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2007 National Rally Details

The 2007 National Rally will be held in Montrose, CO August 15th-18th.
15th is for checkin, trails the 16, 17, 18th.
Montrose is in the Western part of the state and located between Grand Junction and Telluride/Silverton.

We are in the process of getting the web site update, www.solihullsociety.org

This is the current list of trails I am working on. It is not set yet, but I intended to have a final trail list and daily schedule NLT the end of December.
These range from #2 and 3 rated forest service roads through #10 rated half mile trails that take 4+ hours to complete.

Alpine Plateua
Bangs Canyon
Battlement Mesa
Billings Canyon
Black Bear Pass
Black Ridge Rd
Blue Mesa
Bolam Pass
Cactus Ridge
Calamity Canyon
California Gulch
Cinnamon Pass
Clear Lake
Clutch Creek
Coal Canyon
Corkscrew Gulch
Die Trying
Dinasuar Quarry
Divide Rd
Dominquez Rd
Engineer Pass
Eureka Gulch
Governor Basin
Grand Junction Desert
Imogene Pass
Kenney Creek Reservoir Road
Kite Lake
Lands End
Last Dollar Rd
Lizard Head Loop
Long Slough Reservoir Road
Maggie Gulch
Marcott Road
Mineral Creek
Old Lime Creek
Orphir Pass
Owl Creek Pass
Placer Gulch
Poughkeepsie Gulch
Rattlesnake Canyon
Red Mountain
Roubideau Rd
Sapinero Mesa
Scotch Creek
Scratch and Dent
Soap Creek
Topless
Wild Horse Trail
Yankee Boy Basin

We are also looking at having registration up and working by the end of the year. We have been talking to hotels and have a list of camp grounds that we will add to this thread later.

There will be some that are thinking "August, wtf are we talking about this now for"
Well we know that there are people that need to plan vacation times and budgets month in advance and want to provide as much information as we have as quickly as possible.

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The town's web site:
http://www.visitmontrose.net/index.html
As well as four wheeling the area is also popular with hikers, wind surfers, and fisherman. We are sure that you will be able to find activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The Montrose city web site has a lot of good info regarding restaurants and hotels, so I wonít repost it here.
But I do have information regarding camp grounds, rv parks, and cabins.

RV Parks and Camp Grounds

Centennial RV Park And Campground
juttenranch@ocinet.net coloradovacation.com/camp/c
(866) 268-3115 (970) 240-3832
23449 Hwy 550
60 total RV sites w/full hookups, can accommodate any size RV, large grassy sites, tent camping allowed, clean restrooms
w/showers, phone hookups, laundry, playground, picnic tables, fire rings, propane, pavilion for groups. Country setting with
views. Only minutes to Black Canyon National Park, Ouray and Telluride. Located 10 miles from Montrose.
From Jct. of 50 & 550 in Montrose, go 11 miles south. Centennial Park is on the right. Look for signs.
Passport America discount is valid for 3 nights (max.). Rates are for two people, $2.75 per additional person per night. Pets on
leash. Discount not valid on Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July weekend, and Labor Day weekend.
Montrose, CO 81401
Reg Rate: $23.00 PA Rate: $11.50

Country Village RV Resort
cvillage@gwe.net www.countryvillagervresort.co
(970) 249-6382 (970) 240-3757
22045 Hwy 550 South
130 total RV sites, full hookups, pull-through sites, two comfort stations, heated pool, spa, shuffleboard, horseshoes, 2 laundry
facilities, game room, large clubhouse, bonfires, propane, 30 amp service, Z-Bar chuckwagon dinner/show 5 nights a week in
summer. Cabins available. Please call for reservations.
From Grand Junction, travel 60 miles south on US 50 to Montrose. Take US 550 in Montrose south for 9 mils. Resort is on the
right. US 50 becomes US 550 in Montrose. From Durango/Cortez area, take 145 north towards Telluride, then take 62 to
Ridgway and proceed north on 550 to Resort, which will be on the left. Watch for entrance with flags.
Passport America rate is good for 2 nights during July & August and up to 7 days from April through June and from September
through November. Any additional nights will be regular price. Monthly rate is $390.00. 5 m.p.h. speed limit, strictly enforced. You
must clean up after pets. No tents. No check ins after dark.
Montrose, CO 81401
Reg Rate: $24.00 PA Rate: $12.00

