“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” ~ Dr. Seuss

 

Yes, your mountain, and your mountain park, are right here in Beulah and just waiting for you to seize your day and join us for a guided hike, so get on your way to Pueblo Mountain Park.

Please register for programs early so we will know you will be attending! If you want to participate in a program, we hope you won’t wait to register. Many people don’t realize that in order to facilitate a program, there are many behind-the-scenes components to making it happen, including scheduling staff and guest speakers/teachers, preparation for the program, and then working with our kitchen to order and plan meals, shop, etc. So please help us by registering early. We will cancel programs that do not meet registration minimums, often 3 – 5 days in advance. Thank you!


Field Guide: Plants of Pueblo Mountain Park

Open Dates
The park’s wildflowers are popping up as the springtime takes hold. If you would like a field guide to help you identify the many wildflowers that call Pueblo Mountain Park home, then PLANTS OF PUEBLO MOUNTAIN PARK is the perfect companion to have with you as you walk the park’s roads or hike its trails. Written by MPEC’s Founder Dave Van Manen, the book provides an in-depth look at dozens of wildflowers found in the park, as well as the many shrubs and trees that grow in the park. The book’s subtitle, FOOTHILLS & MONTANE FLORA OF COLORADO’S SOUTHEASTERN MOUNTAINS,…

Survival Camp (Entering 5th-6th Grade)

July 5 - 7, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
Survival Camp (Entering 5th-6th Grade)) This three day, two-night camp is perfect for any child who loves the outdoors. Campers will gain basic backpacking and survival skills while using minimal tools and technology. Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then go to this link and fill out the Scholarship application. Registration is Easy! Step 1: Click “Register” below and fill out the Registration form for each child you are registering.  There will be a place to fill out Parent/Guardian Contact Information.  Please…

Full Moon Music Hike

With Dave Van Manen

July 7, 2017
Be out among the pines as July’s “Thunder” Moon rises over the ridge that separates the Beulah Valley from the eastern plains – a magical experience. As an added bonus, enjoy a trailside serenade with Ranger Dave Van Manen. Hike Difficulty: Moderate For those in fairly good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition but are rocky in places. Note that part of the hike will be in low light conditions. Mileage (2-3 miles) Moderate elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Please note that this is a non-smoking hike.

Summer Wildflower/ Intro to Watercolor Hike

With Henry Pounds

July 9, 2017
Enjoy learning about the wildflowers in bloom and the basics of how to paint them with watercolors on this hike. You will be guided through flower identification as well as watercolor techniques. Suitable for all levels of artists. All painting materials will be provided. Hike Difficulty: Easy. Trails are generally in good condition. Mileage (1-2) Minimal elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly.

Cubs Camp (Entering K-1st Grade)

July 10 - 14, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
 Cubs Camp (Entering K-1st Grade) One of our most popular camps, campers will participate in gentle hikes, music, games, and exploration. A great way to introduce your children to the outdoors! Parents are welcome to attend. 8:00am-1:30 pm daily. Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available (for campers only). Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then go to this link and fill out the Scholarship application. Registration is Easy! Step 1: Click “Register” below and fill out the Registration form for each child you are registering.  There will be…

NEW Gear-Up: Mountain Bike Camp (Entering 5th-7th Grade)

July 11 - 13, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
GEAR-UP: Mountain Bike Camp (Entering 5th-7th Grade) During this three-day, two- night camp, campers will get to stay in the beautiful Horseshoe Lodge and experience the thrill of mastering mountain biking as they hit the trails in our Mountain Biking Camp. With help from our instructors, campers will practice mountain biking skills, learning bicycle maintenance basics and traversing the terrain of some of Pueblo’s best beginner trails. Campers should be comfortable riding on dirt on two wheels. While we strongly encourage campers to use their own bikes, we can provide bikes (and helmets) as needed. Transportation from the Nature and…

Nature Toddlers

With Dave Van Manen

July 17, 2017
A wonderful way to experience the wonders of Nature with your little one(s). The program is designed especially for toddlers and consists of a gentle hike, music, exploration, discovery, and lots of fun! We listen for and look for birds, watch the clouds drift by, learn about local animals, sing songs, learn some simple sign language, and we usually even learn a few basic yoga poses (made extra fun for little ones). A treat for toddlers and their moms, dads, and grandparents! Please note we are switching the program to Mondays! 

NEW Young Women Inspired by Nature: Art and Yoga Camp (Entering 6th-9th Grade)

July 17 - 19, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
Young Women Inspired by Nature: Art and Yoga Camp (Entering 6th-9th Grade) During this three day, two-night all girls’ camp, creativity, and yoga come together in the peaceful forest setting of the Pueblo Mountain Park. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and stretch your mind and body with a camp that is centered on mindfulness, self-expression, and community. Each day campers will experience new styles of yoga (like yin, vinyasa, and paddle board yoga to name just a few) with certified instructor, then they will get to try various mediums of art using the natural world…

Mission Wolf (Entering 6th-8th Grade)

July 18 - 20, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
Mission Wolf (Entering 6th-8th Grade) Join us for this three day, two-night service learning camp. Spend time with the resident wolves of the Mission Wolf Sanctuary, volunteer to support this wonderful organization, and learn all about the role wolves play in ecosystems. All the while, camping under the beautiful Colorado stars with a stunning view of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, as wolves sing us to sleep. Choose between two separate camp dates.  Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then go…

11th Annual Pueblo Mountain Park Butterfly Count

With Mark Yaeger

July 22, 2017
This excursion is less of a hike and more of a saunter that stays primarily on our park roads with one goal – searching for butterflies. This is the 11th Annual Butterfly Count in the Pueblo Mountain Park, guided by Mark Yaeger of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society. No experience is necessary. Bring close-focus binoculars and/or a digital camera if you have them (although they are not necessary) and be ready to see some of the park’s prettiest fluttering residents.

