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Stay Cool and Dig In at Mountain Mining Days
Late summer is arguably one of the most enjoyable times of the year in Spanish Peaks Country. The weather is still hot, but there are plenty of ways to keep cool while enjoying the natural beauty. And, one of our favorite events takes over the streets of Walsenburg – Mountain Mining Days!
Left: Russian Ballet in the streets; Right: Fresh roasted chilies to go.
One of the main draws of Mountain Mining Days is that there’s always something new happening – you will be delightfully surprised by what you encounter. Last year a Russian Ballet dance group captured the eyes of spectators as they performed, the CSU-Pueblo Thunder Wolves Marching Band not only lead the parade but also presented a grand show of wonderful music, and the well-known-around-town, Chili Man, served up freshly roasted chilies for everyone to take home and enjoy.
The 4th Infantry Division Band performs Garth Brooks’ “Fever” during the Colorado International.
This year the Ft. Carson Mounted Color Guard and Ft. Carson Marching Band will lead the parade. A pancake breakfast; live music with Cappton Reid, Silver Eagle, and Dynamix; food and arts & crafts vendors; a car show; a Chili Cook-off; and a mural unveiling are all part of the Festival. You can attend even more events on Friday and Sunday. All the info you need can be found here. Don’t forget to book your room for the weekend as hotels tend to fill up fast.
Ways to Stay Cool in Spanish Peaks Country
Summer is best spent outdoors in Spanish Peaks Country because we have plenty of natural air conditioning thanks to Mother Nature.
Cool road, to a cool view, with a cool breeze.
Aside from the Spanish Peaks, Mt. Blanca and Mt. Lindsey (both towering higher than 14,000 feet), Trinchera Peak, California Peak, and others offer great outdoor recreation in the cool mountain air. Collectively, these peaks make up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A large portion of this area is in the San Isabel National Forest, which is known for scenic hiking, plenty of mountain biking trails, ATV and jeep roads, fishing, backcountry camping as well as developed campgrounds.
Walsenburg Water Park – cool water for a cool afternoon in the park.
If you want to stay cool while relaxing with a juicy burger, a scrumptious chef prepared dinner, or just a cool beverage, check out the dining guide for great places to eat with outside patio or deck seating.
However you choose to stay cool, visit our lodging guide to find a nice place to rest while you spend time exploring Spanish Peaks Country.
We hope to see you soon!
Explore a land rich in history, natural wonders and artistic inspiration. Experience the small town charm of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara. Spanish Peaks Country also offers world-class golf, art & history museums, a water park, shopping, Lathrop State Park and more. At the cross roads of Southern Colorado you will also find many other outdoor activities available in San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area.