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2024 Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous

July 13 – 21, 2024, early set-up July 10 – 12, 2024

Colorado will be hosting the 2024 RMNR near Ignacio, about 35 miles southeast of Durango.

It will be hosted by Booshway Tyrell “TBone” Williams' family on their M9 Ranch. At an elevation of 6300', there is good access to 320 acres. There is live water on site, two irrigation ditches and three ponds, so camp will be on cool grasses. There are some trees and a lot of room to spread out.

Elevation: 6,300 feet

Events are being planned with prizes for competitions, raffle items, and seminars. Many volunteers are needed to help make this a great rendezvous.

If you can help us, pleased contact us or sign up at the gate.

Tyrell “TBone” Williams

Co-Booshway: CJ Vandermeulen

EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Check Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous Facebook page for latest updates


If you have any questions about what is pre-1840, speak up and ask.

This is a primative rendezvous and the site is good distance from towns so planning is important to bring along all the supplies that you will need for a week in the mountains.

There may or may not be food vendors.


Seminars & Workshops • Raffles • Plentiful Firewood • Water on Site
Ice Wagon • Wagon available to haul camps
Kids Games • Highland Games • Horse Camp • Cannon Shoot
Trail Walks for: Rifle • Pistol • Smoothbore • Knife & Tomahawk
Primitive Archery • Pilgrim Archery • Primitive Mountain-Man Run

Pre-Registration Deadline: June 14, 2024


EARLY SET-UP July 10-12, 8 AM–6 PM. ($5 PER-PERSON PER-DAY ages 15 and older).
Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, 8 AM–6 PM; Sunday, July 14, 8 AM–5 PM
SHORT-TERM CAMP has a two hour unloading/loading time period from July 15th–19th, 8-10 AM, 4-6 PM. Please have camp packed and ready to load when departing. LONG-TERM CAMP CLOSES TO VEHICLES AT 5 PM ON SUNDAY, JULY 14th THRU SATURDAY, JULY 20th after closing ceremonies.

2024 Co-Booshways:

Tyrell “TBone” Williams

CJ Vandermeulen


Chief Dog Soldier: Ella Wren "Running Rabbit"





Chief Medic: Ben Sitter





Rangemasters: Eric & Bobbi Atwood



Fire Chief: Derick Stevens


Horse Camp Chief: Dave Richie



Hawk & Knife Range:

"German" Tom Bobeck

"No Guns" John Palan



Seminar Chief: Joe "Dirty Shirt" Kirst Gate


Trade Co-Chiefs: Romolo Cervantes & "Wizzard" Ryan McCully    

Cannon Chief: Travis Poole    

Gate Chief: Todd Erlandson    
Archery: Shar Searie    
Purser: Kay Fief
P.O. BOX 819, Creede, Co 81130

Wagon Master: Dave Harwood







FIREWOOD - The rendezvous work crew will be hauling in as much firewood as possible before July 11th.  You are welcome to bring your own chainsaw to cut firewood (only dead trees in camp) during early set up days.

WATER - Potable water will be available.

ICE - Service is being arranged.

WAGON - Wagon services & ice delivery are being arranged.

TRASH - Trash dumpster will be provided at the gate.

PORTA-POTTIES - Provided throught camp, July 12 - 21, will be removed Sunday July 21. 

    The nature of a primitive rendezvous limits handicap accessibility. We are trying to accommodate handicapped participant needs to the best of our ability and still keep the period correctness of rendezvous.  No motorized mobility devices allowed in camp.

    TIN TIPI- in parking lot area

    Pending at this time, John "Stoner" Henderson's LEASE-A-LODGE may have lodge available for rent by reservation. Please contact him at 402-506-1675. Other lodging options are availble locally outside camp.


    We would like to see all that own horses, bring them to rendezvous (no stallions please).
    HAY will NOT be provided. BYOH – Bring-your-own-hay. No grazing animals (possible picketing area will be available.
    Just like all camps and clothing, non-period gear must be covered.
    If you are away from your horses, you must put someone in charge of your animals.
    Horse/mule owners are legally liable for their animals and should have liability insurance coverage. Coggins test required.


    There are many great craftspeople and scholars who would love to share their knowledge with you.  If you are one of them, please contact the Booshways. All seminar times to be announced. See seminar schedule in your registration packets when you arrive at the event.


    Call to arms.  War Eagles, veterans, and active duty personnel will be Honor Guard for opening ceremonies July 14th. 

    War Eagles, Veterans and active duty personnel are invited to attend the War Eagles meeting on July 16th at 10 a.m.  Location will be announced later. To learn about the War Eagles go to: www.war-eagles-vet.com



    If you are interested in donating a raffle item, please contact Booshway.


    Raffle for 2024 is pending.



A one time $10 Fee for Competitions includes: Archery, Hawk & Knife, Rifle, Pistol, and Smoothbore. (Participants under age 12 free) Fees go to cash prizes.

