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More mountain man rendezvous and other Old West celebrations.

The western fur trade era (1790 to 1840) is re-created during mountain man rendezvous and Old West festivals around the West. See page 98 for our main story and list of events from late May through June; later events follow here.

Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Estimates of period lodges and participants in pre-1840s dress are meant to give a sense of each event's size. Expect to see a variety of mountain man competitions at most places.

If you plan to attend a primitive-only event, write or call ahead for dress requirements. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with all queries. Also, confirm dates if you need to travel far. Hours, unless noted, are about 9 to 5; some events may continue until sundown.


October 11 to 13, Kingman, Walapai Free Trappers' Third Annual Rendezvous expects 20 lodges, 80 in period dress. Site is in the Hualapai Mountains, a 15-minute drive southeast of Kingman. Ray Kornmeyer, 2965 Snavely Rd., Kingman 86401; (602) 757-2834.

November 16 and 17, Phoenix. Pioneer Arizona Historic Park Rendezvous expects 20 lodges, 50 in period dress. Site: 24 miles north of downtown Phoenix, take Pioneer Road exit off I-17. Admission: $1 to $3. June McNabb, Black Canyon State, Box 1677, Phoenix 85029; 993-0212.


July 4 to 6, Crescent City. Seventh Annual Tall Trees Rendezvous expects 60 lodges, 700 in period dress. Fourth of July parade, caber toss, sack races, tug-of-war in creek, open-pit salmon barbecue, bluegrass music at campfire. Site: 13 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101, take the Wilson Creek turnoff and follow signs. Tom Stewart, 695 Humboldt Rd., Crescent City 95531; (707) 464-4091.

July 4 to 7, Rail Road Flat (near West Point). 12th Annual Diablo Buckskinners Rendezvous expects 30 lodges, 200 in primitive dress. Directions: Don Fullmore, 1814 Landana Dr., Concord 94519, (415) 798-5446; Dave Johnson, 827-0553.

July 13 and 14, Yreka. Siskiyou Mountain Men Rendezvous expects up to 30 lodges, 300 in period dress. Activities will include frying pan and rolling pin throws. Closes at noon Sunday. Site: north of Yreka, follow State 96 about 18 miles to Walker Bridge; go north on Dry Lake Lookout Road 12 miles to the site. Morrie Wood, Box 133, Yreka 96097; (916) 842-2664 or 842-2418.

August 3 and 4, Sacramento. Sutter's Fort. Similar to June 22 and 23 event, page 101.

August 10, Fort Ross. Founded in 1812 for promishlinikis (Russian fur trappers), Fort Ross was later visited by mountain men. From 10 to 4, some 50 people in costume will demonstrate crafts, recalling life in the 1830s. Admission: $2 per car. The fort is about 90 miles north of San Francisco on State 1; (707) 865-2391 or 847-3286.

August 31 to September 8, Holcomb Valley. Holcomb Valley Rendezvous in San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake expects 150 lodges, 600 in period dress. Admission: $1. Directions: Dick Brenton, The Frontloader, 16870 Merrill Ave., Fontana 92335; (714) 829-9077.

October 11 to 13, fresno. Eleventh Annual Joe Walker Rendezvous expects two dozen lodges, 300 in period dress at the Fresno Peace Officers' Range at State 99 and Herndon Avenue. Donna Johnson, 4128 E. Thomas St., Fresno 93702; (209) 486-7256.

October 12 and 13, November 16 and 17, Sacramento. Sutter's Fort. Similar to June 22 and 23 event, page 101.

November 29 and November, December 1, Felton. Fourth Mountain Man Encampment at Roaring Camp expects 20 lodges and 100 in costume. Action is 10 to 5 daily, with demonstrations of trapping, tanning, basket weaving, plus food and music of the 1830s. Admission: $3. From State 17, take Mount Hermon or Big Basin exit and drive west 3 miles to Felton; (408) 335-4484.


July 20 to 28, Jefferson (on U.S. 285 about 60 miles southwest of Denver^). The National Association of Primitive Riflemen's Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous expects 1,000 lodges up to 5,000 in pre-1850 dress. Visitors in modern dress allowed only on July 27. On all days, you can rent costumes (about $10) at the gate. Site: 18 miles southeast of Jefferson, 2-1/2 miles south of Tarryall Reservoir on Tarryall Road. Tim Pray, (303) 287-2443.

September 5 to 8, Bent's Old Fort. This national historic site on the Santa Fe Trail by the Arkansas River, 7 miles east of La Junta on State 194, will host about 100 lodges, several hundred in period dress. Daily demonstrations in cooking, moccasin making, other skills. Bent's Old Fort, 35110 Highway 194, La Junta 81050; 384-2596.


