2016 Festival Camping

Warner Fileld campsite
Warner Field campsite
(photo Benko Photographics)

Camping is still available at Mary E. Ilium for the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

For many, a central part of the Festivarian experience is camping – sharing a meal with new neighbors, returning home after an exhilarating day of music to share a few tunes at the campsite.

We offer several campgrounds between zero and seven miles from the festival. Town Park and Warner Field are adjacent to the Festival grounds (you can hear the festival from your tent), the quieter High School campground is located on the edge of town, and the other options are just west of town, accessible via a free shuttle bus that runs late into the night. View all the campgrounds on our Festival map.

See below for camping rules and regulations. Once you have your camping passes, check out the mobile-friendly "2016 Telluride Camper's Handbook" and be sure to start thinking about our green campsite challenge. Or if sleeping under the stars isn't your thing, check out the various lodging options.


Planet Bluegrass Campgrounds

Mary E. Ilium Campground
Requires 4-day Festival PASS or or single-day tix to each Festival day
  • Tent camping and vehicle passes.
  • Location: National Forest campground about 7 miles from the festival grounds
  • Opens: 9 am on Saturday, June 11
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • Vehicle passes are available for vehicles no longer than 22'. Vehicle passes are sold separately from camping passes.
  • No RV hook-ups.
  • Free parking nearby.
  • Charcoal grills are allowed.
  • Quiet hours are 2am-7am.
  • Serviced by free shuttle.
  • Campground is located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under special use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.
  • Tickets: $55 Purchase Now
    Does NOT include a festival pass.
The Mary E. Campground is located in the scenic Ilium Valley west of Telluride. This campground is nestled in the woods, with the river nearby and lots of shade. Mary E offers a more natural, backwoods camping experience than any of our other campgrounds. The shuttle ride to the festival is longer than for other campgrounds, but if you're looking for a more traditional outdoor camping experience it's worth it. Top
OnSite Campground
Telluride High School Campground
Requires 4-day Festival pass or single-day tix to each Festival day
  • Thanks to the Telluride School District, we're excited to again offer camping at the Telluride High School for the 2016 festival.
  • This is our family campground. Tent camping only.
  • Location: fields adjacent to Telluride High School at 725 West Colorado Ave (about 0.7 miles from the festival grounds).
  • Opens: 3pm on Wednesday, June 15
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • Because this campground is located on Telluride School District property, no alcohol or tobacco is allowed anywhere in the campground. This will be strictly enforced in accordance with all state and federal laws. Any violations will be reported immediately to the Telluride Sheriff and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  • Tent stakes longer than 6" are prohibited to protect irrigation systems.
  • Serviced by free shuttle.
  • No glass allowed.
  • Quiet hours are 2am-7am. As this campground is located near the Palm Theatre (host of indoor late-night NightGrass shows), there may be late-night noise from Festivarians attending these shows.
  • No vehicles are allowed on the field.
  • Free parking nearby.
  • Showers are available at Telluride High School for a small fee.
  • Tickets: $65 - Sold-out
    Does NOT include a festival pass.
Thanks to the Telluride School District we are again able to offer camping at Telluride High School for the 2016 Festival.

If the thought of returning home to your tent for a good night's rest sounds appealing, this is the campground for you. This campground is designated as the "quiet" campground for the festival. It is located conveniently on the west edge of town, with access to the high school showers and walking distance to the festival (about three-quarters of a mile). Top
Lawson Hill Campground
Requires single-day or 4-day festival pass
  • Tent Camping Only
  • Location: Ball field located about 4 miles from the festival grounds
  • Opens: 8am on Tuesday, June 14
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • Metal pans must be used under stoves to protect grass.
  • Charcoal grills are not allowed.
  • Tent stakes longer than 6" are prohibited to protect irrigation systems.
  • Quiet hours are 2am-7am.
  • Serviced by free shuttle.
  • No vehicles are allowed on the field.
  • Free parking nearby.
  • Tickets: $60 - Sold-out
    Does NOT include a festival pass.
Lawson Hill is a baseball field located several miles west of the town of Telluride, just to the west of the Valley Floor preservation area. As this is a large open field, there is little shade, so plan to bring your own. Bring along a bike - the Telluride bike path provides a gently rolling, paved path from Lawson Hill to the town of Telluride and the festival grounds. Top
Coonskin RV Camping
Lawson Hill RV Camping
Requires 4-day Festival Pass
  • RVs DO NOT have to be self-contained
  • Location: Ball field located about 4 miles from the festival grounds.
  • Opens: 8am on Tuesday, June 14
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • Quiet hours are 2am-7am.
  • No dogs.
  • Serviced by free shuttle.
  • Free parking nearby.
  • Tickets: $200 Available via phone only - 800-624-2422)
    Does NOT include a festival pass.
The Lawson Hill RV lot provides a small number of spaces for RVs. This area has no services. RV passes are sold per vehicle, not per person. No additional camping passes are required for each person staying in your RV. When ordering your Lawson Hill RV pass, please include the length of your RV. Top
Town Park Campground
Includes 4-day pass / sold via lottery
  • Tent Camping and Vehicles
  • Location: adjacent to the festival grounds
  • Opens: Saturday, June 11
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • A limited number of vehicle passes will be available in the online lottery. Vehicles must be less than 24 feet in length.
  • Free parking is available nearby.
  • Tickets: $340 Sold-out via online lottery open November 2-11
The home to the many traditional camps at Telluride Bluegrass, Town Park is the hallowed soil of Festivarian Nation. The beautiful, natural campground features a waterfall, river, lots of trees, and a series of small hills and bowls. Campers at Town Park have access to showers and permanent bathrooms. Many Town Park residents plan to arrive days before the festival to enjoy a full slate of activities organized by the Town Park Festivarians. Learn more about the culture, tradition, and community of Town Park at www.festivarian.com. Top
Warner Field Campground
Includes 4-day pass
  • Tent Camping only
  • Location: adjacent to the festival grounds
  • Opens: 9am on Wednesday, June 15 [ Please read about the 2016 load-in procedure. ]
  • Closes: noon on Monday, June 20
  • Showers available in the Town Park campground.
  • Those camping in Warner Field will be allowed general access to Town Park camping areas, but will not be allowed to carry camping materials to or from Town Park camping areas.
  • Metal pans must be used under stoves to protect grass.
  • Charcoal grills are not allowed.
  • Tent stakes longer than 6" are prohibited to protect irrigation systems.
  • Cigarette smoking is prohibited in Warner Field.
  • No vehicles are allowed on the field.
  • No glass allowed.
  • Tickets: $340 Sold-out via online lottery open November 2-11
Warner Field is the baseball field located right next to the festival grounds. There is little shade, so plan to bring your own. It is usually possible to hear the main stage from most campsites at Warner Field. Top

Planet Bluegrass Camping Rules