Red Rock Rovers

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Red Rock Rovers Newsletter


November 2020

Chapter Happenings 


We have made a major change in the annual meeting plans. We are going ahead with a meeting but it will be a zoom meeting. Everyone will get an email invitation and link to connect to the meeting from Nancy Crowley. She has a Zoom account and will set up the arrangements.


If Zoom meetings are old hat to you, you should not have any problem. If you have never tried Zoom, call Nancy (505 480 8079) and she will set up a special session so you can test your computer/tablet/smart phone with her. She will work with you to get everything working before the general meeting. In general, tablets and smart phones are easy because they have a camera and microphone. Newer portables also work well.


To join the annual meeting, you just click on the blue link below. Sign on with your video open and your audio unmuted. 

Topic: Red Rock Rovers Annual Meeting

Time: Nov 9, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

To join the Zoom Meeting click on the link below: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84130174600?pwd=RS80OVo2Rk01OVRVTjc1aWM2bjdQQT09 

Meeting ID: 841 3017 4600

Passcode: 714015

You can also go to Zoom.com

Click on “Join Meeting” in the upper right side of the screen.

Enter the meeting ID and passcode. 

VERY IMPORTANT – It is time to renew your Red Rock Rover membership. This was usually done at the dinner meeting but now you will need to send a check ($20) to Marilyn.  Make the check out to Red Rock Rovers. Her contact info is as follows: 

Marilyn Allred          Marilyn@allred1.com     360 307 0574

3966 S 20 E     Washington, Utah 84780

Annual RRR “Zoom” Meeting – 5 pm 

Plan to participate in the meeting where we will select our rally locations for next year. Safety was the compelling reason for changing from a face to face dinner to a virtual meeting. 

Please also find attached to this newsletter the financial reports for the 2020 year. Marilyn has prepared the report and a copy is attached as part of our agenda for the meeting. 

The rally options proposed for 2021 are as follows: 

Rally Options 2021 

Spring 2021 

Mancos, Colorado - This rally is already scheduled as a transfer from last year.

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad
  • Animas River Trail
  • San Juan National Forest
  • Canyon of the Ancients      


Summer, 2021

Butte, Montana and the Nez Perce National Battlefield Sites

  • World Museum of Mining
  • Dumas Brothel Museum
  • Copper King Manson
  • The Mai Wah


Logan Utah

  • Corinne – joining of the rails reinactment
  • Bear Lake and strawberry days
  • Music venues in Logan
  • Brigham City


Island Park, Idaho

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mesa Falls
  • Summer Theater
  • Fishing and Boating


Idaho Falls, Idaho

  • The Falls
  • The potato museum (don’t laugh – a good one)
  • River walk and greenbelt
  • Museum of Idaho
  • Tautphaus Park Zoo
  • East Idaho Aquarium 


Fall 2021

Fort Bridger and the Mountain Man Rendezvous (Labor Day Weekend)

  • Visit the Historic Fort Bridger
  • Participate in the Rendezvous
  • Fossil Butte National Monument 


Fish Lake Utah

  • Fishing
  • Mountain Drives
  • Fish Fry group meal
  • Lake view from RV


Flagstaff, Az

  • Historic downtown and visitor center
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Sunset Crater National Monument
  • Sedona
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Grand Canyon South Rim


Grand Junction Colorado

  • Grand Mesa
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Museums of Western Colorado
  • Dominques Canyon


Winter 2022      

Apache Junction, Az

  • Globe
  • Tortilla Flats
  • Scottsdale and Museum of Contemporary  Art
  • Taliesin West
  • Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Mesa Market Swap Meet
  • Superstition Mountain Museum


Pismo Beach - January

  • Monarch Butterfly Grove
  • Dinosaur Cave Park
  • Morrow Bay 
  • Ocean Beach Walks
  • Elephant Seal Winter Home
  • Hurst Castle
  • Solvang Danish Town 


Winter Rally Jan 11 – 15, 2021 – Buckskin Mountain State Park 

Our winter 2021 rally will begin in Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona. Plan on 4 nights in Buckskin Mountain. We already have a full contingent scheduled for Buckskin Mountain. 

