Durango/Mesa Verde Colorado "Rolling Rally"
August 21 - 26, 2022

Dates: August 21 - 26, 2022
 
Location 1: Oasis RV Resort & Cottages
30090 Highway 160
Durango, CO 81303
Website: https://www.myrvoasis.com/durango
Dates: August 21-23
 
Location 2: Morefield Campground
Mile 4 inside Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
Website: https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/camping2.htm
Dates: August 24-26

Please do NOT contact the campground to register for the rally.

Please read the notes regarding Additional Days in III - Additional Information to book a site for before or after the rally.

See IV - Registration and Contact Information for information about registering for the rally or to ask any questions about the rally.


Quick Links: I - Rally Description II - Rally Itinerary III - Additional Information IV - Registration and Contact Information
 

I - Rally Description

Theme: Welcome to Colorful Colorado

Our Rally will begin at the Oasis RV Resort & Cottages (formerly the Durango KOA) on Sunday, the 21st. 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.

Monday morning, for those selecting this optional excursion, we will carpool to the station to board the famous Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We will ride an authentic steam engine through the spectacular wilderness scenery of the San Juan Mountains, explore the historic gold and silver mining town of Silverton and have some lunch. Established in 1872 at an elevation of 9,318 feet, this is the last mining camp standing in the county.

On Tuesday you'll have the entire 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, more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, six craft breweries, two distilleries, museums, shops and much more!

On Wednesday, August 24th, 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 a 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 age qualified), you can purchase an Annual Senior Pass for $20.00 online, or, at the gate. 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 $30.00 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 wildflowers, deer and wild turkeys. Several of the park's best hikes leave from Morefield and climb to spectacular views of surrounding valleys and mountain. There are handicap-accessible restrooms in the campground. In the full-service village nearby there is a gas station, RV dump station, coin-operated laundry, complimentary showers, a gift shop and grocery store. There is also a small boarding kennel for those of you traveling with your 4-legged buddies. This is where you will check in for the campground.

On Thursday, the 25th, we will carpool to Morefield Village to board the bus for the five 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 ancient Puebloans in their amazing ancient dwelling Cliff Palace and travel through 700 years on the Mesa Verde 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 1/4 mile and may not be suitable for those with disabilities or walking difficulties. There are places to wait for our return should you choose not to do the walk. At the end of our tour, the bus will drop us at the Far View Lodge and the beautiful Metate Room Restaurant (our meal will be off a special menu) at the top of the park. There, 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 the meal.

Friday, the 26th, sadly will bring this rally to an end. We'll say our "goodbyes" and check out by 11:00am. (Bring some pastries to share and BYO beverage if you like.)


Here is a video to get you in the mood to ride a steam train:

The Caboose Cafe at the campground

Historic Durango

Cliff dwellings video:



Rally location:

 


Quick Links: I - Rally Description II - Rally Itinerary III - Additional Information IV - Registration and Contact Information
 

II - Rally Itinerary

Date/Time Activity
Sunday, August 21
12:00 pm Register, find your site, hook up @ Oasis RV Resort
6:00 pm Heavy appetizer/potluck at the Caboose Cafe.
Bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage.
6:30 pm Overview of rally activities
 
Monday, August 22
  Option: Excursion on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
7:00 am Coach/Carpool to D&SNGRR parking lot
209 W. College Dr.
Parking is $10 for RVs, $8 for cars.
7:45 am Meet at front of building by the 3 bronze colts statue for check in and directions.
8:30 am Boarding begins.
8:45 am ALL ABOARD!!!
9:00 am Train Departs!
12:30 pm Train arrives in Silverton.
Lunch and explore on your own.
2:35 pm Boarding begins in Silverton. ALL ABOARD!!!
2:45 pm TRAIN DEPARTS SILVERTON!!!
6:15 pm Train arrives back in Durango.
Coach/carpool back to RV Park.
7:30 pm Pizza night, salad, wine and cookies. BYO Beverage.
8:00 pm Circle our chairs for conversation and camaraderie.
 
Tuesday, August 23
8:00 am Continental breakfast at the Caboose Cafe. BYO coffee.
9:30 am The rest of the day is on your own to discover Durango and the surrounding area.
Brochures are available at the office.
Lunch and dinner are on your own.
8:30 pm Circle our chairs for conversation and camaraderie.
 
Wednesday, August 24
8:00 am Hot breakfast at the Caboose. See menu and prices in your packet.
(Prepay at Office and take order to window at Caboose.)
10:00 am Depart Durango for Mesa Verde Nat'l Park and Morefield Campground.
Lunch and dinner are on your own.
7:00 pm If we can find a place to gather in the evening, we will do so.
Bring your chair and a beverage if you like.
 
Thursday, August 25
6:26 am Sunrise!
Breakfast and lunch on your own.
Generators may be used between 7:00am and 9:00pm.
7:00 am Boarding kennel opens.
11:45 am Coach/carpool to Far View Lodge parking lot.
Approximately 25 min. drive.
Bring your own snacks and water.
There are restrooms and a gift shop in the lobby of the Lodge.
12:45 pm Board the bus for our 700 Year Tour.
5:00 pm The tour will terminate at the Far View Lodge.
We will have our final night/farewell group dinner at the Metate Restaurant (menu in your packet).
Enjoy the views from here that includes four states!
5:15 pm 1st reservation for a group of 12 under the name J. Breu to be seated.
5:30 pm 2nd reservation for a group of 9 under the name P. Clark to be seated.
After dinner, we will drive back down the hill to our campground.
7:00 pm Boarding kennel closes.
8:15 pm Again, if we can find a good spot, we'll gather for conversation and camaraderie and maybe a campfire!
 
