By Kimberly Adams<br />Staff writer
RATON — Heed to the horn that calls to all mountain men and women for the 2014 Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous hosted by the NRA Whittington Center June 8-14.
Rendezvous which usually take place in the summer and fall months in the mountain areas of Colorado and New Mexico, are re-enactments of the pre-1840’s era where people are dressed head-to-toe with homemade buckskins, beaver pelts, and other native clothing of the time period. Rendezvous sites are dotted with teepees and buckskin and lodgepole round yurts with horses, old archery equipment, rifles, shotguns and handguns, and people living as primitive to the 1800’s era as possible.
As of June 3, Colfax County is under a fire ban with no burning permits being issued except for Philmont and the Moreno Valley area, according to the Colfax County Fire Marshall’s website. The National Weather Service has all of northern New Mexico under a Red Flag warning as of June 3, and rendezvous sponsors warn participants and visitors to be aware and abide to the bans.
Traders are welcome to this years event. It also includes daily rifle & pistol matches, trail walks, smooth bore matches, a run, costume contest, jug, dessert cooking, and ma & pa cooking matches, a primitive camp contest, Hawk Walks, and Junior events.
A horse camp will be set up, and those who bring horses will have to provide their own feed and certified weed-free hay and current health certificates. Dogs will be allowed as long as they are on leashes and owners pick up after them, event organizers note on a flyer obtained on the Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous Facebook page online.
For those who like to have a good time, a “Rowdy Camp” will also be provided, the flyer noted.
Raffle items at this years event, which takes place on land surrounding the NRA Whittington Center, include a Bob Pluss 50 Cal. 1780-1790 Transitional Style Riffle, Black Walnut 54” Stock, 38” Swamped Barrel, Silver Lock, and L&R Double Set Triggers. Also included is a Bob Pluss Powder Horn, Cast Iron, Shooting supplies, a Glenda Graves Beaded Purse, and a Susan Love hand Weaved with Natural Dies Sash & Garters.
The public is welcome for free, but Rendezvous camps for the week are $50 for adults; children 18 and under $10. The maximum fee per family is $90. It will cost $10 per day for rendezvous campers who want to set up prior to June 7. Day shooters are $10 per day.
The NRA Whittington Center is located along State Highway 555 approximately seven miles southwest of Raton. People traveling by Interstate 25 should take exit 450 where it meets with Hwy. 555.
The Santa Fe Trail 2014 Rendezvous is sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous Association, Inc. and the Southeast Colorado Council of Buckskinners. For more information, contact Rebecca “Booshway” Collins at (575) 313-3633 or Linda “Segundo” Yancey at (505) 917-9224.