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This website will be for information about the Colorado trip (2011).  Planning and updates will be posted here.

Updates
  • 20110319
    • Camp Dobbins 2011 Information Packet
    • 2011 BSA medical forms (must use this form for camp)
  • 20110321
    • Updated Merit Badge file with 2011 schedule
    • small update to Luggage
  • 20110325
    • Cell phone coverage for ATT and Verizon
  • 20110326
    • Updates to itinerary to reflect changes with Colorado Springs touring. Reorganizing the Itinerary Section. Moved the Weather and Colorado Attractions to new sections.
  • 20110504
    • Added Sections on both Railroading and Geology Merit Badges
  • 20110509
    • Updated the the main touring map.
    20110526
    • Updated the itinerary to reflect the final changes.

Itinerary - Colorado


Map


Map 2

This is the version of the Mesa Verde with the optional trip to Four Corners

Itinerary

Updated 5 26 2011

We depart on Sat June 25 on Southwest Flight 5150 from BWI to DEN at 7:30 am EDT. Arrives DEN 10;45 am MDT.  The flight stops at Chicago Midway, no change of plane. We are renting 3 minivans and a cargo van off airport. This will take time to pick up the van. We will spend the first two nights at Rocky Mountain National Park.  On Monday we will drive to Buena Vista and take a whitewater rafting trip with a Whitewater Badge clinic. We will stay at the outfitters for one Night. On Tuesday we will drive to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and eat lunch. Then we will drive down the Million Dollar Highway ( US 550) to Silverton, where we will stop and do some touring. Then we will head to the next campsite which is north of Durango. That evening we will eat dinner at the Bar D Chuckwagon and listen to a Western Show.  On Wednesday we will take a short side trip to tour Mesa Verde.  We will break camp on Thursday and drive to Great Sand Dunes NP, eat lunch and explore the sand dunes. Later in the afternoon, we will make the final drive of the touring loop to Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs.   On Friday, we will first go to Caves of the Wind.  After our tour, we will then go to Garden of the Gods where we will explore the park and eat lunch.  The one week Scouters will depart.  We will then take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway up to the top of Pike's Peak (14,000 ft). On Saturday, we will tour the Victor Gold Mine, a real modern commercial mine. Since they only take 13 max at a time, we will split the group.  One group will tour the mine and the other group will tour Cripple Creek, then the groups will switch.  On the return trip, we will stop at Florrisant Fossil bed for a visit.  Both Friday and Saturday evening we can spend relaxing and exploring Cheyenne Mountain State Park. On Sunday we will tour the US Air Force Academy.  We plan to attend Church in the Chapel, which will be a really great experience. We can eat lunch at the academy.  After lunch, we leave Colorado Springs make a short drive to Camp Dobbins at Peaceful Valley Scout Res in Elbert.  We will attend BSA Summer Camp from Jul 3  to Jul 9.  On Sat. July 9 we check out of camp and drive back to Denver.  We return to BWI on Southwest Flight 3933 which departs at 6:20 pm and arrives at BWI at 11:45 pm. This is a non stop flight.


The Table below gives more details. The locations are on the maps above.  The mileage and driving times vary slightly dependent on which mapping program is used.


Day

Map

Locations

Miles

Hours

1- Sat June 25

Flight to BWI to Den

Southwest Flight 5150 Leaves BWI at 7:30 a.m. arrives at DEN 10:45. Stop in Chicago. No change of plane.

A-B-C

DEN airport to Wal-Mart to Rocky Mountain NP

(1st Base Camp 2 nights)

111

2:30

Send drivers to pick up vans. First stop will be at Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club in Denver for supplies. Will also eat main meal of the day at a restaurant in the same area. Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Church in Estes Park Sat evening (6:15 pm) if we are not delayed with our flight.

2- Sun June 26

C

Rocky Mountain NP

72

2:45

Touring the RMNP in the day. Some of this mileage could be on the shuttle bus. Ranger event in the evening. (Church in Morning if we do not make Sat or do Scouts Own).

3- Mon June 27

C-D

Rocky Mountain NP to Buena Vista

(Camp at River Runners 1 night)

181

3:50

Break Camp early. Short pit stop at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison (western Denver suburb directly on the route). Rafting at River Runners in Buena Vista at 2 pm. Camping at the Outfitters Campsite. Hot Springs in the evening.

4- Tue June 28

D-E

Buena Vista to Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

141

2:45

Break Camp early. Drive to Black Canyon of Gunnison NP for lunch.

E-F

Black Canyon of the Gunnison. to Durango (2nd Base Camp 2 nights)

108

2:40

Drive to Silverton. Possible stop and walk around the town. Drive to Durango Base Camp. Bar-D Chuckwagon with Western Show in the evening.

