Due to the proximity of on-site camping to the festival venue, it is only available with a 3-day pass. All people age 13 and over who camp on-site must have an on-site camping pass. The price of this ticket includes the camping fee and festival admission for all 3 days.
Campground opens on Thursday, August 29 at 11:00 AM. Anyone entering Reservoir Hill on that day age 13 and over must have an on-site camping & festival pass. Regular 3-day ticket holders and Friday-only ticket holders may pick up their wristbands and enter the festival after noon on Friday, August 30.
We appreciate the fact that people like to come and line up early to get their favorite camp site - that's great! But the earliest you can line up for camping is Tuesday, August 27 at noon. If you arrive in town before then, you and your vehicle will need to hang out at a hotel or public campground until that time.
Potable water and porta-johns are provided. Showers are available for a fee below the site at one of Pagosa's two public hot springs.
Campfires will be allowed on Reservoir Hill if there are no county fire restrictions in place at the time of the festival. Campfires must be in a metal container and off the ground. Propane stoves and charcoal grills are fine. Please read our campfire regulations.
Campsites are first come, first served. If you want to camp with friends you should arrive with them. There is no limit on how many people can come in one vehicle; however they must all possess an on-site camping ticket.
If you think you may NEED to leave the campground before the show has ended, you should find a spot just off the road to avoid being parked in.
FREE Camping Shuttle - for vehicle-free campers
No vehicle pass is necessary to use the camping shuttle, but you must have an on-site camping ticket. The camp shuttle is free and runs on Thursday, August 29 from 3 to 8 PM and Friday, August 30 from 9 AM to 1 PM. You must arrive between those hours to use the camping shuttle.
We will pick you and your gear up in the parking lot and drop you off just outside the beautiful vehicle free camping area, which surrounds the main venue. On Monday you can drive your car up to load your gear out.
Important: We do not allow people to drive up and drop off their gear due to the narrow, winding road and strict one-way traffic pattern on Reservoir Hill. If you don't have a vehicle pass you MUST use the camp shuttle or backpack your gear in, or plan ahead to have friends with a pass take your gear up with them.
You must purchase a vehicle pass ($45) to drive your car/pickup/RV/motorcycle into the on-site campground. Only cab-over campers, motor homes 24’ or less, camper trailers that do not exceed 16’ in length and pop-up or tent trailers of any length are allowed on Reservoir Hill. Fifth wheels and large motor homes are not allowed in the Reservoir Hill campgrounds (please see accompanying photos for clarification). A vehicle pulling a trailer is considered one unit and must have 1 (one) vehicle pass.
We are often asked how late you can arrive if you're camping on site. If you have purchased an on-site camping & festival pass AND a vehicle camping pass, you can enter the grounds anytime after 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 29. Our full-service box office is open and staffed until 11:00 PM each night, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you will be arriving after that, you MUST have your printed ticket with you in order to be allowed into the campground by our overnight crew. If you arrive without your printed tickets after 11:00 PM, you will be asked to pull over and wait in your vehicle until the next morning when the box office reopens and your order can be looked up. That's no fun for anyone, so please remember to print and bring your tickets to guarantee your overnight arrival!
Camping Vehicles - Reservoir Hill Camping
(length of box only; tongue & hitch not included in measurement)
Tent Trailer (any size) - YES
Cabover Camper - YES
Deluxe Pop-Up (any size) - YES
24' & under motorhome - YES
Camper Van - YES
Fifth Wheel (any size) - NO
25' & over motorhome - NO
17' & over trailer - NO
The on-site vehicle pass is not a parking pass. Vehicle passes are only available for on-site camping festival pass holders. If you are not camping, parking is available below the site and shuttles are free.
Vehicles used for camping will not be permitted
to leave and re-enter for safety reasons. One time in, one time
out -- no exceptions.
