Or even just pick anther location that has more room for everyone. Off the top of my head Moab would work, there is also a park in Texas that holds way more than Ouray can. You wouldn't get the nice little main street and the same scenery but it would be different and may draw in more of a crowd to change it up?
A concerted attempt to find an alternate location is still in order. The Jeepsters make it happen in other venues than Ouray. There are other places in the whole of the Untied States to do this, someone needs to head it up and make it happen-just not me.
If you do end up picking a different venue, please pick a cool mountain town. Part of the joy of Ouray is being able to escape 100° temps of the SW. The other nice thing is being able to walk to your room after dinner (and a couple beers) every night. Hard to beat the scenery the trails around there have to offer.
Two things about moving the event from Ouray:
1. There isn't anything stopping anybody from organizing a new event in a new location and calling it something else. As
's post noted, there's plenty of other events to attend already (but few/none? are as big). That would be starting a new attendee list from scratch though, compared to already having a group.
2. As for other potential venues in Colorado, there really isn't anywhere
that has (a) sufficient lodging, (b) close trail density to handle 300+ trucks and (c) a walkable downtown. Buena Vista has the trail density, but insufficient lodging and no downtown. The ski towns (Crested Butte for one) have lodging and a walkable downtown, but not enough trail density. I agree with
, a big part of the appeal of FJ Summit in Ouray is how you can walk the entire town.
FYI I'm not officially affiliated with Summit, this idea just came as a suggestion related to a parking complaint
by a Ouray resident. The idea was to try to increase overall attendance while reducing our peak utilization of Ouray and the trails.
's point about hotel overlap is a good one, and you'd need to work with attendees and the hotels to help drive this. And then there's the question of sponsorship, is it worth it for them to spend this many more days in one place? With travel/setup time this starts to become an 11-12 day event for the Texas/California vendors.
The impression I get from
's replies in this thread and the other to this idea is that they'd rather have one full Summit than two not-full Summits. More people over more days requires more trail leaders, and then there's the overlap of which groups of friends go to which event.
I'm not looking forward to the first year where sell-out time is longer than the previous year, but at the same time I don't expect to sleep in on those Saturdays any time soon