We Are Black Forest

Black Forest, Colorado

Welcome to the Black Forest Community

The Black Forest is named such for the high density of Ponderosa Pines located in the area. There is evidence that the Black Forest area was occupied by Native Americans at least 800 years ago; the dense Ponderosa Pines provided them with protection, fuel, and timber.

When American pioneers began to settle the region in the late 1850s the Black Forest became an important center of activity, primarily as a source of scarce timber. Although lumbering continued sporadically through the 1950s, farming and ranching had become the dominant activities by the 1880s. A wide variety of crops was raised, including cattle, sheep, alfalfa, wheat, corn, hay and beans. Potatoes, however, were the agricultural product for which the Black Forest area became most renowned. The drought of the 1920s and the Depression of the 1930s combined to eliminate most types of agriculture in the planning area. By the 1920s the area was mostly consolidated into large ranches. Some of these remain today.

The Black Forest Preservation Plan was developed in 1974. Although some newer suburban subdivisions have been created within the boundaries  of Black Forest such as Flying Horse Ranch, the community of Black Forest still retains a rural image and legacy. Some of this legacy is in the form of remaining historic sites and structures.*
**Source: the Black Forest Preservation Plan

2021 Black Forest Festival

We are excited to announce the return of the Black Forest Festival and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 7th, 2021! A schedule of events for the 2021 Black Forest Festival is now available.

We missed you in 2020 and look forward to seeing everyone in our community during the 2021 Black Forest Festival weekend!

Based upon current guidelines, the festival will resume with NO masks, social distancing, contact tracing, or capacity limits.

We can’t wait to have an old-fashioned Black Forest Festival!

2021 Black Forest Biergarten

The Black Forest Biergarten, hosted by the Black Forest Community Club will take place on Friday, August 6th, 2021. 

We plan to host a more traditional Black Forest Biergarten with the event taking place in the Black Forest Community Center Parking Lot and Log School Park. Tickets will be required.

Order a Festival T-Shirt

We are excited to offer 2021 Black Forest Festival T-Shirts to the local community. The shirts are high-quality made from soft cotton and feature the beautiful logo from this year’s festival.

Shirts will be available for pick-up during the Black Forest Festival. Visit the Black Forest Community Center table in the Artisan and Business Booth Fair between the hours of 8am – 3pm on Saturday, August 7th. 

Hoop House Demo Garden

The Black Forest Community Center is taking on an ambitious new project. We would like to bring another feature to our Backyard with two “Victory Garden Demo Hoop Houses.” 

Many people in the Black Forest are challenged with gardening in our high altitude and climate. Garden enthusiasts and those that are eager to learn can participate in our Victory Garden Hoop Houses, but first we need to build them. Can you help? 

Keeper of the Keys

A new Keeper of the Keys for 2020 has been announced! The tradition of the Keeper of the Keys began in the Black Forest in 1960 to honor members of the community for their service to the Black Forest. We are pleased to honor Shari and Rob Conley as the 2020 Black Forest Keepers of the Keys.

Black Forest Community Club

The Black Forest Community Club was chartered in 1929 as a social organization for families living in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs. The club occupies a unique, community-built log building at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads that is over 80 years old. The club has been the site of many events over the years including Black Rose Society concerts and many local clubs. The club also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 70 and Cub Scout Pack 70.

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