Buckskin Mountain State ParkBuckskin Mountain State Park is located on a horseshoe bend in the Colorado River. There is a great hiking trail into the surrounding hills around the Park. There is a lot to do in the area. You can find out more about Buckskin Mountain at the following link: https://azstateparks.com/buckskin/ 

The State Park has hookups on most sites. Cancelling a reservation costs only $5. If you want to attend, call the park or go online and check on available sites. One of our members just picked up a site that was cancelled out so attending is still a possibility. Check back often with the park. 

Quartzsite 

We were having difficulty securing a block of fifteen RV sites in Wickenburg in January. Again we were dealing with a very busy winter tourist area. Your President, Vice Pres, and Wagonmaster have reviewed this and believe we needed to make a change. 

We are recommending leaving Buckskin Mountain as planned on Jan 15 and take the short trip down to Quartzsite.  The huge RV, Vacation and Travel Show in the big tent will start on January 16. It has been announced that it is open with some modifications.  For those who have never been to Quartzsite, it will be a real adventure. For the rest of us, we can always enjoy the evening campfire, shopping at the hundreds of vendors, and enjoying a group meal together. 

If anyone wanted to stay a few more days in Quartzsite, the very significant QIA PowWow Gem and Mineral Show starts on the 20th. This is the show that began the whole Quartzsite adventure. 

Spring Rally – Mancos, Colorado – June 1 to June 6, 2021 

The location of the Spring Rally will be the Riverwood RV Resort in Mancos, CO. (970-533-9142). 350 E Grand Ave, Mancos, CO 81328.  This is the rescheduled rally originally planned a year earlier. Your reservation has been transferred to the new dates. If you need to cancel, call the RV Park directly. 

We have a very special rate of $30 per night. When you make your reservation tell them you are with the Red Rock Rovers. The reservations from 2020 have been transferred to the new dates. If you want to make a change in your personal reservation, you can contact the RV Park directly. 

We will be visiting Mesa Verde National Park, taking a ride on the Durango Silverton Railroad, seeing the Canyon of the Ancients and Anasazi Heritage Center, and being entertained and fed at the Bar D Chuckwagon. 

Sixteen rigs are scheduled to attend. A good group!! There is still room to join the rally group. Call the RV resort and make your reservation. 

Please tell Nancy if you make any changes to your RV reservations. 

Nancy at LudmillaLilly@outlook.com 

Nancy plans to arrive early. She will get the tickets for the Ranger guided tours of the Cliff Palace. The chapter will purchase the tickets for the Cliff Palace ($5 per person). We will visit the Cliff Palace at 11am on Wednesday. 

Our schedule will be as follows: 

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 

5:30 pm – First night pot luck dinner in the club house at the RV Park. 

WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE – Mesa Verde Day 

Dogs are allowed on paved roads, parking lots and in a few trails on Wetherhill Mesa. They are not allowed on the tour. 

We will leave the RV Park at 8:45 am. Bring a picnic lunch. We are 8 miles from the Visitor’s Center. We will gather there at 9 am. 

We will leave there at 9:30 am for the 1-hour drive to Cliff Palace. The Cliff Palace tour starts at 11 am. The Red Rock Rovers will purchase the $5 ticket for the Cliff Palace tour. PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU WILL BE GOING ON THE TOUR. 

More info at https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm    

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde's Largest Cliff Dwelling 

This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10 foot (2.6-3m) ladders, on a 100 foot (30m) vertical climb. Total walking distance is about 1/4-mile (400m), round-trip. The tour begins at Cliff Palace Overlook, a 23-mile (37km), one-hour drive from the Visitor and Research Center. 

After the tour, we will have a picnic lunch at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. 

After lunch, we will do the Spruce Tree House self-guided tour. Then we will drive to the Sun Point View using the Mesa Top Loop Road. On the drive back, there are various places to stop. Far View Sites is a mesa top community. It is viewed by a ¾ mile trail. 

