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History and Archaeology Workshops at NoLo

Dig Deeper into Colorado's Mining Legacy
History and Archaeology Workshops at the North London Mill Site near Alma

Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, August 15, 2021
Morning and Afternoon Sessions at 10:00am and 2:00pm
Free and Open to the Public


Thanks to generous funding from South Park National Heritage Area, we are again offering History and Archaeology Workshops at the NoLo Mill site. These events are free to the public, but space is limited. You must register to participate. The workshop is limited to 10 participants per session. A registration form must be completed for each participant in your group. 

These workshops will be conducted by NoLo Executive Co-Director and historian Kate McCoy and archaeologists Michelle Slaughter from Alpine Archaeological Consultants and Natasha Krasnow from Metcalf Archaeological Consultants. They are designed with the layperson in mind. Participants will learn about the history of mining in Park County and  the history of the North London Mine and Mill. They will tour the site and learn about existing features and their roles during the Mill’s operation. Participants will also learn about how archaeology contributes to what we can know about sites like the North London Mill.


The North London Mill site is located in a high alpine region about 7 miles from Colorado State Route 9 at an elevation of 11,200 ft. Be prepared for high altitude by dressing appropriately and bringing plenty of water and snacks.

A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to reach the North London Mill, though extra high clearance is not required to get to the site. 

Backcountry Education at NoLo

We are pleased to partner again this season with Colorado Adventure Guides to provide Intro to Backcountry courses at Mosquito Pass

Dates for the Intro courses are:

January 24, February 13, February 28, March 13

Spaces are limited to 20 participants and courses are filling up quickly.

Contact CAG now to reserve your place!

NoLo operates under a Temporary Outfitter and Guides permit with the United States Forest Service. 

NoLo Office Exterior COMPLETE!

 Exterior and interior framing of the 1883 North London Mining Office, Colorado's newest (oldest) backcountry hut, complete!

Funding for this phase of the rehabilitation was provided by History Colorado State Historical Fund, the Colorado Gates Family Foundation, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, our Members and Friends. 

We are also grateful to form+works design group, A&M Renovations, and JVA Engineering.

With your continued support, we hope to have the NoLo Office open and available to the public for the winter of 2022-23.

Burro Hike, August 29!

Join us for a Burro Hike with Elroy and Friends on Saturday, August 29. Free for NoLo Members (join now for only $20 by clicking "Membership" above). We will meet at the NoLo gate on Mosquito Pass at 10:00 am. Four-wheel drive strongly recommended.

We will hike up and around the peaks of the North Mosquito Creek Basin, and will adjust the difficulty of the hike to accommodate everyone in the group. Kids are welcome. We'll plan to be done at around 3:00pm, weather permitting. Afterward, join us for beer and a hotdog at the NoLo site courtesy of Breckenridge Brewing and Scanga Meat

Be prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing for high-alpine hiking and rugged terrain. Bring lunch, plenty of water, rainwear, a hat, and don't forget your mask.

We will observe physical distancing protocols and mask-wearing when appropriate. Wind and ultra-violet light to be provided by Mother Nature. 

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel some of the events previously scheduled with Colorado Adventure Guides. 

Nonetheless, our funding for the next phase of the rehabilitation of the North London Office remains secure, and work is scheduled to commence sometime this summer. We are also moving ahead with plans to build an engineered creek crossing with funding from Park County Land and Water Trust. 

NoLo will comply with all state and federal guidelines in the interest of the health and safety of our contractors and volunteers. Volunteer opportunities this summer will depend upon this guidance. 

Be safe and be well. 

Backcountry and Avalanche Education

We're pleased to announce that we are partnering with Colorado Adventure Guides to be providing Backcountry and Avalanche education at Mosquito Pass this season!

We will be hosting Introduction to Backcountry and AIARE Rec 1 and Avalanche Rescue Courses.

Please contact CAG for specific dates and events at Mosquito Pass!

These tours are provided under a Temporary Outfitter and Guides Permit from the 
United States Forest Service, South Park Ranger District

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The Birth of Colorado Backcountry Skiing

John "Father" Dyer is considered one of the 16 original founders of the State of Colorado. He was also one of the first to ski the backcountry. On 10-foot 'Norwegian snowshoes' (skis), he carried the mail over Mosquito Pass between Alma and Leadville.