July 4 to 7, Salmon. Third Salmon River Mountain Man Rendezvous expects 35 lodges, 75 in period dress. Site: 20 miles from Salmon, go south on State 93, west on Williams Lake Road, and follow signs. Box 1005, Salmon 83467; (208) 756-4175, 756-4671.

July 26 to 28, near Idaho City. Ee-Da-How Long Rifles Annual Buckskin Bill Rendezvous, at Barber Flats in Boise National Forest, expects 75 lodges, 200 in period dress. Drive 2 miles north of Idaho City on State 21, then 22 miles east on Rabbit Creek Road (follow signs) to the site on the North Fork Boise River. Camping: $2. Fuzzy Sterling, 4861 N. Mitchell St., Boise 83704, 376-8376; or Gary Brown, 343-2648.

August 2 to 4, near Twin Falls. North Valley Free Trappers Fifth annual Rendezvous expects about 30 lodges, 300 in period dress. Saturday night visitors can gather around a council fire; Indians from For Hall will dance. Site: Magic Mountain Resort, 30 miles southeast of Twin Falls; go 14 miles south of Hansen on County Road G3. Dennis Turpin, 759 E. 17th Ave., Jerome 83338; 324-5890.

August 31, September 1 and 2, Cascade. Idaho Free Trappers Backwoods Rendezvous expects 30 lodges, 100 in costume. Old-time fiddlers and dancing all weekend. Site is 2 miles south of Cascade on State 55, then east on Gold Dust Road; follow signs. John Barr, 544 Central Canyon, Nampa 83651, 467-7648; Bob Maxwell, 384-0310.


June 30 to July 6, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. An old fur-trading outpost, Fort Union expects 75 lodges, 200 in period dress. Daily craft demonstrations. On the Missouri River, 15 miles southeast of Bainville, Montana, on the North Dakota side of the border; (701) 572-9083.

August 9 to 11, Wise River, Montana. Buffalo Road Muzzleloaders Rendezvous expects 50 lodges, 75 participants in costume. Site: 15 miles south of town on road to Polaris. Van Stallman, Box 166, Wise River 59762; (406) 832-3238.


August 16 to 18, Raton. Canadian River Muzzle Loaders Rendezvous: 12 lodges, 100 in period dress, at Whittington Center, Box 700, Raton 87740; (505) 445-3615.

August 30 and 31, September 1 and 2, Fort Stanton. Pecos Valley Plainsmen Third Annual Rendezvous expects 30 lodges, 70 in costume. Hours: 9 to 3. Site is Bonita Campground on the Bonita River. From Lincoln, drive west 6 miles on U.S. 380, then south to Fort Stanton; watch for signs. John Dozier, 613 S. Aspen St., Roswell 88201; 623-6196.

September 7 and 8, Clovis. High Plains Muzzleloaders Rendezvous expects a dozen lodges, 50 in costume. Camping: $5. Drive 38 miles north of Clovis on State 18; when pavement ends, follow signs. Jim White, 915 Calhoun St., Clovis 88101; 763-3217.

October 12 and 13, Cloudcroft. Sacramento Mountain Men Fourth Annual Rendezous: 20 lodges, 60 in period dress. Visitors welcome 9 to 6 Saturday, 9 to 2 Sunday. Site is 8 miles south of Cloudcroft on Sacramento Peak Road. Jim Hiller, Box 71, Cloudcroft 88317; 682-2242.


July 4 to 6, Pendleton. Pendleton Rendezvous '85 will run 10 to dusk Thursday and Friday, 9 to dusk Saturday. On the 5th and 6th, 100 buckskinners and a number of Indians will bring Rendezvous Village to life; also a wild horse race. All events at Pendleton Roundup Arena and Roy Raley Park. Chamber of Commerce, Box 1085, Pendleton 97801; (800) 452-9403 in Oregon; (800) 457-8911 elsewhere.

July 5 to 7, 12 to 14, 19 to 21, 26 to 28, Champoeg State Park. Living history pageant on the Willamette retells the origin of Oregon, nightly at 6:30. Tickets: $6, $5 seniors, $3 children. From I-5 south of Portland, take Aurora-Donald exit and follow signs. Millard Leslie, (503) 538-1800.

July 19 to 21, near Salem. Fort Hoskin ramrodders Annual MacCleay Rendezvous expects 20 lodges, 90 in early dress. Food available daily; bluegrass dance Saturday night. Southbound on I-5 from Salem, go east on State 22 about 4 miles, then north on Gaffin Road to MacCleay. Ronald Scott, 37016 Soap Creek, Corvallis 97330; 745-5240.

August 25 to September 1, Grants Pass. Western States Muzzleloaders Association's Jedediah Smith Rendezvous expects 50 lodges, 250 in costume. Historic dress contest Friday evening, cannon shooting Saturday and Sunday, canoeing contests. Held at Josephine County Sportsman Park. For flyer with map, write to Doris Gilbert, 48 S.E. 61st Ave., Portland 97215; 238-1759. Steve Parrent, 363-4274.

