2013 Valley of Fires & White Sands Balloon Fiesta Rally

September 18 -22, 2013

The rally will begin at the VALLEY OF FIRES RECREATION AREA (located on US Highway 380 – 4 miles west of Carrizozo NM), on Wednesday, September 18. The park does not accept reservations, but the park manager assured me we will all be accommodated. Camping fees range from $12 to $18 depending on site. For holders of Golden Age; Golden Eagle or Golden Access the fee is half price.
On Friday, September 20, at 10am we will caravan to White Sands National Monument.
As Airstreamers have showed they are conscientious stewards of the environment, the unit has been afforded a very unique opportunity to hold another rally at White Sands National Monument – http://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm. Therefore there will be some special requirements. The list below is not all inclusive, but notes conditions that the group does not normally encounter

Dry camping – no facilities at all – closest toilet approximately 1/8 of a mile away

Must bring own water – come in with fresh water tank full and black and gray
water tanks empty.

Barrier under Vehicles- There must be a barrier [Definition of Barrier: drip pan,
pan, bucket, catch basin, or any container that will hold approx. 1Gal. of
liquid in such a manner as to contain the liquid from spillage]. Placed
beneath trucks, motor homes, placed under the outlets of the Black and Gray

No dumping of gray water, black water fuel, or any waste from any
vehicles will be allowed. Violation of this condition will result in the permit being
revoked due to resource damage and citations, fines, and/or arrest may occur for
resource damage.

I know this sounds onerous, but you have to be
cognizant of the very special ecology of the monument.

Park Hours- All participants of this permit must enter prior to 7 PM. Participants
that are not spending the night must exit the monument by 7 PM. Overnight
participants cannot depart the monument prior to 7 AM. The permittee will incur a
fee of $50.00 fee per hour for early or late access outside of normal operating

Limited to 25 rigs. Must be a member of WBCCI for insurance purposes. We will be at the West Filming Area; please bring your own tables/chairs/sun shades/grills, as there are no facilities at this area. The closest toilet is about a 1/8 mile walk, so plan accordingly. While pets are allowed, pet waste may not be put in park garbage receptacles, it must be packed out.

You have to remember what a special place White Sands is and the wonderful opportunity we have been given. So please, if your vehicle leaks, put a barrier / tarp underneath and clean up after your pets.

We still working on some the details, but we have put together a tentative agenda. Things have a way of changing. Also check out the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce website (http://business.alamogordo.com/events/index/2011-09-01) for the events of that weekend.

Arrive: Valley of the Fires, Wednesday, September 18: Happy Hour / Appetizers – 4:30 Dinner on your own or with friends.

Thursday: September 19 Breakfast Lunch & tour at the “No Scum Allowed Saloon” White Oaks – need a head count – lunch will be approx. $7.00 to $10.00 per person – The No Scum Allowed Saloon was voted as one of the Top Ten Western Bars in the US by American Cowboy Magazine (http://www.whiteoaksnewmexico.com/noscumallowedsaloon.html) or Hike the Malpais or see the Trail of the Painted Burros in Carrizozo Happy Hour / Appetizers – 4:30 Dinner: on your own There is a Full Moon

Friday, September 20 Breakfast/lunch on your own 10am begin caravan to White Sands National Monument – do not enter the park alone – you must come with the Caravan Explore the dunes – visit the Gift Shop & Book Store at Park Entrance (they have a award winning film on the park and its environs) Happy Hour / Appetizers – 4:30 Dinner – Pot Luck

Saturday, September 21 Get up early – the balloon ascension (weather permitting) starts at 7am. Breakfast on your own – Eddies Burritos / Denny’s / Waffle House / IHOP all open in Alamogordo Lunch on your own – Stella Vita on NY Ave. in Alamogordo is excellent Visit the 5th Annual Tularosa Basin Wine & Music Festival in Alamogordo Visit cool Cloudcroft – 9000 ft above stress levels – see the Lumberjack Festival Visit White Sands Missile Range Museum Visit Space Hall of Fame Sunset Stroll 4:30 Happy Hour Open grill night – bring your own meat/chicken to grill and a side dish to share After dinner it is Carmen Miranda / Hula Girl night – dress up or not as we Conga under the almost full moon Bring an instrument if you have one

Sunday, September 21 Get up early – the balloon ascension (weather permitting) starts at 7am at Balloon Park, Le Velle Rd., Alamogordo. Breakfast on your own 12PM – Happy Trails

Rally Fee – TBD – still working out the costs of the special permits. Fees to be paid by members – entrance fee into White Sands (be sure to bring your Golden Age or Golden Access Pass). It will be $3.00 per person, per night, if you bring grandchildren under the age of 16, $1.50 per night.

Jack & Joanne Palmer
575-434-5337 (H) – 575-420-1428 (C)



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