Colorado BHA Friends,
The Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 8th annual Rendezvous is scheduled for June 3-5, 2016. We’ll be setting up camp in the San Isabel National Forest west of Salida/Poncha Springs (see Maps 1 & 2 below for detailed directions) and have reserved a group as the “goat wadi”) for the weekend.
Link to directions - CO_BHA_Rendevous_notice_2016-Final.pdf
[Directions: From the East, drive towards Monarch Pass, past Salida. Go through Poncha Springs and head toward Maysville. You will see a yellow house on the right and River Suites cabins. Go another 1.5 to 2 miles west and watch for a dirt road on the right near a curve. That’s County Road 224. Follow CR 224 for around 1.5 miles, past the ranch on the left, and the Rendezvous site will be on the right.]
Camp will be located in an open, level, high-mountain meadow covering about 6 acres at 10,000 feet in the Sawatch Range west of Salida south of the 167,414-acre Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. This is a beautiful in- timber setting (i.e., plenty of shade) next to the Colorado Trail with endless hiking opportunities. Nearby fishing locales include the Arkansas River at Browns Canyon, which was designated a National Monument by President Obama (on 2/19/15) after more than two decades of effort by hunters, anglers, rafters, hikers and other outdoorsmen and women.
The event will begin as folks drift in Friday afternoon and evening, with an extended social hour and, weather permitting, a group campfire (feel free to bring an extra water jug or two to assist with thoroughly extinguishing evening campfires). We’ll begin breaking camp Sunday morning/afternoon. Overall, this will be a relaxed, mostly unstructured “get acquainted” weekend, with a Saturday afternoon get-together and general membership meeting (starting at 4:00 p.m.), where we can exchange ideas, congrats, frustrations, etc. The meeting will be followed by a group wild game barbecue! If you have wild game you’d like to contribute, please let Matt know so he can coordinate. For anyone willing/able to haul in a load of community firewood, the contribution will be greatly appreciated (let Matt know to coordinate). The “campground” has no improvements: no power, water, or toilets, but we’ll have two Port-a-Potties available for the weekend and (again) can use any extra water jugs for campfire policing purposes. We expect most people will be in tents, but modest-sized pop-up camper trailers and truck campers are also welcome. Feel free to bring along family, canine friends (however, please keep ‘em close, as there’s lots of game scents around), and any other friends who may be interested in BHA.
Please email ([email protected]) if you think you’ll join us so we know how many to plan for, if you have any questions, and/or if you have wild game or firewood you can bring. We’ll send out another announcement or two as the rendezvous date nears, and will post this announcement on the CO BHA website. We look forward to seeing you in camp!
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
The Sportsman's Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife