AUGUST 13-17, 2015
Bond, Colorado: Only 30 minutes from Vail/Beaver Creek, and just over 2 hours from Denver, this location is the perfect weekend getaway to hide in the mountains!
Rancho Del Rio: This intimate venue is absolutely perfect! Nestled in the gorgeous Rockies, along the Colorado river, Rancho is my favorite venue location. Everything is within a 5 minute walk, including your tent, your car, the main venue and stage, and the river. Rancho is an official BLM campground, and a hotspot for rafting, kayaking, fishing, and more all summer long! There are cabins for rental, and even a little general store. They even have a sweet tire swing! Rancho is a little slice of heaven!
Amazing price for such an epic weekend of endless bluegrass jams!
- Weekend Pass: $155
- Thursday Pass: $35
- Saturday Pass: $65
- RV Parking: $100
- Premium Parking: $50
- Basic Parking: $25
The camping setup at Rancho is truly ideal, which is expected as this is a very popular campground in Colorado. You can setup just along the river, or as close to the main road as you like. There are benches and picnic tables, and you can have fires just outside your tent as there are fire pits everywhere! You can take up as much space as you like, so bring everything you need to camp in style!
Truly the only way to get to this festival would be to drive. If you live in Colorado, that is ideal. Rancho is 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, 1 hour from Glenwood Springs, 1 hour from Steamboat Springs, and 2 hours from Denver. If you wanted to fly in from out of state, I would recommend Eagle airport (only 30 minute drive) or Denver airport, and then you can rent a car or meet up with friends. I love car camping festivals, so to me this is perfect!
No car check, and very little security at the venue gate. Can’t beat that!
Beautiful Colorado folks made the weekend that much better!
Friday night it rained and stormed pretty hard for about an hour, flooding a lot of the campground. Conditions did improve rather quickly, although some places of course stayed muddy. Saturday was beautiful all day long, with some light rain and gorgeous storms in the distance. Sunday could not have been more perfect for a day by the river!
HANDLING OF THE WEATHER:
Right after the major storm Friday night stopped, Yarmony did a fantastic job throwing hay over the muddy problem areas, especcially inside of the venue. They also had free water to help with the hot sunny days, and the side stage was a tented building excellent for riding from the storms.
YarmonyGrass was filled with unbelievable performances all weekend long! Some of my favorite daytime shows were Mile High Express, Rapidgrass, Shlep n’ Wolf, Silverplume, Sweetwater String Band and of course The Congress.
Magical bluegrass jams graced the YarmonyGrass stages this weekend. With bluegrass greats including Peter Rowan, Billy Nershi, and The Travelin’ McMourys, how could you go wrong? Billy and his wife put on a great show with Honkytonk Homeslice, Head For The Hills killed it, and The Drunken Hearts were a show to never forget, joined on stage by both Billy Nershi and Peter Rowan.
LATE NIGHT SHOWS:
Town Cavalry and Coral Creek were amazing Friday night, and the All-Star Picks each night jammed on ’til the wee hours.
There was one main stage, called the Chief Yarmony. This stage had some pretty good lighting, great sound, no fences to obstruct your view (score!), and a big field for lots of dancing.
The other, smaller, tented stage was called the Yarmony Creek Saloon. This was the perfect place to view smaller acts and to escape some rain.
There really were not any community events, but it was very family friendly and brought together the community of the valley.
How can you beat the natural beauty of Colorado? Amazing sunsets, crazy looking storms, and beautiful rainbows surround the amazing Colorado landscape and river.
SUPER HEADY TACOS! And so much more, but that is my personal favorite!
Fantastic local artists as well as festival merchandise were available!
There were lots of amazing yoga classes available, especially during the day on Saturday as well as Sunday morning. The teachers were incredible and from the valley.
Yarmony had a hoop making class with Emilie Celeste, it was fantastic! I would like to see a few more workshops, but this was a great start!
Upon entering the festival, they handed you trash bags and reminded you that the festival was Leave No Trace. This is excellent, but reusable cups would be a great choice for next year as well!