Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 29

Wednesday, August 30

 Wellness Walk. Scheduled for August 30  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, Aug. 31

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

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. For more information, call 719-687-7587 and visit the Shining Mountain facebook page

Friday, Sept. 1

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.

Saturday, Sept. 2

Victor Celebrates the Arts.  One of the region’s most popular festivals, showcasing a variety of artists and art work, will be held in Victor from Sept. 2-4.  Visitors can view the artists at work, first-hand, and have an opportunity to purchase a slew of art pieces at the Victor Elks Lodge, and enjoy a spree of festivities.  See the city of Victor’s website for more information.

The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours again this summer. The tours occur every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. 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

Free Bird Walk. A free fall bird walk by Better Birdwatching with wildlife biologist Joe LaFleur will be held Saturday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Meet at the new American Eagles upper parking lot for a bird walk on the Grouse Mountain trails. Access to the area is just west of Victor; from Victor drive west on Highway 67 and turn left on the American Eagles Access Road just before the Arequa Gulch Bridge. Follow the access road to the upper parking lot. Binoculars are suggested and the event is open to ages 5 and up. Dress for mountain weather and hiking on rough terrain. Following the walk, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. LeFleur will present a free program at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 298 Victor Ave. Learn to identify local birds in this audiovisual presentation. After the program, LaFleur will be at the museum signing his new Teller County bird guide book and answering questions about birds. The walk is free but limited to 20 people – first come, first serve. The presentation is free and limited to 30 people, first come, first serve.  For more information, call 719–301–8801.

Music at the Depot. The outdoor concert series at the Cripple Creek District Museum concludes on Sept. 2 with a performance by Collective Grove, Southern Colorado’s premiere funk and soul dance party, from 2 to 6 p.m. The festivities include beer and food and other refreshments.


School District Campaign Event. Join WPSD School Board Candidates, Seth Bryant, Keegan Barkley, and Mike Knott, for an event scheduled for Friday, September 8 from 5:30-8:00 PM at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park for an evening of food, fun, and fundraising! This 1940’s “V for Victory” Themed Event will feature a Small Bite Dinner hosted by the fabulous Red Diamond Gastro Pub. The festivities include Drinks, Dancing, and a Silent Auction including items from local businesses, artists, and community members. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $45/person.  Tickets include a Small Bite Dinner and 2 drink tickets.  Visit for more information.

The Victor Pack Races. Victor Pack Burro  Races. The event is scheduled for Sept. 9 and is set in the heart of the historic Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District. The Victor Pack Burro Race offers a short but challenging day of Pack Burro Racing. The 7.3-mile course starts and finishes in the heart of Victor on Victor Avenue. The course has 1,100 feet of elevation gain with lots of ups and downs, uneven footing, fantastic views, and passes by historic mine sites. The race begins at noon.

 All racers will receive a finishers prize and free lunch.  Cash prizes will be paid out to the top finishers. Special awards will also be given to the Last Ass and Nicest Ass. The awards ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Spectators  should  stick around for all the activities planned directly following the start of the race. A mini-donkey race will be held for the kids. For more information, visit the city of Victor’s tourism web site. The Victor Elks Lodge will be cooking on the porch all afternoon and providing a free meal to all race participants and volunteers. Spectators can purchase a meal at the Elks Lodge as well. All proceeds (after race costs) from race entry fees go to:

The Victor Elks Lodge 367 to aid in their many benevolent activities and charities and the maintenance and restoration of Victor’s premier historic gathering place.

Parks and Recreation Family Festival. Scheduled on Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  this event is hosted by the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department and includes a hefty lineup of activities. For more information, call 719-689-3514.

Mt. Pisgah, Cemetery Tours. Scheduled on Sept. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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! 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.