August 30, September 1 and 2, Astoria. Oregon Territories Rendezous, sponsored by Fort Clatsop Muzzle Loaders, expects 50 lodges. Parking is limited; site is 1/4 mile from parking lot. Directions: Ted Mather, Box 382, Astoria 97103; 325-0780.

September 14, Hillsboro. Indian Summer Rendezvous expects 25 lodges, 60 in costume. Hoop rolling, storytelling, refreshments from pioneer recipes. Small fee. Site: County Fairgrounds; from U.S. 26 about 15 miles west of Portland, go south 5 miles on Cornelius Pass Road (becomes Cornell Road); follow signs. Joan H. Smith, 17677 N.W. Springville Rd., Portland 97229; 645-5353.


July 19 to 21, Ogden. Second Annual Fort Buenaventura Rendezvous and Bluegrass Festival expects 150 lodges, 600 in period dress. Regular rendezvous events, also national banjo, fidle, guitar, and mandolin contests, clogging festival. Mountain man activities 9 to 4, music contests into the evening. Admission: $3. Northbound from Ogden on I-15, take 24th Street exit east 2 miles to Fort Buenaventura. Larry Price, 1356 N. Main St., Farmington 84025; (801) 451-2633.

July 26, 27 and i9 to August 3, Logan. Festival of the American West takes over Utah State University with at least 500 in Old West costume acting out life of the mountain men and pioneers. Sixty craftsmen will perform 19th-century crafts; 30 kinds of period food will be for sale, including johnnycakes and cobblers. Hours: 2 to 9. Admission: $3.50, $2 ages 7 to 11.

Nightly indoor pageant depicts the mountain man era, with on-stage wagons, horses, people in costume. Tickets: $5, $3 ages 11 and under. No events Sunday. For tickets or information on lodging, write to Festival of the American West, UMC 01, TSC #220, Logan 84322; (801) 750-1143.


July 7 to 14, near Grand Coulee. National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association's Western National Rendezvous is one of biggest, best, strictest events in the country, with 700 to 1,000 lodges, 4,000 in primitive dress. Visitors must be in period dress and have NMLRA membership ($16 year per family, at gate). Camping: $12.50. Activities for all ages, men and women, all days. Dress code and directions: Ed Seaton, 746 N. 68th St., Seattle 98103.

July 27 and 28, Tenino. Fort Henness Free Rifles and Oregon Trail Days expects 20 lodges, 200 in period dress. Oregon Trail Days Parade starts at 11 Saturday. Duane Conger, Box 55, Tenino 98589; (206) 264-2185.

July 27 and 28, Vancouver. Built by the Hudson's Bay Company, Fort Vancouver was from 1825 to 1846 the largest fur depot west of the Rockies. A brigade encampment reflects that era with 30 lodges, 100 in period dress. Hours: Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday 9 to 5. The fort is at 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard (take exit 1C off I-5). Call (206) 696-7655.

October 4 to 6, Vancouver. Candlelight tours of Fort Vancouver recapture the mood of evenings here in the 1840s. Outside the north gate, a few lodges will illustrate a trapper's life style at night. Hours: 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. See directions above.


July 13 and 14, Pinedale. Forty-ninth Annual Green River Rendezvous expects 25 lodges, 100 in period dress. Stagecoach rides, Indian storytelling, parade, elk bugling, Saturday night barbecue and dance. Historical pageant at noon on the 14th. Judy Myers, Chamber of Commerce, Box 176, Pinedale 82941; (307) 367-2242.

July 19 to 21, Casper. Fort Caspar's Caspar Collins Days recall life in this 1865 military fort, now being reconstructed. There'll be a mountain man encampment, soldier encampment, Indian dancers, early crafts. Friday movie at 7 P.M.; Saturday hours 9 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. Site: 4001 Fort Caspar Road; 235-8462.

August 8 to 11, Dubois. On banks of the Wind River where mountain men and fur traders met in the late 1830s, the Wind River Rendezvous expects 200 lodges, 300 in period dress. Mountain man parade Saturday afternoon, roast buffalo barbecue Saturday at 2. Games for all ages, bluegrass music, crafts. Miki McBride, Box 786, Dubois 82513; 455-2495.

August 31, September 1 and 2, Fort Bridger State Historic Site. Fort Bridger Rendezvous '85, one of Wyoming's biggest tourist attractions, is a living history extravaganza with 175 or more lodges and 1,000 in period dress bringing to life the early days at this 40-acre fort. Campfire storytelling, Indian powwow dancing, costume contests, hide-tanning demonstrations, folk songs, about 150 traders. George S. Knowlden, 2647 Alden St., Salt Lake City 84106; (801) 467-2710 or (307) 782-3842.
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