Smoke Signals

May/Jun 2012



On-Line Journal Editor




The position of North American Frontiersmen Sec./Treas. has been filled by Ian Bond. His contact information is listed on the various forms as well as on the Captain, Sec./Treas. Reports. His email is:


Thank you.


The Cache La Poudre River and Bent's Old Fort are just a few places of interest within driving distance of this event. This is the "Gateway to the Rockies", the starting point for the fur trade and the adventure that followed Ashley and those hardy men that followed.

Start making plans folks, everyone will have a good time.


"8th Annual National Encampment"

dates have been set.

Now is the time to start planning a year in advance to make this one in Rye Colorado.

11th - 16h day of June 2013


We will start advertising in the Apr/May issue of "Smoke Signals".
  • Giving everyone ample time to arrange vacation scheduling.
  • Plan for different places to visit to and from the Nationals for a family outing.
  • Emails will be sent out listing members in your home state, so car pooling or a caravan my be planned. That's a fun way to travel with friends.


The 2013 NAF Nationals will be held near the town of Rye, Colorado. You will need to bring water, your gear and something to add to the pot luck which we will have one night. There is archery and shooting ranges, on close to 2000 acres to explore, impromptu classes and plenty of good campsites for your choosing.

Plenty of trees to hold classes under and the main camp can spread out a little if that is what the people who show up want.

The closest hospitals are in Pueblo and Raton, so it would take a while to get any major accident to one. So the men would need to be careful.


Can't you see you & your friends at this coming years event. Make plans now, group up those local Indians are gathering along the trail.








Plan car pooling or a caravan.


We told the owner that he and his family are welcome to come to the camp to see what we are like and would let him know when the pot luck will be.

Our 2007 Nationals was on this same site just west of the Mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail, less than a hundred miles to Bent's Old Fort or Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Whittington Center is just down the trail, along with Santa Fe where we could dance a fandango with the pretty dark eyed Senoritas. Maybe we can find where Ol' Jedediah went under down along the Cimmaron. Pecos Pueblo, Fort Union, and lots more is available for added interest.



Tom Tobin Marino Medina Jim Baker

Jim Bridger Kit Carson


All the rendezvous were held west of the Continental Divide with the exception of the 1829, 1830, and 1838 rendezvous. Six of the sixteen rendezvous were held outside the United States in territory belonging to Mexico. Except for two sites in Utah and one in Idaho, all of the rendezvous were held in Wyoming. Many of the major parties passed through Colorado heading into the Rockies.


Mr. Keas and the boys are getting ready in advance for some good times.


R.S.V.P to Booshways


  • Mr. Michael Moore

  • Email:

  • Phone: 303-238-4656


Mapquest - Cheyenne WY. to Rye CO.

Map - from Rye CO.

Using either Interstate I-80 or Interstate I-70 coming from the East or West to Interstate I-25 going South to Rye.


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