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Woodland Park Seasonal Event

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Woodland Park

Something we see nearly every day in Woodland Park. Wildlife is abundant, even inside the city limits. Our walk covers the Woodland Park Greenway, Downtown, and many different style mountain homes. There are excellent views of Pikes Peak. This is the last year for the Woodland Park Seasonal. Next year it will be in Palmer Lake at the Rock House Ice Cream Parlor.

Here is what Woodland Park has to say about themselves.

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space Year-Round Event

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Activity on Red Rock Canyon dates back to 7000 B.C., during the Archaic Stage. Due to its close proximity to Fountain Creek and its abundant wildlife, this was an ideal location for settlement.

During the late 1800s the property provided many building supplies for Old Colorado City and the surrounding communities. Material taken from the quarries included Gypsum, building sand and sandstone blocks. The Kenmuir Quarry, mined during this time, was open seven days a week due to demand. Declining demand for stone and increased demand for concrete and steel, forced the quarry to close in the early part of the 20th Century.

Opening in 1886, the Colorado-Philadelphia Company Mill used the land to refine the ore shipped by train from the gold mines in Cripple Creek. It was the largest mill of its kind in the United States, until the new Golden Cycle Mill was built in the early part of the 1900s.

John George Bock purchased the property in the 1920s-1930s and later willed it to his two sons. John S. Bock, the eldest son, continued to live there until his death in 2002. The family had grand plans for the property including a resort community with convention center, high-rise towers, commercial centers and a golf course. In the end, they were only able to build a few residences and outbuildings, two dozen mobile home sites, a 53-acre landfill, and two gravel quarries. In 2003, the City of Colorado Springs purchased the Red Rock Canyon property to be used as public open space.

Here is what the Friends of Red Rock Canyon have to say about the continuing plans for Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

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Durango Seasonal Event

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Downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District and home to historic boutique hotels, award winning restaurants, laid-back brewpubs, and fabulous art galleries, museums, and shops. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country’s largest private, nonprofit preservation organization, named Durango to its 2007 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, describing Durango as a “lovingly preserved” community.

Here is what the City of Durango has to say about themselves. And the Durango Area Tourism Office as well.

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Trinidad Seasonal Event

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El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District. Boasting one of the largest collections of old Victorian style homes west of the Mississippi, Trinidad is unique in its architecture and history. The History of this area is written in the lives of the many people who settled this beautiful mountain area and they created the interesting history that makes Trinidad Colorado what it is today. Many families settled here over 100 years ago and their families still call this area home.

Here is what Trinidad has to say about themselves, and also what the Trinidad Tourism Board has to say.

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Castlewood Canyon State Park Seasonal Event

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Castle Pines

This is the First year for this Colorado Seasonal Event.

Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park protects a unique part of Colorado's history (the Castlewood Canyon Dam). This event was sanctioned especially for Susan so she can do it on the way to the AVA Convention. East Canyon Trail is newly opened, but has some rules. Dogs are only allowed on the 5K trail. Please note that rattlesnakes are present on the park. Also remember that dogs are required to be on a leash (no greater than six feet) at all times. Doing the 10K Trail-Due to the fragile nature of this area, the following regulations are strictly enforced: Visitors must remain on the trails. No Dogs or other pets are permitted. No climbing, traversing, or rappelling on or from rock formations.

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Monument Year-Round Event

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The Monument Year-Round Event along the New Santa Fe Trail has been in operation for many, many years. The Woodland Wanderers took over the walk several years ago. We have added optional distances so you can actually do 5K, 10K or 20K. The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The trail follows a portion of the abandoned Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line, which, heading north to south drops 1,200 feet in elevation.

Here is what the Rails to Trails Conservancy has to say about the New Santa Fe Trail.

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Castle Rock Year-Round Event

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States.[6] The most populous municipality of the county, the community's population was 48,231 at the 2010 United States Census,[4] with an estimated population of 55,747 as of 2014.[7] It is named for the prominent, castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town.[8] Located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock is part of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

The region in and around Castle Rock was originally home to the Arapaho and Cheyenne people. They occupied the land between the Arkansas and South Platte Rivers. White settlers were drawn to the area by rumors of gold and by land opened through the Homestead Act of 1862. However, it was the discovery of rhyolite stone, not gold, that ultimately led to the settlement of Castle Rock. Castle Rock was founded in 1874 when the eastern Douglas County border was redrawn to its present location. Castle Rock was chosen as the county seat because of its central location. One of the first homesteaders in the area near today's Castle Rock was Jeremiah Gould. He owned about 160 acres (0.65 km2) to the south of "The (Castle) Rock." At that time, the settlement consisted of just a few buildings for prospectors, workers, and cowboys. In 1874, Jeremiah Gould donated 120 acres (0.49 km2) to the new town that was also now home to the Douglas County government. For the beginning the six streets named Elbert, Jerry, Wilcox, Perry, Castle and Front were laid out to build the actual town of Castle Rock. The Courthouse Square was defined and about 77 lots, each 50 by 112 feet (34 m), were auctioned off for a total profit of US$3,400. A new train depot brought the Denver and Rio Grande Railway to the area. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Castle Rock had a very active Rhyolite quarrying industry. Many Swedish immigrants arrived in the area to work in the quarries. Castle Rock currently encompasses about 35 square miles (91 km2), with a population of more than 42,000 in town and 70,000 in the surrounding area.

Here is what Castle Rock has to say about themselves.

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Palmer Lake Seasonal Event

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Palmer Lake

Palmer Lake is a Statutory Town in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,420 at the 2010 census. Palmer Lake was founded by General William Jackson Palmer in 1871 and was incorporated in 1889.

Palmer Lake is one of three communities in the Tri-Lakes region between Denver and Colorado Springs. The three lakes are Palmer Lake, Monument Lake, and Lake Woodmoor. Located off Interstate 25 near two major metropolitan centers, Palmer Lake is a growing community on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Downtown Palmer Lake, though small, features cozy restaurants, such as O'Malley's Steakhouse and Pub on Colorado Highway 105. There are also a library, town hall, and an historical museum. Visitors can enjoy a coffee shop, bakery, antique shopping, boutiques, and art galleries.

The town's water comes from two reservoirs in the mountains behind the town and from wells. Both reservoirs and Monument Creek, which flows out of them, are considered part of the town's watershed. The town's namesake lake dried up completely during the summer of 2012 due to ongoing extreme drought conditions,. Local citizens investigated various ways to fill the lake and keep it healthy on a permanent basis. However, the town's Board of Trustees held a firm stance against transferring water from the reservoirs to be stored in the lake, asking "Should our water supply be protected for the health and safety of all of our citizens, or should it be utilized for mostly aesthetic purposes?" They provided no indication of what a valid purpose to keep they lake full might be. Downtown businesses and resident morale suffered greatly due to the lack of any surface water within city limits. By 2014, the lake was nearly dry again.

Here is what Palmer Lake has to say about themselves.

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    All of the clubs in the region are always looking for assistance in putting on their walks. No experience is required. Training is provided. Assistance comes in the form of working on the day of the event staffing a check point or working at the start/finish in many positions. To help more, requiring more time and effort, be an Event Coordinator. Find a location and secure all the necessary permissions, layout a walk, write directions for a walk, mark the walk. There are many many ways to help.

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