Colorado 2020


Bonita Raders and Randy Smischny will be the Leaders for this Circuit, which starts on July 13th.

As of July 1, 2020, Colorado requires that you MUST have a hunting or fishing license to use a State Wildlife Area.  The circuit has 2 SWA sites for a total of 13 days at the Walden and Granite gatherings.  The most affordable option for staying at both gatherings is to buy a Colorado annual non-resident fishing license for $98.  A 5-day and an additional days over 5 as needed passes are also available for those not planning to do both gatherings.  Fishing licenses are sold at Colorado Walmarts and at other retail stores that sell fishing supplies.  The circuit includes many lakes, so fishing will be an easy and relaxing activity to enjoy.

Volunteers are needed to host the locations. The group will be required to practice social distancing and to wear masks. If you are interested in joining the circuit please contact Bonita Raders at (225) 717-9219 or at Randy can be reached at

If a volunteer is willing to organize it, this circuit or another Sundowner could continue into New Mexico, Utah, or Arizona to meet up to the winter circuit.


September 20, 2020 to September 24, 2020
Activity Ideas

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. There’s a lot more here than just the huge dunes that are the tallest in the US and cover 330 square miles. There is also forest and mountain ecosystems in the park. Zapata Falls is nearby.
Biking, Birding, Campfire Rings, Drinking Water, Firewood, Hiking, Horseshoe Pit, Host, Interpretive Trails, Parking Area, Picnic Area, RV sites, Recycling, River Access, Trails, Trash Collection, Vault Toilets, Volleyball Courts, Wildlife Viewing, Dump Station

Parking Location

San Luis Lakes Colorado State Wildlife Area – Mosca Campground , 50 first come first served spaces, most with electric. Fishing license required to use the SWA and the campground. A 5 day fishing license available for $32 online or at the Alamosa Walmart. This requirement is being enforced by a campground host at this circuit stop. No water or dump station is available at the Mosca campground, so plan to arrive with water tank full and waste tanks empty. The former Pinion Flats CG is 16 miles, 23 minutes away from the Mosca CG. Hosts and meetings will be held at the Mosca CG. Contact Randy Smischny, 913-226-4550 with questions regarding this change.

Directions and Other Information

From Alamosa, take Colorado 17 thirteen miles north, turn right onto Lane 6 north for 7.7 miles, turn left onto N CR-116 into the SWA, campground will be on the left.

GPS Coordinates

N37.6703349,W105.7380511Click on link to see Google Map


September 24, 2020 to September 30, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit the Garden of the Gods, the Royal Gorge, the United States Air Force Academy, the National Museum of World War II Aviation, the mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, the Pike’s Peak Cog Railroad, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the Ice Skating Hall of Fame at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Hike or bike Red Rock Canyon. For you adrenaline junkies, there is the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Visit the Fountain Creek Nature Center and catch a performance at the Fountain Community Theater or the Pikes Peak Opry.

Parking Location

Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. (719) 633-1727. Elevation: 6,000 ft.

Directions and Other Information

Electric hookups available. Water and dump ($10) on-site. Plenty of dry camping available/$10 night. For access from I-25 N or S., Exit 245 and turn east on Fillmore. Proceed approximately .7 mile to stoplight. Turn left on Cascade Avenue. About .3 mile turn right onto Commerce Street. Turn left next block onto Tejon. Rear of Lodge and RV parking on right. Please enter the Lodge through the back door on the north side of the pool. Take the stairs down near the rear door or the elevator located near the front door. Bar is on the lower level.

GPS Coordinates

N38.880678,W104.819222Click on link to see Google Map