Friday, August 26
9:00 am We say our "goodbyes".
11:00 am Check out deadline. Safe travels all!

 


Quick Links: I - Rally Description II - Rally Itinerary III - Additional Information IV - Registration and Contact Information
 

III - Additional Information


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!

Coach/Car pooling will be necessary for the optional activities:

Please indicate your willingness to help on the registration form or by calling Pam.


Additional Days

Oasis RV Resort & Cottages

Contact the resort at 970-247-0783 and ask for availability ahead of the Leap'n Lions rally. If space is available, the rally rate of $81.70/night will apply.

Morefield Campground

Call for reservations at 800-449-2288 and tell them you are with the Leap'n Lions RV group reserved through the Aramark group department for the 24th and 25th in the dry campground. If there is availability, make your reservation, then contact Robin Marquis at Aramark group department at 928-614-1291 and she will link your reservation to our group rate of $25.00/night.


Dog Kennels

Durango

Durango Pet Resort

Mesa Verde

There is a kennel at Morefield Campground.


Travel Options

For those of you coming from the east, there are at least three options for driving to the Oasis RV Resort & Cottages in Durango. The options are shown below:

Interstate Route

This route runs from the east side of Denver, down I-25 to Walsenburg, then to South Fork. From South Fork, you will climb a 6% grade over Wolf Creek pass (10,856' elevation) to Pagosa Springs on Hwy. 160. It's a very good road with plenty of passing lanes once you begin the climb.

Alternate Route

The alternate would be to drive to Alamosa via Walsenburg. From Alamosa you take Hwy 285 south toward Antonito and continue to Tres Piedras, NM. In Tres Piedras turn west onto Hwy 64 toward Tierra Amarilla. This is a good, scenic, two-lane road through the Carson National Forest. It's a long down-grade into the valley so be sure to use low gear, not your brakes!

In Tierra Amarilla, turn north onto Hwy 64/84 toward Chama, NM. After approximately 47 miles, just short of Chama, turn west and remain on 64/84 approximately 12 more miles. Stay on Hwy 84 towards Pagosa Springs where you will connect with Hwy 160. Turn west onto Hwy 160 and proceed approximately 52 miles to The Oasis RV Resort (look for a white & yellow sign on the left up in the trees) just east of Durango. This alternate route is almost 100 additional miles and 2 hours longer than Hwy 160 over Wolf Creek pass from Alamosa to Pagosa Springs.

Scenic Route

If you'd like something a little more scenic and off of the interstate, take I-70 to the west side of Denver, then pick up Hwy 285 south. Continue on Hwy 285 to just before Mineral Hot Springs where you will turn and take Hwy 17 south past Great Sand Dune National Park, directly to Alamosa. The Alamosa KOA Journey is 3 miles east of town with friendly staff and pretty good pizza delivered to your door. This routing is a couple minutes longer than the Interstate Route.

Feel free to contact Pam Clark with any questions.

Refueling

Gas at the Conoco station on the east side of Bayfield, CO is about the cheapest in the area. Top off your tank before continuing on to Durango.


Things to See and Do on the Way To/From the Rally


Things to See and Do in the Area

Other attractions in near proximity you may wish to visit before or after the rally are:

 


Quick Links: I - Rally Description II - Rally Itinerary III - Additional Information IV - Registration and Contact Information
 

IV - Registration and Contact Information


Host: Pam Clark

Please see the Registration Form for contact information.




Fees

Two/coach: $578

One/coach: $437

Extra person: $142

RV sites at Oasis RV Resort & Cottages include both 30/50 amp service, water and sewer.

RV sites at Morefield Campground have no connections. IT IS DRY CAMPING.

Fees include taxes and gratuities for group activities.

Note: The Leap'n Lions RV Club by-laws require all rallies to be self-supporting. The rally hosts have tried their best to properly cost this rally in advance. However, if rally expenses exceed rally income an additional pro-rated 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.


Additional Fees

Option: Excursion on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: $109/person

Parking at the Durango Train Station (Option #1) (all payments are cash)

  • $6.00/car
  • $10/RV

Mesa Verde National Park Entrance Fee (if you don't have a Senior Pass or military ID) (good for seven days)

  • $30/vehicle (under 62)
  • $20/vehicle (over 62)

Attendance limit: 15 coaches/30 people

Registration deadline: July 1, 2022

Cancellation deadline: July 1, 2022

Refund: Partial refunds after 7/1/22 based on financial obligations to vendors.


Name Badges

If you don't have an official Leap'n Lions name badge and you'd like to have one for the rally, follow the instructions on the Name Badge webpage.

Registration

Durango-Mesa Verde Colorado Rolling Rally Registration Form

Just like FMCA's requirement for all participants in International, Area, and Local rallies to sign a Covid-19 Waiver, we will also require the same and a copy is attached for your use. Please print, sign and bring it with you to the rally. If you forgot your copy, don't worry, we will have a copy for you to sign when you get to the rally.

Durango-Mesa Verde Colorado Rally COVID Waiver

 


Quick Links: I - Rally Description II - Rally Itinerary III - Additional Information IV - Registration and Contact Information