The Health Alternatives & Sustainability Event Calendar for Southern Colorado

From Mountain Peaks to Sand Dunes, Southern Colorado is full of variety. It is a great place to live and a fun place to visit. provides a way for locals to connect with the people in their community and a venue to support local events through promotion and marketing support. features a wide variety of events including festivals, races, classes and so much more.

Fall Equinox
Sep 22 @ 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

The Fall Equinox begins at 1:20pm

The Fall Equinox is also called the Autumnal Equinox.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the 1st day of fall; in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the 1st day of spring  The Equinox is the day when the sun crosses the equator which in theory makes 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.  What is cool about the day is that the sun should rise exactly in the east and set in exactly in the west.

The equinox happens at the exact moment across the planet.  The time represented here reflects our Mountain Daylight Time.

Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods
Sep 29 @ 5:00 am – 12:00 pm

Motorless mornings are returning to the park after a year off.  During Covid, traffic in the park decreased allowing pedestrians, hikers and bikers to enjoy their surrounding.  Traffic is up again in the park.

The dates for motorless mornings are May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29, the last Wednesdays of each month. Skateboards aren’t allowed on these mornings.

Parking is available at the lot off the main entry along Gateway Road, or at the visitor center across from there, or at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post reached from Beckers Lane in Manitou Springs.

New Moon – October
Oct 6 all-day

October’s New Moon begns at 5:05am MDT (Denver)

October Full Moon
Oct 20 @ 6:19 pm – 7:19 pm

October’s full moon begins at 8:57am MDT (Denver) on the 20th

It is also called the  Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Hunter’s Moon, and Sanguine Moon

New Moon – November
Nov 4 all-day

November’s New Moon begins at 3:14pm MST (Denver)

Daylight Savings Ends
Nov 7 @ 2:00 am – 2:00 am

Time falls back.

When you awaken today, remember to check your clocks.  These days most digital clocks automatically reset; analog ones need to be reset 1 hour back.  8:00am rolls back to 7:00am, giving you an extra hour of sleep.

November Full Moon
Nov 19 @ 2:00 am – 2:00 am

November’s full moon begins at 1:59am MST (Denver) on the 19.

It is also called the Frost Moon, Frosty Moon, Beaver Moon, Snow Moon

New Moon – December
Dec 4 all-day

December’s New Moon begins at 12:43am MST (Denver)

December Full Moon
Dec 18 @ 6:28 pm – 7:28 pm

December’s full moon begins at 9:37pm MST (Denver) on the 18th.

It is also called the Cold Moon, Oak Moon, Moon before Yule, Long Night Moon

The Yule reference is to the Pagan holiday Yule which coincides with Winter Solstice

The Long Night Moon coincides with Solstice which is the shortest day of the year in this hemisphere, and the longest night.

Winter Solstice
Dec 21 @ 8:45 am – 9:00 am

Winter Solstice will begin at 8:58 am MST on December 21.

It is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest day of the year in the Southern.

It occurs when the sun’s zenith is at its farthest point south from the Equator, over the Tropic of Capricorn and the North Pole tilts away from the sun.

In Earth-based religions (Pagan Religions), Winter Solstice is the beginning of the Yule holiday. Yule is considered the turning point. It is when the days start getting longer and thoughts turn to sunshine and renewing life.


It is also called the Longest Night.  Longest Night is recognized by many homeless advocacy groups.  Check your local calendars for their evening events.