Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions we've gathered over the years. If you have a question that isn't posted, please email these to:

What are the festival hours?
The festival runs daily from approximately 9am to 11pm. Check out the complete schedule.
Can I bring my dog?
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 /
  • Cottonwood Kennels (7275 Valmont, Boulder, CO 80301-4715) - (303) 442-2602 /
  • 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 /
  • Longs Peak Animal Hospital - (303) 776-6666
  • Canine Campovers LLC (Boulder County) - (303) 998-1111 /
Chatham County Line in 2008
Chatham County Line in 2008
Where can I camp?
We have three camping areas available up to a 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, Meadow Park opens at 11am on Sunday. Planet Bluegrass Farm opens at 8am Thursday. All camping areas close at noon on Monday.
Where can I park?
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!
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is available on-site with an authorized handicap parking sticker.
Where is the closest airport?
The closest airport is DIA, Denver International Airport. It is about 1 hour from Lyons. General Information: 303-342-2000
What is the weather like in Lyons?
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.
What can I bring into the festival?
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.
Manzanita at RockyGrass
Russ Barenberg & Edgar Meyer
at RockyGrass 2006
Can I tape the festival?
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.
What is the seating like?
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.
How much is admission for children?
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.
Are there facilities at the campgrounds?
Campround are equipped with portapottes and fresh water. Hookups are available only at Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park with an appropriate, pre-purchased RV upgrade. Showers and real flush toilets are available on-site at our bath house.
Are campfires allowed in the campgrounds?
No. No campfires are allowed in any of the campgrounds, regardless of whether an official fire ban has been issued.
Can I rent inner tubes for tubing in the river?
Inner tubes can be purchased for a small fee at the local tire store.
Del McCoury at the 35th RockyGrass (photo: Russell Bramlett)
Del McCoury at the 35th RockyGrass
Directions to Lyons From DIA:
Check out our interactive map and driving directions.
What can I buy in Lyons?
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.
Are there phones available? Will my cell phone work?
We do not have any public phone on site at the Ranch. Cell phone coverage at the ranch can be problematic. Generally, the Verizon network in Lyons works best, and AT&T is among the weakest. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.
How do I get to Planet Bluegrass?
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:
Lyons Area Lodging
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.
Will Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park be closed to the public around the festival?
From Monday, July 23 thru Sunday, July 29, Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park ticket holders and Lyons residently 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.