Satellite camping must be purchased in advance ($45/vehicle for Thursday through Sunday nights) and is limited to 11 RV sites and 15 tent sites. Satellite RV Camping is SOLD OUT. Satellite camping is open to those with 2-day or 3-day tickets, but we can guarantee arrivals only on Thursday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This area has level parking spots for large RVs and a grassy area for tent campers right next to the San Juan River. It's close to the festival and downtown Pagosa Springs, and even has its own free hot springs pool on the riverbank (may be covered during high water flow)! Pets are allowed in this camp area, but dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after. Please be considerate so we can keep allowing pets in future years.
The closest source for drinking water is at Town Park, across the brand new pedestrian bridge. Porta-johns are provided for tent campers. There are also flush toilets and sinks at Town Park; bathrooms are open until 9:00 PM daily.
Please read the campfire regulations.
- NO DOGS (OR OTHER PETS) ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON FESTIVAL CAMPGROUNDS (except Satellite Camping, see above) -- This will be strictly enforced. If you show up with your dog, you will be turned away with no refund. If you make it in with your dog and are caught, you will be evicted with no refund. Service animals are of course allowed.
- ON-SITE VEHICLE PASSES ARE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING
TYPES OF VEHICLES: Passenger cars, trucks, SUVS, etc.;
motorhomes 24' or under, trailers 16' or under, pop-up trailers (any length), cabover campers
and motorcycles. Other types of campers (i.e. motorhomes longer than 24', fifth wheels, trailers longer than 16') are not allowed on Reservoir Hill (please see chart above).
- While pickin' circles are allowed 24 hours a day, hootin' & hollerin' must be toned down between the hours of 2 AM to 7 AM. We recommend ear plugs for those of you who would like to sleep in the campgrounds - this is definitely a picking festival.
- Generator use is prohibited in Reservoir Hill campgrounds at all times. There are full-hookup RV spaces in town, which you can locate by clicking on the "accommodations" link above.
- All types of fireworks are strictly prohibited. If you are caught setting off fireworks anywhere on festival grounds you will be evicted from the show with no refund and criminal charges may result.
- CAMPFIRES MUST BE MADE IN METAL CONTAINERS, off the ground, i.e. old washing machine drums, metal barrels, commercial-type fire pans, etc. The goal is to have no impact whatsoever on the environment and landscape of Reservoir Hill. Use your imagination -- this means no digging, no rock rings and no fires directly on the ground. Fires will be subject to any fire restrictions in place in Archuleta County at the time of the festival. Propane grills and stoves, propane fireplaces, lanterns and charcoal grills are allowed. Check the web site prior to the festival for fire regulation updates.
- NEW! Firewood - Due to concern about widespread beetle infestation, the Friends of Reservoir Hill will be providing free firewood at the festival this year (donations accepted). The wood is the product of a healthy forest project in progress on Reservoir Hill. The Town of Pagosa Springs Parks & Recreation Department is requesting that you not import firewood onto the hill this year. All donations will go to the Friends of Reservoir Hill, a grass roots nonprofit organization committed to maintaining the character and natural beauty of the Hill.
- No vehicles are allowed in the campgrounds without a vehicle pass, PERIOD. All types of vehicles require a pass; i.e. cars, motorcycles and RVs. If you are towing a pop-up camper you only need one vehicle pass for the whole rig. Vehicles may not leave and re-enter the campground. Any vehicles parked in the campground without a vehicle pass will be towed at owners' expense.
- All campers must be in possession of an on-site camping festival wristband. This includes all people on the festival grounds anytime before or after the show each night.
- No overnight camping in the parking areas.
- No loud stereos, ATVs, motorcycles or fireworks permitted in campground. Motorcycles may be used as your transportation for entering the campground (with vehicle pass) but may not be used as a recreational vehicle inside the campground.
- Please leave your campsite looking at least as good
as it did when you arrived. We are on town property and
want to be good caretakers.
- FolkWest is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Campers must vacate the festival grounds by 12:00 noon on Monday, September 2.
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