Mountain Mix

September 2015 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

September 5
Uncertainty, Vulnerability, and Change in the Rocky Mountains
Have you ever wondered how various birds, plants, and mammals have and will be affected by the changing climate of the Rocky Mountains? Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy for a day-long educational adventure about how this change in the climate has affected Rocky Mountain National Park, and its ecosystems. On Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., instructor Dr. Timothy Kittel delves into ecosystems from montane to alpine tundra. To register, or find other classes, visit or call 970-586-3262.

September 5-6
Indian Peaks Classic Bike Ride
Mixing a love of road racing and the skills of gravel riding, the inaugural Indian Peaks Classic is a new Gran Fondo style bike ride, Sept. 5-6, in Nederland. The event is the vision of Timmy Duggan and Ian MacGregor to showcase the beauty of Nederland while giving cyclists a chance to ride some of the most challenging and fun routes in the area. The $60 registration fee includes route support (aid stations, State Patrol escort, ride marshals, signage, bike techs and SAG vehicles) as well as an End of Ride celebration. Ride headliners include Timmy Duggan, Steven Nyman ,Lucas Euser, Kiel Reijnen and Alison Powers. All proceeds benefit Duggan and MacGregor’s non-profit foundation, Just Go Harder.  For more information, call 970-626-9913 or visit

September 5-7
Annual Arts and Crafts Show
The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Sept. 5-7, fills Bond Park and adjacent downtown area with over 100 booths featuring hand-crafted goods including paintings, jewelry, metal work, clothing, gourmet items, home décor, wood carvings, toys, pottery, glass and more. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary hosts this free, unique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Visit for more details.

September 9, 19 & 22
Boulder County 40th Anniversary Bus Tours
Boulder County Parks & Open Space hosts three bus tours, Sept. 9, 19 and 22, to visit open space properties in remembrance of 40 years of preserving, cultivating and recreating on open space lands in Boulder County. Registration for each tour is $5. The first tour, Sept. 9, from 4-8 p.m., stops at the Agricultural Heritage Center, Rabbit Mountain and Picture Rock Trailhead and highlights county-owned farms and ranches and flood recovery sites. The Sept. 19 tour stops at Caribou Ranch, Reynolds Ranch and highlights mining sites, flood restoration and environmental projects. The final tour, Sept. 22 from 3-7 p.m., stops at Carolyn Hombberg Preserve, Harney-Lastoka Farm and Mayhoffer Singletree Trail. For information and registration,  visit

September 10-13
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival
The Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, Sept. 10-13, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of its kind, features Highland dance, Scottish-Irish shopping markets, Scottish athletics, U.S./International  Jousting Championships, Dogs of the British Isles agility and races, exhibits and much more. It also hosts bands from the U.K., Scotland, Canada and U.S. There is Tattoo Estes, which features the best pipe bands, brass bands and drill teams; Highlander 5K; and the “famous” parade, too. For information and schedule, visit or call 970-586-6308.

September 11-12
Flaming Foliage Relay
The Third Flaming Foliage Relay, Sept. 11-12, takes the best parts of an old Colorado relay route with new and scenic challenges. This relay begins in Idaho Springs and traverses 165 miles and three mountain passes before finishing in Buena Vista. Participants run on roads and trails through some of the most amazing scenery in Colorado. For information, e-mail and register at

September 13
Armchair Travelogue to Japan
Join the Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District, Sept. 13 from 2-4 p.m. for a special Armchair Travelogue event featuring Coal Creek Canyon resident Michael Reilly at the CCCIA Hall, 31528 Hwy. 72. In 2002, Reilly went to Law School at age 51. He spent the Spring 2004 semester studying American and Japanese law in Tokyo. He will share some of his experiences living in Tokyo, commuting daily and some of the best places to visit in central Japan.

7th Annual Dory Hill Pinball Campout
The 7th annual Dory Hill Pinball Campout, Sept. 11-13 at the Base Camp at Golden Gate, 661 Hwy. 46, is a weekend-long pinball showcase. There will be a $10 registration fee to play free games and participate in voting for the top pinball of the weekend.  The event features a World Pinball Player Rankings Tourney, Pinball Golf Tournament and awards. For more information, contact Steve Trujillo at 303-517-0843 or

Creating Native Eco-gardens
Master Gardener Dennis Paige visits Lyons Regional Library, 405 Main St., to share his vast knowledge of community gardening with native plants and  offer ideas and suggestions for Lyons’ gardeners, Sept. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The program aims to inspire residents to create native, earth-friendly landscapes to enhance biodiversity and environmental health. For information, call 303-823-5165.

