My best piece of advice is to camp in center field if you want to get a good nights sleep and avoid all the snoring. You'll STILL
need earplugs. Everybody else camps under the trees in the park. Ever heard 1,000 chain saws on high throttle at the same time?
The only dowside is there is no shade but during the day the entire core area is heavily shaded. Nice.
Seriously, it's a great rally and really laid back, lots of vendors, a beer garden, hot showers, lots of cheap crappy food and is almost all BMWs. What a motorcycle rally is ALL about. Don't be fooled by Paonia's altitude, it can be DAMN hot there, although it does cool off nicely at night. Several years ago it was 104F both days. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a MUST ride and the road is just a couple of years old. Perfect for carving corners on your new scoot. Just make sure to pull off to sneak a peak 'cause it's 2500 feet to the bottom. It's worth the 10 miles of well maintained hard dirt road to get to the viewpoints at the eastern rim near the north part. If you're going to Royal Gorge I would recommend heading over to Crede, then Lake City, and then on to Paonia. A bit out of the way but an absolutely awesome route. Resist the temptation to head over directly on 50 or you will miss some of the best riding in the COUNTRY
and a couple of very funky small mountain towns. This is my old stomping ground (went to college in Gunnison). I would not waste more than a day at Royal Gorge - nothing more than a river, canyon and a cool suspension bridge. Also a major
tourist trap with lots of RV's.
Have fun, and if I go (it will be spur of the moment) I'll be the lone guy at the center field fence line with no hair and a big hat, black LT and funny looking seats full of holes. Stop by and way hi.
Just don't pitch a tent next to me or there will be trouble. Next to BMW my favorite brand is Beretta.