FAQS & Helpful Info

RIDEglassAll RIDE attendees must have a 16 oz. cup that they can use for the beverage of their choice. RIDE cups will be for sale in The RIDE Merchandise Tent and all RIDE Bars for $2.

RIDE Happy Hours:
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-1pm
Mimosas, Bloodies and Bud for $4.

There will be a Water Wall on the West side of the GA field which will provide FREE filtered water to all attendees. Bring your water bottle!

All utensils and serving dishes at the RIDE Festival will be compostable. Please dispose of waste at the CRT stations according to CRT specialists.

What is the closest airport to Telluride?

Telluride, Colorado is located in southwestern Colorado in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.  With direct jet service from 9 major cities across the US and world-wide connections, Telluride is easier than ever to get to.

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) (1 hour 20 minutes to Telluride) 970-249-3203

Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) (2 1/4 hours to Telluride) 970-382-6050

Grand Junction Regional Airport(GJT) (2 ½ hours to Telluride) 970-244-9100

Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ) (1 ½ hours to Telluride) 970-565-7458

Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) (2 ½ hours to Telluride) 970-641-2304

Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is the closest airport located about five miles from Telluride. It is a fixed-base operator that serves private charters with fuel and maintenance.  For a list of local air charter providers, click here.  970.728.8600

What shuttle services are there to area airports or for sight seeing?

Mountain Limo 888-546-6894 or 970-728-9606
Service to and from Telluride to Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango and Cortez.  Private or public services.

Telluride Express  888-212-8294 or 970-728-6000
Service to and from Telluride to Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango, Cortez and Gunnison.  Private or public services.

Tellurides 970-275-9604
Service to and from Telluride to Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango, Cortez and Gunnison.  Private service only.

Black Bear Luxury Transportation 970-237-4400 or 866-644-2626
Service to and from Montrose and Grand Junction.  Private service only.

High Up Tours & Transportation 970-238-0136
Service to and from Durango and Cortez. Private service only.

What weather should be expected?

July in Telluride brings an array of weather from sunny 85°F temperatures, to rain, hail, thunderstorms, wind, and yes, on a rare occasion, snow. Be sure to pack warm layers, various jackets for wind, rain, and cool nights, sunscreen, comfortable shoes for all weather, and of course summer clothing for those hot, sunny days. The festival proceeds, rain or shine!

What do I need to know about high elevation living?

At high altitude, you receive 30% more ultraviolet radiation than at sea level. Sunscreen and sunglasses are essential. The weather in the mountains, no matter the time of year, can change quickly. Bring layers of protective clothing for all types of weather. Drink plenty of water especially on hot, summer days when you are outside and/or exercising to avoid dehydration. If you plan to explore in the local mountains, consider purchasing a search and rescue card. For more information, click here: search & rescue. The effects of medications and alcohol at high altitude are magnified, so be sure to consult your physician on prescriptions.

What should and can I bring into the festival grounds?

You’ll want to pack in appropriate clothing, sunscreen, water bottle, tarps (no larger than 6′ x 8′) and/or low-back chairs (seating is not provided with a general admission ticket). Shade tents (10′ x 10′ max) are permitted in designated areas. Tent stakes are not permitted on any pathways, ball fields, or grassy areas.  Seating is provided in the VIP section only. There are food and beverage vendors who will provide affordable, tasty meals and drinks. You may carry in your own food in plastic and/or metal containers. Festival-goers may not bring alcohol or glass containers into the festival.  The festival grounds are located on ball fields.  Crowd friendly toys such as hacky-sacks, hula-hoops and juggling balls are permitted.

Can I charge my phone in the festival or campground?

Yes, charging stations are available in the festival and campgrounds.

Are handicapped facilities provided?

Handicapped facilities and assistance are available.  There is limited handicapped parking in the Telluride Town Park parking lot located just over the vehicle bridge to the east (left) as you enter.  Handicapped showers and portapotties are available. Telluride Town Park Campground hosts are available to assist with golf carts if needed. The festival is wheelchair accessible with a cordoned off area near the sound booth. There is handicapped parking throughout the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village. See our ADA info.

Is there any seating in the festival?

Seating is provided in the VIP section, but not in the general admission section. Festivarians may bring their own low-back chairs, blankets and tarps (no larger than 6′ x 8′) to suit their needs in the General Admission section.  Shade tents (10′ x 10′ max) are also permitted in specific areas of the General Admission area of the festival grounds.  Tent areas are clearly marked and if you have any questions about where to place your shade tent, please ask a staff member.

