What we're about

Welcome to The Wandering Monkeys - Organized and lead by Certified Master Herbalist, Certified International Tour Manager and 14 year wilderness/urban adventure guide, John Lewis Sanchez CITM.

This group was created to bring the "Curious Georges" closer to nature while they grow in their passions for nature. We provide a wide range of Nature Tours, wild plant identification, camping events, rock climbing, history and more all around the Southwest (Based in the Colorado Rockies).

What we do:

We provide down to earth and enlightening, hobbyist level, outings covering:

Natural History Tours

Plant Identification for Beginners

Wild plant foraging field trips

Herbal remedies classes

Wildflower Identification hikes

Seasonal Harvesting Hikes

Rock climbing

Caving

Hiking.

Founded in 2017 The Wandering Monkeys have fast become popular with locals, providing a real and pro-active outlet to get outside with a purpose. More than just a hike, it is an experience.

The Wandering Monkeys Group leaders know the Southwest, it's unique history and its wild plants. We have a true love and passion for nature and love sharing it with like minded Wandering Monkeys that enjoy the challenge and pride of learning about the history and nature. Learning to identify edible and medicinal plants, in your own backyard, is a great way to learn a more natural way to heal yourself. Whether you're new to foraging and itching to explore or you have been interested but found it difficult to find a starting point. We can help with your trek.

Field Trips and Events are generally hiking/walking events and generally along mountain streams and un-improved trails and unsure terrain. Hikes are of a selected area/location that expands to all parts of the Southwest. With some hikes, walks, climbs and underground adventures to be expected. We also provide urban foraging field trips that may include walking as well as biking.

Remedy making classes, lectures and discussions are typically held in or near downtown areas with some being held in an outdoor forest setting. We use Public Library facilities as a primary choice for discussion meet-ups, which we hope inspires everyone to not rely on the internet for research. The use of printed books and field guides are the primary tools for identifying wild plants and trees.

We do not care if you are 18 or 132 years old, If you can keep up then you are welcome to join in on the adventures. Purple, Green or Rainbow, everyone is welcome. We are one Wandering Monkey family.

AT YOUR OWN RISK:

The information shared during any meet-up is not intended to cure any ailment or disease. We do not suggest you stop or start any health changes without consulting your doctor. Self-medicating is risky and not advised. Always consult a professional.

We are a public Meetup Club which means that you will have to Meet us at the events start location, noted on each event. In some cases we will meet and car pool from certain points in order to reduce our carbon footprint. However, we are not big fans of total strangers riding together. We ask that you take the time to know your fellow Monkeys before you join any carpool. Be a safe Monkey.

Each event is taken AT YOUR OWN RISK. No Monkey business. Safety first.

Each and everything you do in your life comes with a certain risk attached. By joining any Wandering Monkeys event you assume all risk and take personal responsibility for each risk that comes with each event you join. We welcome all that are fit enough to join an event. We will do all we can to properly describe each event so you can make an informed choice before you RSVP. You are also welcome to drop out, of any event, at any time. No harm in finding out something is harder than it sounded. All we can say is do what you can and when you can. We welcome all including singles, couples and small groups of friends. This is an all ages Meetup with the only limit being you.

We are one human family and the only thing we ask is that you treat everyone with respect and kindness. Please be kind and update your RSVP if you change your mind about attending. There may be other Monkeys on the Waiting List so please be a good Monkey.

BAD MONKEYS:

This is a social outing group of sorts. It is NOT a dating group or singles group. Anyone showing bad or creeper type attitude or vibes will be excluded fast. This is not a game nor are we worried about bad reviews from a bully. We are professional tour guides and we love our Wandering Monkeys. We all know a jerk or creeper. There will not be political correctness or debates, nor will there be second chances. Live and let live but even us Monkeys have a line we must draw in the sand for the happiness of the group so don't be a Bad Monkey or you will be a Ex-Monkey.

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Upcoming events (3)

Via Ferrata Rock Climb and Ziplining

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

$50.00

Welcome to another Wandering Monkey adventure. We will begin this adventure with on a unique 3-story obstacle course, the Wind Walker Challenge Course. Balanced atop the edge of Williams Canyon, with a 600 foot drop, the Wind Walker Challenge Course will thrill you with its maze of steel beams, ropes, and ladders. How hard is the course? This 3-story course is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. There is even a spot where you can venture out and peer directly down into Williams Canyon, if you are up for the extra challenge. Next we will take on the Via Ferrata! You won’t need nerves of steel for the Via Ferrata and the Frontier Zip Line but you will need an adventurous spirit for outdoor climbing and zipping fun! Created in the mountains of Europe, the Via Ferrata is a system of cables and ladders that helped World War 1 soldiers navigate the front line between Austria, Hungary and Italy! You will be connected to our Via Ferrata track cable for an exhilarating climbing activity through spectacular mountain terrain on a two hour guided tour under the close supervision of experienced guides. We will end this event with two zip lines totaling over ¼ mile long and 80’ above the canyon floor! Requirements: must be at least 13 years old and ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum height is 48 inches and the maximum height is 6 feet 6 inches. The minimum weight is 90 pounds and the maximum weight is 250 pounds. All equipment is provided for this adventure. We have received a great Wandering Monkeys discount to experience this course. We expect to make a day of fun out of this opportunity so plan on 4-5 hours of time. It takes 3 hours to do the Via Feratta and zipline combination course alone. We will be rotating between the Ropes challenge course and the ziplines so we will be active all afternoon. Bring: Plenty of water Snacks Lunch Dress in layers and be prepared for Colorado weather You must be 13 or older to attend this special event. Led by rock climbing and nature guides Chris Obert and Rob Matthews. Organized and managed by Colorado Wandering Monkeys Leader and Founder John Lewis Sanchez. The cost to do these outdoor events would Normally be $129.00 We will be able to experience All of these great outdoor challenge courses at the Wandering Monkeys deal of only $50.00 each. (Paid at the time of the event and paid directly to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.) KEEP YOUR RSVP ACCURATE AND UP TO DATE. To get this deal we must provide accurate numbers. Thank you in advance.

