The Escalante Rally was another good one!! It was a very active rally with many planned activities and many options for the open time. Special thanks to Lea Ann Braithwaite for her leadership during this rally. Our chapter members are wonderful individuals.
The annual meeting of the Red Rock Rovers has been scheduled for November 13 at the Golden Corral buffet. We will be electing new officers and selecting our rally locations for the next year. Put the date on your calendar. More information below.
It is time to pay our Chapter dues for 2019. The dues are $20 a rig ($25 for first time members). You can pay your dues directly to our Treasurer or pay at the annual meeting on November 13. (Make check out to Red Rock Rovers)
Marilyn Allred, Treasurer
3966 S 20 E
Washington, Utah 84780
Annual Meeting – November 13 – Golden Corral in St. George
Our annual planning dinner will be at the Golden Corral Buffet in St. George. We will plan to eat at 5pm and meet at 6 pm. We will be selecting our officers and rally locations for the next year. For those who are new, each couple will pay their own dinner ticket. We have a private room reserved where we will gather, eat and meet.
A preliminary list of rally options has been develop but we are still open for new ideas. The Chapter Officers will be meeting before the Annual Meeting and will present recommendations.
The early draft of 2019 rally options is as follows:
Rally Options 2019
Brigham City, Utah
- Golden Spike National Monument
- Logan and Logan Canyon
- Music Events in Logan
- Bryce Canyon Nat Park
- Sightseeing on Historic Route 89
- Touring of Duck Creek and Lava Caves
Flaming Gorge Recreational Area
- Dinosaur National Monument
- Scenic drives
- Yellowstone Park
- Scenic Drive to Red Lodge Montana
- Buffalo Bill Museum
- Buffalo Bill Dam
Cour d Alene, Idaho
- Scenic Drives
- Boat Tours
- Historic Downtown
- Visit to historic Wallace, Idaho
- Alpine Loop road
- Cascade Springs
- Guardsman Pass drive to Park City
- Provo Canyon
- Heber Creeper
- Wasatch Mountain State Park – golfing
- Homestead Crater
FMCA International Convention
- August 14-17, Minot, ND
- Red Rock Canyon
- Boulder Dam
- Vegas Strip
Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim / Kanab
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
- Old Paria
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- Johnson Canyon
Tucson - Rocky Mountain Area Rally – Oct 17-20
- Area FMCA rally
- Sabino Canyon
- Air and Space Museum
- Sonora Desert Museum
Fish Lake, Utah
- Mountain Drives
- Dining in the Old Historic Lodge
- Fish Fry group meal
- Lake view from RV Park
- Old Town
- Algodones shopping
- Territorial Prison
- Yuma Crossing Heritage Area
Apache Junction, Az
- Tortella Flats
- Scottsdale and Museum of Contemporary Art
- Taliesin West
- Goldfield Ghost Town
- Mesa Market Swap Meet
Winter Rally – Benson, Arizona – February 3-9, 2019
The rally will be held at the Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory. This is one of the finest RV parks available. They are holding twelve pull through sites for us. Each member will need to make their own reservations. The rally rate will be $34.52 per night, with the same rate available for two days before and two days after the rally.
Make your reservation by calling the resort at 800 863 8160. The reservation will need to be made before December 31, 2018. Tell the resort you are with the Red Rock Rovers.
After making the reservation, let Jim Morrey know so he has a count. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We will arrive Sunday, Feb 3 and the good news is that the RV resort is planning a Superbowl Party that night. Instead of our usual finger food evening, we will participate in their party at the banquet hall. The cost is $5 per person and covers heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Our schedule will be as follows:
Monday – 9:00 am - depart for Tombstone
Activities will include
- Gunfight at the OK Corral re-enactment ($10 a person with access to the museum and movie)
- Shopping and touring historic attractions
- The old courthouse is a state historical park and worth touring
- There is a narrated shuttle ride available. The $8 cost combines with one of the alternate gunfights. Or if interested, we can schedule a walking tour with the visitor center. Also you can inquire about a ghost tour for Saturday Night.
- Lunch on your own. Big Nose Kates is well recommended.
- Visit BootHill cemetery
- Stop at the Holy Trinity Monastery as we return to Benson (2 miles south of St. David). There is a nature preserve with ponds and birds. The Church is closed for Vespers at 4:00 pm
- Next stop at the Gallery of Dreams, 245 E Patton, St. David. This is the studio of master Bronze and stone sculptor Tim Trask.
Tuesday – 9:00 am – depart for Bisbee
Activities will include
- 10:30 – mine tour at the visitors center. We can get a private one hour tour at a cost of $11 each if we have ten or more. No open toed shoes, no pets, and jackets recommended. Other visitor center exhibits will take another half hour.
- Group lunch at the Copper Queen hotel (we will need a headcount to arrange) or lunch on your own.
- Afternoon options include shopping; a mining museum tour at the downtown visitors center ($7 each); Overlook the Lavender Pit. (watch the video at the visitor center)
- Visit Naco, Mexico – very close and can walk over.
- Or you could go on to Douglas, Arizona. See the Gadsden Hotel then walk over into Agua Prieta (Mexican city with restaurants and shopping)
Wednesday - Benson Day –
- Depart 9:15 for a 10:00 am tour of Gammon Gulch movie set. Need a headcount one week in advance. Cost is $7 of 10 or more. No dogs. Lots of buildings and memorabilia. Take a lunch to eat in the saloon. The tour guide is a most colorful character who plays the banjo and piano in the saloon.
- Afternoon option could include touring San Pedro Valley Arts and Historical Society downtown. There is a $2 donation with a docent guided tour.
- There is a golf course for those interested
- There is an optional tour for the dynamite and explosives plant.
- 8:30 am – group breakfast in the Banquet Hall. Chapter will provide the pancakes, each rig should provide a breakfast sidedish
- 10:00 am – Leave for Chiracahua National Monument. The admission is free. There is an 18 minute orientation film.
- Drive to Massai Point. Hiking available and dogs on leash OK. Visit Faraway Ranch with picnic areas available if you want to pack a lunch.
- Possible visit to Ft Bowie and the Battle of Apache Pass/Butterfield stage. 1.5 mile hike in on dirt road.
- If not into hiking, consider Wilcox for lunch and visit the Rex Allen Cowboy Museum or the Museum of the Southwest.
Friday – Karchner Caverns Day
- Karchner Caverns was voted the number one decorated cave in the US. There are two tours available. We can get a group tour. One tour goes to the Rotunda and Throne room. There is a group discount and we will need a headcount. The other tour goes to the big Room complex.
- Lite lunch options are available at the visitor center but other options are in Sierra Vista, Hauchuca or Benson.
- Afternoon options include visiting the AMERIND Foundation ($8) or visit Fort Huachuca. You will need a pass and ID to get in. The Fort has the Buffalo Soldiers historical museum, Parade Grounds, and other displays.
- 6:00 pm Chapter Dinner.
Saturday – Cochise Stronghold
- 10:00 am – depart for Cochise Stronghold. Free admission and dogs OK. There is a hiking and nature walk with historical information.
- Open afternoon. Time to nap or to catch up on things you have missed such as the Tombstone ghost tour (if you made reservations) or visit to the ghost towns near Wilcox.
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