- CAMPING IS SOLD PER PERSON AND PER VEHICLE – NOT PER SITE. If there are two of you and you want to have your vehicle or RV at the campground with you, you must purchase two camping passes and one vehicle or RV pass in addition to your Festival passes.
- Showers are available inside the Festival in the Planet Bluegrass bathhouse.
- Fires are not allowed in any campgrounds.
- All camping areas close at noon on the Monday after the festival.
- Lyons Numbers:
- National Forest Camping: 877-444-6777
- Lyons Chamber of Commerce: 303-823-5215
- Lyons Town Hall: 303-823-6622
Every year, the biggest problem we have at the Lyons Festivals is Festivarians parking in residential areas and in front of businesses. When you come to the Festivals please park only in designated areas. There is a nominal fee, but it will strengthen the relationship with the town and its residents and secure the future of the Festivals. Thanks!
If you are coming to the Festival and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at the Planet Bluegrass Farm ($2 per day / $5 for the entire festival with unlimited re-entry). There will be plenty of signs to direct you. If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate. This pass is separate from your camping pass. The parking area and campgrounds are serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival. We encourage you to walk or bring your bicycle!
- Show goes on rain or shine.
- No pets - including dogs, cats, birds, or any other animals - are allowed anywhere in the Festival grounds, campgrounds, or parking lots and cars. It would be cruel to bring your pet to this Festival. Dogs do not like crowds, heat, or traffic. If you need to kennel your dog, here are a few local options:
- Stone Canyon Kennels (in Lyons): 720-310-5515
- Blue Hills Kennel: 303-776-3907
- Cottonwood Boarding: 303-442-2603
- Doggie Dude Ranch: 303-682-0007
- Gunbarrel Kennels: 303-530-2500
- Alcohol, Glass and Video Cameras are not allowed on the Festival grounds. You are welcome to bring in your own food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve beer at the Festival (don’t forget your ID) and we have a wide assortment of vendors with reasonably priced yummy food, cool crafts, clothes and other stuff.
- Audio taping the music at the festival is permitted. Recording devices must be self- contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow Festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
- Please use only low back chairs. Highback chairs are allowed only in designated areas. Tarps are allowed to reserve space and to protect the grass.
- Smoking, dancing & hula-hooping are welcome in designated areas.
- No frisbee playing in the Festival.
- Children 12 and under are free for the Festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- Show is general admission; no reserved seating available.
- Not responsible for loss, damages, or personal injury.
- All tickets must be exchanged for a wristband, which must be worn on your wrist, for festival entry.
- Only the first copy of the barcode ticket scanned will be honored.
- In the spirit of Festivarianism, if you see an empty tarp, feel free to have a seat until the owner returns.
Due to restrictions on use of the new Planet Bluegrass Farm property and ongoing construction at Bohn Park, we will again be using a lottery system for the RockyGrass On-Site Campground vehicle lineup.
- The 2019 RockyGrass On-Site Campground opens at 6pm on Thursday, July 25. Vehicles that arrive prior to 6pm may lineup their vehicles at the Planet Bluegrass Farm (located 0.3 miles northwest of the On-Site Campground on Highway 36 - view map).
- Vehicles may not arrive at the vehicle lineup earlier than 9am on Thursday, July 25 (the same day the On-Site Campground opens).
- To avoid a line prior to 9am on Thursday, vehicles arriving at the Planet Bluegrass Farm anytime between 9am-Noon will receive a lottery number assigning them a random spot in the On-Site Campground vehicle lineup (see below). We highly encourage you to arrive after 10am to help us disperse the arrivals and avoid delays. (Vehicles arriving after Noon will proceed to the end of the lineup.)
- If you plan to arrive in Lyons a day or more before the On-Site Campground opens, you will need to find your own camping/lodging. No overnight camping is allowed at Bohn Park, at the Planet Bluegrass Farm, or on public streets in Lyons.
We realize these changes may impact some Festivarians’ travel plans. But after decades of experience managing these campground vehicle lines, we believe most Festivarians will appreciate the simplicity and fairness of this new system. We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-624-2422.
Initial Line-Up Procedure (lottery)
To discourage any arrivals to the Planet Bluegrass Farm prior to 9am and to make this initial lineup process as stress-free and fair as possible, we will be using a “random lottery” procedure for the initial lineup from 9:00am - Noon on Thursday morning, July 25th. (If you arrive after Noon on Thursday, you will simply proceed to the end of the line.)
