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Summer Events at NoLo

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July 28 - Open House (Fairplay Burro Days). Tours of the NoLo Office, food and beverages.

August 10 & 11 - History and Archaeology Workshops. Dig deeper into Colorado's mining history and learn more about the NoLo site and how archaeologists work.  

August 17 - Gold Panning Workshop with Kevin Singel, author of Finding Gold in Colorado.

August 18 - Burro Hike! Come hike Mosquito Gulch with a burro! Sponsored by South Park National Heritage Area

In addition, we'll be organizing an Acoustic Music Event for NoLo Members - probably in September. 

John Forney, North London Mill, 2023 

And the NoLo Office will feature an Exhibition of the work of photographer John Forney, who uses historic cameras, films, and processes to document what remains of the past. 

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WE DID IT! The 1883 North London Mining Office passed final inspection and received Certificate of Occupancy from Park County on Monday, November 27. 

We're still finishing up some details, but we've already outfitted the bedrooms and kitchen and plan to begin operating on a limited basis this winter. 

The North London Office has 3 bedrooms, two with bunk beds, and one with a queen-sized bed. It features hot-and-cold running water, shower, flush toilet, and WiFi. A wood stove is the primary heating source, with 2 propane stoves for additional heat. 

We are giving priority this season to our guided groups. We'll be working again with our long-term partners Colorado Adventure Guides to provide backcountry and avalanche education. 

If you're interested in staying overnight at the NoLo Office, please send us an email at We'll discuss your wishes and see if we can accommodate you this season. 

Busy Summer!

It's been a busy summer at NoLo! In July, we hosted an Open House with over 50 visitors receiving tours of the NoLo site and the nearly-complete 1883 NoLo Mining Office, poised to open later this year. We raised over $2,500 toward the completion and outfitting of the office, and the three lucky winners of our raffle each won a night's stay. 

Our History and Archaeology Workshops attracted 24 participants over two days. Participants learned some of the ways in which histories may be constructed from archaeological remains. 

History and Archaeology Workshop Participants Gather in the NoLo Office

Some of the Artifacts Unearthed at the NoLo Site

And our biggest-and-best-ever Burro Hike was attended by 36 human and 20 equine participants. Hikers enjoyed perfect weather for a hike up to the Miriam Mine in Tweto Basin. Bill Lee from Laughing Valley Ranch offered a detailed account of the history of the use of these trusty animals in mining, and the relationship between miners and their burros. Amber and Brad Wann were extremely generous to bring along 8 of their donks from ReDONKulous Ranch, giving everyone the opportunity to walk with a donkey. We learned that these beasts of burden are happier and healthier when they have a job to do!

Bill Lee Recounts the History of Burros in Mining in Colorado

A Few Kids Got to Ride a Donkey!

Making our Way up the Trail