MAY 22-24, 2015
Bond, Colorado: Just west of Vail Valley, Bond provides an intimate location easily accessible from any direction. Just about three hours from Denver or two hours from Grand Junction, the drive is absolutely gorgeous and well worth every minute!
Rancho del Rio: Rancho is absolutely perfect for festivals! Cars, camping, and stages are all within five minutes of each other, and its all right along the Colorado River – perfect for rafting, floating, or paddle boarding during the day right back to your campsite! You can camp wherever you like, and don’t forget wood for fire pits!
Incredible price for an unbelievable weekend of magic and music:
- Early Bird – $129 + $9.37 fees
- Regular – $149 + $9.97 fees
- Camping Early (Thursday night with Bonfire music) – $10 + $3.54 fees
- RV/Trailer Reserved Parking: $99 + $8.44 fees
You can’t beat the camping set up at Campout. They show you where to park your car when you come in and then you can pitch your tent anywhere. There is a nice field area directly next to the cars, and then you end up on the beach next to the river if you walk further into the grounds. Throughout the campgrounds there are benches and fire pits for you to enjoy, and beautiful views of the river and mountains in any direction.
Your choices are mostly limited to driving there. If you are coming from out of state I would fly into Denver or Eagle airports, and then I would rent a car from there and drive the rest of the way. From Denver you would basically just drive west for about 2.5 hours until you hit Wolcott, then its about 14 miles from there to get to State Bridge, and only a couple more miles from there. I love car camping festivals, so for me, this works out perfectly!
No security, just some safety guys walking around. No bag check, no car check, just someone looking to see that you had a festival wristband. Perfect 🙂
Campout brings such an amazing community of beautiful people together. Everyone from the vendors, to the organizers, volunteers, and of course the musicians are magically bonded throughout the weekend.
There was quite a bit of rain, and even some hail, but the days were normally sunny and gorgeous! Just be sure to have enough layers for when that sun drops.
Music was occasionally delayed for lightning, but other than that everything was handled well. The tented stage makes a nice shelter during storms, and there were always fires going to help with the cold.
Campout featured incredible local and regional bluegrass bands for the daytime shows. Some of my favorites were Bonfire, Gipsy Moon, We Dream Dawn, The Lil’ Smokies, The Sweet Lilies, and Old Town Pickers.
Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), this talented four-piece band is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music, and absolutely rocked the stage Saturday night!
One of my favorites, starring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law, this five-piece band creates magic while on stage. Their music is beautiful and soulful, and the band members are some of the most down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Based out of Venice, California, Dustbowl “merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it a string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s swing-grass or good old Americana, however you spin it, Dustbowl creates and curates infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.”
Before Campout, I had never heard of Gregory, and his beautiful soulful music was a true treat to the stage. I think he may have been better for a daytime show, as his music was a bit slow for a headliner, but I still enjoyed every minute of it! His songs “hone a masterful quality beyond his years” and “tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.”
Oh boy do I love Fruition! Starring Mimi Naja, this rock and blues band knows just how to get your feet moving – and how to touch my soul!
Shelp N’ Wolf:
Starring one of my favorites, Jake Wolf, this Super Jam rocked out ’til the wee hours each night and played everyone’s favorites including Fire On The Mountain and Shakedown Street.
Dead Phish Orchestra:
The most magical part of this festival for me, the campfire jams brought the musicians straight to you. Featuring appearances from Mimi Naja, Mike Peterson, Bonnie Paine, Bridget Law, and so many more, the campfire jams are unforgettable.
The main stage had some fantastic sound and light shows, as well as a slight slope so you could see from anywhere!
The smaller stage had a couple beer vendors inside and had some fantastic shows in between the main stage shows as well as the late nights.
This riverside deck featured different types of 4-6 yoga classes a day, as well as workshops on hand drumming, stand up paddle boarding, healing foods, belly dance, and more.
Campout was all about the community! With such an intimate event it was easy to build a sense of community immediately. The yoga, belly dancing, drumming, and SUP workshops brought everyone together for more than just the music.
Fractal Tribe is amazing! There was tons of acro yoga, dancing, fire throwing, hooping, and more. Plus the valley itself is the perfect backdrop to any festival.
Phenomenal Falafel and lots of local brews – what more could you want!?
Campout featured amazing festival merchandise as well as some incredible local vendors:
John and Wesli are two of my favorite vendors! Featuring some of their own artwork are well as amazing work from other friends they meet along the way, this couple brings the best pieces to the lot! Originally from Alabama, but now residing in Colorado, be sure to visit Shakedown Goods at a festival near you!
Jenna is an amazing artist from Glenwood Springs and travels in this gorgeous little shack with her boyfriend and dog selling feathers, hatbands, jewelry and more!
There were about 3-4 different types of classes every day! The instructors were mostly local, and all of them were super fun, unique, and awesome!
There were lots of great workshop options including yoga, hand drumming, permaculture, natural building, belly dance, healing foods, and SUP (paddle boarding) clinics.
Campout’s cause IS the environment. Campout comes together every year to raise money to help preserve the environment. They donate 100% of the net proceeds to the following non-profit partners:
Protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.
All Hands Volunteers is a volunteer-driven, US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.
Dedicated to save and protect local land for our people for ages to come.