The 2013 Black Forest fire burned hundreds of homes and more than 14,000 treed acres, but the independent residents of this community continue to push forward under the banner: “Regrow, Rebuild, Rebound.” Many residents work with the nonprofit Black Forest Together to help the community recover. The uniquely rugged Black Forest in unincorporated El Paso County touches the northern boundaries of Colorado Springs.
Residents cherish their area’s history as a one-time logging camp, and their Black Forest Community Club is a famous log building where today there are community meetings and celebrations, yoga, spaghetti dinners and the popular Black Rose Acoustic Society concerts.
Vendor booths at the annual August Black Forest Festival were, as always, sold out this year. And the popular every-one’s-welcome-to-march parade was led by the honorary Keeper of the Keys to the Forest. A 2015 festival highlight was the dedication of a memorial honoring two people who died in the fire.
Schools are in Academy District 20.
The popular MeadowGrass Music Festival is held each Memorial Day weekend at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in the forest.