Mountain Mix

July 2018 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

Monday Artisans Market
Every Monday through August, enjoy local art and meet local artisans from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 3rd Annual Monday Artisans Market at the George Hix Riverside Plaza in Estes Park. The carefully curated, handmade-only market offers a unique opportunity to enjoy and support local artisans. The event is free to attend. Call 970-586-6838 or e-mail for information or to participate.

JULY 4-8
18th Annual Piles of Pawn
Eagle Plume’s Trading, 9853 Hwy. 7 near Allenspark, is “positively dripping” in old estate and pawn jewelry during its annual Piles of Pawn event, July 4-8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visit or call 303-747-2861 for information.

JULY 11 & JULY 25
Wellness Wednesday Seminars
The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, presents free Wellness Wednesday Seminars throughout the summer to improve knowledge and health. “Hearing Loss 101” with Susan Day, M.S., FAAA Certified Audiologist, is July 11 and “Introduction to Quantum Shiatsu,” with Beck Stephens of Quantum Shiatsu, is July 25. Each takes place from 10-11 a.m., with a free oxygen and blood-pressure clinic from 9-10 a.m. For information, visit or call 303-747-2906.

Four-Year-Old Whisky Release
Spirit Hound Distillers, 4196 Ute Hwy. in Lyons, releases its very first whisky aged for more than 2 years, July 13. It is described as “full-bodied and rich,” and considered one of the distillery’s “best whiskies to date.” Listen to The 89s, featuring Lyons locals Eben Grace, Brian Shey and Michael Thompson, at 6 p.m. and enjoy food from La Rue Bayou beginning at 5 p.m. Visit or call 303-823-5696 to learn more.

JULY 13-14
Westernaires Performance
The Westernaires mounted precision drill organization return to Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave., July 13-14 from 7-9 p.m. See Cavalry and Indians, trick riding, bull whipping, together with the finest precision mounted drill in the world at speed. Tickets are $10 and box seats are $15. Call 303-279-3767 or visit to learn more.

Gala Benefit for Old Gallery
The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, hosts its annual Gala Benefit, July 14 from 5:30-10 p.m. The non-profit’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a catered dinner, wine pull, silent and live auctions and a presentation of the Dan Crane Community Excellence Award. This year’s speaker is Estee Rivera Murdock, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Tickets are $90. To host a table or make a donation, e-mail Alice Sims at Visit or call 303-747-2906 to learn more.

3rd Gilpin County Get-Together
ZK-3, the 3rd Annual Gilpin County Get-Together, takes place at Base Camp, 661 Hwy 46, July 14 from noon-3 p.m. followed by happy-hour at Dostal Alley at 3 p.m. The event is a day and time for Gilpinites to get together with no agenda, just time for residents to meet up. Burgers and dogs will be available.

July 20
Author Bob Ruesch Appearance
Author Bob Ruesch shares his book, “In The Warmth Of The Shadow,” at Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park, July 20 from 2-4 p.m. The book highlights his experiences growing up at the YMCA of the Rockies. Visit or call 970-586-3450 to learn more about this and other author events in July.

Rocky Mountain 101: The Iditarod
The 4th annual Rocky Mountain 101 Speaker series at The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, continues, July 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., with “Curiosity and The Iditarod.” Jorge Latre speaks about his experiences running the Iditasport Impossible and answers questions. Learn about the magic of the Iditerod Trail, running dogs and more. Admission is $10. For a complete list of activities visit or call 303-747-2906.

Nederland Coming Home Day
Nederland Coming Home Day, a reunion of current and former Nederland students and town residents, July 28, begins with a Pancake Breakfast by Nederland Area Seniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Annual Library Books Sale at Nederland Community Library takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and a Potluck Picnic in Chipeta Park is noon-5 p.m. Every past graduate or Nederland area resident is welcome to attend.

Rollins Pass: Images & Film Screening
The Gilpin County Public Library and Nederland Community Library co-host a presentation and film screening by local authors B. Travis Wright and Kate Wright, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gilpin County Public Library, 15131 Hwy. 119. The presentation includes rarely-seen photographs and the authors will discuss the significance of archaeological work being done on Rollins Pass to help document 10,000 years of history. The event will include a screening of the documentary, “Stone and Steel at the Top of the World” by Colorado State University professor and professional archaeologist Jason M. LaBelle PhD. The Wright’s new book, Rollins Pass (Arcadia Press, 2018) and the Rollins Pass postcard pack will be available for purchase with cash or credit card; the event will include a book signing. The presentation is free and open to the public. Visit or call 303-582-5777 to learn more.

Free shuttle offered to popular Hessie Trailhead

Boulder County is again offering a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays to carry passengers from Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride to the Hessie Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area off of Fourth of July Road.

Parking near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as Fourth of July Road is extremely limited, and Boulder County rangers are responsible for enforcing strict parking regulations in the area. Illegal parking can result in monetary penalties and towed vehicles.

Rather than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD ‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder. Parking at the RTD lot is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

Shuttle service runs 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays until the weekend of Sept. 8. On Sept. 8, the shuttle shifts to its fall 8 a.m.-6 p.m. schedule on both days to account for shorter periods of daylight.

The shuttle also runs on Memorial Day, May 28; Independence Day, July 4; and Labor Day, Sept. 3. This year, the shuttle schedule has again been extended until Oct. 8 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.

The shuttles arrive approximately every 15-20 minutes and leashed dogs are welcome.
For information, visit, e-mail or call 303-441-1032.

© Originally published in the July 2018 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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