5-Wed June 29

Mesa Verde

Day Trip to Mesa Verde

(with Four Corners)

143

(238)

3:25

(5:05)

Day Trip to Mesa Verde National Park from Durango. (There is an option to go to Four Corners Monument.)  Eat dinner in Durango. Free night at the campgrounds.

6- Thu June 30

F-G

Durango to Great Sand Dunes

188

3:40

Break Camp early. Drive to Great Sand Dunes for lunch. Spend time on the dunes. Leave mid-afternoon.

G-H

Great Sand Dunes to Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain State Park ( 3rd Base Camp 3 nights)

166

2:45

Final longer leg of the trip. Drive to Pueblo and eat dinner in restaurant. Then short drive to Colorado Springs. Set up final camp.

7- Fri July 1

H

Colorado Springs Area  Day 1

38

1:10

Touring Manitou Springs Area. Caves Tour Garden of the Gods, and Cog Railway. One week travelers leave for Denver. 

8-Sat July 2

H

Colorado Springs Area  Day 2

112

3:00

Touring Cripple Creek Area: Victor Gold Mine Tour and Museum with Gold Panning., Florissant Fossil Beds,

9-Sun Jul 3

H-I

Colorado Springs to Camp Dobbins

53

1:15

US Air Force Academy. Attend Church services at the Chapel. Church in morning. Drive to Camp Dobbins Check In 1-3 p.m.

10- Mon July 4

I

Camp Dobbins

Summer Camp

11-Tue Jul 5

I

Camp Dobbins

Summer Camp

12-Wed Jul 6

I

Camp Dobbins

Summer Camp

13-Thu Jul 7

I

Camp Dobbins

Summer Camp

14- Fri Jul 8

I

Camp Dobbins

Summer Camp

15- Sat Jul 9

I-J

Camp Dobbins to Denver International Airport

70

1:25

Check Out of Camp is at 10 a.m. Drive to Denver. Return rental vehicles. Southwest Flight 3933 DEN to BWI  Depart 6:20 pm Arrive 11:45 pm (non stop)

Totals

Main Loop Miles

1018

21:00

Side Trip Miles

444

12:15

Total estimated miles

1462

33:15



Mesa Verde Side Trip

Notes

Map

Locations

Miles

Hours

A-B

Durango RV Park to Mesa Verde

50

0:55

This is a fairly short drive

B

Mesa Verde

43

1:30

Tour the various sites in the Park. Eat lunch in the park.

B-C

Mesa Verde to Four Corner (opt)

50

0:50

Dependent on how the day goes in Mesa Verde, there is the option to make a trip to Four Corners Monument. The final decision will be made at Mesa Verde.

C-D

Four Corners to Durango RV

99

1:45

Return drive.

Total

Mesa Verde only

143

3:25

If we do not go to Four Corner we could stop for a short period in Durango.

Mesa Verde with 4 Corners

238

5:05



Unlike the 2008 Trip, there is full service shopping in Durango and Colorado Springs. There are grocery stores in a number of places along the route.    Since we will not have the trailer, this allows us to easily restock our food, particularly perishable items during the touring week.



Summer Camp -Camp Dobbins PVSR


Scout Camp

The Peaceful Valley Scout Reservation in Elbert is 38 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. It has multiple camp options.  These are detailed on there website http://www.denverboyscouts.org/openrosters/view_homepage.asp?orgkey=51.  Camp Dobbins is the traditional camp at Peaceful Valley Scout Reservation (Dining Hall). Location is easiest from Colorado Springs and Denver Airport.  Has a heated swimming pool. $250-$260 per scout Out of Council

Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
Camp Dobbins 2011.pdf Camp Dobbins 2011 Leader Guide  

Merit Badges - Camp



Camp Dobbins offers a full slate of merit badges.  Attached is a list of the merit badges offered at Camp Dobbins and for comparison Broad Creek and Horseshoe.  Eagle merit badges are highlighted and in italics.  Merit badges only offered at Camp Dobbins are in bold.

Please note that some merit badges have an associated cost.

There is a second tab in the Excel workbook that list all the merit badges and whether the youth can complete them on the trip with the T746 leadership.

On the third tab is the merit badge schedule for 2010.  It is anticipated that the same schedule will occur in 2011.  The schedule is released in April.

Dobbins has 4 class periods.  There is also a night class (Astronomy).  It is recommended that all boys on the trip take Astronomy.  If you dont' want to take Astronomy talk to Andrew.


Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
Merit Badges.xls Merit Badge List - Camp Dobbins (BroadCreek and Horseshoe). Updated 20110318 with 2011 Camp Dobbins schedule.  

Luggage



Flying Southwest each person is allowed 1 carry on and 2 checked bags.  We plan on having everyone dedicated that 2nd check bag to Troop gear.  It is recommended that the carry on be a day pack.

There are size and weight limits on baggage:

Checked = 2 bags, max 50 lbs, max 62 inches (l+w+h).
Carry on = 1 bag, 10*16*24 inches.

(There are additional TSA restrictions for carry-ons).