Where do you recommend camping?

Telluride Town Park Campground
Telluride Town Park Campground is located adjacent to the festival grounds. Your camping wristband allows you three nights at this campground from Friday at 8:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. on Monday. After setting up your campsite, you must go to the box office to exchange your camping and festival tickets for camping and festival wristbands. Camping is not per site, but is a communal affair with everyone having the right to put up a tent wherever they want and use whatever facilities they want, e.g. tables, etc. It is a festive environment! For those wanting to drive into the campground and keep their vehicle at their campsite, you will also need to purchase a car camping pass. Vehicles 18 feet and over are classified as RVs.  Please purchase a RV pass if your vehicle is over 18 feet. RVs over 30 feet cannot be accommodated. RV hookups are not available. All campers must have a festival wristband in addition to their camping wristband in order to stay in the campground. Campground Security is available 24/7 to enforce all rules.

Lawson Hill Campground
Tent camping and RV camping at Lawson Hill located 3 miles to the west of Telluride.
Directions: Travel approximately 3 miles west of Telluride, CO on State Highway 145 and at the round-a-bout, turn south or left. In 0.2 miles turn right onto Society Drive.  Travel 0.4 miles to San Miguel River Drive and turn right, then another immediate right down the hill.  The campground is at the bottom of the hill on the Lawson Hill ball field.
Your Lawson Hill camping wristband allows you three nights from Friday at 8:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. on Monday. After setting up your campsite, you must go to the box office to exchange your camping and festival tickets for camping and festival wristbands. Camping is not per site, but is a communal affair with everyone having the right to put up a tent wherever they want.  Vehicles 18 feet and over are considered RVs, Lawson Hill cannot accommodate RVs over 30 feet.  RVs over 25 feet cannot level out. RV hookups are not available.

Campground Shuttle Services
Lawson Hill Campground has a free shuttle service to and from the festival grounds and campground.
Lawson Hill Campground free shuttle services run approximately every half hour.
Shuttle Hours
Friday, July 8, 8:00am to 3:00am
Saturday, July 9, 7:00am to 3:00am
Sunday, July 10, 7:00am to 3:00am
Monday, July 11, 7:00am to 12:00pm

Please visit our Camping webpage for more information on the various local camping options and guidelines.

For information on Cayton, Matterhorn, McPhee Reservoir, Sunshing and Woods Lake Campgrounds, call Recreation.gov at 877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

For information on Miramonte and Ridgway Reservoir Campgrounds, call Colorado Parks & Wildlife at 800.678.2267 or visit Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Regional Camping Information: U.S. Forest Service 970.327.4261

Telluride Visitor Services: 888-605-2578

What services are provided to RVs?

The only option for dumping RV waste is a manhole at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  To find the Waste Water Plant, travel 3 miles west of Telluride then head south at the round about towards Mountain Village, then take your first right turn (about 100 yards from the round about) towards the Waste Water Treatment Plant.   There is no place in Telluride to fill your RV with potable water.  It is recommended that the public call 970-728-3428 to coordinate dumping.  If there is no answer, you can leave a message or call 970-728-8454.

Additional RV Dumping Sites:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park/Country Village RV Resort
22045 S. US 550
Montrose, CO 81403
970-249-6382

Ouray RV Park & Cabins
1700 N. Main Street
Ouray, CO 81427
970-325-4523

City Service Center
110 West Progress Circle
Industrial Park
Cortez, CO 81321
970-565-7320

Mobile City RV Park
2322 Highway 6 & 50
Grand Junction, CO 81505
970-242-9291

Can I invite guests to my campsite?

Only individuals with a campground and festival wristband are permitted in campgrounds.  Campground wristbands are specific to each campground (Telluride Town Park & Lawson Hill Campgrounds) and you may only enter the campground that you have a wristband for.  Guests are not permitted into campgrounds unless they have that specific campground wristband and festival wristband.

Where may campers shower?

Telluride Town Park Campground offers cold showers for free or coin operated hot showers generally costing around $4.00/shower.  Bring quarters or ask the Campground Host to exchange dollars for quarters.  There are two places to shower at Town Park Campground, one is located adjacent to the swimming pool and the other is located on the east side of the campground.  These showers are available 24/7.
Pay showers are also available at Telluride High School on Saturday and Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and noon with all proceeds going to support Telluride High School programming.  Bathing in the San Miguel River is prohibited. Pay showers are also available at the Lawson Hill Campground.

When will the festival campgrounds open and close for those with three-day camping passes?

