2019 Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous
Join us for the Annual Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous on July 13-20, 2019 at the Historic Quarter Circle Circle Ranch, in the Cochetopa Basin, 48 miles east of Gunnison, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous is a celebration of life on the western frontier during the early 1840s, patterned after the fur-trade rendezvous of that time. Many people spend a great deal of time, effort and money to have suitable pre-1840 clothing and gear, and travel many miles to enjoy the atmosphere of a “Living History” pre-1840 rendezvous. Please do not spoil it for them.
This year’s Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous to be at approximately 9,300 feet, so for those of you who have difficulty with altitude, you might want to check online to see if there is anything you can do to be more comfortable before and when you get there. You will need to acclimate.
Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous welcomes everybody across the world and invites everyone to come and experience a primitive rendezvous in the Rocky Mountains. Come enjoy yourselves, play, laugh, tell stories, trade and re-create the history of the Fur Trade. We look forward to seeing all of our old friends and meeting new ones.
Colorado is hosting this year’s RMNR on the historic Historic Quarter Circle Circle Ranch, in the Cochetopa Basin, east of Gunnison, Colorado. We have a full slate of events planned with lots of prizes for competitions, raffle items and seminars. There are many volunteers helping to make this a great rendezvous. If you can help us, please SIGN UP AT THE GATE. We especially need volunteers on the ranges. Our goal is to be safe and make sure everyone has fun!
Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous Mini Gallery
- The rendezvous work crews will be hauling in as much firewood as possible around camp before July 13th.
- Potable water will be available. There is a 1000 gallon Don’t forget to cover your water jugs.
- Wagon Team will haul camps, deliver ice and take trash to dumpster for a small fee. Ice wagon through camp daily starting July 14th.
- Trash dumpster will be provided at the gate. We are planning on a recycling bin for aluminum. Recyclables need to be bagged.
- The nature of a primitive rendezvous limits handicap accessibility. We are trying to accommodate handicapped participant needs to the best of our ability and still keep the period correctness of rendezvous. Please visibly display your handicapped parking identification in/on your vehicle (without your trailer attached) while in the handicapped parking area or you will be asked to move it. Manual mobility devices only please. Handicap parking will be near the gate.
- There is a nice area for tin tipis but space is limited. In consideration of all participants, please severely limit the use of generators in your tin tipi (the noise really travels).
- Opening Ceremonies Sunday July 14 at 7:00 pm
- Nominations for RMNR 2020 Tuesday July 16 at 7:00 pm
- Elections for RMNR 2020 Thursday July 18 at 7:00 pm
- Closing Ceremonies Saturday July 20 at 10:00 am
- Raffle drawings at every camp meeting
Long Term Registration/Gate Hours
- Work crew only prior to July 11.
- Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-12, 8 AM – 7 PM: PERIOD DRESS NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED
- Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 to end of RMNR: PERIOD DRESS REQUIRED
- LONG TERM CAMP CLOSES TO VEHICLES AT 5PM SUNDAY JULY 14 TIL SATURDAY, JULY 20 at NOON. Short term and Long term camps have a two hour loading/unloading time period with the exception of early set-up days and large traders.
- Period clothing required till daybreak of Sunday July 21.
Short Term Access/Gate Hours
Mon, July 15-20, 8–10 AM/4–6PM – Period clothing required
$10 Fee for Competitions includes:
- Hawk & Knife
- (Participants under age 12 free)
- All fees go to CASH prizes
- EXCLUDES SPECIALTY SHOOTS: pistol, shotgun, long gong, survival walk, mini cannon. These will have a $5 dollar buy-in with 1st place receiving a cash award
Men, Women, Junior
Rifle, Pistol, Smoothbore
- Open iron sights only, no peeps, no optics, no painted sights. Patched round ball only.
- No in-line.
- Winners of daily events will be awarded prizes at the Shooter’s Tent.
- Competitions will be posted on the Camp Bulletin Board.
- An adult guardian must accompany Pee Wees, 8 – 11 yrs old.
- Juniors Division, ages 12-17 yrs old, must be supervised by an adult in Rifle/Pistol/Smoothbore.
- There will be dummy targets.
- All scores are final. Any cheating will result in losing total score.
- Competitor Tent hours M –F 9 AM to 4 PM, but subject to change.
- Hawk and Knife Throw
- An adult guardian must accompany under age competitors.
- Course includes both hawk and knife for combined score with the exception of PeeWees (hawk only)
- We have a great challenging hawk/knife trail walk planned.
- No double bladed hawks.
- Knives must be thrown from handle.
- Safety First – Throw Only When All are Clear
Archery Trailwalk Competition:
- Each year at RMNR different target types might be used (burlap, 3-D, straw, etc.) so be prepared with appropriate arrows
- Finger tabs and arm guards must be of natural materials. No plastic, rubber, elastic, snaps or Velcro. Painted arrows are encouraged for locating purposes.
- Bow must be of natural wood, no laminations, less than 54” long. No arrow shelf.
- Strings should be of linen, hemp, silk, horsehair, rawhide, or sinew (artificial sinew will be allowed for safety reasons).
- Arrows must be hand-made (no dowels, milled or machined shafts), be of natural wood or cane and hand carved nocks, and natural feathers,
- Points can be of wood, bone or metal. Depending on which types of targets are available, field points might be allowed.
- Bow must be of natural wood with no laminations. Artificial strings are allowed but no bright colors.
- Arrows must be wood and may be a factory dowel but no plastic nocks or feathers. Metal field points but not broadheads. Painted arrows are encouraged for locating purposes.
We are planning a cannon shoot this year at the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous, but local conditions may change this. We will keep you posted.
Kids’ Games will be going on all week from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Check the Bulletin Board in camp to see where.
There will be a Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, Stone Put, Highland Run and Spear Throw. Day and time to be announced.
We would like to see all that own a horse, bring it to Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous . Hope to see you there. If you wish to ride into rendezvous, please pre-register & contact the Booshway for maps and access to site.
- Please contact the Colorado State Health Dept. three months in advance for food vendor permits.
- DO NOT serve on paper/styrofoam plates, cups or bowls. No plastic utensils, pre-wrapped, bottled or canned food or drinks. Customers should bring their own plates, cups and utensils to your eatery if you do not supply them.
- Food vendors must supply trash receptacles and have fire extinguishers.