2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival tickets and lodging: What to know

The 45th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival will head to the iconic box canyon June 21-24, 2018, but the excitement will start building long before that. Here’s a quick breakdown of the dates and steps you’ll need to know to get tickets/campsites and find Telluride rental homes during this monumental festival.

Important dates and information

November 6-15 The online lottery will be open during this period to win spots in the coveted Town Park and Warner Field campgrounds. A tent site here is the ultimate prize for many festivarians -- it’s located next to the festival grounds entrance, and campers can hear the music without leaving their tents. A camping pass for these areas also includes a festival ticket. Enter the lottery here, but be sure you’ve read the lottery rules and policies. You’ll need to enter payment information, to be charged if you win the lottery.

Campground + 4-day festival pass: $335

Town park vehicle pass (extremely limited number): $220

December 7 Tickets and camping passes for all other areas go on sale. Keep in mind that camping passes for the remaining campgrounds DO NOT include a festival pass, which you’ll need to buy separately. You’ll also be limited to four tickets of a given type (four 4-day passes, four Friday passes, etc.) per person. Below we’ve put together ticket and campground pricing information to easily reference.

4-Day Festival Pass: $240
Individual day passes (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): $85 each

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Camping

Lawson Hill Camping Pass:
$65 (Must have a single day or 4-day festival ticket to purchase)
Lawson Hill RV pass: $210 (Must have 4-day festival pass to purchase)

Lawson Hill is located in a beautiful baseball field four miles from the festival, and a free shuttle brings campers back and forth on a regular schedule. Or, you can take the bike path that leads from the campgrounds directly to the festival. Guests will be allowed on to the grounds at 8 a.m. June 19 and must leave by 12 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

RV passes for this area are sold per RV, rather than per person, which can be a more affordable option depending how many people are staying in the RV. You will, however, need to supply event organizers with the length of your RV when purchasing a pass.

Mary E. Ilium Camping pass: $60 (Must have a 4-day festival ticket, or individual tickets to all festival days, to purchase)
Mary E. Ilium vehicle pass: $60 (must have Mary E. Ilium camping pass to purchase)

The Mary E Ilium campground offers a slightly more rustic stay than the the Lawson Hill campground. It’s a bit further - 7 miles away from the festival - but you still have access to the free shuttle. The tent sites are surrounded by trees and shade, which you won’t find at Lawson Hill, and are set among beautiful rivers and mountain views. The Campground opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, and closes at noon on Monday, June 25.

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Telluride homes for rent

If you’re not up for camping, there are plenty of places to stay in town or the surrounding communities. In Mountain Village, a 13-minute gondola ride transports guests to the festival anytime between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., while there are also buses that run from Town Hall Plaza.

There are also several large and beautiful Telluride homes for rent in the River Club and Ski Ranches of Telluride. Check out our full list of luxury Telluride rentals to see what’s still available -- houses typically book up nine months to a year in advance.

For a complete list of camping and festival rules, and more information, take a look at the event’s official page here.

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