2018 Trapper Days Rendezvous
Experience the pre-1840 fur trade at the annual Trapper Days Rendezvous on September 6-9, 2018 at the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Trapper Days Rendezvous is one of the major yearly rendezvous events of the Tallow River Trappers hosted at the South Platte Valley Historical Society’s Historic Park.
Trapper Days Rendezvous
Trapper Days Rendezvous is a good time for all. Families and “pilgrims” are welcome to visit and get a feel for the historic rendezvous encampments of the mountain men. The rendezvous camp and the fort and the historic park are open during the day. The rendezvous coincides with the Trapper Day festivities in the city of Fort Lupton. In the rendezvous area of the historic park there is a Traders Row that provides trade goods from the 1830s. At dusk, pre-1840 dress is required for everyone wanting to be in the rendezvous encampment.
Being the spring rendezvous, the rendezvous camp area of the South Platte Valley Historic Park is greening up. Big leafy cottonwood trees provide shade and the fresh grassy areas provide a comfortable place to set up camp. Nearby, snowmelt is running down the Platte River. Non re-enactor visitors are welcome during the day, but at the end of the day only campers in pre-1840 clothing are allowed in the rendezvous area. There is a separate area for “Tin Teepees” and modern camps setups for those not in period attire.
Early set-up is on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the official dates of the Trapper Days Rendezvous. This allows campers and traders to establish their camp the weekend before the rendezvous. Camps must be broken down the last day of the rendezvous.
Support the Trapper Days Rendezvous
The Tallow River Trappers is the living history branch of the South Platte Valley Historical Society, sponsor of the annual rendezvous. The Tallow River Trapper has their own campsite below Fort Lancaster in Fort Lupton, Colorado. They support five other rendezvous a year in addition to the ,and welcome all to attend.
Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the next Trapper Days Rendezvous in the rendezvous area of the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton, Colorado on the weekend after Labor Day (Thursday – Sunday).
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