- Vehicles arriving at the Planet Bluegrass Farm between 9:00am and Noon on Thursday, July 25 will be given a random lineup number, similar to our nightly tarp line numbers.
- These numbers will truly be random, so someone arriving at 10:00am will have the same chance of receiving a low lineup space as someone arriving right at 9:00am.
- Only one number will be given to each vehicle. Vehicles that leave the line-up after receiving a number will forfeit their spot in line and will not be given a new number if they return to the lottery.
- Planet Bluegrass staff will assist vehicles in proceeding to the marked parking space corresponding to their lottery number.
- At Noon, the random lottery will end.
- All vehicles will move forward to close any gaps from unused lottery numbers.
- After moving cars forward, Planet Bluegrass staff will exchange lottery numbers for your actual spot in the final vehicle lineup.
- If you are not present to move your car forward at noon, you will forfeit the opportunity to move forward and your car must remain in your initial line position.
- All vehicles arriving after Noon will receive the next available space at the end of the line.
Please remember: Vehicles MAY NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 9:00AM at the Planet Bluegrass Farm on Thursday, July 25th (and with this lottery procedure there is absolutely no benefit to arriving any earlier!). YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED & TOWED IF YOU PARK ALONG HIGHWAY 36.
If you arrive before 9:00am, we highly recommend you relax and grab breakfast at one of Lyons’ coffee shops or restaurants and casually drive over to the Planet Bluegrass Farm well after the 9:00am opening.
On-Site Campground Load-In Procedure
- Due to concerns from the Sheriff’s Department, each vehicle may only contain as many occupants as available seat belts. Vehicles with more people than the vehicle can safely transport, will be pulled from the line until each passenger is removed from the vehicle (or wearing a seatbelt).
- At 6:00pm on Thursday, vehicles will be escorted from the Planet Bluegrass Farm to the On-Site Campground on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Vehicles must remain in order. Vehicles that arrive at the Ranch out of order will not be allowed entry into the campground.
- Vehicles will be admitted to the Ranch in order according to their number. Don’t lose your number or you will have to go to the end of the line!
- Due to safety concerns, NO pedestrian walk-ins to the on-site campground will be allowed until all vehicles in the lineup have entered the on-site campground.
- All roads are one-way and the speed limit is strictly 5 MPH. For the safety of everyone PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY.
- In the interest of encouraging people to quickly unload their vehicles and return them to The Farm parking area during the onsite camping load in, Planet Bluegrass is enacting a new re-entry policy. We recognize that some campers will be able to unload their equipment, return their car to The Farm parking area, and walk back to the onsite campground before the pedestrian campers are released into the campground. In the past, these campers who have quickly unloaded and gotten their vehicle moved to make room for fellow Festivarians have had to wait with the Pedestrian line to re-enter the onsite campground. In order to encourage prompt vehicle removal and reduce wait times for people returning from parking their car, the following policy will be in place during the 2019 load in.
- Drivers will retain their line number after it is checked by staff members as they enter the property.
- Once their car is returned to The Farm parking area, the driver can walk back and present their number to the front gate attendant between “waves” of vehicles to be let back into the property before the pedestrian line is released.
- NOTE: The returning Festivarian can NOT bring anything into the grounds with them upon their return.
Due to impacts on the River Bend property and WeeCasa guests, Planet Bluegrass is enacting a new lineup policy for the River Bend Campground for Rockygrass in 2019.
The River Bend Campground opens for camping on Thursday, July 25th at 9am. In order to accommodate the anticipated lineup, the following policy will be strictly enforced.
- The PEDESTRIAN ONLY lineup for River Bend Campground will begin at 7am on Thursday July 25th.
- Please DO NOT arrive earlier than 7am, and DO NOT line up at the entrance or along the highway. Any lines that form will be dissolved by Planet Bluegrass staff.
- No one will be allowed to enter the River Bend property or congregate along the highway before 7am.
- If you arrive in Lyons before 7am on Thursday, July 25th please find a legal parking spot in town and wait for River Bend and The Farm to open.
- Vehicles will NOT be allowed to pull into River Bend to unload tarps before 9:30am, unless they have a valid handicapped placard visible
- You must either park at The Farm or park in town and walk to River Bend with your tarp.
- At 7am the Farm will open for temporary vehicle parking. River Bend campers can drop their car off at The Farm and walk back to River Bend with their tarp to join the pedestrian line.
- No vehicles will be allowed into The Farm before 7am and stopping along the highway is not allowed.
- At 9am the pedestrian line will be allowed to enter the River Bend Campground.
