Blencowe Families' Association Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 3 September 1994


  • WHERE: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
  • WHEN: July 27 to July 30, 1995 - Arrive before dinner Thursday evening and leave after lunch on Sunday. (3 nights, 9 meals)
  • ACCOMODATIONS: All rooms are in the Mt. Epsilon Lodge. Each room accommodates up to 4 people: one double bed and one set of bunked beds. Full bath and telephone in each room.

The Estes Park Center is located 65 miles northwest of Denver, five miles southwest of the town of Estes Park at an elevation of 8,010 feet. Meals are in the conference dining rooms, located near the lodge on the 1,300 acre campus. There is a large indoor swimming pool, horseback riding, hiking, tennis courts, and mini-golf.

SIX DAY BUS TRIP following the Reunion

  • DAY 1, Sunday Leave Estes Park after lunch. Follow the spectacular Trail Ridge Road over the ridge tops of mighty mountain ranges. T he valleys are 8,000' above sea level and within the park 76 named peaks reach elevations of 12,000' or higher. Spend the night in Dillon, originally a mining town.
  • DAY 2, Monday This morning after leaving Dillon we go through the 11/2 mile Eisenhower Tunnel, an engineering marvel. A stop for lunch in Leadville (which is said to be highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,188' and the center of one of 1860 gold rush areas) or in Aspen, a historic mining town turned ski resort. After lunch we return to I-70 west through the rolling red hills of western Colorado to Grand Junction.
  • DAY 3, Tuesday This morning we will tour the Colorado National Monument where through the centuries wind and water have carved canyons, spires and gorges from brilliant orange and red sandstone. Continue on the miraculous million doller highway over the Red Mountain Pass of the San Juan Mountains (refered to as the Switzerland of America) and spend the night in Durango.
  • DAY 4, Wednesday Our sight-seeing starts today with a tour of Mesa Verde National Park located in the southwest corner of Colorado. Here we will see the remarkably preserved cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Indians, a culture dating back to 1300 A.D. After crossing Wolf Creek Pass we will arrive in Alamosa on the wide cottonwood-grown (alamosa) bend of the Rio Grande river.
  • DAY 5, Thursday The Great Sand Dunes National Monument is your chance to play in a 50-square-mile sand pile. The westerly winds pile the sand against the Sangre de Christo Range in a stark ever changing landscape. From here we continue toward Colorado Springs at the foot of Pike's Peak, stopping for a look at the Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River 1,053' down.
  • DAY 6, Friday On our way to Denver and the International Airport we will tour the United States Airforce Academy. We will arrive in time for 3 pm flights or you may wish to stay another night and see the mile-high capitol city on your own.


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