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#951697 - 01/22/16 11:44 PM Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!!  
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This was originally posted on January 22, 2016.

I got a call from Michelle at the Chuckwagon Lodge in Torrey, UT. Apparently the word has spread around the globe as to what a wonderful place Torrey is, the Chuckwagon in particular, and how it's centrally located to so many scenic areas. So she's been getting swamped with reservation requests for spring/summer/fall of 2017 already! German tourists, French tourists, Italian tourists, Scandinavian tourists, and of course we good old American tourists.

So she has asked me to confirm that we're going to have both a Spring Torrey event and a Fall Torrey event in 2017. Now that Chuckwagon patriarch Randy Austin has passed away, Michelle is helping Randy's son Jamie, and son-in-law Mike, keep the place humming just like it did when Randy was in charge. And, as we all know, the Austin family has been incredibly generous and hospitable to BMWST members.

Right now, she just wants to know if we're coming, so she can block those weekends. If they're blocked, the tourists will come before us and after us, but on those two weekends, we'll have the area a lot more to ourselves. So I've confirmed with her the following dates:

Spring Torrey 2017
May 18 - 21.

This is Thurs-Sun (with departure on Sunday). Officially, Torrey is a Fri/Sat/Sun event, and arriving on Friday is fine. But some people like to arrive on Thurs so they're ready to go riding first thing on Friday. Therefore, we've blocked Thursday as well.

Fall Torrey 2017
September 21 - 24.

This is Thurs-Sun for the same reasons stated above.

Now, the reason I bring this up so early is not to get any commitments to be at these events. However, it would be a good idea for members to start planning now, to make mental notes of the days, and to come and enjoy with your BMW friends an area that is getting a worldwide reputation for its spectacular beauty and appeal. And of course, for its wonderful and challenging roads.

If you want to get in a beautiful scenic western U.S. ride, meet up with friends and see what the world wants to come to Torrey to see, put a mental checkmark on those dates. As we get closer to the actual events, reservations will open and you'll all be able to get rooms at the CW (if you are quick). But for now, I just wanted you to know that the world apparently wants to go to Torrey, but we've got it blocked on those weekends just for us.


Cary, Gleno, Rodger, Paul,
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We will never forget you.


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#951732 - 01/23/16 04:26 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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Good job Nando.

Torrey was full all summer last year, pretty much from May to mid October. The Mighty Five ad campaign (5 National parks) by the State Tourism people was amazing and showed all over Europe, then at the end of the year Fodor rated Southern Utah as the Number 1 destination in the world!

As some of you know I drive commercial 4x4 trips in the Capitol Reef area, last year they continued into November, we had only ever had a couple in October before. I'm already booked for one in early February! It's going to be a busy year and 2017 is apparently going to be no different.

#951870 - 01/26/16 12:11 AM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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Thanks for the heads up.
Its been a couple years since my last Torrey,so planning for this year or next.

One of my all time favorite riding areasthumbsup

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#952297 - 02/01/16 02:39 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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We plan on being at both.


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#952582 - 02/06/16 12:52 AM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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Time to move the venue. When u start calling something Paradise everybody shows up and you end up with Palm Springs. Or Jackson Hole. Or Scottsdale. Or Sturgis. I say move it up the road to Fish Lake. The Euros will show up at the Chuckwagon and go "What zee hell?"


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#957409 - 04/07/16 02:19 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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Thanks for staying on top of this Fernando. I'm IN as always.


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#957412 - 04/07/16 03:25 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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Visitation is already picking up, the park counts vehicles in a number of places, at the visitor center the March numbers were up from 7,824 last year (a record), to 9,845 this year.

What really amazes me is that traffic at the north entrance (above Cathedral Valley) is up from 146 last year to 248 this year in March - I haven't even been through that counter yet this year!

#957414 - 04/07/16 03:38 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: EffBee]  
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I was over there last week. There was no shortage of people.
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#958371 - 04/18/16 08:24 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: David13]  
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Originally Posted By: David13
I was over there last week. There was no shortage of people.
dc


That's sad to hear. Too many cars make for a less enjoyable ride if your used to it being the way it was not that long ago (our secret spot ). Oh well, it'll still be beautiful as always & the get togethers are great fun.


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#958636 - 04/20/16 05:38 PM Re: Spring and Fall Torrey 2017. YES, 2017!!!!! [Re: Killer]  
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Originally Posted By: Killer
What really amazes me is that traffic at the north entrance (above Cathedral Valley) is up from 146 last year to 248 this year in March - I haven't even been through that counter yet this year!

I found out what this was about, there was an antler shed hunt up there with a lot of vehicles.

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