SPECIALTY SHOOTS - These will have a separate buy-in with winners receiving cash

Winners of daily events will be awarded cash prizes at the Shooter’s Tent.
Divisions – Men, Women, Junior
Juniors Division, ages 12-17 years old, must be supervised by an adult in Rifle/Pistol/Smoothbore.
An adult guardian must accompany Pee Wees, 8 – 11 yrs old.
Shooter's Tent hours MONDAY–THURS - 8 AM to 1 PM,   FRIDAY- 9 to noon,  but subject to change. We need a volunteer to run the shooter's tent.

We especially need volunteers on the ranges and in the shooter's tent.  Please sign up at the shooter's tent.



Schedule to be announced.
Rifle/Pistol  -  Open iron sights only, no peeps, no optics. Patched round ball only.  No in-line guns. There will be dummy targets.  All scores are final. Any cheating will result in losing total score.

Mike "Woodman" Briscoe is planning a SPECIALTY SHOOT for two days (most likely Wednesday and Thursday). He is calling it "The Battle at Pierre's Hole." It will have four-man teams. The scenario is you have just left out of the 1832 Pierre's Hole Rendezvous (in now Idaho), just to the west of Les Trois Tetons, and Dave Jackson's Hole. At your first night's camp the Blackfeet have stolen your horses. What do you do?

There will be a five dollar per person ($20.00 per team) entry fee. Winners will take home the pot. There will be a scoring system to determine winners.


CANNON SHOOT -- Date & time to be determined




Schedule to be announced.
Course includes both hawk and knife for combined score.
We have a great challenging hawk/knife trail walk planned.
No double bladed hawks.  Knives must be thrown from handle.



Schedule to be announced.
We will using burlap targets this year, so handmade flat metal points are allowed. 
Finger tabs and arm guards must not have plastic, rubber, elastic, snaps or Velcro. Painted arrows are encouraged for locating purposes.

Primitive Division
Bow must be of natural wood, no laminations, less than 54” long.  No arrow shelf.  Strings should be of linen, hemp, silk, horsehair, rawhide, or sinew (artificial sinew will be allowed for safety reasons).
Arrows must be hand-made (no dowels, milled or machined shafts), and be of natural wood or cane with hand carved nocks, and natural feathers.  Points can be of wood, bone, flat metal or stone.

Pilgrim Division
Bow must be of natural wood with no laminations.  Artificial strings are allowed but no bright colors. Arrows must be wood and may be a factory dowel but no plastic nocks or feathers. Metal field points okay but not modern broad heads.



    • There will be a Caber Toss, Stone Put, Spear Throw, and Highland Run.  All welcome to compete.


      KID’S GAMES 

      Kids' Games will be going on all week from Monday through Friday.  Check the Buffalo Bulletin board in camp to see times and location.


      All are pending, check back for events.


      2024 CAMP INSTRUCTIONS    


      Remember to police your camp and area for garbage. If you see any candy wrappers, cigarette butts, etc. please pick them up and put in a garbage receptacle.
      Fires must be attended, not banked and left to burn-out. Sleeping in your lodge is not attending a fire. Dog soldiers have authority to enter your camp, wake you, and put your fires out. Do not leave candles or lanterns unattended inside/outside lodge or tent.

      Be prepared for possible fire restrictions and the impact to your cooking needs (propane or butane stoves).

      Dogs MUST be under control at all times and on leases/tethers.  If your dog is a problem, you will be asked to leave.  Please pick up your dog’s waste or carry shovel with you and bury it.  Keep dogs quiet.

      Plastic water containers and coolers are to be covered at all times, even during transport to refill. This also applies to the transporting of ice through camp.  We can all do better on our kits. Let's look in the mirror, go through our kits and try to put our gear closer to what would truly have been in the Rockies or the 1830s.


     Your fire must be attended or if away from camp, must be OUT. No exceptions!!! Camp fires must be contained. Bucket of water and shovel must be next to all camp fires.

    FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Please stack your unused firewood.


    Please contact local Health Department for permits. DO NOT serve on paper/styrofoam plates, cups or bowls. No plastic utensils, pre-wrapped, bottled or canned food or drinks. Customers should bring their own plates, cups and utensils to your eatery if you do not supply them.  Food vendors must supply trash receptacles.



    The Booshway or the appointed Trade Chief and Committee have final authority over all disputes involving trade goods. The burden of proof is on the trader. Trade Committee decisions are final.

    May your trade goods reflect the Spirit of Rendezvous


    Moccasin Basin, Wyoming, 1987 - Joe Delaronde & Brent Boren

    Masden Ranch, Colorado, 2014 - Mike Briscoe & David Ritchie

    Grey Rocks, Wyoming, 2009 - Eric Distad & Barry Maxfield

    Photography by "Camera" Bob Woodall

    • Emergency contact: County Sheriff

      Check Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous Facebook page for latest updates.

      Web Master, Maps, Photography, Advertising: "Camera" Bob Woodall rmnrwebcamerabob@gmail.com


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