September In Torrey Drive
by Eric and Kathy Kankainen
SCENIC BYWAYS to BRYCE and CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARKS
Itinerary for Sept 25-27: Target - Peak Fall Foliage for Aspens
Friday, Sept 25th meet at Harmon’s in Draper (use Bangerter exit off I-15) leave SLC at 9 am to Payson, pit stop at McDonalds then Mt Nebo Loop to Manti then Salina for picnic lunch at Salina City Park (left onto Main Street then right at 300 East, Old Highway #10), after lunch get gas before meeting at Love’s on south side of I-70; then east on I-70 to Gooseberry Road to Fish Lake, Koosharem, Antimony to Bryce (Total approx. 7.5 hrs + lunch (320 mi)). Check in to Motels then optional (on your own) park drive before dinner at Ruby’s Inn 7:30 pm in Conference Room.
Saturday, Sept 26th – Meet 9 am at Ruby’s Inn. South on Bryce Park Drive to end and back, for lunch on your own at Ruby’s Inn..
Leave by noon for All-American Highway 12 thru Escalante to Boulder (optional Burr Trail Drive) to Torrey (approx. total 4.0 hrs + overlooks) (160 mi); Check in to Motels, then early dinner (4:30 pm) at Rim Rock, then Capitol Reef Scenic Park Drive for 1.5 hrs.
Sunday, Sept 27th –
Meet at Junction of State Road 12 & 24, take State Road #24 west to State Road #72 thru Fremont to Fremont Junction on I-70, then up State Road 10 to scenic, fun drive side trip to & back Sufco Mine, then to Ferron for lunch at Millsite Golf Course (burgers and chicken baskets). . After lunch, Huntington Canyon to Fairview, then State Road 89 to Thistle State Road 6 and I-15 to SLC (approx. 5.5 hrs + lunch (260 mi)).
PS: Motels fill up early, so book your rooms for Fri (Bryce) & Sat. (Torrey) ASAP. With the current virus unknowns please consider refundable/no fee cancellation options. We are currently planning for breakfasts on your own, group picnic lunches, and dinners as dine-in as a group. We welcome everyone’s input on dining options.
Updated: by Mike Bailey
I have reserved a Group Block of rooms. The two separate links are working now and are for Ruby's Inn and the Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel. The links will take you directly to booking your room at either hotel. Make sure the price is correct before clicking 'submit' or 'reserve' button.
I have arranged for Discounts on the rooms at Torrey ($20.00 off regular price) at Day's Inn, so price is $109.00 + tax, but you will have to call them for the reservation; 435- 425-3111. Arthur is the General Mgr. who set this rate. However you may select the hotel/motel you like or that fits you best..
For Bryce (Sept. 25 night) I have a $75.00 discount off regular price for Ruby's Inn (cost is $125.00 + tax) and a $60.00 discount off Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel for $159.00 + tax. Both include the Breakfast Buffet which I think is about $20.00/person, so this is a good deal. I also have a Group discount on all meals for our Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch at Ruby's. Here is the link's to book your room at Ruby's Inn: https://www.bryceres.com/rubys/availability.asp?startDate=9/25/2020&duration=1&requesttype=invBlockCode&code=2009MIATA. The code: 2009 MIATA will be at top of page, and it is classified as a 'Group Block' then selecting your room and the discount price will come up.
For the Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand click this link: https://www.bryceres.com/bcg/availability.asp?startDate=9/25/2020&duration=1&requesttype=invBlockCode&code=2009MIATA