September 18-19
National Park Employee Reunion
Past and present employees of Rocky Mountain National Park will be honored with an employee reunion weekend, Sept. 18-19, at the YMCA of the Rockies. Social events and special activities will provide opportunities for employees and alumni to re-discover the park and connect with friends old and new. To register—deadline is Sept. 7—visit For information, call (970) 586-1206.

September 20
Fourmile Firefighter Challenge
Join the Fourmile Fire Department, Sept. 20, for the Second Annual Fourmile Firefighter Challenge, a 10-mile run from the base of Fourmile Canyon to the Gold Hill Inn on 5 miles of pavement and 5 miles of dirt. It is the largest elevation gain run in the area. Parking for race participants will be at the Bluebird Lodge in Gold Hill with buses to the start. The registration fee is $65 with a T-shirt or $55 without. All proceeds go to the new Fourmile/Poorman Fire Station and Community Center. For registration and information, go to To volunteer, contact Cassie Stonecash

September 24
‘Rocky Mountain National Park: Dining Room Girl, The Summer of 1926 at the Horseshoe Inn’ presentation and book signing
The authors of the newly published “Rocky Mountain National Park Dining Room Girl, The Summer of 1926 at the Horseshoe Inn” will share photos, some never published, and stories from 1926 and today, Sept. 24 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., in a free program at the Estes Park Museum. Visit Horseshoe Park in 1926 when the elegant Horseshoe Inn was filled with patrons excited to visit the new park through letters written by one of the dining room girls. She describes a magical summer with moonlight horseback rides, exhilarating hikes, and sightseeing on some of the Park’s first roads. For information, visit or call 970-586-6256.

September 26
Author Reading with Sandra Dallas
New York Times best selling author Sandra Dallas reads from her work, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Heritage Center, 809 Taos St. She has published 13 novels, with a recurring quilting theme, and two children’s books. She is a three-time recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and two-time winner of both the National Cowboy Museum’s Wranger Award and Western Writers of America Spur Award. She will read from “A Quilt for Christmas,” and her new book, “The Last Midwife.” For tickets and information, go to or e-mail

Enchanted Forest at Mud Lake
Enjoy family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, Sept. 26, including music, food, magic and fun at the 15th Enchanted Forest at Mud Lake presented by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., #107 in Nederland. Create costumes, listen to live music and participate in other activities, including face painting, before catching a bus to Mud Lake to take a tour, meet “animals,” get goody bags and enjoy treats and music at a campfire. All proceeds benefit Wild Bear and its mission to foster a life-long appreciation of the environment and promote an environmentally aware, responsible and ecologically sound community. Visit or call 303-258-0495 to learn more.

September 27
Autumn Heritage Day at Walker Ranch
See how autumn was spent on a working ranch in the late 1800s, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Walker Ranch Homestead west of Boulder. Costumed volunteers demonstrate autumn chores such as root-cellaring, sausage making and doing laundry with a washboard and wringer. Watch the blacksmith and attend a one-room school session, take a homestead tour and watch a vintage “base ball” game. For information, contact Sheryl Kippen at or 303-776-8848. Visit for more information.

Clear Creek County ski area re-opens to public
Echo Mountain, the closest ski area to Denver located on Hwy. 103 in Clear Creek County, has announced plans to re-open its doors to the general skiing and snowboarding public this winter. Under the continued management of the Front Range Ski Club, the new Echo Mountain will open to season pass holders and day visitors, Dec. 10, with a renewed focus on family and beginner guests.

“We are very excited about this next chapter in Echo Mountain’s evolution.  Our mountain is the ideal location for the thousands of non-skiing or snowboarding Front Range residents who are looking for their first day on snow, but aren’t ready to make the commitment of travel, time and expense the larger destination resorts require.  We want to be that first stop on their journey to a lifelong love of snow sliding, and we want to make sure Echo is offering the best in beginner and family skiing experiences,” says Nora Pykkonen, Echo Mountain’s owner.

The ski area is the first in Colorado to implement Terrain Based Learning in an effort to offer Front Range residents a better, easier way to learn to ski and ride.

The resort is a premier race training facility in November and opens to the public on Dec. 10. Echo Mountain Season Passes are on sale now with a three day $159 All Access Season Pass Sale.  Passes can be purchased and more information can be found at

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