2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Lodging and Tickets: What to Know

Updated February 7, 2019

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Dates, prices, lodging options, and more

The 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival will head to the iconic box canyon June 20-23, 2019, 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 vacation rentals during this monumental festival.

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Important dates and information

November 5-14 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. UPDATE: Camping in Town and Warner Feild has sold out via the lottery. 

Campground + 4-day festival pass: $380

Town park vehicle pass (extremely limited number): $235

December 6 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: $255
Individual day passes (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): $90 each

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Camping

Lawson Hill Camping Pass: $70 (Must have a single day or 4-day festival ticket to purchase)
Lawson Hill RV pass: $250 (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 18 and must leave by 12 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

RV passes for this area are sold per RV, rather than per person, which can be a more affordable option depending on 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: $70 (Must have a 4-day festival ticket, or individual tickets to all festival days, to purchase)
Mary E. Ilium vehicle pass: $65 (must have Mary E. Ilium camping pass to purchase)

The Mary E Ilium campground offers a slightly more rustic stay than 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 15, and closes at noon on Monday, June 24.

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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 vacation homes for rent in the River Club and Ski Ranches neighborhoods 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.

Where to Stay for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Telluride Mountain Village Rentals

For peace and quiet just 13 minutes from town

Our Mountain Village Telluride rentals are the perfect place to enjoy the festival, but still have a quiet and serene home to come back to at the end of the night. Choose a home near Mountain Village Core to easily access the free gondola, which runs on extended hours during the festival. In just 13 minutes, you can get home safely from all the events in Town, and take in quite an amazing view at the same time. 

Here are a few of our luxury vacation rentals perfect for the festival:

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Cabin on the Ridge

  • Just a 2-minute walk to the free gondola into town
  • Breathtaking views steps from the famous San Sophia Overlook
  • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10
  • This home is located at around 10,500 feet above sea level, but has an oxygen system that mirrors oxygen levels of 6,000 feet.
  • Click here to check availability during the festival.

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Mountain Memories

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Shirana Penthouse

  • Located just outside of Heritage Plaza near the free gondola
  • 5-bedroom condo that sleeps 10 guests
  • 5 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom
  • Excellent location for summer activities 
  • Check availability here

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Black Diamond at the Terraces

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Trailside at Pine Meadows

Telluride Town Luxury Rentals

When you want to stay where the excitement never ends

For the ultimate festival experience, consider staying at one of our Telluride luxury rentals located in town. These historic homes are walking distance to all the bars, restaurants, and venues that line the streets, so you'll have an immersive experience for the four days the festival fills the canyon. 

Check out a few of our best Downtown Telluride rentals below.

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Historic Thompson House

  • 4 bedrooms + 1 sleeping area
  • sleeps 8
  • 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom
  • Private outdoor hot tub
  • Walking distance to all of Town
  • Click here for availability
  • UPDATE: This home has been booked for Bluegrass

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Bella Vista at Element 52

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Vermillion Peaks

  • 6-bedroom home in downtown Telluride that sleeps 13
  • 5 full bathrooms and one half bathroom
  • 4 parking spaces
  • Outdoor deck and patio with mountain views
  • Private hot tub
  • Click here for booking information and availability
  • UPDATE: This home has been booked for Bluegrass

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Riverside at the Viking

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