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The Circle D restaurant still wasn't open for breakfast so we decided to return to the cafe. Some birds were breakfasting on the sunflower seeds outside.
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We reached Torrey, checked into the Austin Chuckwagon Motel and had a fabulous meal at Cafe Diablo, where we made friends with Glen and Susan from California. We then walked back, which was tough as the temperature had fallen to zero over dinner!
We woke to a jolly chilly morning. Capital Reef …
... to be continuing with our rain-making skills. Hopefully we'll get to see some clear night skies at Bryce with the full moon shining!
3) Each area we visit is unique, beautiful, interesting, and deserves more time than we can give it on this trip.
Arches National Park: Black-throated Sparrow
Capitol Reef National Park: Cassin's Kingbird
... turn). After checking the GPS both routes seem to merge later, so we continue following the GPS.
It becomes clear fairly quickly that this road is really not used very often. It's in fairly good shape (which here means that it's still better than the best Belgian road), but not very wide and besides power lines there's nothing human to be seen. No houses, no other cars. Whenever we end up in a situation like this I always start to panic. What if the car breaks ...
... is right next to the campground so one can walk to the old barn, a one room school house, blacksmith shop, orchards and the historic Gifford House which is also a bakery. The bakery sells homemade fruit pies everyday and other goodies. Yum! Lots of hikes within walking distance and along the Scenic Drive. The Scenic Drive is a must and if you have an RV less than 26ft you can also drive the gravel roads in the canyons for ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAustin's Chuckwagon Lodge and General Store Torrey
Clean, comfortable rooms. Handy for the amazing Cafe Diablo restaurant and ideally placed for Capitol Reef National Park. Good small store stocking most essentials. We didn't stay in the cabins but they look fun!
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We stayed in one of the original rooms which had every comfort. There was free tea and coffee for guests in the store, a coin operated laundry to tidy up our wardrobe and a lovely pool, but it was too chilly to swim. We had lovely frittata and home cooked doughnuts for breakfast in the bakery and would certainly stay agin when we return to see Capital Reef open!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Austin's Chuckwagon Lodge and General Store Torrey
A very nice surprise!
With a name like Austin's Chuck Wagon one does not really know what to expect. I had read reviews before going and was rather certain it would be a nice place to stay and wasn't disappointed at all. This is an older style 2 level hotel. Rooms are typical of what you would have found in a 15-20 year old hotel, they have been redone since then but that is the layout of the place. The room was very clean, the heating/airconditioning unit was a bit loud but still very typical of a hotel room. The pool and hot tub were very nice. We were also extremely impressed with the deli, diner, and convenience store. The prices and quality were absolutely fantastic. We ordered hot sandwiches from the deli picked up supplies to make subs the next day from the deli, restocked drinks for our cooler and had a bill of $30!! That was for a family of 4, if the quality of all we had bought wouldn't have been so good the price wouldn't matter but the quality was superb! We also did some laundry while we were here. The laundry facility is located behind the general store, about 75 yards from the hotel. We stayed here after a day at Bryce Canyon and we were on our way to Moab, a good 1/2 way point. We did stop at Capitol Reef National Park which is within minutes of the hotel as well.
Best Hotel in Torrey!!!
Built like a log cabin, nestled among trees. very nice & clean & appears to be only a few years old. Great Bed & fluffy pillows, some of the best sleep on the road. Good A/C. Large bathroom vanity. Do not offer free breakfast, but has free coffee at the general store, which is owned by the same people & is in the parking lot of the lodge. Has a great deli, bakery with fresh donuts, scones, bagels to purchase. All items were delicious. We also had chicken wraps the night before for dinner & they were delicious as well. The store also has items you might need if you are traveling. All personnel were very nice & helpful at both the lodge & the store. Definitely recommend if staying in Torrey, skip the chain hotels & stay at the Chuck Wagon!!! Randy Austin the owner checked me in!!
stayed at Austin's in May 2005. convenient location - close to Capital Reef National Park. reasonable price. clean room. nice pool area. small grocery store and deli (delicious sandwiches) on the hotel property. Very helpful people.