Many airlines allow a carry-on bag and a personal item.  This makes for 2 bags in the seating portion of the plane.  Have to double-check.  One of the bags has to be able to fit under the seat in front of you (see dimensions above).

Sleeping bags and pads will have to be able to fit inside of your carry on.

Duffel bags are, at this point, recommended.  This may change.

Medical Forms




The BSA Medical Form that Denver Area Council requires us to use is attached below.
Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
BSA medical form 02-2011 from DAC website.pdf 02-2011 BSA Medical Form downloaded from Denver Area Council  

Geology Merit Badge


All of the Scouts who do not have Geology Merit Badge can take it during the touring week. We will do the Mineral Resources Option.  The attached work sheet was downloaded from US Scout Service Website and the unneeded parts deleted.  Also the Merit Badge Pamphlet is attached.
Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
Geology for Out West 2011.doc Geology Merit Badge Worksheet in Word Format customized for the 2011 Out West Trip  
Geology Badge Phamphet sm.pdf Geology Merit Badge Pamphlet  

Railroading Merit Badge


Since we are going on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, it is a good opportunity to do the Railroading Merit Badge.  A customized Railroading Merit Badge worksheet is attached as well as a copy of the Merit Badge Pamphlet. 
Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
Railroading Booklet.pdf Railroading Merit Badge Pamphlet  
Railroading for Out West 2011.doc Railroading Merit Badge Worksheet in Word Format Customized for the 2011 Out West Trip  

Weather in Colorado



Weather in Colorado


Weather Data July

 

Avg High

Avg Low

Rain in July

Days of rain above 0.1"

Days above 90

Days below freezing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore, MD

87

67

3.7

9

12

0

Laketown UT Bear Lake

83.1

47.7

0.6

2

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Springs

79.3

51.3

2.88

7

9

0

Denver

88.2

52.8

1.96

4

15

0

Estes Park

78.2

46.0

2.42

7

0

0

Buena Vista

75.7

40.9

2.5

5

2

0

Montrose

88.3

54.7

0.8

3

14

0

Durango

85.0

50.0

1.93

6

6

0

Great Sand Dunes

80.7

50.6

1.85

6

1

0

Mesa Verde

86.7

57.1

1.72

6

10

0

Elbert Pleasant Valley

83.0

50.0

3.0

10

4

0




Cell Phone Coverage


Coverage maps for ATT and Verizon below.  The front range has full coverage (Denver, RMNP, Colorado Springs, and Camp Dobbins).  The western side of the Rockies is spotty.  Along the main roads we have coverage but there will be spots without coverage.


Attachments
Icon File Name Comment  
Coverage Locator - CO (ATT) 20110324.pdf Cell phone coverage - Colorado - ATT  
Coverage Locator - CO (Verizon) 20110324.pdf Cell phone coverage - Colorado - Verizon  

Attractions in Colorado


Attractions in Colorado

In the Table below are listed major attractions near the base camps or along the route.  This table is not exhaustive but list most of the attractions that we are visiting or considering.



Colorado Trip Attractions

 

Core Attractions

Rocky Mountain NP

Buena Vista

Colorado Springs Area

Durango\ Mesa Verde NP

Black Canyon of the Gunnision NP

Great Sand Dunes NP

 

Rocky Mountain National Park/ Estes Park Area

Trail Ridge Road  Highest Paved Rd in US

Grand Lake

Ranger Talks

Horseback riding in the park readily available

White Water Rafting

Estes Park  Museums Shopping Cowboy Sing A Long

Fishing

 

Buena Vista Area

Whitewater Rafting

Hot Springs


Black Canyon Gunnison NP (stop between Buena Vista and Durango)

Driving tour of canyon


Silverton/Durango Area

Million Dollar Highway

Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour and Panning

Gold Mine Tour and Panning

Hiking

Fly Fishing

Bar D Chuck wagons   Chuck wagon meal with western Theatre

Durango and Silverton Railroad


Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Canyon of the Ancients NM (backup for Mesa Verde)

Hovenweep NM (backup for Mesa Verde)

Four Corners


Great Sand Dunes NP ( stop between Durango and Colorado Springs)

Hiking the Dunes.


Colorado Springs Area

Cripple Creek Mining Area

Garden of Gods

Pikes Peak Road or the Cog Railway

Florissant  Fossil Bed

Victor Gold Mine (actual working mine)

US Olympic Training Center

Air Force Academy

Royal Gorge

Seven Falls

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

Museums: Mining, Money, Dinosaurs, Skating etc.

Caves of the Wind


Denver Area

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Colorado State Capitol

Celestial Seasonings Tour (free)

US Mint

Dinosaur Ridge ( fossils and tracks)

Museums  (Many choices  Western Art, Natural History, Pioneer History)

Coors Tour ( free)

REI Flagship Store

Leanin’ Tree Western Art Sculpture Garden