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Please follow directions listed in the notice to make your arrangements!

On outfitter-led trips, you are responsible for making your own arrangements directly with the company. You may be travelling with other OS members, but the trip is led by outfitter, not the OS.

For outings led by Ozark Society trip leaders, please remember you are responsible for carrying all of your own gear and rental arrangements; all participants may be asked to help carry community gear.

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Hiking Trip to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah - Sep. 23-Oct. 1st

We will hike for four days in and near Arches National Park and for four days in Canyonlands NP Needles District.  Both offer spectacular scenery—Arches with the greatest collection of arches in the southwest and Canyonlands with its sandstone spires, canyons, and mountain vistas.  We will also hike in Horseshoe Canyon, a detached part of Canyonlands noted for the “Great Gallery”—a 150-foot long panel of  “barrier-period” pictographs, possibly dating to as early as 2000 B.C. and arguably the most significant example of rock art in the U.S.  Led hikes in the Arches NP area will be of a moderate to difficult rating but in Canyonlands, all hikes will be difficult due to length (8 to 14 miles).  However, you can choose your own level of difficulty by taking hikes on your own and suggestions will be offered as to the choices you will have.

In the Arches area we have a group site at the Goose Island BLM campground.  It’s on the Colorado River near the entrance to Arches NP and it’s 3 miles north of Moab, UT.  At Canyonlands, we have reservations at the Squaw Flats group site within the park.  Both group sites are for tents only, i.e. no tent trailers or RV’s.  Only 10 cars are allowed on the group sites so we will have to find an overflow area for extra cars. At Goose Island individual RV sites are available first-come, first served and at Canyonlands RV sites can be reserved but as of now, there are no sites available.  There are many other campgrounds and motels in the Moab area but in Canyonlands, 80 miles south of Moab, the nearest motels are in Monticello, UT, 40 miles away.  There are a few campgrounds outside of  Canyonlands and some RV sites might be available.

The cost for the trip will be $75.00 per person for campers and $20 per person for those joining us for hiking but making other arrangements for accommodations.  Meals will be on your own and you will be responsible for all other fees including National Park entrance fees.

There will be a limit of 30 people for the group campgrounds and a total for the trip of approximately 40 people.   You must be an Ozark Society member to participate.  The initial signup period will be from now until May 15 and during this period preference will be given to those whose membership began in 2016 or before.  After May 15 it will be first-come, first-served, and if you are not a member, you may enroll when you signup for the trip.   We will need at least 20 campers signed up for the trip to happen.

To signup if you have been an Ozark Society member since 2016 or before, send an e-mail to bobcross610@gmail.com and tell me the number and names of the people in your party and whether you will be camping or seeking other accommodations.  If you are not a member or became a member in 2017, send an e-mail on or after May 15, 2017 with the same information as of above.  If you are accepted for the trip and if at least 20 people signup for camping, I will ask the successful enrollees to send me a check for the cost of the trip.

Please call me at 479-466-3077 or send an e-mail if you have questions.  You can find information about Arches NP at www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm  and about the Needles District of Canyonlands at  www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/needles.htm

Bob Ritchie Buffalo River Float May 16-20th

The Ozark Society is holding a 5-day float on the Buffalo National River May 16th-20th as we celebrate our dear friend and member Bob Ritchie.  This float will start at Tyler Bend and will end at Riley’s on the White River.  This is 60 Miles on the river. Some areas are wilderness with no cell phone service.  Cost is $200.

Our plans include providing meals from Tuesday Noon to Saturday Noon, a car shuttle, a group supply boat, and motor rental.  Individual canoe rentals are also available from Wild Bill’s for an added fee.  Each group will have a group supply Jon Boat which will carry the group kitchen, ice chests, food, and other equipment.

You will be responsible for all personal gear and maybe a small group item so please note that the supply boat does not have room for personal gear.  If you use a kayak you will still be responsible for your gear and personal beverages!

The trip is limited to 45 floaters and 3 Jon Boat drivers.  Your spot will be guaranteed when payment is made.  The trip closes on April 30th.  Please send checks payable to The Ozark Society and email address and cell number to the following address:

Ozark Society Buffalo Float

4508 Valley Brook Drive

North Little Rock, AR  72116

 

We will refund all money if the trip is canceled or if you cannot go.  Want to go free?  We may need up to 3 Jon Boat drivers.  Ask Steve about this option.  Ozark Society membership of $20 is required.  Contact Steve Heye at heye@aristotle.net

Middle Fork of the Salmon River-June 20, 2017

The Ozark Society is pleased to partner again with Aggipah River Trips of Salmon, Idaho (208-756-4167, bill@aggipah.com) to offer an opportunity for a river trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in 2017. The 2017 trip will launch June 20 from Boundary Creek for a five night, six day trip. We have until December 1 to fill a 24-person trip. The on river cost of the trip is $1290 per person if you row or paddle your own boat or $2150 per person if you ride with Aggipah. More information concerning the trip is available at www.aggipah.com. Last year’s late July trip with Aggipah had lower water and warmer weather than what can be expected for a June 20 trip, so this trip will likely offer a higher water, cooler weather experience.

If you want to go on the trip, please contact Aggipah at the above contact number or email address to make your arrangements.  If you sign up for the trip please let Stewart Noland know at bosshq@aol.com or 501-831-9908 so he can coordinate transportation and other logistical items. If you have any questions for Stewart about the trip, please contact him. Depending on who signs up for the trip, there may be a limited number of spots for riders or paddlers in non-Aggipah boats. We will address this as folks sign up.

Colorado High Adventure Trip - July 16-22, 2017

The Ozark Society’s 2017 Colorado High Adventure Trip will be held at Cascade Campground from Sunday thru Saturday, July 16 – 22. The campground is located in the Collegiate Peaks area of the San Isabel National Forest on County Road 162 west of Nathrop, Colorado. Please be sure your reservation arrives by May 31 at the latest. The trip is limited to 60 people.

You should plan to arrive at the campground no earlier than 1:00 PM on Sunday July 16. If you prefer motel accommodations to camping, you can make reservations at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Lodge (719-395-2361) or other nearby motels or bed & breakfasts. Meals will be provided for all trip participants, regardless of whether you are camping or staying elsewhere. The meals will begin with dinner on Sunday July 16 and end with dinner on Friday July 21. If you have special dietary needs or preferences, you may need to bring your own food as the menus are planned well in advance of the trip. You are responsible for carrying your own gear – this is not an outfitter-led trip.

There will be a variety of outings from which to choose: hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, sightseeing, and rafting or boating on the Arkansas River. If you plan to canoe or kayak, you should bring your own equipment. There are rafting outfitters nearby for those of you wish to raft. You will need to make your own arrangements with the outfitters.

You must be an Ozark Society member to participate in this trip. If you are not already a member, you may join by sending $20 annual dues along with trip fee of $175 for campers and $125 for non-campers. You will also need to complete this information form for the trip:  Colorado Adventure Trip 2017

Reservations will be accepted between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017.  Confirm your place on the Colorado outing by sending your information form  and a check made out to the Ozark Society for the appropriate amount to:

Catherine Tolson, 216 Vinwood Rd., Monroe, LA 71203

If you have any questions concerning the Colorado trip, contact Catherine Tolson at 318-680-9280 or catherine.tolson@comcast.net