host its second Music at the Depot series, featuring a free outdoor concert on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 2  to 6 p.m. The featured band is WireWood Station. The festivities will include food, beer and other refreshments. For more information, visit the city of Cripple Creek’s tourism web site, or call 719-689-9540.

Donkey Derby Days. Scheduled from Aug. 11-13 and featuring a slew of  events and activities, including donkey races, a street dance, parade, live music, kids’ games and great competitions. Now in its 92nd year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush era. The three-day festival is sponsored by the caretakers of the donkey herd, the Two Mile High Club. Come for a beer tent, food vendors, retail vendors, kids’ activities, donkeys, and live music. For more information, visit or the city’s main tourism website.