2016 Telluride Camper's Guide

Welcome to the 43rd Telluride Bluegrass!
Telluride Town Park • Warner Field • Telluride High School • Lawson Hill • Mary E. Ilium

We hope that you enjoy your time at the Festival. Please practice "Sustainable Festivation" while camping in this beautiful valley. Campers are required to practice leave-no-trace camping and use the compost & recycling bins provided. The Town of Telluride, Lawson Hill Property Owners, Telluride High School and the National Forest Service graciously provide the land to us; it is absolutely crucial to the future of the Festival that you leave the area in the same condition in which it was found.

Camping Rules & Information

Campground Schedule

Opening Dates
Town Park Saturday, June 11th @ 8am
Mary E. Ilium Saturday, June 11th @ 9am
Lawson Hill & Lawson RV Tuesday, June 14th @ 8am
Warner Field Wednesday 15th @ 9am
High School Wednesday 15th @ 3pm

All Campgrounds close at Noon on Monday, June 20th.


Space in all campgrounds is available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please clean up campsites before leaving each day to avoid trash and/or food being blown about. Store food & alcohol out of sight within enclosed places such as tents, vehicles, or coolers.

No Open Fire in Any Campgrounds

The residents of Telluride have passed a clean air ordinance, which bans the burning of wood year round in homes and outdoors for air quality purposes. We know the nights can be chilly and that campfires are part of Festival evening life and we miss ‘em just like you do. Thank you for your understanding and willingness to treat the land with the same respect that the local residents do year round.

No Pets

Pets are not allowed in the festival grounds, any campground, or parking lot. Please be a humane and responsible owner and make arrangements for your pet to stay at home or in a kennel.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are only allowed in Town Park & Mary E Ilium. Backpacking stoves must have a metal pan in the Warner Field, High School and Lawson Hill campgrounds in order to protect the grass.

Tent Stakes

To protect the irrigation systems, tent stakes longer than 6" are prohibited in the Warner Field, High School and Lawson Hill campgrounds.


No driving on or burning the grass in the Warner Field, Lawson Hill and High School campground.

Drinking Water & Ice

Water is available at the High School, Mary E, Lawson Hill, and the Texaco station outside of town. Ice is also available for sale at Town Park & Mary E.

Town Park Camper Parking Passes

Town Park Campers can get in-town parking passes at the Town Park Vehicle Gate. These passes are for designated Festival lots only. The staff at the Town Park vehicle gate will be able to direct you. Cars will be towed if parked anywhere else in Town.


These little pests are always troublesome. Please take precautions.

High School Camping

In accordance with State & Federal laws alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are strictly prohibited.

Rivers & Streams

No camping within 30 feet of any water source. In addition, there is no bathing or dishwashing allowed in any stream or natural water source.


You will not be able to drive into or park on the streets of Telluride after Wednesday June 15th, unless you have a barricade pass affixed to the inside drivers windshield or a handicapped permit. If you do manage to get into town without any of these, your car will be towed at the owner’s expense!

Free Parking

Free parking is located at various points in the valley. You must display the parking pass obtained from the parking staff to park within Town limits in designated parking lots. If you are not parked in the lot designated on your pass, your car will be towed at the owner’s expense! It is essential to pay attention to staff directions and signs directing you where to park.

You may leave your car in the parking lots over the weekend, but you must move your car by noon on Monday, June 20th.

Campground Vehicle Passes

If you have purchased a vehicle pass for one of our campgrounds, you may keep your car in the campground. Be forewarned, however, that once you park in a campground you will not be able to drive in and out until after the Festival. If you do not have a vehicle camping pass, you can unload your gear at your campground and then move your car to a designated parking lot.

Tickets & Wristbands

Camping is sold per person and per vehicle (where applicable). Camping tickets, Camping Vehicle tickets and Festival tickets can be exchanged for wristbands at the Box Office, located at the entrance to Town Park (on the east end of Pacific Ave).

