Colorado Music Festival Adventure
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We are very grateful to live in the wonderful state of Colorado. Not only are we blessed with incredible mountains, rivers, and hot springs – we have some of the best music festivals in the country!
If you haven’t been to a show or music festival in Colorado, you need to put at least one on your bucket list. (With so many options, picking one may seem difficult, but we’ll keep the festival reviews coming your way to help you decide!)
When you finally chose which festival(s) to attend, why not spend a few extra days (or weeks) exploring all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. Head out past the Front Range, and let Colorado take your breath away.
Music and More in Colorado…
Colorado boasts some of the most amazing music venues and pulls in some of the best musical acts. A visit to one of the incredible outdoor amphitheaters is a life necessity – from the geological wonders at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the legendary views at “The Mish” (Mishawaka). Catching a 2- or 3- night run of your favorite bands in one of the many historical theaters cannot be understated, such as Boulder Theatre or Fox Theater (in Boulder). Then, there are the spectacular backdrops Colorado provides for their music festivals. Just check out the festivals at Telluride and Planet Bluegrass, for example! And there are dozens of other festivals and venues peppered throughout this beautiful state!
Colorado Festivals and Venues Some of our favorite areas of Colorado to explore are highlighted on the map. Keep reading to learn more!
Check out some of our favorite music festivals in Colorado:
Rhythms on the Rio
Rhythms on the Rio is more than a music festival- it is a non-profit benefit, put on by volunteers and benefactors to provide musical instruments and education for the local Children’s Music Program. And it brings amazing music to the banks of the Rio Grande, in beautiful South Fork Colorado. The trip there from the Denver area is worth it on its own, but once you arrive you’ll be blown away by the scenery and the festival setting. Click to Read our review of Rhythms on the Rio Festival.
YARRRRRRRRRRMony Grass! Yes, that was supposed to sound like a pirate, and why not at a music festival that lets you spend as much time in the water as watching and listening to music! Maybe you’ll do it all at the same time if you’re lucky! With camping right on the banks of the Colorado River and a river outfitter located on site, it’s pretty hard to avoid the temptation of spending at least a few hours acting like a pirate in between killer sets of music and a beautiful backdrop to everything. Yup, it’s that good. Click to read of review of YarmonyGrass Music Festival.
At its new location in Steamboat, Winter Wondergrass showed it is here to stay. At least we can hope so! The folks that put this together did such an incredible job in 2017 with their change of venue, you would have thought this was their 10th year in Steamboat, not the first!
What can be better than listening to some of the best music around at the base of a mountain with some of the best terrain in Colorado! Plus late-night sets in town and at the top of the gondola! With plenty of tents to warm up with a Colorado stout while continuing to enjoy the full array of talent this fest draws in, Wondergrass has thought of just about everything! Click to read our review of Winter Wondergrass in Colorado.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. What more do we have to say? This is the gold standard of Colorado music festivals. A beautiful mountain town, world-class music, scenery to make your jaw drop. Telluride has it all. With the choice to camp, or opt for more upscale accommodations, this one has something for everyone. Need a break from the fest? Wonder a few feet from the stage and you have all the comforts and amenities of the amazing town of Telluride. Start planning now!
For lovers of electronic music, Sonic Bloom has more options than you could count! Add that to a bill of hundreds of other performers and artists – yoga, art installations, workshops, speakers, visual artists and more – and you’ve got a festy packed with activity.
Located on the beautiful Hummingbird Ranch, this entire festival is a piece of art in itself. Just 2.5 hours south of Denver, you’ve got no reason not to grab your hoop and your tent and get to Sonic Bloom next year!
RockyGrass Music Festival
Planet Bluegrass Ranch, the site of RockyGrass Music Festival, sits on the banks of the beautiful St. Vrain river. Located within walking distance of the quaint mountain town of Lyons, and just a short drive to Rocky Mountain National park, this Colorado favorite has been drawing fans of all ages for 45 years!
And it’s not just the location of this fest that brings them in – Rockygrass has consistently brought in the best of the best when it comes to the artists packing the lineup. Bring your beach chair and your floats and cool off while listening to amazing music at 45th Annual Rockygrass Music Festival!
The Ride Festival takes over the town of Telluride and rocks it for a few days! With names like Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic and Thievery Corporation gracing the stage, if you needed a reason to visit Telluride, here it is! Ride the gondola for free to check out some amazing views, or hike to a breathtaking waterfall while catching the sound of the festival as it drifts up the mountain on the wind. Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong when you’re festying in Telluride!
Going on 20 years, NedFest is a music and arts festival in the weirdly wonderful little mountain town of Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is just a 30-minute drive from Boulder, but a world away!
There’s camping available in town, but what makes NedFest so unique is it’s ease of access if you choose not to stay at the festival. There are plenty of public transportation options from Denver and Boulder on RTD. Nedfest brings in plenty of local talent and big-name headliners as well, providing plenty of opportunities for everyone to get weird at this gem of a Colorado music festival!
The Divide Music Festival
The Divide Music Festival brings big-name talent from around the world and the best local acts to the wonderful town of Winter Park, Colorado. Camp in the mountains, enjoy local craft brews, amazing views and the mountain air of Winter Park! There are plenty of lodging options in Winter Park if camping isn’t your thing, and restaurants abound in town!
Arise Music Festival
ARISE Festival, according to their website, is a “music, yoga, activism and co-creative camping festival”. Arise is much more than a music festival, it is an experience. Come to this beautiful location in Loveland, Colorado (just 65 miles north of Denver) to experience yoga, workshops, art, and, oh yeah, incredible music! Musical acts run the gamut of genres, so there should be something for everyone. Grab your yoga mat and get to Sunrise Ranch for this unique festival experience!
