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Name: 2020 Durango/Mesa Verde Colorado "Rolling Rally" (CANCELLED)
Dates: September 7-12, 2020
Location #1: Durango KOA Holiday
XXXXXXX 30090 Highway 160
XXXXXXX Durango, CO 81303
Phone: (970) 247-0783
Email: durango@koa.com
Website: [url]https://koa.com/campgrounds/durang

Location #2: Morefield Campground
XXXXXXX Managed by ARAMARK
XXXXXXX Mesa Verde National Park
Phone: (800) 449-2288
Website: https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/camping2.htm

Please do not contact the campground using the information above for the purpose of registering for this rally. Contact the rally hosts below concerning any questions about this rally.

Host: Pam Clark
XXXX 16036 Ridge Tee Drive
XXXX Morrison, Colorado 80465-2114
Home Phone: (303) 697-0935
Cell Phone: (303) 521-4608
E-mail: clark_pam@comcast.net


Welcome to “Colorful Colorado”! Our rally will begin at the Durango KOA on Monday. Once everyone is checked in and set up, we’ll get together to meet our old and new friends for a heavy appetizer/potluck supper and make our plans for the next couple days. Tuesday morning, we will board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad on which we will ride through the spectacular wilderness scenery of the San Juan Mountains and explore the historic gold and silver mining town of Silverton. Established in 1872 at 9,318 feet elevation, this is the last mining camp standing in the county, in the heart of the breath-taking San Juan Mountains. On Wednesday, you’ll have a day to explore on your own, the surrounding area and the town of Durango. Steeped in western charm, this vibrant downtown offers a destination filled with arts, culture and more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, six craft breweries, two distilleries, museums, shops and much more!

On Thursday, September 10th, we will be “rolling west” about 60 miles through easy terrain to Mesa Verde National Park. If you have a National Parks Senior Pass (available to US citizens 62 or older), or Veterans or Military ID., be sure to bring it along. This will give you free entry into the National Park where we will be camping for 2 nights at Morefield Campground. If you don’t have either (and you’re old enough to qualify) you can purchase an ANNUAL SENIOR PASS for $20.00 online, at the gate or at any other National Park that charges entrance fees. This pass will be good for 1 year and admits the holder as well as all passengers. As a military veteran you are also entitled to free admission to the park with ID. The entry fee for Mesa Verde National Park is currently $25.00 per vehicle.

We will be DRY CAMPING in Morefield Campground, just 4 miles inside Mesa Verde. Each site has a table, bench and grill. The campsites are situated on loop roads that extend through a high grassy canyon filled with Gambel Oak scrub, native flowers, deer and wild turkeys. Several of the park’s best hikes leave from Morefield and climb to spectacular views of surrounding valleys and mountains. There are handicap accessible restrooms in the campground and in the full-service village nearby there is a gas station, RV dumping station, coin-operated laundry, complimentary showers, a gift shop and grocery store. Also, a small boarding facility for those of you traveling with your 4- legged buddies. This is where you will check in for the campground.

On Friday, September 11th at 1pm., those of us selecting this option will be boarding a bus at Morefield Village, just outside our campground for the 5- hour, Ranger guided “700 Year Tour”. This interpretive tour brings history to life and goes back in time 1,400 years. We’ll walk the steps of the Puebloans in their amazing ancient dwelling, Cliff Palace and travel through 700 years on the Mesa Loop for a full picture of their ingenuity. This tour culminates with a ranger-led, 1- hour walking tour of Cliff Palace that will descend uneven stone steps and climb 4 ladders, with an elevation change of 100 feet. Total walking distance is ¼ mile and may not be suitable for those with disabilities or walking difficulties.
For those choosing to not take the 700 Year Tour, there are other less strenuous tours available through the Visitor’s Center or you may choose to drive the loop road through the park on your own.

Following our tour and back at Morefield Village, we will all board a dedicated shuttle bus to take us up to the Far View Lodge and the beautiful Metate Room Restaurant at the top of the park. We’ll share a delicious, final night/farewell group dinner with panoramic views that include 4 states. The shuttle bus will return us to our campground after our meal.

Saturday morning, sadly, our rally comes to an end and we must say adios.


