Three Great Reasons to Join us September 9th to the 17th 2021! Register here.
Connect with God and other Christian Men
Each evening we'll gather for about an hour of sharing and bible discussion, focussing on the most important things in life. This element has historically been a highlight and biggest reason men say they have come to our men's events.
Invest in a Great Christian Ministry
We're putting FUN in "Fund"raiser! Investing in Master Plan Ministries can make a huge impact for eternity. Part of the registration fee is actually a donation to MPM, and we will also share vision for investing in MPM at the Monday night Bible discussion.
Decompress in the Colorado Outdoors
Each day will have plenty of scheduled recreation time. While men can choose any sport or leisure activity to pursue, we planned this event to coincide with the local Bow and Muzzleloader big game hunting season.
What to Expect:
- Time to decompress from the pressures and responsibilities of life with majestic mountain views. Nearly every day, the majority of time will be scheduled self guided recreational time!
- Participate in the evening Bible based discussions. Deep refreshing of the body, mind and spirit is helpful to refocus and provide better perspective.
- An adventure, physical challenge, meeting new people, having some fun.
- To hear about our ministry vision for the Three Trails Ranch Great Commission training and retreat center and learn how you can have a part in funding it.
- High altitude: we will be recreating and hunting from 6,000 ft to 10,500 ft. elevation. Cascade Lodge is at 9,000' and temperatures will range from 10F to 75F.
- Expect the unexpected – Inclement weather and snow are possibilities.
Location: The Getaway will be located at (see map) at Cascade Lodge, 30 miles north of Durango, Colorado, in the San Juan National Forest. This area is bounded to the east by the majestic West Needle Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness area, south to the Durango Resort Ski Area, and north to Molas pass and Silverton.
Accommodations: This Getaway will include plenty of good home cooked meals, a rustic western atmosphere, gorgeous scenery and hot showers. Each man will get a simple single bed in a loft shared with up to 6 other men. Cascade Lodge has 2 large multi-person bathrooms. The secluded Cascade Lodge has good cell signal for most carriers but we offer no Wi-fi internet service.
There are many activities in Colorado in our area to choose form. Hunting seasons that coincide with this getaway include big game, small game, and there is plenty of quality fishing nearby. We have spelled out some of the hunting details here, but please confirm our findings in the Colorado rules and regulations set out by the department of parks and Wildlife at www.cpw.state.co.us Master Plan ministries is not an outfitter.
Getaway Theme: Designed to preserve the principle of enjoying deep satisfaction and the life that God provides:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want or lack anything,
He makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside still waters,
He restores my soul and guides me in paths of righteousness…
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil…
He prepares a table before me (of blessing) before enemies,
He anoints my head with oil (more blessing),
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will be in the house of the Lord forever.” Ps. 23
“Things which the eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which has not entered the heart of man, is all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
I Cor. 2:9
Bow Hunting Specifics:
Regulations, applications, and all hunting information can be obtained going to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: www.cpw.state.co.us
New last year: bow hunters in Southwestern Colorado will have to DRAW for a license to hunt any elk or deer. Before anyone can apply, they will have to buy an additional qualifying license first (regardless if a hunter is a resident or non-resident.) Please see the Colorado Big Game publication for specifics and a list of the qualifying licenses. We'll be in game management area 74. You can read more about this in the Colorado P&W Big Game Hunting Brochure HERE
Obtaining a license is by DRAW only. Muzzleloader hunters must wear the standard Blaze Orange while hunting.
Getaway Dates: Sept. 9-17, 2020
We’ll be in game management area 74. Hunting directly from the Lodge is possible, or you can drive 3-25 miles on old logging roads. Russ plans to have a horse or two available only to pack out game. A Hunter Safety Card is required to purchase a license if born after 1949. Colorado accepts valid hunter safety cards from other states.
Master Plan Ministries is not a guide service, no outfitting services will be available. All hunting and fishing will be access orientated on public property. See our FAQ page for more details.
Getaway Registration Cost: $2,000 Includes: lodging & food . Hunting and fishing licenses are additional. A $200 deposit will hold you spot until you arrive. Balance is due upon arrival.
Early Bird Specials:
- If your deposit received by the End of April total registration cost is $1,250
- If your deposit received by the End of July, your total registration cost is $1,500
- If your deposit is on or after August 1, you total registration cost is $2,000
If you do not draw a tag to hunt and want a refund, please notify us BEFORE August 1, and we will refund your deposit. If you do not draw a Bow or Muzzleloader tag, you may purchase an over the counter bull elk tag for the second season and still be part of the Master Plan Getaway that week. We will allow you to transfer your registration to one of those seasons if you'd like, but you will need to inform us of that intent by calling Russ.
Arrival and Departure:
- Please schedule your arrival at Cascade Lodge by 2-4pm on Thursday, September 9, and departure on or before Friday, September 18th . It’s expected that you stay through Monday night, however Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are bonus recreation days that we hope you will join us for.
- The big kick-off dinner is Thursday, September 10th at 6:30pm.
Arrival: By Car
Drive to Three Trails Ranch. Driving times to the lodge from major metro areas are approximately:
Minneapolis = 24 hours
Los Angeles = 15 hours
Phoenix = 8 hours
Albuquerque = 4 hours
Dallas = 18 hours
Denver = 7 hours
By Plane Durango/La Plata County has a full-service airport. Let us know your flight plans at least one-week before your arrival, and we can arrange to plan pick you up. Some men prefer to rent a 4x4 or car at the airport. The Ranch is a 45 minute drive to the airport.
Hunting Style: At this time in September, usually the weather is warmer and the elk are just getting into bugling. So there is a lot of intrigue in calling correctly to see if a bull or cow will come in to the call. The elk are actively using wallows, which is a good place to set up to call and wait. Stalking along game trails and using the wind correctly can also produce some great surprises and as well as some good shots. The elk are usually active, walking around and grazing from first light to 10am, then they lay down until around 4pm till dark. So in the middle of the day, a wise bowhunter takes a nap.
Fishing: Also at this time, fishing is good. Usually after 2-3 days of climbing mountains, fishing for a day can be a good break. There are a lot of good fishing rivers and lakes nearby.
Note: We will have targets for guns and bows at the ranch. If you have a bow target and would like to shoot a lot, please bring it.
Physically: Expect to be challenged by the mountains and the altitude.
Mentally: Expect your comfort zones to be challenged and expanded.
Spiritually: Often, God will do more than you expect!
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Questions: If you need further information, contact us at: (970) 259-5768 or
E-mail: Russ.Akins@MPMStaff.com or Austin.Krokos@MPMStaff.com