Backcountry Events

The Backcountry Wilderness Area offers fun and excitement for all ages. The panoramic vistas, abundant wildlife, and native vegetation and wildflowers provides the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy the outdoors.

Backcountry Gear Swap (March)

Clean out your garage to make room for all the new outdoor gear you need for the summer! Join us and your neighbors to sell and buy all the under-used, and still in-great-shape, outdoor equipment in our community. We’re looking for backpacks, sleeping bags, skis, headlamps, boots, and anything else—except your long underwear. Sellers make money for their next adventures and a percentage of the proceeds benefit the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund nonprofit. 

2018 Details TBA


Backcountry Shindig (June)

This is the Backcountry Wilderness Area community event of the year! Pack up the family, invite your friends, and join us for a day at Backcountry Base Camp doing everything that makes programs in our 13 square miles awesome. Hop on a hayride, ride a pony, meet the chickens, play in our summer camp area, check out wild animal presentations, try archery, watch little one cruise in the balance bike race, and stop by fun booths! We guarantee you’ll be hungry for a food truck lunch and frozen yogurt before your family heads home for an afternoon siesta!

Details and Tickets

Elk Banquet and Drawing (July)

The Annual Elk Hunt Banquet and Silent Auction is the third Friday in July. Tickets go on sale in early June. This event offers residents the chance to hunt just ten minutes from home in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. We hold a lottery drawing to determine the tags: bull elk, cow elk, coyote, and spring turkey. The number of tags varies year to year as determined by the state. It’s a great opportunity for networking and money raised goes directly toward natural resource management in the Backcountry.

Tickets go on sale in June.

Backcountry BBQ (September)

Once you’ve enjoyed the openness and fresh air of the Backcountry Wilderness Area by foot, bike, horse, or hayride, it’s easy to wonder what you can do to help protect this island of wild on the Front Range—and give others a chance to learn more about it. Consider this a personal invitation to enjoy a BBQ dinner and beer to raise funds for the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund nonprofit. And if you’d like to arrive to this adults-only party in style, opt for a VIP ticket which includes a one-hour, horse-drawn hayride tour around the Backcountry Wilderness Area before you are dropped off at the party entrance. Tickets go on sale in June.

Details TBA 

Haunted Forest (October)

Enjoy a night of fright as you walk ¾ of a mile through the Haunted Forest conveniently located in the Backcountry. Beware of goblins and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. This year’s event is October 20 and 21. Tickets have a specific one-hour time slot for entering the forest with the first slot starting at 7:15 and the last starting at 10:15. Tickets on sale starting mid-September. Food trucks and vendors present.

Tickets go on sale in September.

Dates for each event detailed above may be found on Events Calendar.

Backcountry Wilderness Area Events

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