Kingís Riverbend RV Park
(877) 249-8235 (970) 249-8235
65120 Old Chipeta Trail
60 total RV sites, can accommodate RVs up to 80 ft,
20/30/50 amp service, electric/water/sewer, laundry facility, restroom, large sites, wide interior roads, covered patio area, fire
rings, picnic tables, river and lake fishing, walking/bike path, wildlife & bird
watching. Located 1/2 mile from Montrose and 35 miles from Ouray.
3 miles south on Highway 550 from the intersection of Highway 50 East. Turn west onto Chipeta Road (see Ute Indian Museum
and Visitorís Center with numerous tee-pees). Continue 1/2 mile to Chipeta Lake. Turn right onto Old Chipeta Trail at north end
of lake. See RV park entrance below the lake.
Open April 1st through October 31st. PA discount is valid for 2 nights. Maximum and minimum stay with discount. PA discount
is not valid for waterfront sites. *Rates are for 2 people. $3.00 additional for extra people. $1.00 additional for large dogs. $2.00
Cedar Creek RV Park
Full hookups, pull-throughs, clean showers, laundry, convenience store, 18 hole miniature golf course, cable TV. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. A Good Sam park. Open year round.
126 Rose Lane, Montrose, 970-249-3884. www.cedarcreekrv.com
Hangin' Tree RV Park
Full hookups, pull-throughs, showers, laundry, convenience store, gas, liquor store, propane; a Good Sam park. Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Open year round.
17250 Hwy. 550., Montrose, 970-249-9966.
Montrose RV Resort
We are open year around, all sites have 30 and 50 amp hook-ups plus free cable and free wireless internet. We fill propane tanks and have a dump station. We also let people come take showers for $5.00 (hunters, etc). We have a heated pool that is open seasonally. We also have laundry facilities and clean restrooms. All our sites are level, some are 75 feet long. We have 4 log camping cabins.
Visit our website @ www.montroservresort.com
Or call 970-249-9177 or 1-888-249-9554.
U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds
The Ouray Ranger District offers campgrounds in the Cimarron area, Ouray and the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose. Some campgrounds require a fee. Not all campgrounds provide potable water, showers or R.V. hookups. Campgrounds have a 14 day camping limit except for Amphitheater Campground which has a 7 day limit. Pets must always be on a leash. It is highly recommended visitors wishing to visit the National Forests surrounding Montrose purchase an appropriate map.
Montrose Public Lands, 970-240-5300.
National Park Service Campgrounds
The National Forest Recreation Service now has a toll free nationwide reservation number, 1-877-444-NRRS (6777).
Black Canyon National Monument
Campsites have parking pads, fire pits and tables. Wood gathering is not permitted, so campers should bring their own wood or charcoal. Campsites available on first come/first served basis. Camping fee $7 per night. Campground open approximately May 1 - November 15.
Black Canyon National Monument, 249-1915, or
Montrose Public Lands, 970-240-5300.
Curecanti National Recreation Area
There are seven campgrounds located east of Montrose via Hwy 50.
Curecanti National Recreation Area, 970-641-2337.
Ridgway State Park
Over 250 R.V. campsites feature electric hookups, water, fire rings, grills and tables. Walk-in tent sites offer quiet seclusion in two areas. Camper services buildings located in each campground offer showers, laundromat and playgrounds. Full-service marina, beach, hiking trails, evening programs and more. Colorado State Parks Pass required.
Reserve sites by calling (800) 678-2267.
Park office phone 970-626-5822.
Cabin Rentals
Country Lodge & Cabin
Open all year. Relax on the private redwood sun deck or take a dip in the pool. Settle into the hot tub and take in the beauty of the garden courtyard. Pets welcome. Kitchens are ideal for extended stays with microwave, refrigerator, kitchen sink, counter and cupboard space, dishes and utensils. Non smoking rooms, pool side rooms and 2 bedroom suites available. The 3 bedroom fully furnished log cabin is separated from our other guest rooms for maximum privacy with a full kitchen, large, private sun deck, a washer and a dryer, and closet space in each bedroom -- non smokers only.
15 minute to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 4 golf courses within 5 minutes. Rent a Jeep in summer or a snowmobile in winter. Jeep trails within 20 to 40 minutes. 2 miles to dirt bike and ATV trails. Snowmobile trails in all directions, only 20 to 40 minutes away. Convenient to seven (7) hunting areas. 3-D archery range on site.
Jeff Anderson, host, welcomes you. 1624 East Main, Montrose Colorado 81401; 970-249-4567. Visit Country Lodge & Cabin in Montrose, Colorado at
www.countrylodgecolorado.com

