The annual meeting of the Red Rock Rovers was very productive. We elected new officers; well we reelected the old guys for another two years. Our financial report was presented and we are still in the black.
Most importantly we selected the locations for our next program year. Those selections are listed below. Obviously details will be added as we get closer to the rally dates.
Of important note: We have added 8 new members in the last several months including several at the dinner meeting. We all appreciate the interest of the new members and look forward to their participation and energy.
Folks are now signing up for the Benson Rally. We have 12 sites reserved. We could get a few more if necessary but we need to let the RV Park know soon. If you are planning to go, sign up now.
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. (email@example.com)
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 conbines 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 Boot Hill 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.
Spring Rally – Flaming Gorge / Vernal – June 4 - 9, 2019
Our Spring Rally will be held in the Flaming Gorge Recreational Area and Dinosaur National Monument. We will be camping at the Fossil Valley RV Park in Vernal, Utah. (999 West Highway 40) The webpage for the RV Park is www.fossilvalleyrvpark.com .
You can make your reservations now by calling 435 789 6450. We have a hold on 15 sites. Talk to Blake or Dennis and be sure to tell them you are with the Red Rock Rovers. Also tell them if you have a satellite dish on your roof. The sites are all pull through sites either 60 or 80 ft long.
The rates are $42 a night for 50 amp and $40 for 30 amp hookups. They accept Good Sam, AAA, and Military discounts.
Email Nancy (LudmillaLilly@outloook.com) after you have made your reservation and let her know so we have a count.
The specific activities are being planned but below is a list of some activity options:
A Visit to Dinosaur National Park
Taking a boat rental on Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Exploring the Flaming Gorge Canyon Rim Trail
Visiting Fantasy Canyon
Visiting Moonshine Arch
Driving the Red Cloud loop
Visiting the John Jarvie Ranch
Exploring the McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs
Visiting the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park
Visiting the Unitah County Heritage Museum
More information about Dinosaur National Monument can be found at the webpage https://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm
Summer Rally – Cody, Wyoming – August 6-11, 2019
Cody is a great vacation location. Details will be provided later but the attractions we will be including are:
A visit to or through Yellowstone National Park (you could extend your trip and spend several days in Yellowstone.
Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – This is a great museum complex. It takes several days to see everything. In reality the Center is a combination of four different Museums.
Cody Firearms Museum (undergoing a major renovation for next year)
Museum of Western Art
Buffalo Bill Cody Museum
Natural History Museum
Take the Beartooth Pass scenic drive to Red Lodge, Montana. The drive takes you to an elevation of 10,947 ft. This is not for the RV’s.
Visit the Buffalo Bill Dam
Attend the Dan Miller’s Music Review that includes dinner in the Center of the West.
Visit several art galleries and other shops
Visit the Cody, Wyoming webpage for a full listing of activities and events - http://www.codyyellowstone.org/what-to-do/.
This rally is timed so that attendees can drive on to the International FMCA Convention in Minot, North Dakota if you want. The Minot convention dates are August 14-17. It is approximately a two day drive from Cody to Minot.
Fall Rally – Tucson, Az – October 13 – 20 – 2019
Our Fall Rally will be a combination of two events. We will first have a RRR rally for several days and then we will attend the Rocky Mountain Area Rally.
Rally Part A – Tucson is full of activates and we will plan several days of adventure in that city. The RRR Tucson rally can include visits to Sabino Canyon, the Air and Space Museum and the Sonora Desert Museum.
Rally Part B – We will join with the other FMCA chapters in the FMCA Rocky Mountain Area for the annual gathering. There will be details and a registration form in the FMCA Magazine. The rally will include exhibits, seminars, entertainment and RV displays.
Winter Rally – Yuma, Az – Mid January - 2020
January, 2020 will take us off to Yuma, Arizona. Obviously details will be provided later. We anticipate that we will visit the Territorial Prison and the Military Quartermasters compound. These two historical locations tell the story of the early Yuma area. Yuma was the last spot on the Colorado River that supply steamships could travel to. The army built a Quartermasters complex to supply all of the pioneer forts in the US southwest.
I am sure we will visit the Yuma Swap Meet. It is held every weekend and has all the junk you would want. Some say they like it better than Quartzsite.
We will also spend a day in Agodones, Mexico. Yes it is very safe - even more so with the group. There is shopping of all kinds as well as restaurants and other attractions. Several members of the chapter go every year to Agodones for dental work, drugs, and other shopping. You will need your passports. Don’t miss the fish and shrimp tacos.
Photos, information, instructions and tourist information can be accessed at https://delange.org/Los_Algodones_Baja_California_Mexico/Los_Algodones_Baja_California_Mexico.htm