ITINERARY
Monday, September 7:
2:00pm: Register, find your site, hook up (Durango KOA)
6:00pm: Heavy appetizer/potluck at the KOA Caboose Café
             (Bring your favorite dish to share)
6:30pm: Overview of rally activities

Tuesday, September 8:
7:00am: Depart KOA for D&SNGRR parking lot, 209 W. College Drive via carpool. (parking is $8.00 for cars and $10.00 for buses and RVs)
7:45am: Meet at the D&SNGRR Depot- 479 Main Avenue Durango, CO. 81301.
8:15am: Final boarding is 30 mins. before departure. TRAIN DEPARTS AT 8:45! Train arrives in Silverton at approx. 12:15. (Lunch on your own)
THE TRAIN DEPARTS SILVERTON AT 2:30! It arrives back in Durango approx. 5:15pm.
7:00pm: Pizza night and salad at the Caboose Café compliments of your host. BYO Beverage.
8:00pm: circle our chairs for conversation and comaraderie

Wednesday, September 9:
8:30am: Donuts and Juice…Bring your own coffee to the Caboose Café. The rest of the day is on your own to discover Durango and the surrounding area. (brochures available) (Lunch and Supper on your own)
7:00pm: Circle chairs or meet at Caboose Café for conversation & comaraderie

Thursday, September 10:
10:00am: Depart Durango KOA for Mesa Verde National Park and Morefield campground.
7:00pm: Circle chairs for conversation & camaraderie

Friday, September 11:
(Optional Tour or discover Mesa Verde on your own with dinner for all at 6:30pm)
(Breakfast and Lunch on your own)
1:00pm: Optional tour participants board the bus in the Morefield Village parking lot for our “700 Year Tour”. (Bring your own snacks and water)
Returning approximately 6pm.
6:30pm: Board shuttle bus in the Moorefield parking lot to ride to The Far View Lodge/Metate Room Restaurant for a very scenic and memorable group farewell dinner. The Shuttle bus will return us to Morefield Village following dinner.

Saturday, September 12:
9:00am: Say our goodbyes and check out by 11:00 (Bring some pastries to share and BYO beverage)

RALLY FEES                         30 Amp                   50 Amp

Two per coach                     $500.00                    $519.00
One per coach                     $350.00                    $379.00

Optional Mesa Verde "700 Yr" guided tour: Per person (included $4.00 gratuity) - $65.00 per person

*(Discount pricing on both tours require minimum 20 participants each)

To register for this rally, please follow the detailed instructions below.

NOTICE! Attendance is limited to fifteen (15) coaches so register soon! REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION DEADLINE: JULY 31st, 2020

Click on the blue 2020 Durango-Mesa Verde Colorado Rolling Rally Registration Form.pdf button on left side of the attachment window just to the right of the paper clip symbol located at the very bottom of this post window just above the top photo to download the Rally Registration Form. You have two choices on how to fill out this form.

Choice #1:
You can fill out each of the blank fields on this form online using your computer's keyboard without the need to first print out the form. Each of the various blanks will be initially hilighted in light blue. Click at the beginning of each blank field until a flashing cursor exists and then type in the info into the blank. After you have filled out all of the appropriate blanks on the form, then print out two copies, one to mail with payment to Pamela Clark and the other copy to retain for your records. Please note that you cannot save the filled in form on your computer, you can only print it out with the blanks filled in.

Choice #2: You can print out two copies of the downloaded form. Then fill out the blanks by hand writing in the information clearly on these two paper copies. Then mail one filled out form with payment to Pamela Clark and retain the other copy for your records.

NOTE: Please be aware that club by-laws require all rallies to be self-supporting. The rally hosts will try their best to properly cost this rally in advance. However, if rally expenses exceed rally income an additional pro-rate amount will be charged to each attendee after the rally. Likewise if there is a rally profit a pro-rated refund will be made to each attendee.

NOTE: Please contact the rally hosts directly using either the phone numbers or e-mail address provided near the top of this post rather than clicking on the blue Image button at the bottom of this post. The info above was posted for the rally hosts by the website administrator (bfadmin-2) and clicking on the blue e-mail button below will address your e-mail message to the bfadmin-2 rather than to the actual hosts.rolling Rally)


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