Festival camping is available starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday through 11:00 a.m. on Monday for those with a three-day camping wristband. If you arrive prior to the festival, you can stay in the Telluride Town Park Campground per the Town of Telluride Campground process and availability. Prior to the festival, the Telluride Town Park campground is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers who are in the Telluride Town Park Campground prior to the festival do NOT need to leave when the festival takes over on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. Campers may remain in their chosen spots if they have a three-day camping pass.
Lawson Hill Campground is not open to camping prior to Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Can I camp at the campground prior to the start of the festival?

Yes! Camping at Telluride Town Park is on a first-come, first-served basis prior to the start of the festival. No reservations are accepted. There are 28 vehicle sites each allowing 6 persons and 2 vehicles or 1 RV.  There are also 5 walk-in sites that allow 4 persons and 1 vehicle.  There are limited sites for RVs and trucks with trailers.  No RV hook-ups are provided. Campers may arrive early and pay per day according to Town Park Camping Guidelines. Fees are as follow: $23 per vehicle site, includes one vehicle; $17 per walk-in site, max one vehicle per site; $12 per any site for seniors 59+, including one vehicle; $7 for second vehicle, pull behind trailer or towed car; Showers and bathrooms on site $3 in quarters = 5 minutes of hot water. Wood fires prohibited. Charcoal fires permitted in metal grills only. Space is limited so be sure to contact Telluride Town Park, Parks & Recreation for availability at 970.728.2173 or parksandrec@telluride-co.gov.

Where is the lost and found located?

The lost and found is located in the Warming Hut adjacent to the large white tent that you walk under between the Box Office and the main entrance to the festival grounds.  You may also post lost and found items on The RIDE Festival website by clicking here.

Can I bring my kids?

Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can I bring my dog or pet?

Dogs and pets are not permitted in the festival or campground. If you need to bring your dog or pet with you, there are animal care facilities in the area. Wash-N-WatchDogs, Telluride (970) 864-7626; Montrose Veterinary Clinic, Montrose (970) 249-5469; Redclyffe Kennels, Montrose (970) 249-6395; San Juan Veterinary Clinic, Montrose (970) 249-4490

Can I bring my bicycle?

If you have room, bring your bike! Telluride is a bike-friendly town and is small enough to get around easily on a bike. There is bike parking across the street to the west of the Post Office, just before you enter Town Park. Bikes will not be allowed on festival grounds, so be sure to bring a lock and park your bike at the bike racks provided. There are no designated bike parking racks in the campground. Additionally, there are great mountain biking trails in the area if you want to explore and several sporting goods stores that rent bikes.
Telluride Hiking and Biking Trail Guide
Mountain Village Hiking and Biking Trail Guide

Is Smoking permitted?

Smoking (tobacco products) is permitted however, we ask that you are respectful at all times when smoking, properly disposing of cigarettes, not exhaling second-hand smoke near children, festival staff, or other festivarians who are not smoking.  Marijuana may not be consumed openly or publicly.

The NO list

No open containers may be transported between the festival and Town Park Campground.
No open containers in the Towns of Telluride and Mountain Village other than at specified RIDE Festival events at Town Park and the Sunset Concert on Friday night in Mountain Village.
No glass is permitted in the festival grounds.
No pets other than ADA approved dogs. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
No illegal drugs.
No professional photo, video or recording equipment unless pre-approved by The RIDE Festival.  To request press access, click here.
No unlicensed vending.
No Frisbees.
No glow sticks.
No weapons.
No tent stakes on any pathways, ball fields, or grassy areas.

What about driving into town, the festival and Telluride campground?

Beginning Friday, an Information Barricade (set up about 300 yards before you enter the town of Telluride) will provide info brochures and be available to answer questions . Pay parking meters are in effect Monday through Saturday on Colorado Avenue and its side streets.  Meters are located one per block and users can purchase a receipt for up to three hours of parking at a rate of $1.00 per hour, with a minimum cash purchase of $0.25 and a minimum debit or credit card purchase of $1.00. Meter receipts should be placed carefully on the driver’s side dash board face up so that Code Enforcement officers can clearly read them.  Residential permit parking zones W,O & G  are not in effect on Saturday and Sunday so you may park your cars for free in these zones over the weekend. To view the Telluride Parking Zone Map, click here. Free parking is also ocated in Mtn Village. Both Telluride and Mountain Village offer free public transportation via the Gondola, Galloping Goose Bus, and Dial-a-Ride shuttle.   You may leave your car in parking lots over the weekend, but must move your car by noon on Monday.
Once you find a place to park, it is best to use FREE public transportation to get around.
Gondola: The free Gondola connects Telluride and Mountain Village and is available from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Galloping Goose Bus, Telluride: The free Galloping Goose bus system runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m, Friday through Sunday.
Dial-A-Ride, Mountain Village: Dial-A-Ride offers Mountain Village guests free shuttle service from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m, Friday through Sunday.
If you have purchased a car camping pass for Telluride Town Park Campground, then you are allowed to park your car for the weekend in the campground. Once you park your car in the campground, you will not be able to drive in and out until the festival ends or at the time that you choose to leave your campsite for good.  If you don’t have a Car Camping Pass, you can unload your gear at your campsite and then move your car to a designated parking lot. For the latest road information,visit Colorado Department of Transportation.

