The annual Drive 4 Corners 2019 is only one month away and going to be here before we know it! August 15th will come quickly, so be sure you and your car are ready to make the trek.
D4C aims to gather a group of BMW enthusiasts from the region for a social and driving adventure. Participants join from all over the united states with the goal of getting out and exploring new roads. Drive 4 Corners 2019 will be a shift from events of the past, with the activities moving to a touring format where the home base location moves nightly. These are not only unique destinations off the beaten path, but also premium driving roads along 4 Colorado designated Scenic Byways.
There will be driving adventure by day, with social gatherings at night. The driving aspect matched with the social aspect makes Drive 4 Corners a relaxed yet engaging event. Many participants have returned to participate for more than 5 years, truly creating a community-oriented atmosphere.
2019 will feature an informal sort of event with participants joining a-la-carte style for the route segments and activities that sound most interesting. This means participants can join in for as much as or as little as they see fit along the posted route and schedule. If you haven’t been to a Drive 4 Corners event before, it is aimed to be a laid back but social weekend allowing participants to meet new friends and explore the region. Feel free to participate in as many or as few events as you are interested in!
We realize some participants will split off for other excursions such as Mountain Biking or hiking, and that is the beauty of the weekend. Drive with other participants along the route, meet new people for meals along the way, or simply convene for the social aspect every evening. It really means that D4C 2019 is what you make it to be.
Route and Schedule:
Starting on Thursday, August 15, 2019, the event will kick off with a meetup in Grand Junction, CO for an informal social afternoon of go-carting. After the carting championship, participants will meet up in Grand Junction at a Ristornte Pantuso for an informal social evening with dinner and drinks ahead of the official driving start of D4C.
The official driving start will begin Friday morning from Palisade, CO. The Exxon truck stop will serve as a fuel stop and group up location before departing along the Grand Mesa Scenic byway. This segment of driving leads to a lunch on your own in between Cedaredge, CO and Orchard City, CO before continuing on towards Hotchkiss and Then Crawford, CO along the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway The route over Highway 92 is one of the most unique roads you will drive on, meandering along the Black Canyon towards Blue Mesa Reservoir.
This leads the group into Gunnison, CO for the night, with an extended drive continuing on to Monarch Pass for another group photo. A rendezvous in Gunnison will be the highlight of the evening, with Main street in Gunnison shut down for the Gunnison Car Show Cruise-in. There will be music, vendors and food. The group will join together at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds to socialize as group that evening with a car meet and an ice cream social to close the evening,
Saturday will end up being a later start for the morning but will begin with a drive from Blue Mesa down the Silver Thread scenic byway. Lake city, CO is a destination on its own with a group photo to take place near Lake San Cristobal. A late lunch at Freemon’s General Store will be a familiar stop for a burger along the route. This destination will return after a few years off of the D4C schedule. A relaxed evening into South Fork means participants can choose to drive another extended loop or simply slow down in the quiet mountain towns in the area. An awards banquet and social gathering will take place in South Fork, CO at the Old Firehouse. This social evening will be a great way to connect with those who you have traveled with throughout the weekend.
Sunday will begin with the send-off breakfast at our host at the Old Firehouse in South Fork. The driving start will be a later start day but on a familiar route as participants will meetup for the last group photo atop Wolf Creek Pass.
Those interested in continuing will be able to trek into New Mexico and Chama, NM where they will criss-cross the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad on their way to Antonito, CO. This scenic section of road is part of the Los Camonis Antiguos Scenic Byway and leads participants to visit destinations such as The Great Sand Dunes National Park.
The 2019 route is shown here. We urge participants to plan their lodging ASAP as Gunnison especially will be full this time of the year.
We can’t wait to see you there!