Canyon Trails Inn
Open year around with nightly and weekly rental. AAA approved. Free Continental Breakfast. All rooms are recently remodeled, king rooms with Jacuzzi tub. Non-Smoking and family units available. Enjoy our garden and picnic area and restaurant adjacent. WI-FI available.
Close to the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park and all your favorite outdoor activities: hiking, fishing, boating and relaxing.
Family Owned and Operated. 1225 East Main Street, Montrose Colorado 81401; 970-249-3426; reservations 800-858-5911. Visit Canyon Trails Inn in Montrose, Colorado at www.canyontrailsinn.com
LakeFork Resort Cabins & RV Park
Open all year. Modern Cabins overlooking Blue Mesa Lake. Surrounded by Gunnison National Forest and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Beautiful housekeeping cabins with queen size log beds, equipped kitchens, living area and bath open year round. 12 NEW pull-thru full hookup RV sites overlook the lake. On-site recreation area (volley ball, horseshoes, playground). Fun vacation activities in area include horseback riding, mountain biking, four wheeling, fishing, marina, water skiing & boat rental. VCR video tapes. Pets OK in RV park and in some cabins. Reservations and information: 940 Cove Road, Gunnison Colorado 81230; 970-641-3564; 970-641-0623; 800-368-9421. Visit our Web site www.montrose.net/lakefork
Pleasant Valley Cabins & Campground
Cabins and shaded, grassy full hookup RV and tent sites right on the Little Cimarron River. Close to Blue Mesa Reservoir, Silver Jack Reservoir, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Morrow Point and other major attractions. Excellent fishing, hunting and jeeping and site-seeing. Our on-site convenience store includes a gift shop, groceries, fresh baked pies, cinnamon rolls and ice cream. Laundry, shower, gas, ice and LP Gas, fishing tackle, hunting and fishing licenses are also available on site. Great family camp, clean, quiet and friendly.
No nightly minimum, but if you only stay one night there is a $10 surcharge. Pets are welcome, all pets must be leashed and supervised at all times. Each pet that stays with you in the cabin costs $5 per night. There is no additional fee for pets staying at the campsite.
Location: 42 miles west of Gunnison and 23 miles east of Montrose on Highway 50, near mile post 115. Hosts: Cydney Siri and Tim McCabe. 84100 East Highway 50, Cimarron Colorado 81220; Please call 970-249-8330.
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Here are the hotel details...

the "Official" hotel lined up with a special rate.

Best Western Red Arrow
970-249-9641
59 rooms available, 58 now.
$78 for every room
Must ask for Solihull Society or Land Rover National Rally to get group rate and call for rate, DO NOT BOOK ONLINE!
Must book by July 15th or the rooms will be released!
They offer Deluxe Continental breakfast and high speed Internet.
www.bestwestern.com/redarrow

We encourage everyone to stay here as if we fill up the hotel we will get the conference room for free. That's saves the club $350 a day and allows us to keep the registration fees to a minimum. We have reserved the entire hotel and they claim to have tons of parking for trailers and such. They also allow pets...

This is one of the best rates in town as this is considered peak season. The regular rate at this Best Western is something like $109 a night. There are one or two cheaper hotels where you can save something like $10 a night, but that's about it. If we happen to fill this hotel soon I will search for a second hotel to work on a "special" rate.
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What will be the "Official" Campground? Could you reccomend a guidebook to start to look up some of the trails ahead of time in that area?
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As of right now I don't know about the camp ground. The club doesn't try and arrange one, but it is a good idea. I will pass the question up the chain of command so to speak. Maybe we can get a deal like with the Hotel.

start with 4x4trails.com, traildamage.com, and colorado4x4.org
for trail descriptions.
I just got the overview map down
http://www.aloharovers.com/cotrails/overview.jpg

All trails have been labeled with name and ratings.
Its a big file, 10megs.
The image is set up to print out on a 42" printer. Plan to have it laminated and then posted at registration and trail sign ups everyday.
As soon as I get individual trail write ups down I will post the link here
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Terrific, thanks. You guys do an amazing job of organizing this.
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Just been adding some more individual trail maps. I think I can get all of the maps and descriptions completed NLT the end of the year.
http://www.aloharovers.com/adventure...TrailList.aspx
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Moving the trails to the rally site.
http://www.landrovernationalrally.com/trails/index.html
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OK, I can't seem to figure out how to edit previous posts.

