Association Events and Calendar
There are ten events/activities being considered and some in the works. When dates are firm, we will post them on this site.
-- Board and Membership Meeting (with Field Trips) - Cañon City CO - TBA- early April 2009
-- Pike Seminars for School Groups- Colorado Springs CO - Series starting in May 2009 @ Fort Carson's Recreational Ranch
-- You choose- Which is the Pike Christmas Site - Salida CO - TBA- Summer 2009
-- Hike Where Pike Hiked in South Park CO - Fairplay CO - TBA Summer 2009
-- Hike or Horseback Medano & Mosca Passes - Wet Mtn. Valley Westcliffe / Silver Cliff CO - TBA August 2009
-- Hike up Mt. Rosa from Wye Campgrounds - Colorado Springs CO - TBA- Fall 2009
-- Experience Pike's Challenge: The Wet Mtn. Valley - Horn Creek (Westcliffe / Silver Cliff CO) - January 2010
-- Pike and the Smoky Hill River - On the River and Trail in KS - TBA
-- Pike: Cheyenne Bottoms, Great Bend to Larned - Larned KS - TBA
-- Pike Sites in New Spain - Santa Fe or Cochiti Lake NM - TBA
Board and Membership Meeting - Cañon City CO
Field trips which are being considered:
-Royal Gorge - Shelf Road
-Pikes Peak by car - Grape Creak (Pike's Branch Creek)
-Great Sand Dunes National Park - Pueblo
-Salida: the Continental Divide, Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristos
-Pike's Decision @ Cañon City
-Site Preservation and Preservation Seminar
Photo Courtesy: Mountain Mail Salida CO Arlene Shovald
You choose - Which is the Pike Christmas Site? - Salida CO
Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Jr. and friends will send you to several possible sites, a docent will argufy for their site, and you will vote for the site you feel Pike and his men spent Christmas Eve and Christmas 12/24&25/1806 [at the reception.]
Pike 25th December, Thursday - "It being stormy weather and having meat to dry; I concluded to lie by this day. Here I must take the liberty of observing that in this situation, the hardships and privations we underwent, were on this day brought more fully to our mind. ...We spent the day as agreeably as could be expected from men in our situation."
Hike Where Pike Hiked in South Park CO - Fairplay CO
George Meyer invites you to Santa Maria Ranch to hike parts of Pike's route and examine 5 Pike encampment areas [December 13 to 17, 1806], including Pike's northernmost Colorado position on his ranch.
He will also convince you of the authenticity of the sites.
Pike 16th December, Tuesday - "Marched up the river [Middle Fork-South Platte] about two miles and killed a buffalo. ... dispatched parties different courses; the doctor and myself ascending high enough [Reinecker Ridge] to enable me to lay down the course of the river into the mountains."
You, if you wish can climb Reinecker Ridge to discern Pike's advantageous "lay of the land." It's remarkable.
Hike or Horseback Medano & Mosca Passes -
Wet Mtn. Valley -
Westcliffe / Silver Cliff CO
You will choose a horse or your feet to climb over Medano Pass, visit with the interpreters at Great Sand Dunes National Park, and climb over Mosca Pass where we believe John C. Frémont and Kit Carson crossed the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.