Mountain Almanac for the Week of June 25

Tuesday, June 25

Shining Mountain Open For Play.  The Shining Mountain (SM) 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 spacious SM bar and outdoor patio. For more information, call 719-687-7587. A slew of charity tournaments are in the works, along with other links-related activities and special deals throughout the season.  Check regular updates in TMJ and on the Shining Mountain Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 26

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for June 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, June 27

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.

Rescheduling of WP City Council Meeting. The WP City Council will meet on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the WP Council Chambers, next to city hall. This represents the rescheduling of a previous meeting that was cancelled due to an annual conference by the Colorado Municipal Legue.

History of Fur Trade in Pikes Peak Region. Learn about this ‘first industry’ of the Pikes Peak region that led to the future development of the west. The event is scheduled at Mueller State Park on June 27 from 8 to 9 p.m. Dress warm and join us for this interesting period in the history of the Pikes Peak region. Meet at the Amphitheater. For more information, contact Anna Miller at 719-687-2366. The event is free, but a park pass is required to access the park.  $10 day passes can be purchased at the visitor center or self-service station, located at the sign on your right when you first enter the park. 

Friday, June 28

.Art Show. The Once Upon A Time in The West Invitational Art Show is celebrating its 27th Anniversary show in 2024.  The event takes place at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (located right off Hwy. 67, across from the Mollie Kathleen mine attraction) kicked off June 21st and continues through July 4th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 719-689-3315.


Live Theater. Check out the new melodrama at Cripple Creek’s Butte Theater, Darling of the Donkey Derby, with regular weekly shows from now through July 14. A definite unique plot and enthralling production by Chameleon Arts and Entertainment. “Amidst thundering hooves and swirling dust, alliances shift and betrayals loom, turning the Donkey Derby into a battleground of honor versus greed.” Shows occur Wednesday through Sunday.  Visit the Butte Theater website for ticket information and reservations.

Saturday, June 29

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!

Donkey Derby Days. This is the 93rd year for Donkey Derby Days!  It is the largest summer event and tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek attractions.  This year the event will be held June 28-30, with the bulk of the activity scheduled for Saturday, June 29. This is a change from holding the event in August, the past few years. People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, who roam Cripple Creek in honor of the original Cripple Creek donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Enjoy our beer gardens, food vendors, retail vendors, kids’ activities, donkeys, and live music. Events are capped by a wide range of activities, including donkey races, a parade, live music performances, a pancake breakfast, historic performances, melodrama shows and much more. Visit the city’s tourism website for specific events.  See full schedule in this week’s TMJ.


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

Music at the Depot.  The Cripple Creek District Museum is kicking off its annual concert series with a slew of entertainment, starting on July 4. The festivities occur in the Museum area, with a special indoor tent for concert-goers.  Plenty of food vendors and beverages are available.  The initial Independence holiday lineup includes Exit West from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 4; Slope Side on July 5 from 2 to  6 p.m. and the Jason Lee Band on July 6 from 2 to  6 p.m. For more details, contact the Cripple Creek District Museum at 719-689-9540.

Fireworks Show In Cripple Creek! Come and see the most spectacular fireworks display in the Pikes Peak region!!  The City of Cripple Creek will be hosting the 2024 4th of July Fireworks on July 4th starting about 20 minutes after dusk (approx. 9:30 p.m.).  The fireworks will be set off from the south side of town, south of Myers Ave.  Help us celebrate our nation’s birthday with a bang! For more information, visit the city’s tourism website.

Free Community Concert at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  Scheduled for July 10 and featuring the music of the popular band, Tava Blue.   Join us for an incredible evening of live music the Cultural Center’s Outdoor Pavilion. Get ready to connect with local band, Tava Blue. Tava Blue performs eclectic rock in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado and is named for the Ute Indian name for Pikes Peak. It’s a FREE event that promises an unforgettable experience filled with catchy tunes, energetic performances, and a whole lot of fun. So, mark your calendars and bring your friends along for a night of pure musical enjoyment. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to support our local talent and have a fantastic time. See you there! All ages are welcome, but children must stay with an adult at all times. Doors open at 5:30 pm – the UPCC bar will be open, and a food truck will be there! Show starts at 6 pm The live music Wraps up around 8 to 8:30 pm This concert is FREE thanks to our sponsor, Pikes Peak Credit Union!