- At 9:30am, or whenever the tarp run has been completed, vehicles will be able to enter the River Bend campground to unload camping gear.
- Those parking in River Bend will stop in the parking lot on the east side of the host tent, and those without River Bend parking will continue straight through the property, unload along the road, and continue out the back access road of the property.
- At this time, The Farm will be open for festival parking, so please move your car promptly from River Bend to make room for other campers.
- NOTE: The Farm campground load in and onsite lottery in will be opening around the same time as the River Bend lineup, meaning there will be lots of traffic in and around The Farm. Please be patient, drive slowly, and clearly communicate with staff members where you are camping and that you would like to park your car.
The LaVern Johnson Park Campground opens at 11am on Wednesday, July 24th. Due to the opening being closer to the festival than usual, Planet Bluegrass is enacting a new lineup policy to accommodate all arrivals and provide a fair and positive experience for all. The lineup policy will be strictly enforced as follows:
- Campers with a TENT CAMPING pass may begin lining up for a space at 6am on Wednesday, July 24th.
- Vehicles will be parked in the main parking lot and campers will be able to enter the pedestrian line with a tarp.
- At 11am, the pedestrian line will be released, and campers can claim spots with their tarps.
- Campers with a VEHICLE camping pass may begin lining up for a space at 6am on Wednesday, July 24th.
- Vehicles will be lined up in order of arrival
- At 11am, vehicles will be moved into their camping spaces
- Campers with an RV camping pass may NOT enter Lavern Johnson Park before 11:30am.
- If you arrive in Lyons before 11:30am with your RV, please park in legal public parking available in town.
- At 11:30am, RV’s may begin to enter the park
- RV’s will be placed in available spaces at the discretion of the camp host
- Campers who have paid the Town of Lyons to remain in their campsites the night of Tuesday, July 23rd, may keep their campsites set up and transition them into Planet Bluegrass Camping if they have a valid Rockygrass camping pass.
- However, TENTS MAY ONLY BE PLACED ON GRAVEL TENT PADS
- If you would like to place a tent in the grass adjacent to your site, you must join the pedestrian line at 6am.
- Any tarps or tents on any grass before 11am will be confiscated by Planet Bluegrass Staff
Designated Family Camping Area
Please note that in 2019 we will be designating the northwestern-corner of the campground as a family camping area with quiet hours from midnight-7am. (View a map of the family camping area.) If your group intends to be up late pickin’, please plan to camp outside this family camping area. Thanks!
Because we have had many complaints about the overnight line to get into the show, we have established a new policy in hopes of creating a kinder, gentler, more Festivarian-like entry each morning. Please keep in mind that the entry line is a complicated logistical problem and we have developed these rules with a lot of experience and a number of factors in consideration. Our goal is to create an entry procedure that will be fair, orderly, and will satisfy the greatest number of Festivarians.
- Festivarians may begin assembling for the next day’s line numbers no earlier than 11pm.
- At around midnight, the number line will be led through the customs gate, where we will distribute random numbers and mark wristbands to show receipt of a number.
- These numbers will be shuffled randomly; each person may receive no more than 1 number. We will mark each person’s wristbands to insure that no one receives more than 1 number per night.
- The next morning, Festivarians should re-assemble in line-number order beginning one hour before gates. Festivarians will be admitted into the Festival in this randomly-assigned order, followed by all Festivarians without line numbers.
- Unless your tickets were specified as will-call, they will be emailed to you within a week of placing your order. If you have not received this email after a week, please contact Planet Bluegrass - 800-624-2422 / email@example.com.
- If you need a refund, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of your email should read: “Attn: Refunds - your name”. Please include a copy of your e-mail confirmation along with exact details of your refund request.
- Refund requests for RockyGrass must be made by Friday, March 22, 2019.
- We will gladly refund you in the same manner that your tickets were purchased. There will be no refunds after this date. No extensions or exceptions.
The festival runs daily from approximately 9am to 11pm. Check out the complete schedule.