Some Fun Facts about Colorado:
- More than 300 days of sunshine a year
- 26 Ski Resorts
- 4 National Parks, 42 State Parks, and 15 National Forests/Grasslands
- 7 mountain ranges, and 58 Fourteeners
- Over 300 Breweries, 130 Wineries, and 70 distilleries
- 8000 miles of rivers and 2000 lakes
- 26 scenic highways and byways
So, why not come for the music – but stay for the adventure!
(Or vice versa – we won’t be picky.) We know that a destination music festival or show can be a financial splurge. Once you add together the cost of the tickets, flights, lodging, and meals, you’ve put together one heck of a costly weekend! But once you’ve committed to the flights and tickets, extending your trip by a few extra days doesn’t have to break the bank. Plan a longer route on the drive to the festival, and camp along the way. Hike through Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit one of the many hot springs. Go rafting, fishing, kayaking in one of the many gorgeous rivers. If the music brought you this far, then go further. Go Nuts !
Man, there’s a lot of things to do in Colorado!
Here are just a few of the many activities available in this great state:
Knock a few National Parks off your list while you are visiting Colorado, because it has four incredible ones to check out. Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison will all blow your mind with their landscapes and scenery. They each offer something completely unique to their visitors, so you’ll want to go see them all.
A therapeutic mineral soak is just what your body needs after a music festival. Luckily, Colorado is home to over 30 hot springs. So you are sure to find at least one to dip in on your visit. The best part is that these natural pools are perfect in any weather, so you can enjoy them year-round.
With over 20 ski resorts and an average snowfall of 300 inches, Colorado is THE place for skiers and snowboarders. These glorious mountains are a playground for winter sports, so don’t limit your music festivals to just the summer months. And remember – Colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine a year and has over 300 breweries (coincidence?). So, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy a locally brewed beverage while basking in some beautiful Colorado sunshine after a riding down one of Colorado’s majestic mountain slopes.
Just think about all that snow and sun coming together as the weather in Colorado begins to warm. Now, imagine all of that melt-off flowing down the mountains and into the river. That’s a lot of water to play on! So many rivers, so little time. With over 8000 miles of river, Colorado has some amazing spots for fly fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting.
This one seems pretty obvious – but let’s just throw it in here to remind you that camping is a great way to save money on your adventure through Colorado. Not only that, but it’s a great way to check out everything else we’ve listed. Extend that whitewater rafting trip into an overnight (or longer) trip. Hike into a (non-commercial) hot springs and spend the night under the stars. Camp in the wilderness at Rocky Mountain National Park – camping is the only overnight option inside the park!
If you simply don’t have time to do much more in Colorado besides that music festival, then at least go on a hike! Discover waterfalls, lakes, wildlife, and some of the most spectacular scenery by getting on a trail. You’ll experience jaw-dropping views even if you don’t have time to leave the Front Range.
This list should get you started: 101 Of the Most Beautiful Hikes in Colorado
Some may argue that most of the country’s best mountain biking trails are in the state of Colorado. Maybe a little overstated, but at the very least, you are sure to find thousands of miles of singletrack that will rock your world. Colorado music festivals are scattered throughout so many magical mountain towns that often brag about having the most incredible mountain biking trails. From Steamboat Springs to Crested Butte and all the way down to Durango, be sure to explore the miles of singletrack that Colorado has to offer.
Let’s Get Started!
Are you ready to start planning your Colorado Adventure? Start by checking out our Suggested Road Trip below. Taking a completely out-of-the way to a music festival is an adventurous way to explore the beauty of Colorado. Start with a new route, and see where the road takes you.
Would you prefer a more detailed itinerary? If planning a trip throughout Colorado just seems overwhelming or too time-consuming, then let Festy GoNuts help. For a small fee, we can build you an itinerary that suits your time frame, your budget, and your travel dreams.
How about just sitting back and letting us plan the whole thing? We can do that, too! If you want, we can do more than just put the itinerary together for you. We can book your accommodations, travel, and excursions. We can even recommend things to do and places to eat in town.
Contact us below and we’ll get to work on your Colorado Music Adventure! Once we get to chatting, we will help build you a custom itinerary based on your time, interests and budget.
“Rhythms on the Rio” Road Trip
Denver to South Fork | 400 miles | 9+ hours | 2 – 5 days
From Denver, head West on I-70 towards the beautiful mountains of Summit County. Take time to visit one of the many ski mountain towns during the summer, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking scenery. The ski resorts offer lots of summer activities, such as mountain biking, hiking and even free music festivals. If you are feeling adventurous, hike a 14er! Summit County has 3 to choose from.
Once you reach Glenwood Springs (maybe you have time for a soak at one of their hot spring resorts!), start heading South towards Crested Butte. This section of the road trip is less than 90 miles, but plan on spending several hours on these windy roads. The detour will be well worth it, as you will head over Kebler Pass through the West Elk Mountains and you’ll get to see one of the largest living organisms in the world.
Relax in the picturesque mountain town of Crested Butte. Or don’t! There are plenty of activities to keep you busy – mountain biking, disc golf, rafting, hiking and even free music!
Continue down 135 until you hit the town of Gunnison, where you’ll head West on route 50. If you have time – camp, hike, and fish at the Curecanti National Recreation Area located along the Gunnison River. Then, continue south on Highway 149 – “The Silver Thread Highway” – through the Rio Grande National Forest. This scenic road winds through several old mining towns, such as Creede and Lake City – great places to stop for a lunch break before reaching South Fork. You’ll also be able to check out waterfalls and wildlife on this drive, so keep an eye out for both!
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