Manitou Springs Twisted History and Folklore Walking Tour

Meet at Free Parking by Sunwater Spa and Memorial Park

$5.00

Welcome to another Colorado Wandering Monkeys Event. This event is the Twisted tales and history of the first resort town in Colorado. Founded officially in 1876 this quaint town of only 5000 people has a rich history and funky folklore. Hear tales of the Dr. that dried his mummy outside his drugstore. The banker that bailed out his customers during the great depression using his own money and the Wealthy French priest that built a castle on "Haunted Hill" and didn't pay his bills. Manitou Springs has long been known as a spiritual retreat for the Native American Indians. Warring tribes put down their weapons and wipe off their war paint before entering down this valley. The land was considered sacred for more than 1000 years and the boiling springs of the area were especially known for their medicinal properties and several Native American tribes made pilgrimages partake. The early springs boiled and bubbled out of the ground leaving mists around the opening. The Natives considered this the "Breath of the Gods." After Eastern settlers arrived in Manitou they built over the sacred mineral pools and began bottling and selling water as part of what the considered "The Cure". Legends have it that the Native Americans cursed Manitou, and that is only one reason why Manitou Springs is haunted to this very day. By the early 1900s, thousands of tuberculosis patients came to Manitou Springs seeking "The Cure". The sanitariums were overcrowded so often a tent cities were built around the area to accommodate the demand. Hundreds of patients died on the land now known as haunted hill and spirits are often seen, to this day, lurking around what is now known as Miramont Castle. You will learn about the towns most famous ghosts and the ones that haunt Red Mountain and Red Stone Castle, Miramont Castle, The Barker House and the famous Cliff House. You will here tales of Emma Crawford and her famous coffin slide down Red Mountain. Also about her sister Alice who shot herself and set herself on fire in the Red Stone Castle while trying to stop spirits from harming her. Join us for this special Monkeys night event and find out more. Native American tales and twisted tales of the frontier founding fathers General William Palmer and Dr William Bell of England. We will be passing thru the historic district as well as several side streets exploring the unique architecture and beautiful landscapes of Canon, Grand, Manitou, Ruxton, Osage and Pawnee Avenues. Sponsored by the Colorado Wandering Monkeys and guided by Certified International Tour Manager and 14 year urban and outback tour guide, John Lewis Sanchez. There is a $5 donation, per person, to join this event (paid in cash on the day of the event). The funds collected help us fund the clubs activities/planning, the clubs internet fees and it also funds our "Monkey Love" community events that benefit homeless events and animal rescue events. This is a moderate walking tour. It does have plenty of up hill road... hikes with some dirt trails that overlook the town. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring ample supply of water. Dog friendly with leash Limited spaces available. RSVP required Event will be closed once max number is met. Let's go have some fun!

ZIP LINING and Ropes Obstical Course

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Welcome to another Wandering Monkey adventure. We will begin this adventure with on a unique 3-story obstacle course, the Wind Walker Challenge Course. Balanced atop the edge of Williams Canyon, with a 600 foot drop, the Wind Walker Challenge Course will thrill you with its maze of steel beams, ropes, and ladders. How hard is the course? This 3-story course is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. There is even a spot where you can venture out and peer directly down into Williams Canyon, if you are up for the extra challenge. Next we will take on 2 zip lines! You won’t need nerves of steel for the Frontier Zip Lines but you will need an adventurous spirit for outdoor zipping fun with two zip lines totaling over ¼ mile long and 80’ above the canyon floor! Requirements: must be at least 13 years old and ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum height is 48 inches and the maximum height is 6 feet 6 inches. The minimum weight is 90 pounds and the maximum weight is 250 pounds. All equipment is provided for this adventure. We have received a great Wandering Monkeys discount to experience this course. We expect to make a day of fun out of this opportunity so plan on 3 hours of time. We will be rotating between the Ropes challenge course and the ziplines so we will be active all afternoon. Bring: Plenty of water Snacks Lunch Dress in layers and be prepared for Colorado weather You must be 13 or older to attend this special event. Led by rock climbing and nature guides Chris Obert and Rob Matthews. Organized and managed by Colorado Wandering Monkeys Leader and Founder John Lewis Sanchez. The cost to do these outdoor events would Normally be $95.00 We will be able to experience All of these great outdoor challenge courses at the Wandering Monkeys deal of only $40.00 each. (Paid at the time of the event and paid directly to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.) KEEP YOUR RSVP ACCURATE AND UP TO DATE. To get this deal we must provide accurate numbers. Thank you in advance.

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ZIP LINING and Ropes Obstical Course

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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