celebrating 50 years of the chuckwagon lodge

Celebrating 50 Years of The Chuckwagon Lodge

by | May 8, 2023

Looking for another reason to book a stay at The Chuckwagon Lodge this year? How about the chance to join in on a celebration 50 years in the making?

In 2023, The Chuckwagon Lodge will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Our Torrey hotel has hosted countless visitors to Southern Utah over the years as they explore national parks, step back in time, or take on challenging adventures.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Torrey or it’s been a few years, there’s never been a better time. Keep reading to learn more about the history of our unique resort, some tips to plan a visit, and how you can celebrate our special milestone on June 17.

A History of The Chuckwagon Lodge

The Chuckwagon Lodge has been a part of the unique community of Torrey for almost five decades.

The Lodge was opened by Randy and Claudia Austin in 1973. The pair had taken a wrong turn on their way to Lake Powell, landing them in the town of Torrey. They fell in love and purchased the Chuckwagon.

Randy Austin quickly became an integral part of the community of Torrey. Along with running The Chuckwagon Lodge, he was also the Torrey Fire Chief for several years, then the Wayne County Fire Marshall after that. He served on the Liquified Petroleum Gas Board for four years under Governor Michael Leavitt. Austin even volunteered as an ambulance driver and driver trainer for the Wayne County EMS for many years.

Through it all, Randy remained a fixture at the Chuckwagon. He was often seen sitting in front of the store, sipping coffee, and greeting visitors. 

The Chuckwagon Lodge Today

Today, the staff at The Chuckwagon Lodge has continued Randy’s tradition of hospitality and service. Whether you’re a local or a first-time visitor to Torrey, you’ll be greeted with a smile. Our staff is there to offer suggestions for things to do, places to dine, and more. 

Our property has expanded over the years. Today, we have a Lodge with clean, spacious rooms perfect for resting up before a day of exploring Southern Utah. Our rooms offer a glimpse of Boulder Mountain in the distance. In addition to comfortable beds, you’ll find all of the homey amenities you need for a comfortable, enjoyable stay.

The Chuckwagon Store and Deli is the perfect spot to pick up a lunch to take to the park, snacks to enjoy around the pool, souvenirs to take home, and more. There are even fresh baked goods available each morning that are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast before heading out for a day of exploring, and hiking equipment for anything you forgot to pack.

Join Us for a 50th Anniversary Celebration

On June 17, 2023, we’re celebrating 50 years of The Chuckwagon Lodge! Join us for an afternoon of celebration and fun! The party kicks off at 11 am and will include a variety of events and giveaways. Guests of The Chuckwagon Lodge and the public can enjoy free swimming, bounce houses, music, and more. There will be free donuts and drinks, and food trucks will be available. We’ll even have a permanent jewelry expert on-site to help you purchase a beautiful new piece.

At 11 am, we’ll be hosting a Cornhole Tournament. Entry is $20 per team, and the tournament will include big cash prizes for the winners. To sign up, call Darci King at (435) 691-0559.

Our 50th-anniversary celebration will run from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 17 at The Chuckwagon Lodge. The event is open to the public. But if you’d like to make this party a part of your next visit to Torrey, book a stay at The Chuckwagon Lodge!

Planning Your Visit to The Chuckwagon Lodge

The 50th-anniversary celebration at The Chuckwagon is set to be a fun party for visitors and locals alike. But you don’t have to be planning to celebrate with our community to visit our Torrey hotel this year.

Whether you want to join us for our 50th-anniversary celebration or are looking to visit Torrey Utah for other reasons, now is a great time to book your stay at The Chuckwagon Lodge. Right now, when you book a stay of three or more nights at our Torrey hotel, you’ll enjoy a 25 percent discount on your stay. This offer is available for a limited time, so don’t wait to take advantage of these incredible savings. Book your next stay at The Chuckwagon Lodge today!

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