The Incomparable Bryce Canyon / Capitol Reef Fall Leaf Drive
Friday Sept 23rd – Sunday Sept 25th By: Valerie Francis
It’s On! The plan is coming together for a fun and beautiful drive to Bryce Canyon and Torrey / Capitol Reef National Parks. We are still finalizing some of the lunch plans so this is a heads up so you can put this on your calendar and reserve your hotel rooms.
Friday Sept 23: SLC to Bryce via Mt Nebo Loop (weather permitting) down Hwy 89, over Gooseberry Road past Fish Lake to Bryce. A group dinner at Ruby’s Inn is being planned but you can also find dinner on your own. Depending on arrival time you can explore the park on your own too.
Saturday Sept 24: After a couple hours on a group ride through Bryce or free time to explore/hike Bryce, we head to Torrey / Capital Reef via All-American Scenic Byway 12 through Escalante, Hogs Back, (possible side trip down the Burr Trail), and over Boulder Mountain to Torrey. As in the past, we are in the planning stage for an early group dinner in Torrey then an early evening / sunset drive through Capitol Reef.
Sunday Sept 25th: we head home via Hwy 72 and Hwy 10, to Ferron, up Huntington Canyon and down Fairview Canyon, then home via Hwy 89 Spanish Fork or Nephi. Still working on possible lunch plans for this day.
If you have been on this trip before you know how great the roads and scenery are. Below is the information on discount rates available at Ruby’s Inn in Bryce. Mike Bailey worked his magic and got us a nice discount off listed rates. Only 20 rooms are being held so reserve as soon as possible
Friday 9/23 Best Western Ruby’s Inn discount information and link for booking at the discount:
The rooms will be QQ (Double Queen) in the outlaying buildings by the main lodge for $200.00 + 13.87% sales tax for one night, September 23, 2022, for 2 people. A 3rd or 4th person can stay in one of these rooms for an additional $10.00 per person charge. Some have a lake view and others may not. We cannot specify which building at this time when reserving the room. We have a block of 20 rooms set aside for our group, on a first come, first served basis. Check out is 11:00 a.m. A full breakfast is included in cost of room. (Reg. $13.50).
This is a link to book your room: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.45040.html?groupId=4P9NK4S0
Note: Cancellation Policy: There is a 48 hr. cancellation before arrival date if anyone needs to cancel for any reason. If you do not want to stay at Ruby's Inn, there are other small motels on the main road by Bryce Canyon City that you are welcome to check out.
Meals: A dinner is planned for Friday evening at the Ruby's Cowboy Buffet and Steak Room. Mike does not have the time reserved yet, but we will know prior our trip. We can order off the menu, either a specific meal available or the dinner buffet. The price is the same as it was on our 2020 trip at $23.25 each person. You may choose to eat with the group or not. The conference rooms are currently booked but Mike is trying to get a room or private section of the restaurant for our group. See menu on UMC website.
Box Lunches for Saturday: Box Lunches are available to purchase for $12.50 each. A form will be passed out at meetings that has to be filled out and sent to Ruby's Canyon Diner at least 5 days before our arrival in Bryce for them to prepare these meals. We may collect these forms and send in as a group. We will pick up the box lunches after we finish our Saturday morning drive to Bryce Canyon before we head out to travel to Torrey, the same as we did on our 2020 trip.
Saturday 9/24: your choice of several hotels in Torrey (some have already reserved rooms at Broken Spur Inn). A group dinner is still being worked on.
Heads up so you can put this on your calendar and get your rooms reserved. This is the ultimate end of top down season driving adventure! For questions contact Val and Doyle.