Legislators summit fourteeneers for Capitol Dome

A dozen legislators from both parties and both chambers, led by state Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, participated in the hike of one or two fourteeners this week, Mount Democrat and/or Mount Lincoln, in an effort to raise awareness and funds for repairs of Colorado’s Capitol Dome.

“We had a good group of legislators, staff and colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, Senators and Representatives, come up to the mountains and show their support for the Capitol Dome today,” said Peniston. “It was a gorgeous day for a hike, plus we let the public know about the state of the Dome, raised some money to help repair it and had a good time doing it.”


A bipartisan group of Colorado legislators, Capitol staff and colleagues participated in the hike of one or two fourteeners this week, Mount Democrat and/or Mount Lincoln, in an effort to raise awareness and funds for repairs of Colorado’s Capitol Dome.
Photo by Dave Cooper Photography

Peniston thanked her colleagues for participating, the Town of Alma for hosting the meet-up, the Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative for taking such good care of the trail, and John Reiber for generously allowing the group to hike on his land.

“We hope this becomes an annual tradition,” Peniston said.

Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, hiked Mount Democrat with his 7-year-old son Braden, his father Skip, and dog Angus. “It’s wonderful to spend time with family in Colorado’s wilderness for a great cause,” said Kerr.

Colorado Preservation Inc. estimates that $12 million will need to be raised to complete Dome construction, which will include recasting iron and patching rusted areas. Those interested in donating to help fund repairs are encouraged to visit www.shareinthecarecolorado.org or text “Dome” to 50555 to make a $10 donation.