The rolling rally through New Mexico has gone down in the history books as a great success - Many thanks to Nancy Crowley for her efforts on our behalf.
The two week rally provided numerous activities. We visited 5 national parks or monuments. We visited several museums. We visited two historic Spanish communities with a guided tour of Old Town Albuquerque. We toured the Acoma Pueblo, a continuous community for over 1500 years. We tasted food from Mexico, Vietnam, China, and America. We explored the history and culture of the Gadsden Purchase, the last territorial addition to the United States. And of course, the highlight and final destination was the enormous and magical caverns at Carlsbad.
And best of all, we experienced all of this with a group of friends. What a great experience.
The next rally will be in Escalante Utah in late September. The RV park is probably full by now but if you are interested in going call and see if they can fit you in. Also, someone may need to dropout so let us know if you cannot be a space. Details are below.
Rally (Sept. 26 – 30) Escalante, Utah
We are scheduling our Fall Rally in Escalante, Utah to dovetail with the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. The festival includes an Arts and Crafts Show, Entertainment, Vendors, Speakers and other activities.
Between the Arts Festival and the area attractions, it will be a very busy rally. We will not be able to do and see everything that is there to offer.
As stated above, it will be a very busy time and you will need to make your reservation NOW if you have not already done so. We will be staying at Canyons of Escalante RV Park in the center of Escalante. The contact information is: http://www.canyonsofescalantervpark.com. Phone number is 435-841-2154.
The Park is in walking distance of many of the activities. Additionally we are looking at the following activities:
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 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 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.