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE - Durango Day  

As stated above, the cost of the tickets for the Railroad has increased significantly so we are planning two different options. 

Option 1 – Durango/Silverton Railroad – it is recommended that you take the train up and the Bus back. If this is your choice, reserve the trip that leaves at 8:45 am from Durango and gets to Silverton at 12:45 pm. 

You will have time to have lunch and walk around the town. The bus leaves Silverton at 3 pm and gets back to Durango at 4:30 pm. The lowest price is the Vintage Coach for a cost of $115 per person. You can either make your reservation online or you can call then at 970 247 2733. Booking online is at www.durangotrain.com/skyway. Book the trip under “Morning Train/Afternoon Bus”. 

Option 2 –Drive to Silverton and go on the “Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour” www.minetour.com/  

Those driving will leave the RV Park at 9 am. It is a beautiful drive to Silverton. It should take about 1 ½ hours. The tour at the mine starts at 11:30 am and costs $22 for seniors. 

The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour is a one-hour guided mine tour and takes you 1/3 mine into the heart of 13,000 foot Galena Mountain where you can follow the vein and see real mining equipment in action. Pan for real silver, copper, and even gold and keep what you find. Best of all panning is FREE with your ticket purchase. 

After the mine tour, you can lunch in Silverton and return back at your leisure. 

Rod and Nancy will stay back at the campground and will walk the dogs at whatever schedule needed. That way you can stay in town after the train ride if you want to. 

In the evening, we will go to the Bar D Chuckwagon for dinner and entertainment. You do not need a reservation. They are going to sit us together and people will just pay when they get there. 

Be there no later than 6 pm. We will sit together. When you arrive, go to the ticket booth and tell the cashier the group name, “Red Rock Rovers”, make your meal choice and pay. Supper starts at 6: 30 pm. The show is over by 9 pm. 

More info at   www.bardchuckwagon.com 

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE – Canyon of the Ancients Day
 

Dogs are permitted on all of the trails on a leash. 

9:00 am – Leave for our visit to the Canyon of the Ancients.

Details at:

https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/colorado/canyons-of-the-ancients 

Dinner at Olio’s for those that signed up ahead of time. Olio’s is a special gourmet restaurant in Mancos. If we have at least 20 people, we will have the whole restaurant and the chef will build a special menu for us. He can only hold 26 people so it will be first come, first served. A different local artist is featured every other month and the menu changes weekly. The meals cost between $10 to $15 for appetizers, $8 for soup/salad, between $20 and $40 for the main dish, dessert for about $8. 

www.olio-mancos.com 

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE – Open Day 

9:00 am – Group Pancake Breakfast. Bring a side dish to share (serving for 8). 

Open day – Return to Mesa Verde or any other location you wish. Suggestions are as follows: 

More tours at Mesa Verde: 

Balcony House, Adventurous Cliff Dwelling Tour, 9 am to 5 pm, every half hour. This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing a 32-foot ladder, crawling through a 12-foot long tunnel, and climbing up a 60-foot (20m) open rock face with two 10-foot (3m) ladders to exit the site. The tour begins at the Balcony House parking area, a 25-mile (40.2km), 1-1/4 hour drive from the Visitor Center.

Long House, Mesa Verde's Most In-Depth Tour, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1400, 1500, 1600. Starting at the Wetherill Mesa information kiosk, this two-hour ranger-guided tour involves hiking at least 2.25 miles (3.6km) round-trip, and climbing two 15-foot (4.5m) ladders within the site. The hike has an elevation gain of about 130 feet (40m). The tour ends at the Long House trailhead, giving you the choice of returning to the kiosk or exploring more of Wetherill Mesa on your own. 

Pinkerton Hot Springs, https://vacationdurango.com/blog/pinkerton-hot-springs/ 

Henry Strater Theater, https://henrystratertheatre.com/ 

SUNDAY, 6 JUNE   - Rally ends 

Safe travel to your next destination