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Latest News – July 20

Courage Classic Returns to Lake County Saturday

The Denver Children Hospital’s Annual Courage Classic will take place this weekend, with the Saturday, July 22 ride coming through Lake County. This annual benefit ride, now in its 28th year, is held in July to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo. The 2-day, 158 mile bicycle tour travels through some of the most scenic mountain passes in the state.

On Saturday, 2,000 Courage Classic cyclists will take on Day One of the 3-Day charity ride. Participants will take the loop from Copper Mountain over Fremont, then towards Tennessee Pass, through Minturn, Vail and back to Copper. Anyone traveling the same route could encounter delays.

And Saturday’s ride should provide some pretty spectacular scenery. Starting at Copper Mountain, the riders will ascend Fremont Pass on Highway 91 and follow the headwaters of the Arkansas River through the valley towards Leadville. From there, cyclists will pick up Highway 24 north towards Ski Cooper and take on Tennessee Pass, making their way down into Camp Hale. The day’s ride continues through Minturn, then completes the loop through Vail returning where they started at Copper Mountain. This is the first day on the 2-day tour and will have racers putting a solid 77 miles in the saddle.

The second day will take riders through Frisco, Silverthorne and Keystone, tallying another 80 miles. The Courage Classic does provide shorter routes for cyclists for each day to accommodate riders of all levels as well as families.

About The Courage Classic

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 3.02.14 PMThe Courage Classic raises money to support the Children’s Fund for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care they offer to every child who walks through our doors. Children’s Colorado served 198,564 patients in 2013, and they expect to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come.


First Wildflower Train This Saturday

#AllAboard for a trip  to Mother Nature’s alpine garden which is coming into peak season in the high country. This Saturday, July 22 the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad will host the first of its three upcoming Wildflower and Photo Special rides. Train_WildflowersJoin their experienced wildflower tour guides for a 20-minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from the “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back at the depot at 1 p.m. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please. Wildflower Specials will be July 22, July 29 and August 5.

Readers can connect with the Leadville Train on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and of course, their Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad website for schedule and ticket sales.

National Land Rover Rally Next Week

Lake County residents will see a surge in Land Rovers about town next week, as one of the largest rally events for the four-wheel vehicles comes to the Leadville area next Monday – Thursday, July 24-July 28. The Solihull Society  will be hosting the 2017 Land Rover National Rally touting the gathering as one of  “the largest event in many years.”

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The 2017 Land Rover National Rally will be held in Leadville/Lake County Next Monday – Thursday, July 24 – 28.

The Solihull Society, founded in 1991, is a Land Rover club serving Colorado and vicinity. Membership is open to all Rover enthusiasts (whether you own a Rover or not). The club is devoted to providing a social forum for Rover enthusiasts, several off-road events per year, a quarterly newsletter, and education about Rovers and their maintenance.

The Solihull Society is committed to the enjoyment, sharing of goodwill and fellowship engendered by owning a Land Rover or other four wheel-drive vehicle to engage in social, educational, and recreational activities which adhere to the Tread Lightly principles. The Club is also committed to supporting Civic activities for the betterment of the community and betterment of the environment that we use for these activities. 

Here is their posted schedule of events: LINK.

Range Rover Rally 2009

Land Rover Rally in 2009 made quite a group photo impression at the We ♥ Leadville wall. Alas, probably not this year, as the area is currently under development construction.


Latest News – July 19

Pasture Walk Scheduled for July 27

A very unique educational opportunity will be available next week in Lake County thanks to the Lake County Conservation District. This one is definitely noteworthy, but you have to plan ahead to next Thursday, July 27, for the Pasture Walk Workshop & Lunch. This will be a very unique day of learning about the place you live, the place where people raise livestock and crops.

Hockett Ranch

Bobby Hockett plows his pasture which sits at the foot of Colorado’s 2nd highest mountain: Mt. Massive. Lake County has a rich tradition of raising livestock and crops.

The day starts at 10 a.m. at the Mary Smith Ranch located on County Road 5A, across from High Mountain Institute. Described as an informal and informative introduction to Pasture Management, the focus will be on Plant Identification, Pasture Condition Scoring and Pasture Improvement Opportunities. Learn from workshop leaders Bill Gardiner a conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Josh Tashiro a Range Specialist with the USDA.

This will be a hands-on, field workshop, so come prepared for high country weather and ready to walk! This program is sponsored by the Lake County Conservation District and reservations are required by Tuesday, July 25. The workshop is free and so is the lunch by RSVP to Joan Dawson at 719-486-0537.

LT Inter Laken 1A

From livestock to crops, from Leadville to Twin Lakes (pictured here Jennifer B. Rogowski), Lake County has a rich agricultural heritage, come learn more about it at the July 27 workshop.

The Lake County Conservation District’s mission is to provide leadership, encourage wise resource decisions, set standards, encourage stewardship and education cooperators, agencies, land users, and youth to conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources and the environment.

A conservation district is a political subdivision of the state of Colorado governed by a board of supervisors elected at large from within the boundaries.  The boundaries were originally formed by landowners petitioning in to the district. They do not always follow county or watershed boundary lines. Each district holds regular, open meetings to direct the district’s business.  A conservation supervisor is responsible for local conservation programs, just as elected county officials are responsible for county services or school district boards are responsible for education.