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Chapter Happening 

Our Winter Rally in Desert Hot Springs was a wonderful success - many thanks to our rallymaster Nancy Crowley. All of the excursions provided glowing reports. Highlights included the personal small group tour of the Air Museum, the tram ride up the mountain, the visit to Joshua Tree National Park and the Palm Springs street fair which ran for blocks. The rib dinner and entertainment (Laughing Bird) was also well received and enjoyed.  

The Fall Rally in Escalante, Utah has been scheduled to correspond with a major local event. That is great for our visit but troublesome as to the RV Park arrangement. That will be a very busy time in Escalante and there are only three RV Parks. It will be necessary to make our reservations very early and we will only have 10 sites. You will need to make up your mind about attending early. 

It is also time to begin making our reservations for the Rolling Rally in New Mexico. Details are below. 

Spring Rally – A Rolling Rally in New Mexico – April 22 (Sun) to May 6 (Sun) 

We are planning a Four Stop – 14 Day Rally as we roll across New Mexico with a final destination at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The four stops include Holbrook, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Cruces, NM; and Carlsbad, NM. Each individual will make their own RV park reservations.  Sites are being held for the group.

If you chose, you could join the group at any of the stops 

Please email Nancy at ludmillalilly@outlook.com if you are planning to go. Tell her what stops you will be at if you are not going to do the whole rally. She needs this information to schedule meals and tours.

Our schedule will be as follows: 

Stop 1 Holbrook, AZ – arrival 4/22 Sunday - depart 4/25 Wednesday

RV Park:  Holbrook KOA (928 524 6689 – www.koa.com/Holbrook  ) Make your reservation at least a month ahead of time. Put in the notes or tell them that you are with the Red Rock Rovers. 

Sunday Night, opening night pot luck. Bring a dish to share.

Monday, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. Leave at 9:30 am. Bring a picnic lunch. See the Painted Desert in the Morning and the Petrified Forest after lunch. Dogs are welcome in both areas.   

                  
Tuesday - Choice of a tour of Canyon de Chelly National Monument (107 miles) or a Meteor Crater National Landmark (63 miles). 

Stop 2 Albuquerque, NM – arrival 4/25, Wednesday – depart 4/30 Monday

RV Park: High Desert RV park (866 839 9035 – www. https://highdesertrvpark.net ) When you call to make a reservation, tell them you are with the Red Rock Rovers or tell them to be close to Nancy Crowley. Call as soon as you can. Snowbirds are coming north during that time. No deposit is necessary.

Tentative Schedule: 

Thursday, 26 April, 10 am.  Group History Tour of Old Town www.toursofoldtown.com. The tour will cost approximately @12 per person.  
Thursday, 26 April, 6 pm. Dinner at Sadies, 5400 Academy Road, Albuquerque.  
Friday, 27 April, Trip to Acoma Pueblo. Acoma Pueblo, 66 miles west. www.acomaskycity.org.
Saturday, 28 April at 9:30 am. Museum of Nuclear Science www.nuclearmuseum.org. Group tour cost $10 per person.
Saturday, 28 April, 7:30 pm. Steel Magnolias at the Albuquerque Little Theater.  Albuquerquelitttletheatre.org/tickets. 

Other activities 

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org
Sandia Peak Tramway, http://sandiapeak.com
Museum of Natural History and Science. www.nmnaturalhistory.org
Balloon Museum
Albuquerque Biopark 

Stop 3 Las Cruces, NM – arrive 4/30 – depart 5/3 Thursday

RV Park:  Sunny Acres RV Park (575 524 1716  http://lascrucesrvpark.com/) Call as soon as possible. No deposit is required. When you call, tell them you are with the Red Rock Rovers. 

Activities will include:

Tuesday, May 1 – Drive to White Sands National Monument (52 miles) Bring a picnic lunch. On the way home we will stop at the White Sands Missile Range Museum.     


Farmers and Crafts Market – Wednesday AM
Dripping Springs
NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum 

Stop 4 Carlsbad, NM – arrive 5/3 Thursday – depart open

RV Park: Carlsbad KOA – 575 457 2000 https://koa.com/campgrounds/carlsbad/  Put in the notes that you are with the Red Rock Rovers.  Make reservations by February. 

Activities will include:

Self guided tour of the “Big Room”

https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/indes.htm

Guided Tours – need reservations prior to arriving – Kings Palace is a very nice tour. Note that some of the tours are only available on Friday.

https://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/tour_schedule.htm

Saturday, May 5 – dinner in Carlsbad.                    

Ideas for the Trip Home

Roswell, NM. Bottomless Lake State Park is a nice place to stay. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g47182-Activities-Roswell_New_Mexico.html 

Chaco Canyon, NM. Park the RV around Farmington and drive in with your car. The best ruins we have ever seen -worth the drive in. https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm 

VLA (Very Large Array). If you are going by, well worth taking the tour. http://www.vla.nrao.edu/ 

Silver City, NM. http://www.visitsilvercity.org.                   
 
Fall  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. 

The contact information is:  http://www.canyonsofescalantervpark.com.                         

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 we will need to make our reservations very early. We are now holding 10 sites at the Canyons of Escalante RV Park in the center of Escalante. The Park is in walking distance of many of the activities. Additionally we are looking at the following activities:

A scenic drive along famous Scenic Byway Route 12 to Boulder (Note the following link to see additional information)

https://scenicbyway12.com

A drive down “Hole in the Rock” Trail and visit the Hole in the Rock Heritage Center         

A drive to Hells Backbone and Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area

A visit to the Anasazi State Park Museum            Type your paragraph here.

Red Rock Rovers Newsletter


February 2018