 What are festival hours?

On Saturday, gates open at 10:00a.m., with showtime 11:00a.m., ending at 11:00p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 10:00a.m., with showtime at 11:00a.m., ending at 10:30 p.m.

What are box office hours and where is the box office?

The box office is located at the end of East Pacific Avenue at the entrance to Town Park and adjacent to the Post Office.

Thursday, 12:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Friday, 10:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Saturday, 9:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Sunday, 9:00a.m. to 8:30p.m.

What is the procedure for getting in line on the day of the festival?

Line numbers will be handed out to each attendee in queue the morning of the festival.  The entrance is located just east of the box office just before the bridge.  Once you receive your number, you must still physically remain in line (bathroom breaks aside) to hold your spot. Tarps, chairs, backpacks, etc. may not be used to hold your place in line.  Camping (tents, cook stoves, cots, etc) in line is not permitted.  At 10:00a.m. when gates open, attendees will walk to the Customs Gate where wristbands, bags, coolers, backpacks, etc. will be checked. Then, in single file, each attendee’s number will be collected as they enter the festival grounds.  Maximum tarp size is 6′ x 8′.  Because this is a general admission festival, attendees may sit on others’ tarps until the owners return.

What is the check-in process at the box office?

In an effort to process FESTIVAL and CAMPING tickets expeditiously at the Box Office, we strongly encourage you to use your Smart Phone to scan your tickets. You may scan your tickets from the PDF in your email, through the Eventbrite App or by adding it to your Passbook/Apple Wallet App. We highly recommend saving your tickets to your Passbook/Apple Wallet in the event that any internet/power issues arise at the box office. If you do not have a Smart Phone, then you must print your tickets and bring the paper tickets with you to the box office. Regardless of how you present your ticket at the box office, YOU MUST PRESENT A VALID ID at the box office. After your FESTIVAL and CAMPING tickets are scanned at the box office, you will receive a wristband for each one. Be sure to exchange both FESTIVAL and CAMPING tickets for festival and camping wristbands. Without the appropriate wristband, you will not be permitted into your campground or the festival. Children 12 and under are free at the festival and campground and must wear appropriate wristbands for festival and campground access and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. ALL wristbands are non-transferable and must be secured to your wrist by Box Office staff.
Can’t find your tickets?
The easiest way to find your tickets is to find your email order confirmation from Eventbrite; tickets are attached as a PDF file you can print or simply bring to the box office on your smart phone. Still can’t find them or not sure if you have an Eventbrite account? Just enter your email address at eventbrite.com/gettickets. You can also log into the Eventbrite app or reference the Tickets page within your account. If you think you typo’d your email address, click here.

Can I volunteer in exchange for a pass?

Yes!  Please fill out the online Volunteer Application by clicking here. There are numerous volunteer opportunities.  Work two shifts for a total of around 10 to 12 hours for a general admission weekend pass.  Camping passes are not included.

May I cover the festival as media?

Yes.  To be considered for a weekend media pass, please fill out the online Media Application.  The RIDE Festival PR team will reach out to you within a month of your submission regarding your request. 

What do I need to know about the Gondola that runs from Telluride to Mountain Village?

The Gondola is free and travels between Telluride and Mountain Village. During the festival, hours of operation will be from 7:00a.m. to 2:00a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

What do I need to know about the Galloping Goose Bus in Telluride and Dial-a-Ride in Mountain Village?

Ground transportation via the Galloping Goose and Dial-a-Ride are free.  The Galloping Goose Bus is a fixed-route system in Telluride that runs every 20 minutes while Dial-a-Ride provides Mountain Village guests pickup and drop-off options.  Both the Galloping Goose and Dial-a-Ride run from 7:00am to 2:00am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Galloping Goose Bus   970-728-2179
Dial-a-Ride   970-728-8888

Are cameras, video cameras, audio recording devices permitted?