Nature Explorers (Entering 2nd-3rd Grade)

July 24 - 28, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
 Nature Explorers (Entering 2nd-3rd Grade)  Campers will hike, explore, and participate in a variety of other Nature Activities with MPEC Rangers. 8:00am-3:00pm. Choose from two separate camp dates. Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then go to this link and fill out the Scholarship application. Registration is Easy! Step 1: Click “Register” below and fill out the Registration form for each child you are registering.  There will be a place to fill out Parent/Guardian Contact Information.  Please use a Parent or Guardian email…

Greenhorn Wilderness Survival Camp (Entering 7th-9th)

July 25 - 27, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
Greenhorn Wilderness Survival Camp (Entering 7th-9th) This three day, two-night camp is perfect to expand on the lessons learned in our traditional Survival Camp. Participants will trek through San Isabel National Forest with the goal of reaching the summit of Greenhorn Mountain, the highest summit in the Wet Mountain Range. All the while learning advanced survival skills, backpacking basics, and Leave No Trace Principles. If you are looking for a great summer adventure, look no further. Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit…

Intrepid Adventurers (Entering 4th-5th Grade)

July 31 - August 4, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
 Intrepid Adventurers (Entering 4th-5th Grade)  Campers will hike, explore, and participate in a variety of other Nature Activities with MPEC Rangers. 8:00am-3:00pm. Choose from two separate camp dates. Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then go to this link and fill out the Scholarship application. Registration is Easy! Step 1: Click “Register” below and fill out the Registration form for each child you are registering.  There will be a place to fill out Parent/Guardian Contact Information.  Please use a Parent or Guardian email address…

Mission Wolf (Entering 8th-10th Grade)

August 1 - 3, 2017
Mountain Park Environmental Center
Mission Wolf 3 (Entering 8th-10th Grade) Join us for this three day, two-night service learning camp. Spend time with the resident wolves of the Mission Wolf Sanctuary, volunteer to support this wonderful organization, and learn all about the role wolves play in ecosystems. All the while, camping under the beautiful Colorado stars with a stunning view of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, as wolves sing us to sleep. Choose between two separate camp dates.  Transportation from the Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo available. Camp Scholarships available, just follow the registration directions and check the $10 Scholarship Deposit then…

Full Moon Hike

With Henry Pounds

August 6, 2017
Summer 2017 is slipping by, so make the most of it and come enjoy a summer evening hike underneath August’s “Green Corn Moon” on an MPEC Guided Hike. Hike Difficulty: Moderate For those in fairly good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition but do have rocky sections. Note that part of the hike will take place in very low-light conditions. Mileage (2-3 miles) Moderate elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Note that this is a non-smoking hike! *All our hikes range from 2-3 hours and are moderate in terms of difficultly, with areas of rocky uneven terrain.

Nature Toddlers

With Dave Van Manen

August 21, 2017
A wonderful way to experience the wonders of Nature with your little one(s). The program is designed especially for toddlers and consists of a gentle hike, music, exploration, discovery, and lots of fun! We listen for and look for birds, watch the clouds drift by, learn about local animals, sing songs, learn some simple sign language, and we usually even learn a few basic yoga poses (made extra fun for little ones). A treat for toddlers and their moms, dads, and grandparents! Please note we are switching the program to Mondays! 

“Zuke’s” August Walk Your Dog Hike

With Henry Pounds

August 26, 2017
We offer our Walk Your Dog Hikes for all you hikers who want to bring your dog along, with the added bonus of healthy treats for your pooch. Dogs must be leashed. All our hikes range from 2-3 hours and are moderate in terms of difficultly, with areas of rocky uneven terrain. Hike Difficulty: Moderate For those in fairly good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition. Mileage (2-3) Moderate elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Note that this is a non-smoking hike!

Full Moon Hike

With Henry Pounds

September 5, 2017
This will be our last summer full moon hike of 2017, come join us for a wonderful evening excursion in the woods. Hike Difficulty: Moderate For those in fairly good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition, but do have rocky sections. Note that part of the hike will take place in very low light conditions. Mileage (2-3 miles) Moderate elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Note that this is a non-smoking hike. *All our hikes range from 2-3 hours and are moderate in terms of difficulty, with areas of rocky uneven terrain.

Nature Toddlers

With Dave Van Manen

September 18, 2017
A wonderful way to experience the wonders of Nature with your little one(s). The program is designed especially for toddlers and consists of a gentle hike, music, exploration, discovery, and lots of fun! We listen for and look for birds, watch the clouds drift by, learn about local animals, sing songs, learn some simple sign language, and we usually even learn a few basic yoga poses (made extra fun for little ones). A treat for toddlers and their moms, dads, and grandparents! Please note we are switching the program to Mondays! 

Autumn Equinox Drum Circle

With Dave Van Manen

September 21, 2017
Acknowledge the halfway point between summer and winter solstices around MPEC’s fire circle. No experience necessary, all are welcome! Drums provided, but feel free to bring your own!

Autumn Equinox Hike

With Henry Pounds

September 23, 2017
Acknowledge the arrival of fall on this hike in Colorado’s lovely southern foothills. Hike Difficulty: Moderate For those in fairly good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition. Mileage (2-3) Moderate elevation gain. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Note that this is a non-smoking hike. *All our hikes range from 2-3 hours and are moderate in terms of difficulty, with areas of rocky uneven terrain.