Ranger Rendezvous  40

October 18-22, 2017 | Estes Park, Colorado | YMCA of the Rockies

Join ANPR members Oct. 18-22, 2017, at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Only three miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the location promises spectacular scenery, abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration and lots more. It’s the perfect setting for a conference about national parks and the people who protect them.


 Registration Type Early Registration
 (until August 15)
 Regular Registration
 (until October 15)
Onsite Registration
 ANPR Member $80 $95 $110
 Non-Member $100 $115  $130
 One Day $40  $50  $60
 Spouse or Other (evening activities only) $45  $50 $55
 Student (per day) $15 $20 $25


Field Trips

We hope you will join us on one or more of these exciting field trips! These trips allow for exploration and socializing with fellow Rendezvous attendees, and will be a highlight of this year's rendezvous.

Half-day Excursion to Rocky Mountain National Park: This ranger-led bus tour will include opportunities to learn about resource management issues, to view the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains, and to take several short hikes. Trip includes visiting elk enclosures in Moraine Park to learn about elk management, stopping in Moraine Park Campground to discuss bear issues, stopping for lunch at Bear Lake (9500 feet in elevation - surrounded by gorgeous mountains!), and going on a ranger-led walk up to Nymph Lake to discuss forest ecology and geology.

Limit: 40 people

Cost: $20

Visit to National Eagle Repository and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: Join us on a 90-minute tour of the National Wildlife Property Repository. This repository is responsible for receiving wildlife paraphernalia that has been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After a picnic lunch, we will tour the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre expanse of prairies and wetlands that has transitioned from prairie to farmland to war-time manufacturing site to wildlife sanctuary with bison, bald eagles and black footed ferrets.

Limit: 30 people

Cost: $35

Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park: Join Ranger Tom Banks on this moderate hike to see a gem of a lake at Rocky Mountain National Park. This 11.4 mile round trip heads up to The Lock, with an elevation gain of 1,102 feet, and leaves from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Plan on 6.5 hours of hiking.

Limit: 12 People

Cost: Free

Service Project: The Estes Park Long Term Flood Recovery Group will give a brief overview of the project before transporting participants to the work site. Project details will be provided later.  No specialized skills are necessary. Participants will work until 5pm, and then will be transported back to the YMCA.

Limit: 25 People 

Cost: Free

Elk Bugling: This in-the-field 30-minute program will be presented with elk grazing/cavorting/mating/fighting in the near background! Listen to a ranger talk about elk adaptation, migration and mating behavior while observing the elk in action.

Limit: 40 People 

Cost: $20

Keynote Speakers 

  • Sue Masica, Intermountain Regional Director
  • Superintendent's Panel
  • Darla Sidles, Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent
  • Reed Robinson, Midwest Region Program Manager for the Office of American Indian Affairs
  • Ani Kame’enui, Director of Legislation and Policy at the National Parks Conservation Association
  • Dan Wenk, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent

Breakout Sessions

This year's theme is Resilience, Purpose, and the Next Chapter. The conference will include concurrent sessions that touch upon this theme in a variety of ways. For detailed information on each session, please refer to the conference program. A selection of sessions is listed below:

  • Pride Outside: The LGBTQ Community and the Outdoors
  • The Importance of Building Lasting Relationships with Local Communities
  • Policing Today's National Parks - Challenges and Best Practices
  • What does good interpretation look like? Defining New Standards for Interpretation Excellence
  • Reaching a New Generation of Stewards
  • Improve Your Media Relations Game to Benefit Your Park
  • Power of the Rogue Ranger
Evening Programming

Along with our traditional hospitality suite, Rendezvous will feature the following evening activities:

  • NPS Trivia Night
  • An evening with Brad the Singing Ranger
  • Square Dancing
  • Elk Bugling
  • NPS Movie Night
  • Estes Park Brewery Social


Submit your best photos to ANPR's annual photo contest! Rendezvous attendees will vote on their favorite shots. Winners will be selected from each category and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot. All winners will receive recognition at the Rendezvous and have their photos published in Ranger magazine. 

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Please submit your photos to:

Elizabeth Jackson
1439 Desert Willow Dr
Carlsbad, NM 88220


Need a roommate or looking to carpool?  CLICK HERE.  ANPR has created a spreadsheet where you can enter your needs or offer a ride. Please contact people directly to work out carpooling and room sharing options.


The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) invites you to exhibit or serve as an event sponsor at the 39th annual Ranger Rendezvous at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. We expect an attendance of approximately 200 National Park Service employees, volunteers, and retirees.

ANPR’s membership is comprised of law enforcement rangers, educators, maintenance workers, interpreters, planners, and administrative professionals who are passionate about preserving and protecting our country’s incredible heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes. They range from field level employees to regional and national NPS directors. The Trade Show is an important part of our programming, as it provides an opportunity for members to learn about new equipment, technology, organizations, and services that can help them succeed in their careers.

Previous exhibitors include:

  • Montreat College
  • Patrol Sunguard
  • VF Imagewear
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Zanfel
  • McDonald & Woodward Publishing
  • Unicor
  • Motorola
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Flare Alert

  • L.N. Curtis & Sons
  • ACT Bioremediation Products
  • Adamson Police Products
  • Big City Mountaineers
  • GeoCorps America
  • Flow 397
  • BackCountry Horsemen of America
  • Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • Northern Arizona University
  • The Supply Cache
  • National Park Service Park Medic Program
  • SPOT


Since 2007, Bill Supernaugh Memorial Scholarships have allowed early-career employees, NPS volunteers, and students to experience the annual Ranger Rendezvous and learn about ANPR.  Any ANPR member or park employee who has not attended a Rendezvous is eligible to apply.  Bill Supernaugh was an ANPR life member, an avid supporter of the Association, and an NPS employee for over 40 years.  Scholarships are funded by the generous support of ANPR members.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Never attended Ranger Rendezvous
  • Currently an ANPR member or an NPS employee
  • Able to attend all days of Rendezvous (Oct. 18-22, 2017)
Scholarships Include:
  • Basic registration fees (not including additional trainings, field trips, etc.)
  • Hotel room (likely shared)
  • Actual or partial transportation costs (not to exceed $300)
  • One-year membership to ANPR

Applications are being accepted through August 24, 2017.

Scholarships will be announced by September 1, 2017.



Longs Peak Lodge

Lodging is currently available at the Longs Peak Lodge which is located next door to the YMCA of the Rockies. The price for one adult is $120/night or $156/night for two. On top of a convenient location for the event, it also includes meals and access to on site recreation activities. 

More information can be found here

The Association of National Park Rangers, a nonprofit organization with approximately 1,000 members, hosts a professional development conference at a different venue each year. We receive no government funds for the event or for day-to-day operations. This will be our 40th annual conference and Ranger Rendezvous.

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