Every year, thousands of people come to Rock Springs Campground in Denver for the annual Rock Springs Methodist Camp Meeting.
Carrying on in its 184th season, the campground will come alive beginning July 31 and stretching until Aug. 10.
Started by Reverend Daniel Asbury in nearby Terrell in 1794, tri-annual camp meetings eventually moved from Terrell to Bethel United Methodist Church near Denver. The meeting moved from place to place, once just nine miles south of Denver, but inadequate water supplies saw the camp meetings moving to a 40-acre campus that is now where the current Rock Springs Campground sits.
The campground saw its first meeting in 1830, making Rock Springs Methodist Campground one of the oldest religious campgrounds in America.
For two to three weeks, thousands of campers will live out of wooden cabins referred to as “tents.” Passed down from generation to generation, some campers can trace their family involvement with the Rock Springs Campground more than 100 years. The 255 wooden slat buildings surround an Arbor made out of hand-hewn timbers. It is under this arbor that the majority of the religious music and meetings for the camp take place.
Though there is no air conditioning, no heat, no telephone and no television, people come from miles around, even neighboring states, to the camp meeting every year in order to participate in singing, fellowship and heartfelt worship. Nationally known gospel singers and local talent share the stage in order to spread the gospel.
A litany of gospel singers is lined up for this year’s camp meeting, with a night for local musicians and singers taking place on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. The camp meeting will have what is known as “The Big Sing” on Aug. 2, with musical guests like the world famous Chuck Wagon Gang, The Phillips Family and the Sunshine Sisters. On Aug. 9, the camp meeting will have a Bluegrass concert featuring bestselling bluegrass gospel artists Mountain Faith.
For more information on this annual event, call (704) 483-2710 or visit www.rockspringscampmeeting.com.