Bear Creek Nature Center, Photo Credit: El Paso County

Five Fun To-Do’s Before Summer’s End

Between shopping for school clothes, getting our kids set up for school, and other indications that summer is ending, we may run out of time for extended road trips and long get-a-ways.  What’s an outdoors person to do?  Here are five fun to-do’s to get you outside in these last days of summer.

  1. Victor Celebrates the Arts. While this is not specifically an outdoor activity, professional and non-professional artists participate in painting various scenes within rustic Victor, and many legendary 1890’s gold mining sites nearby.  The show captures national attention.  Folks can join as a participating artist or as the viewing public for this exciting and unique event.  The event runs on September 1stand 2nd– and all of the artwork is painted the week before in the Victor and Cripple Creek area. More info may be found here:  Victor Celebrates the Art
  2. Farmmm to Table 5 Mile Run & Dinner. The run and dinner showcases the historic farmland and current agricultural offerings of Cañon City’s growers and culinary artists. The run begins and ends at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.  More information may be found here:  Farmmm to Table.
  3. Paint Mines Interpretive Park.The Paint Mines are a nature photographer’s delight.  The Park is open from dawn to dusk, so plan your trip for the best light and to avoid some of that mid-day heat (and late afternoon storms?).  The four miles of trails wind through beautiful spires and hoodoos with colorful clays.  More info may be found here:  Paint Mines Interpretive Park.
  4. Hike a Regional Trail. Take advantage of the easy access to one of our five regional trails in the Colorado Springs area.  How great is this opportunity!  El Paso County boasts regional trails that allow for great evening or early morning walks or bike rides:  Fountain Creek, Crews Gulch, Rock Island, Santa Fe, and Ute Pass.
  5. Visit a Local Nature Center. Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers both offer some fun activities for kids and families. Coming up August 22nd is Nature Explorers: Blueberries and Bluebirds at Bear Creek Nature Center. On August 29-30 is Little Wonders: Creek Livin’ for our littlest explorers.

Late August and early September can mean great, short trips in the Pikes Peak region! Get outdoors!

Vince Puzick

Vince Puzick

Vince Puzick is a Colorado Springs native who has enjoyed the many outdoor recreation opportunities in the Pikes Peak region for a long time. After a 32-year career in education, Vince is now a freelance writer exploring his interests in nature, fly fishing, and the arts community. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, Jannetta, his daughter, Jessica, and his two stepdaughters, Jaden and Joclynn.