Box Office Hours
Saturday, June 11 Noon to 4pm
Sunday, June 12 Noon to 4pm
Monday, June 13 10am to 4pm
Tuesday, June 14 10am to 6pm
Wednesday, June 15 9am to 10pm
Thursday, June 16 8am to close
Friday, June 17 9am to close
Saturday, June 18 9am to close
Sunday, June 19 9am to close

Transportation & Shuttles

Free Shuttles

There are free shuttles that service the Town of Telluride, outlying campgrounds and parking lots.  These shuttles run:

  • Wednesday to Sunday: 7:00am to 3:00am
  • Monday: 7:00am to 2:00pm 

The shuttles make stops at Town Park, Courthouse, the High School, Lawson Hill and Mary E.

These shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes, except for the Mary E shuttle, which is twice an hour.

Galloping Goose

The Town of Telluride also operates a free bus system called the Galloping Goose. The shuttles operate on a town loop every 20 mins from 7:00am – 2:00am. Pick-up stations are listed on Galloping Goose signs around town.


Town Park & Warner Field

Town Park & Warner Field campers can shower at the permanent coin-operated facilities located in Town Park.

Lawson Hill

Lawson Hill campers can shower at the portable trailer in the campground.

Other Showers

All other Festivarians can obtain showers at the Telluride High School from 8am to 1pm, Thursday through Sunday.  Showers cost $4.00 each, and proceeds go to support the Telluride High School Athletic Department.

Sustainable Festivation

As a member of our Festivarian community, it is imperative to embrace a “Leave No Trace” camping practice. Campers are required to separate and dispose of their waste in the proper bins.

There are compost, recycling and cardboard receptacles in each campground. Compost bags are free and available from your campground host. You may compost all your food (including meat) and all compostable cups, utensils and plates.

Please Recycle These Items

  • Glass
  • Aluminum/tin (no foil)
  • Paper
  • Pressboard (6-packs, cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic #1-#7, including container lids

Please visit the bins daily. Saving all your trash until the last minute will overflow the bins & overwhelm our staff.

If you have any questions, please ask your campground host or a staff member or visit the Leave No Trace booth in Greentown.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Load-Out Procedure

On Monday morning hundreds of campers need to pack up and load out. To avoid chaos and frayed nerves please follow these procedures:

  1. Break camp.
  2. Move your gear to the nearest convenient pick up spot.
  3. THEN AND ONLY THEN, go get your vehicle.
  4. Cooperate with staff when parking.
  5. Load out as quickly as possible.
  6. Since the campground closes at noon, please plan on being out by 11:45.

Festival Rules & Information


Gates open at 10am on Thursday, 9am on Friday & Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.

Line Policy

  • This is a general admission Festival. Your tarps do not change that. Festivarians who see empty tarp spaces are encouraged to have a seat until the owner returns.
  • Line numbers will be handed out each morning prior to gates opening.
  • Even after receiving your number, you must stay in line—reasonable bathroom/coffee breaks aside.
  • You must be physically present in line—no empty chairs!
  • You may not camp in line—this means no tents, no cooking & no sleeping arrangements.
  • One number = one person & one tarp.
  • Festivarians with numbers will be admitted into the Festival in order, one at a time, after going through the standard Customs procedure.

Recording Devices

Recording devices are allowed inside the festival grounds, but must be self-contained and not obstruct the view of your fellow Festivarians.  Should an artist request not to be recorded, a sign will be placed on the stage prior to the beginning of the set. Please respect the artists’ requests.

Chairs and Tarps

Only low-backed chairs are allowed in front of the sound booth. If we can roll a basketball under it, we’ll ask you nicely to move. Given the general admission nature of the Festival, empty tarps are fair game until the owner returns. Umbrellas, shade tents and other view-obstructing items are allowed along the back fence only.


Sorry, no Frisbee playing is allowed in the festival grounds.


Kids 12 and under are free for the Festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out the family tent daily for fun family activities. Please accompany your children at all times.

Lost & Found and Instrument Check

Please go to the Warming Hut under the white “Dolly Parton” tent just outside the festival grounds to report or reclaim all lost and found items. There is also an instrument check at this location.

Medical Services

While at the Festival, EMTs are standing by to help with any medical needs. They can be found in the south-east corner of the Festival property near the dance hall.

Communication with the Festival

The Festival can be reached by calling (970) 728-1545.

Glass & Alcohol

Glass and outside alcohol are not allowed in the festival grounds. Please pack all food and beverage items in reusable containers. Food, beer, wine and cocktails are sold (with an ID) within the festival grounds.



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