NO NO NO NO DOGS allowed on the Festival grounds, in the parking areas, or in any of the camping areas. Please be a humane and responsible pet owner and make arrangements to leave your dogs at home or in a kennel, thanks! Here is a list of some local kennels:
- Camp Bow Wow Boulder (3631 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301-2423) - (303) 442-2261
- Arapahoe Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennels (5585 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1334) -
(303) 442-7033 / www.arapahoeanimalhospital.com
- Cottonwood Kennels (7275 Valmont, Boulder, CO 80301-4715) - (303) 442-2602 / www.cottonwoodkennels.com
- Whispering Pines Pet Resort (14360 N 83rd St, Longmont, CO 80503-9215) - (303) 776-3907 /
- Windstar Kennels (14077 Weld County Road 5, Longmont, CO 80504-9642) - (303) 485-2176 / www.windstar-kennels.com
- Longs Peak Animal Hospital - (303) 776-6666
- Canine Campovers LLC (Boulder County) - (303) 998-1111 / www.caninecampovers.com
We have three camping areas available, from 0-1 mile from the festival. Camping passes are sold per-person, not per-site. The on-site campground features permanent restrooms with real showers and real toilets! The lovely Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park campground is located across the street about 2 blocks away, while the Planet Bluegrass Farm camping area is about 0.4 mile from the festival (adjacent to the festival parking area). All camping is first-come first-served. On-site camping opens at 6pm Thursday, LaVern Johnson (Meadow) Park opens at 11am on Wednesday. Planet Bluegrass Farm opens at TBA Time on Thursday. All camping areas close at noon on Monday.
If you are coming to the Festival and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at the Planet Bluegrass Farm ($2 per day / $5 for the entire festival with unlimited re-entry). There will be plenty of signs to direct you. If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate. This pass is separate from your camping pass. The parking area is serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival. We encourage you to walk or bring your bicycle!
Handicap parking is available on-site with an authorized handicap parking placard.
The closest airport is DIA, Denver International Airport. It is about 1 hour from Lyons. General Information: 303-342-2000 www.flydenver.com
Please come prepared for any weather conditions. This includes: intense sun, heat, rain & wind. The show goes on rain or shine! At an altitude of close to 6,000 feet the weather can change quickly, it can get chilly at night even if the temperature is in the 90s during the day. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST! Please remember to DRINK LOTS OF WATER and WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL consumption, especially if you’re coming from lower elevations.
ALCOHOL, GLASS and VIDEO CAMERAS are not allowed on the Festival grounds. You’re welcome to bring in food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve beer at the Festival, (don’t forget your ID!) and we have a wide assortment of vendors with reasonably priced YUMMY FOOD, cool crafts, clothes and other great stuff.
Audio recording the music at the festival is permitted, unless the performing artist requests otherwise. Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow Festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
The box office opens each day one hour before gates, and closes down when the closing act hits the stage.
Times are subject to change, but the tentative 2019 hours are:
- Friday: approximately 9am to 9pm
- Saturday: approximately 8am to 9pm
- Sunday: approximately 9am to 8:00pm
Seating is all general admission lawn seating so bring a tarp or chair. Please use only low-back lawn chairs so folks behind you can see. Dancing is welcome in the designated dance areas. One tarp can be used to reserve space on the grass. For safety and courtesy considerations, you may not sit in the pedestrian walkways. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome in the rear of the festival grounds. You (and your gear!!) will need to clear out of the Festival grounds each day.
Children 12 and under are FREE for the festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out the family tent daily for fun family activities! Please accompany your children at all times.
Camprounds are equipped with port-a-potties and fresh water. Hookups are available only at Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park with an appropriate, pre-purchased RV pass. Showers and real flush toilets are available on-site at our bath house.
No. No campfires are allowed in any of the campgrounds, regardless of whether an official fire ban has been issued.
Inner tubes can be purchased for a small fee at the local tire store across the street.
Lyons is a small town where you can get the basics. Within a mile or less from the Ranch gate, you can get to the post office, a health food store, a small grocery, a pharmacy, a half dozen restaurants, several liquor stores, and several coffee shops. Within a two-mile radius you can find a dozen restaurants, several gas stations, two banks, and several antique dealers.
We do not have any public phone on site at the Ranch. Cell phone coverage at the ranch can be problematic. Generally, the Verizon and Sprint networks work best in Lyons, and AT&T is among the weakest. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.
If you are planning to fly into Denver International Airport, you have several options to get from Denver to Lyons. The Denver metro bus system, RTD, stops about 1/2 mile from the PB Ranch gate. Another private service, the Estes Park Shuttle, makes four daily runs from DIA to Estes Park, dropping you off at the PB Ranch on the way. The North Denver Airport Shuttle and Superior Shuttle both serve Lyons. For more details, contact these services directly:
There are a number of lodges and motels in the surrounding area, which offer a wide range of accommodations. Visit our lodging page for more information.
From Wednesday, July 24, thru Sunday, July 28, Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park ticket holders and Lyons residents will be allowed access to the park. Residency will be determined by ID (from 80540). Lyons residents will be limited to foot traffic only, no vehicles.