Wednesday July 14th
Wellness walk. Scheduled for July 7th at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9am. Meet on the lower level and choose a one, two, or three mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to improve your walk. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring plenty of water. Free admission.
New opening times of the gift shop. The Ute Pass Historical Society has new opening times! The souvenir shop is open on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursday to Saturday 11-4. Stop by and discover our large selection of historical books, maps, art and jewelry. During your stay, ask for a free tour of the five historic buildings in History Park. The gift shop is located at 231 E. Henrietta Avenue, next to the Woodland Park Library. Call 719-686-7512. Check out the trailer for the Teller County Dude Ranch video coming out later this year.
Lawn concert series. Scheduled for July 14th and with Celtic music by the Skean Dubh Band. This will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building of the Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Avenue. Bring deck chairs or a blanket.
The El Paso County’s Summer Concert Series with the New Horizons Kids Band is on July 14 at 6 p.m. on Bear Creek Park Terrace, 21st Street on Argulis Blvd. Bring a deck chair or blanket.
Thursday 15th July
Teller County commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. on July 15 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek. The commissioners now allow a personal presence. In addition, your meetings are available for viewing via Zoom. For more information, visit the county government’s website.
Gallop in the garden, planned for July 15th at 3:30 p.m. This is a 5K Fun Run / Jogg / Walk in the Garden of the Gods. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Admission is free, but face covering is required.
Chuck Wagon chat. Scheduled for July 15th at 1:30 p.m. in the Garden of the Gods Jaycee Chuckwagon Plaza. Join park interpreter Bowen Gillings for a discussion on how to explore the park without leaving a trace, hear some of his favorite stories about the garden, and answer questions. Free and open to the public.
Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series with Front Range Big Bend. The concert is scheduled for July 15th at 7pm at the Bud Ford Pavilion in Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Avenue. Bring a deck chair or blanket.
Woodland Park City Council will meet in the Council Chamber on July 15 at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are now taking place in person, but can also be viewed online. For more information, call 719-687-9246.
Friday July 16
Tee time. The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open daily for the 2021 season and the course is in excellent condition. In addition, the clubhouse bar as well as the driving range and the chipping area are open. In addition, the restaurant is now open from Thursday to Sunday to a limited extent. Trolleys are now available. Call 719-687-7587 for more information.
Furbaby Friday. Scheduled for July 16 at 9 a.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Bring your furry friend, check in at the visitor center and receive a free map of pet-friendly areas in the park and register for the raffle.
Farmers market. Scheduled every Friday from now through September on N. Center Street near Memorial Park in Woodland Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our sellers are from all over Colorado and have a wide variety of products to choose from. Including fruits and vegetables from Colorado, freshly baked bread, honey, coffee, food trucks and more. We have space for 100 sellers and offer a wide variety of products. For more information, call Lara Maas (Shadwick) at 719-400-9986.
Parents’ Evening Enjoy an evening while your children have fun in the pool at the Woodland Aquatic Center. Your kids will swim, play games, and eat pizza. Suitable for 6-17 years. Scheduled for July 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-5225.
Under the Colorado Moon and gentlemen prefer blondes. Live performances have returned to the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek with her summer melodrama show Under the Colorado Moon and the Golden Age musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Both shows extend over the summer to mid-August. For reservations, call 719-689-6402 or visit ButteTheater.com.
Days of the Gold Rush. Scheduled from July 16-18 in Victor, features a range of games, historical tours, demonstrations and unique celebrations. Considered one of the best summer festivals in the highlands. 2021 marks the 127th birthday of Victor. This historic celebration is an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the sights and sounds of mining activities that are at the heart of Victor’s beginnings. See related story in this week’s TMJ.
Saturday 17th July
Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The Gold Camp Victorian Society is again presenting the Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours. Tours, which began on Saturday May 29th, will continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Each tour begins at 1:00 PM from the District Museum in Cripple Creek. Led by our Victorian hostesses, these 90 minute tours feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek history as portrayed by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Take the only historic trolley tour in Cripple Creek. A donation of 10 euros is requested. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited so come early to reserve your seat
Müller walks and activities. Start the summer at Mueller State Park, one of the secret gems of the state’s park system. While most of the state parks are congested with visitors due to the pandemic. Mueller offers ideal trails without the crowds. The typical weather this spring at Mueller can offer some great excursions. A full program of naturalist programs can help you explore, learn, and enjoy the area. Enjoy guided hikes and special programs. For more information, call 719-687-2366.
Fossil beds activities. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant is open all year round. The monument is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has 15 miles of beautiful but lesser-known trails to explore, a free junior ranger program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore. However, coronavirus restrictions apply and the museum’s indoor exhibits and theater will be closed all summer. However, the park video is available on the Fossil Bed website. Visitors can also enjoy massive petrified sequoias in an outdoor display. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: www.nps.gov/flfo or on Facebook or Twitter at / FlorissantNPS.
Sunday 18th July
SUN-Day in the park with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Starts on July 18th at 9 a.m. It takes place in the visitor center of the Garden of the Gods. Meet in the middle on the north side of the building. Stop by for a telescope tour of the sun’s chromospheric layer and other surprising observations. Learn how a telescope works and enjoy astronomy on the solar path and watch the moon in the first quarter during the day. Free and open to the public.
Ice Cream Social. Scheduled for July 19th at 1pm at Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Road, Cascade. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month and Summer with a tasty treat and meet friends, family and your community.
Pearl DeVere celebration and bed races. This is the second annual Bed Race and Celebration at Cripple Creek, designed to honor one of the mining district’s infamous legends. More information is available at Cripple Creek.com.
Gold Camp Adventure. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is offering tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District this summer. The new tours will shed light on the history of the gold rush and gold mining. Tours are operated with transportation and drivers from Parks & Recreation and an experienced tour guide from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. All tour proceeds from the new tours will benefit Parks & Recreation and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, promoting the missions of both community-oriented organizations as a win-win fundraising option for both. Tours provide a chance to learn about the district’s unique gold rush history – including old and new gold miners, pioneers, and ghost towns. Tours can be combined on selected Saturdays this summer with a tour of Sunnyside Cemetery at Victor’s as well as museum admission and gold panning. For more information, call Ruth Zalewski at 719-689-5509.
Bronc day. The 83rd Bronc Day takes place on Saturday, July 31st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is one of the longest historical events in southern Colorado. It started in 1939 to welcome cowherd, tourists and families who came to the Ute Pass area for rodeo, vacation or summer work. It made for some fun times and Bronc Day became an annual day that people set aside as part of their summer experience and family memories!
Over the years it has been expanded to include children’s games and gold panning. Lots of vendors sell their wares and fabulous food from our local vendors. All of this along with live entertainment: singing, Victorian dance classes, western costumes, rubber duck races on the creek and much more. It really is the friendliest day out and the funniest event for your family!
The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Clay Gafford – a longtime Bronc Day participant and resident of Green Mountain Falls. There is no admission fee. So put July 31st on your calendar for a trip to the beautiful town of Green Mountain Falls and the 83rd annual Bronc Day festivities.