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
Black Forest Festival
We are sorry to announce that the Black Forest Festival had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. The Festival Committee looked at it every which way, but we could not come up with a plan to make the festival work while meeting the State of Colorado mandatory executive and public health orders for outdoor festivals.
We are pleased that we can host several community-focused events through Black Forest Days and we hope to see you all there.
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 Biergarten Stroll
The Black Forest community is pleased to announce a Black Forest Biergarten Stroll will take place on August 14, 2020 with two sessions: the first from 5:00pm-6:50pm, and the second from 7:10pm – 9:00pm. The event looks a bit different, but is still a time for the community to connect over some great brews and music.
We are excited to introduce a community-oriented Farmers Market in Black Forest and opening day is May 23rd! Our mission is to support a healthier community by providing an opportunity for local farmers, food producers, artisans, and crafters to sell their products directly to the consumer in an educational, friendly, and community-oriented environment.
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.