Conference Overview

For 2022 RMOWP is headquartering in Golden, Colorado (elevation 5,675 feet), June 26-29 (Sunday through Wednesday), with post-conference field trips on Thursday the 30th. These will include a high-elevation excursion to Mount Evans, 14,271 feet above sea level (one of Jack’s Jaunts offers a great description of why you should take this field trip) plus lower elevation options for those who aren’t comfortable that high up.

Conference headquarters is the meeting room at the American Legion Post, 500 9th St., Golden. Conference attendees will make their own lodging arrangements (see the Conference Lodging page for some suggestions). 

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If you have ever been in an American Legion meeting room, you’ll feel right at home in our conference headquarters – walls covered with American flags and photos of local military veterans, and an adjoining bar. Conference organizer Maryann Gaug is currently arranging catering, and RMOWP will supply non-alcoholic beverages. However, conference attendees will be required to buy any alcohol they want from the American Legion’s bar. 

The schedule is still being fine-tuned, but we’re looking at several field trips to Golden-area attractions along with photography and writing workshops, the writer’s forum, photo critique, sunrise photo shoot, presentation of contest submissions, and time for socializing.

There is plenty to see and do in the area, such as checking out Buffalo Bill Cody’s Grave (where the famous bison hunter, Civil War soldier, and showman may or may not be buried), visiting the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Mother Cabrini Shrine, exploring the Colorado Railroad Museum, stopping by the old mining town of Georgetown for a ride on its historic railroad, touring the historic Argo Mill in nearby Idaho Springs, and of course signing up for a thirst-quenching tour of the Coors Brewery.

The timing should give us opportunities to photograph the burgeoning wildflowers at higher elevations. There are also numerous possibilities of lower elevation field trips to local and state parks and historical areas.

The always lovely Columbine – Colorado’s state flower. © Tom Cummings
RMOWP 2005 Photo Contest, 2nd Place, Flora

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