Springtime in the Rockies Caravan 2020

2020 Springtime in the Rockies

Application for 2020 Springtime in the Rockies

Start Date: May 21, 2020    Location: Estes Park, CO
Stop Date: June 16, 2020   Location: Gardiner, MT

Total Number of Nights: 26
Number of Stops: 8

Leaders: Doug & Amanda Hewins #2184
Home Phone: ‭941.228.3070‬
Cell phone: Same as above
Email: doughewins@gmail.com
Mailing address: 6652 E Primrose Dr., U S A F Academy, CO 80840

Co-Leaders:  Will & Karen Kushto #2518

Maximum RV Units/With Leader: 24 participant units plus 2 leader units

Kitty Fee w/2: $3,265
Kitty Fee w/1: $2,865
Guest: TBD
Deposit Amount: $400
Dates of Payments
1. Due 5/1/19 — ½ of remainder
2. Due 12/1/19 — final balance due
Cancellation Fee: $100 plus non-refundable deposits for confirmed caravaners prior to Dec. 1, 2019
Leaders discretion for confirmed caravaners on and after Dec. 1, 2019

Caravan Website: rockymountain.wbcci.net

Come share in the adventures of traveling through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the summit on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, to the beauty of the Garden of the Gods, to stunning Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, to Dinosaur National Monument, to Flaming Gorge, to the majestic Grand Teton National Park and the many splendors of Yellowstone National Park. Be prepared for vistas that will take your breath away – quite literally. We’ll travel at some of the highest elevations possible in North America. Stops in order are: Estes Park, Manitou Springs, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Dinosaur NM, Flaming Gorge, Grand Teton National Park (Colter Bay) and Yellowstone National Park (staying in Gardiner, MT).

Because of the time of year, we could run into snow at any location along our route, with evening temperatures possibly in the low- to mid-30s. Seven of the eight campgrounds have full-service hook-ups or, at a minimum, 30-amp electrical services due to potentially cold evenings. The campground at Dinosaur National Monument, where we’ll stay two nights, has no hook-ups (i.e., dry camping). This location is one of the warmer (and sometimes hot) destinations. Good vehicle/trailer maintenance and appropriate accessories will be important as we traverse and stay at high-elevation campsites.

The route will require driving long distances with steep mountain grades, many switchbacks and high altitudes. Some roads have no guardrails. Your familiarity with your rig and your ability to control it under these driving conditions is critical. This caravan should not be the place to learn.

Campgrounds will range in altitudes from 6,000 to close to 8,000 feet, and with mountain passes and self-guided auto tours as high as 12,000 feet. Anyone with health issues affected by high altitudes should think twice and check with their health-care provider before joining this caravan. In order to gain the most from this caravan, hiking some distances (one to three miles round trip) may be required.

If we haven’t scared you off, come join us in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a great adventure.

This caravan will end at the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, June 16. The 2020 International Rally is being held in Loveland, CO, approximately 680 miles from Gardiner, MT. Driving times to Loveland, CO will be approximately 10 hours based on current navigational apps.