Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 28

Tuesday, May 28

Shining Mountain Open For Play.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course in Woodland Park has officially opened for its 2024 season, with tee times and daily play contingent on weather conditions.  In addition, the driving range and chipping area/putting green is open, along with the SM bar. For more information, call 719-687-7587. Also, make sure to check out a special issue of TMJ (dedicated to the great outdoors and spring/home improvement) for details of upcoming action at Shining Mountain this spring and summer. A slew of charity tournaments is in the works, along with other links-related activities.

Magic: The Gathering. Come play with us! Bring your decks, bring your cards and your mats, and come battle at the Rampart Library District, 218 East Midland Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. on select nights. It is open to teens and young adults, who visit the teen room at the library. The next gathering is scheduled for May 28 Interested in learning.  Someone will be available to teach you the basics.

Wednesday, May 29

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 29  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.

Sales Tax Discussion. The Woodland Park City Council will hold a work session on May 29 at 5 p.m. dealing with the subject of the 1.09 percent sales tax previously approved by the voters to benefit the RE-2 School District. Much discussion has occurred on whether this tax should continue

Thursday, May 30

TOPS. Takes 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.

Mining Open House. The Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine will hold an open house on May 30 at the Cripple Creek District Museum (510 Bennett Avenue) from 5 to 6 p.m.  Event participants will get a chance to query Newmont officials about a variety of topics and receive an update on current operations. For more information, call 719-851-428

Friday, May 31

New Casino and Hotel. Chamonix Casino and Hotel, Cripple Creek’s new mega addition, which features about 300 rooms, and a spree resort-like amenities, such as a rooftop pool and spa, is now open for business in the initial stage. The Chamonix, part of Bronco Billy’s, features about 250 slots and table games. Check out the games and amazing lobby and the Chamonix Bistro.  This is the first stage of a $300 million development, the largest project ever undertaken in Cripple Creek. It will encompass a 500,000-plus square-foot area, when fully completed. The project’s new highly acclaimed steakhouse, 980 Prime, is now open for business Thursdays through Sundays. For more details, visit the Chamonix website and check for updates in TMJ.

Saturday, June 1

FREE HISTORIC TOURS! “Ambiance on the Red Trolley” is a FREE 30-minute historical tour of Cripple Creek.  Join the Gold Camp Victorian Society on Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 1 to  3 p.m. to hear the fascinating history of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Tours begin at the District Museum Train Car. For further information, visit the GCVS website… FREE!

Disc Golf. The Double Down for the Byway disc golf tournament series will kick off on June 1 with a tournament at the Gunslinger Disc Golf course on County Road 3A. A second round will be played at a course near Victor on Sept. 14. The first leg of the tourney series is a doubles format, with a shotgun start on the 9-hole course that runs through the Royal Gorge Ranch and Resort outside of Canon City. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Gold Belt Byway. For more information, call Charlotte at 719- 689-2461




Free Concert.   A concert series, sponsored by the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, has featured several free concerts and ensemble recitals in the local area, including the Symphony’s annual spring concert.   The Wind Symphony has a rich 30-year-plus history in Woodland Park and Teller County, and has performed at nationally acclaimed shows. On June 2, another free concert sponsored by the Wind Symphony will feature the Peak Hornsemble and the French Horn Choir Ensemble, directed by Craig Harms.  It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, at 1101 Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park.  Donations will be accepted for these performances. For more information, call 719-661-6168, or visit the Symphony’s web site at

History Talk. Richard Sauers will be presenting, “Some of the Hidden History of Cripple Creek” June 15, 2024 at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.  The talk begins at 11 a.m. and lasts about an hour.  There will be time for questions/answers, as well as, an opportunity to review some rarely seen artifacts such as ore shipment books, maps, etc.  The presentation is FREE and all ages are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served. Sauers has been in the public history arena since 1984, currently serving as the curator of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs. Sauers has been a speaker at many historical organizations and conferences, and was honored to be a part of the 1996 conference that developed a conservation plan for the Star-Spangled Banner. He is the author of more than two dozen books, many of which dealt with various aspects of  the  Civil War.

The Cripple Creek Heritage Center is located at 9283 S. Highway 67, Cripple Creek, Colorado. For more information, call 719-689-3315


Coffee Chats. Come have coffee, donuts, and chat with other people in the area. (This is your excuse to go make more local friends). This event, held in the Colorado room of the Woodland Park Public Library, is held the first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The next Colorado Chats is scheduled for June 7. For more information, visit the city of Woodland Park’s website, or call the Woodland Park Public Library and ask for Nick.

Golfing with the Sheriff. The annual Teller County HDSA (Teller County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association) tournament will be held on Friday, June 7 at Shining Mountain Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.  This event, done in a best-ball scramble format, is one of the first major charity tournaments at SM this year. Proceeds benefit HDSA, which does a number of projects to benefit the sheriff’s department for more information and to register, call 719-687-9652.

John Denver Tribute Concert. Please join us for this fundraising concert to support P.E.O.’s education for women programs. Mark Cormican will present this John Denver Tribute Concert with the look and comforting,  familiar sounds of John Denver’s best. Scheduled for  Sunday, June 9 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Doors will open for open seating and light appetizers and cash bar at 3 p.m. with the concert starting at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $35  and available online through the website at Colorado – John Denver Concert Featuring Mark Cormican