Still cameras and GoPros for personal use are allowed. Professional equipment is not permitted unless you have RIDE media credentials.

American With Disabilities Act Information

The RIDE Festival is a fully accessible event, and we are dedicated to continually improving our efforts to ensure access to all the festival amenities. We welcome and encourage all feedback and suggestions from our patrons. The following explains the services provided this year. For any accessibility-related questions and/or needs please email us at info@RIDEfestival.com and we will do our best to help you have an amazing experience at The RIDE!

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: The venue is fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities. There are accessible pathways connected throughout the venue including parking, entrances, vendors and other activity areas.
  • Parking: A separate ADA lot located in Lot A, Telluride Town Park will be available for attendees with valid handicap placards, plates and/or permits, as well as the applicable proof that it belongs to them. Please follow signage or ask staff upon entering the festival how to access this lot.
*Please note that it is against the law to park in an accessible parking space without the required ADA credentials or to fraudulently use someone else’s in order to gain access to ADA parking spots.*
  • Warming Hut/Communications Center: All accessibility-related inquires can be answered at our Communications Center, which will be located inside the venue to the east of the large white tent as you enter the festival. Additionally this is the location to recharge wheelchair batteries and/or other assistive technology requiring electrical recharging, as well as storing equipment. ADA accessible bathrooms are available.
  • Accessible Viewing Area: There will be an accessible viewing area made available to ADA attendees. For entrance to the ADA area, please check in with the Communications Center upon arrival if you have questions. Otherwise, enter the festival through the Custom’s Gate and you will be directed from there where to locate the ADA area.
  • First Aid: We have a First Aid location that is noted on the festival map in the program. Professional medical staff can help you with your medical needs at this location.
  • Getting Around: There are accessible pathways and routes throughout the venue. If you need to recharge your motorized wheelchair, you may do so at the Warming Hut. Patrons should bring all cords and accessories needed to charge their devices. Chargers must use a 110-volt, 20 amp circuit.

Service Animals: Persons with disabilities and their service dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at The RIDE Festival. Pets are not allowed and will be turned away. Due to animal service fraud, and for the protection of all festival patrons, service animals must be screened and registered at the Warming Hut immediately upon entry to the site.

Any service animal whose task is to provide protection, emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship, is not considered a service animal and will not be allowed into the venue.

  • All service animals must remain by the handler’s side at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
  • Service animals must be housebroken and owners are responsible for proper pet waste disposal.
  • Anyone bringing an animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury caused by the animal.

In continually trying to make our festival more accessible, we encourage you to contact us at info@RIDEfestival.com for any of your accessibility-related needs.

Where are the NightRIDE venues?

The NightRIDE venues include The Sheridan Opera House, Roma Bar, The Elks Lodge at Swede Finn Hall and others. Limited tickets are available for all NightRIDE venues.

Can I attend NightRIDE shows if I don’t have a pass?

Yes, you can pay a cover charge to NightRIDE events in the event that venues do not reach their occupant capacity with weekend passholders.  Sheridan Opera House shows are available on a first-come, first served basis for anyone interested in attending.

Are there any known delays on roads leading to Telluride?

For news on Colorado road construction, please visit: Colorado Department of Transportation

If I can’t find an answer to my question here, what should I do?

We hope you’ll contact us by phone at 970-369-0000 or email info@ridefestival.com with any questions you might have.

Telluride Fun FAQs

1. The area surrounding Telluride has the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in North America.

2. The only FREE gondola public transportation system in North America provides transportation and access to trails as well as Telluride and Mountain Village.

3. L.L. Nunn, the engineer that brought alternating current to the world, invented it in Telluride.  Once called the City of Lights, Telluride was the first city in the world to have electric street lamps.

4. Bridal Veil Falls, located at the east end of Telluride, is Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall.

5. The Rio Grande Southern railroad served patrons of Telluride until 1951.

6. The nearest stoplight is 45 miles away.

7. Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889.

8. Telluride was used as a summer camp for centuries by the Ute Indians.

9. Telluride was originally called Columbia changing its name to Telluride in 1878.

10. Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964.  This listing is the highest level of historic status available to sites designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior.  Telluride is one of only four other Colorado communities with this honor.  The sites are so special that, in theory, they are eligible for consideration as National Parks.

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