All the information you need can be found either in the club forums
http://forum.solihullsociety.org/viewforum.php?f=13
Or at the rally web site
http://www.landrovernationalrally.com

We have started a FAQ thread on the forums.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask here or there.

Thanks again.
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OK, the descriptions and maps are done.
http://www.landrovernationalrally.com/trails/index.html

The Dry Creek area (Scratch&Dent, Die Trying, etc) with the extreme trails we don't have any map info yet. Need to take a trip over with the GPS and get them located.
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Wanted to post up a teaser photo....
Thompson Smith negotiating down Black Bear Pass trail in his 1994 Defender 90 NAS. Dave Sangerhausen took the photo.
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Was trying to get the online registration up and running by the end of Jan, but we are still negotiating some final details. Hopefully be up by 15 Feb.
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AR,

My family and I are coming this summer -- our first National Rally. Want to do mostly the San Juans, hopefully the three big mountain passes. The family is not into spending a lot of time on obstacles, but more into accessing remote areas, scenic stuff and exporing. So I want to make it fun for them -- can you suggest some of the more stunning trails and passes?

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Alpine Loop (Engineer and Cinnamon passes) one day
Black Bear Pass & Imogene Pass another day
I think would be the two must do's for you.

Maybe the Red Mountain mine area, or Yankee&Gov Basins on the third day. Or Orphir pass, alta lakes, alta ghost town.
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Thanks AR!

Question 2: I'm thinking of flying up there (there are direct flights from Los Angeles to Montrose) and wanted to hear any suggestions about shipping the 110 from L.A. to Montrose -- who to use, costs, etc. Anyone?

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Question 2: I'm thinking of flying up there (there are direct flights from Los Angeles to Montrose) and wanted to hear any suggestions about shipping the 110 from L.A. to Montrose -- who to use, costs, etc. Anyone?
I've used Accellerated Services (+1 (720) 200-3100) several times. Plan on about $700-800.

They shipped my 90 from Seattle to CO, 110 from LA to CO and a Mini from NY to CO (I think that cost a little more). I think they're just a middle man and contract out to independents, but I've never had any complaints with them.

I'm thinking we'll be going too. Look forward to meeting you.
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I used to ship my 90 to Las Cruces for the Chili Challenge and fly out before I got a tow rig/trailer. I used Dependable Auto Services (DAP) with good success a few times. Logistics to consider are: ~2 week window of either end of the trip as they can't tell you exactly when it will arrive (it may sit on their lot for a week before it goes too), and having someone who can recieve/sign off on it when it arrives (not all cities have a terminal). Conceptually it is a great idea but I found that I had to rely on others or ask too many favors in order to make it all work out. Just my .02

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Thanks guys. STill planning but this helps.

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used to be a 4x4 tour guide in that area and am familiar with most of those trails. Wish holy cross trail (a little ways north) was on that list, but I will be in the area around that time and will make some arrangements to meet up fo sho. Mt. Blanca is a must for me this time around although it is closer to alamosa and not quite in your loop.
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used to be a 4x4 tour guide in that area and am familiar with most of those trails. Wish holy cross trail (a little ways north) was on that list, but I will be in the area around that time and will make some arrangements to meet up fo sho. Mt. Blanca is a must for me this time around although it is closer to alamosa and not quite in your loop.
Yeah we have to use 60 minutes one way drive time as the cut off.
The event is about spending time on the trails, but we do have evening things scheduled. Its a fine line to keep the scheduling in order. Thats what makes Moab so easy to do a rally at. Its all right there. So 2008 is a done deal.
'09 back in CO and we like using a different location each odd year as much as possible.
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