Good Motel for the money
My wife and I only stayed here one night while visiting Capitol Reef. Our room was on the 2nd floor in the motel part. It was a typical hotel room with 2 queen beds. The room was very clean but the room colors made it feel dark. There's a nice deli/bakery (they make fresh bread) and General store on-site that is very convenient. On the plus side the motel offers a nice pool and hot tub. On the negative side, the motel is located on the main road and at times road noise woke us up.
The staff was friendly and helpful. I would rate "Austin's Chuck Wagon Lodge" a decent value.
Stayed here May 10 through 12 while hiking at Capitol Reef National Park. Very nice and our only compaint was that on the first morning there was no hot water - warm but not hot. The motel was full and apparently everyone wanted to take a shower in the AM - so if it's full, get up early to take your shower. The general store was great - especially the deli where you can get great sandwiches to take with you on a hike or where ever. Other places were available - cabins across the road advertised for around $30 per night - don't know how they would be but certainly cheaper and looked ok from the outside.
Capitol Reef is a jewel for day hikes. Particulatly enjoyed the Navajo Knobs and Cassidy Arch trails. Not crowded and, for us Easterners (from SC), very different and unique country. The waterpocket fold is a wonder to behold.
Stayed one night in May in the newer two bedroom cabins. Could have easily stayed longer. Spent most of our brief time exploring Capitol Reef, so we didn't use the pool and hottub, although the pool was nice, warm and inviting. Loved the cabin. It was clean and beds were comfortable. Only complaint was fabric softener on linens made me itchy (very allergic to scented laundry products). Enjoyed hanging out on cabin porch listening to rustle of trees at night. Little store very convenient. For a town in the middle of nowhere, it was a really nice stay. Good lodging, excellent food in town, and beautiful scenery as a backdrop to it all. Very unpopulated area, and definitely one of the quietest Parks we have visited (except Canyonlands).
Wish we could of stayed longer
My wife and I only stayed one night (10/10/04)while traveling from Moab, Ut to Bryce Canyon. We had a room on the 2nd floor in the motel part. it was of average size for 2 queen beds and was spotless. The rooms have "Direct TV" with too many channels to count. The deli/bakery and General store on-site is a very convenient. The motel is located in an oasis of large broadleaf trees (I didn't take note to what species) that also line that section of Route 24. We were there for only one night and didn't have much time to explore the town. The staff was very friendly and helpful when asked to deal with a bathroom fan that was left on in a room below ours. My wife was kind of worried when I told her we would be staying "Austin's Chuck Wagon Lodge" but we had a very good time at Austin's. My only complaint is that our stay there was far too brief.
We've stayed here several times in the fall. It's a great location in the middle of town. We've stayed in the "Family Room" which is huge!! Has 3 bedrooms, living room & a full kitchen. It's a little worn, but wonderful for the price. We've also stayed in the brand new cabins...spotless clean! They're great! The pool and hot tub feel really good after a day in the park. The store has almost everything you need. Torrey is a pretty little town. It does tend to close up tight in the early fall, but as long as Capitol Reef is still open, we'll be there!
Loved the Chuck Wagon Lodge!
While traveling to the National Parks in Utah and Arizona, we stayed at Austin's Chuck Wagon Lodge in Torrey. What a pleasant stay it was! The accommodations were clean and comfortable, the staff was friendly and efficient, and the food in the deli was delicious. It gets a "thumbs up" on all counts.
I was recommending this place to a friend and I was surprised to see that it has not been reviewed in this site.
We were there two years ago and had a great time. The room was clean and the pool was great to enjoy after exploring the national parks. The people at the lodge and the store are very pleasant.
This place is great value, and the town of Torrey is unforgettable.