Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Beckons RVers
RVers and campers are invited to follow the Second Annual Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride starting Aug. 31 in Santa Fe, N.M., and climaxing Sept. 13 in Council Grove, Kan.
Over 50 riders and horses will embark upon the 515-mile, 14-day equestrian endurance event with riders retracing part of the Santa Fe Trail and RVers partaking in the accompanying activities. Campgrounds along the trail are preparing for big crowds during the race, according to a news release promoting the event.
Trail’s end each day will find Santa Fe Ride race participants and their teams at the Race Village — communities along the trail where riders and RVers can gather together reliving the day, sharing meals and experiences.
Race organizers have compiled a unique itinerary for RVers to enjoy, including stops at the historic Fort Union National Monument near Wagon Mound, N.M., to the New Mexico ghost town of Yates to Dodge City, Kan., – Queen of the Cowtowns (longhorns, that is) to the World’s Largest Chuck Wagon Supper and Race Finale Celebration in Council Grove.
There will be ample room for RVers to dry camp in the race villages with 10 overnight villages throughout the 14 days. Arrangements for water and sewer needs will be made and parks with hook-ups will be available and welcoming nearby.
Reservations are appreciated but not required for overnight campsites at the race villages, running $15/night. RVers may purchase a 14-night package for $120 – saving $90 over the individual night fees. Some meals will be available for an additional charge and advance meal reservations must be made. Details, to be determined, will be posted at www.sfthorserace.com.
Race organizer Rob Phillips may be contacted at (785) 218-3265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty-one states as well as England, Belgium and Canada were represented in the 2007 race. The Kansas Lottery and the New Mexico and Kansas departments of tourism sponsor the Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride.