The 32nd USCGFR
Denver, Colorado September 17 - 20, 2022
Year after year, this event has become a must-attend event awaited by all Rotarian Non-golfers in the world. This is an opportunity to share moments and friendship.
9:30AM - 3:00PM Registration - Sheraton Denver West Hotel
9:00AM Denver Mountain Parks Tour – Length of Tour 4 hours
You certainly won’t want to miss this tour as it starts with a stop at the incredible Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. This venue is a one of a kind with two giant monoliths surrounding its seating area. These amazing sandstone structures are taller than Niagara Falls and have often been dubbed the Ship Rock. The red rock throughout is formed from the ancient sedimentary remains of the long gone ancestral Rocky Mountains. As we continue along, you may see some Buffalo grazing at the buffalo overlook on the way to a stop at the museum and final resting place of the iconic Buffalo Bill. As we wrap up our tour through Lookout Mountain, we will pass through the quaint city of Golden. Golden is well known for the infamous Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines, which founded in 1874, is one of the worldwide leading research universities in mining and metallurgy. How could you miss all this!
8:00AM Rocky Mountain National Park Tour – Length of Tour 10 hours (includes lunch)
6:30PM Dinner at 240 Union Restaurant
This may be a little longer day but well worth the beauty and scenery of the west that you will see; views that pictures in a book just won’t do justice to. Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spans the Continental Divide and encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. Crossing the Continental Divide we go into Winter Park, which is one of the most popular ski resorts in Colorado. Photo and leg stretching opportunities will be made along the drive. A stop for lunch in Grand Lake will be at the Rapids Lodge, which has been known as “the hidden gem”.
After lunch, we will cross the Continental Divide again driving through the park we will see some dazzling overlooks while on Trail Ridge Road. We will make a stop at the top of the road at an elevation of 12,183 feet (what a view that will be). Continuing through St. Vrain Canyon, we will go through the towns of Estes Park and Lyons, followed by the city of Boulder; home of the beautiful campus for the University of Colorado and the Buffs. We return to the hotel after a day of many majestic views of nature, possibly a number of wildlife and many beautiful pictures to take with you.
8:30AM Denver Botanic Gardens – Length of Tour 4 hours
6:30PM Awards Banquet - Simms Steakhouse
Come join us as we venture through 24 acres of the Denver Botanical Gardens reflecting a wide diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Through a dream to bring an outdoor escape to the busy city, the gardens were established in 1951 and designed by the same architect who help design the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Botanical Gardens contain a variety of theme gardens, a sunken Amphitheatre and a conservatory.
The gardens strive to entertain, yet spread wisdom and education through their conservation programs, which play a major role in saving species and habitats for future generations. Along with those roles, the gardens play a central role in meeting human needs and providing well-being. However, one of the most important functions of the garden is ex-situ conservation of germplasm….what? Ex-situ means the conservation of species outside their natural habitats. It involves the transfer of genetic material away from the location where it is found, examples are botanical gardens, zoological parks and sanctuaries. Don’t miss a wonderful day outdoors at the beautiful Denver Botanical Gardens!
Wednesday Departure Day