Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
May 9, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Lee Whitely will present a program titled, “Entering Colorado.” Explore the ghost towns, signs, historical markers, and forgotten trails and roads that sit on or cross Colorado’s state borders.
June 13, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Jim Bell will present a program on his recent trip, titled “East African Safari-Tanzania & Kenya.”
July 11, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Darrell Arndt will present a program titled “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad — The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.”
Monthly Meeting Schedule
We hold ten regular meetings per year on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30p.m. We meet at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 4905 East Yale Avenue, Denver, Colorado (just west of I-25 and Yale). Additional parking is available in the church parking lot on the north side of the building.
Upcoming Field Trips
It’s a Lulu!
(City, that is!)
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8am
Join us for a classic Ghost Town Club hike to the site of the boom-and-bust town of Lulu (also known as Lulu City, take your pick) near Rocky Mountain National Park. The town existed for only five years, from 1879-1884, but at its peak it had a population of more than 500.
This is considered an easy/intermediate hike on a 7.1 mile loop trail. The average grade is 4 percent and the altitude varies from approximately 9,000 to 9,500 feet.
Dr. Jeremy Sueltenfuss will be co-leading the trip. Dr. Sueltenfuss is an ecologist at Colorado State University, studying restoration ecology in wetland and floodplain ecosystems. He is interested in the ecological impacts we have on the natural world.
We will meet at 8 a.m. at the Colorado River Trailhead, about 9.6 miles north of the Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake entrance station. Good parking is available. Bring lunch, water, rain gear.
More information and a signup sheet will be available at the May meeting. For more information please email us or call us at 303.659.4858..
Western Slope Field Trip: Grand Junction, Then And Now
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2019 (optional hike on Oct. 4th)
- Potluck dinner – Berries and model trains: HO scale indoors and 2,100 feet large scale outdoors.
- Tour of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District pump and power houses led by head of OMID. See early 20th century irrigation equipment and learn about the history of turning the Grand Valley into a farming area.
- Visit an alpaca farm and see how the fleece is made into yarn and apparel
- Cross Orchards Museum: Visit restored Uintah Railroad rolling stock, ancient farm equipment, guided tour of living history museum; learn of future plans for the museum.
- Museum of the West” After hours tour by Curator and Director who will explain the complex investigation of Alferd Packer including his pistol and other items found near Lake City
- Real ghost town – Raber Cow Camp and Cabins. Tour Grand Mesa and visit the only remaining cow camp and cabins; lunch at Alexander Lake Lodge
- Quick stop at Red Mountain Ranch for apples and other seasonal delights.
- Pioneer Town in Cedaredge consisting of 23 buildings that were brought from their original locations
- Fort Uncompahgre on the Gunnison River and the Old Spanish Trail. This was Anton Rubidoux’ fur trading post from 1820’s to 1844. Re-enactors will give tour. Dutch oven meatloaf dinner.
- OPTIONAL HIKE on last day. 7 mile round trip hike in Dominguez Canyon to see Indian Rock Art. Route is along the original Rio Grande Narrow Gauge and Gunnison River.
- Eagle Rock Shelter – Oldest ghost town in Colorado.Watch for further details.
For additional details about any of the field trips listed please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
Do you enjoy our field trips? Have you ever thought about leading one?
It’s easy! Find a friend, team up, and plan a trip for the club. Field trips can be for a few hours, a morning or afternoon, a full day, a weekend, or a week long excursion.
Want more information? Check out our printed guide on planning field trips for a step-by-step how to guide. Remember it’s always easier and more fun to work together. Some of our greatest field trips were been led by people who had never planned a trip before. Let’s go exploring together!