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:

2015 Instructor Joe Craven
2015 Instructor Joe Craven
How will the Song School be structured?
The Song School program is an intensive workshop experience that focuses on songwriting and its building blocks. The week is designed to allow participants maximum flexibility in choosing their songwriting interests. Each day, from 9:00 am to 6:00pm, there are elective topics in the areas of songwriting, performance, business, guitar and vocals. The evenings consist of BBQs, open stage time, and campfire song sharing.
What does it cost?
The experience costs $550. A $150 deposit is required to hold your space prior to May 1. To register, call us at 800-624-2422 or register online at
When are full payments due? Can I get a refund?
Full payments for the Song School are due by May 1st. Your $135 deposit is nonrefundable, but your $415 remainder payment is fully refundable until June 1. No refunds are available after June 1.
What about ability levels?
Which class should I sign up for? Most participants write songs regularly, but the program is open to all levels of songwriters. A large dose of inspiration will be had by all, even if you have never written a song before.
Can I bring friends or family along to the Song School?
One companion may stay with you during the Song School under the following conditions: You must purchase a guest pass for your guest in advance. A guest wristband costs $210 and includes camping, evening activities and both Song School BBQs. Guests must share tent with Academy attendee. Guests may not bring vehicles on site. Guests must avoid classroom areas during the day and be respectful with regard to noise.
Songwriting session on Planet Bluegrass
Inspiration by the river
How do I get to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch?
Check out our interactive map of Lyons and Planet Bluegrass for driving directions. 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:
  • RTD 800-366-7433
  • Estes Park Shuttle 970-586-5151
  • North Denver Airport Shuttle 303-457-4646
  • Superior Shuttle 303-399-2812
What accommodations should I expect to find?
Planet Bluegrass offers convenient on-site camping during the Song School and during The Folks Festival. Our Ranch is situated on 15 beautiful acres of private property. It's nestled along the St. Vrain River; tucked beneath a rim of 75 foot high red sandstone cliffs. We also have a bathhouse, which offers indoor toilets, sinks and showers.
Can I bring my RV?

We do not allow any vehicles over 21feet in our on-site campground. If you would like to bring a vehicle larger than that, you will need to purchase a separate RV pass at Meadow Park.

Meadow Park Camping?
We also offer camping at Meadow Park across the street from our Ranch. This campground is operated by the town of Lyons until Monday morning (August 14) when Planet Bluegrass takes over. If you display a Meadow Park camping and vehicle pass for the Folks Festival, you may stay for the Song School for no additional charge.
Songwriting session on Planet Bluegrass
Song School graduation
What about other vehicles and tents on site?
You may camp in a tent or vehicle free of charge while attending the Song School in the designated Song School camping area. To stay on-site during the festival you will need to purchase a three-day festival pass with on-site camping privileges. Vehicles and RVs require additional passes during the festival, separate from the per-person camping pass. If you are not staying for the festival you will be asked to move your vehicle out of the campground Thursday to accommodate festival campers moving in.
Can I set up and stay in the same campsite for the Song School and the Festival? What about my vehicle?
Song School campers who have festival and on-site camping passes can set up and stay in the same campsite once the Song School has ended. Buy your festival, camping and vehicle passes ASAP before they sell out. You will be required to move your vehicle on Thursday and move your campsite on Friday morning by 9:00am if you do not have festival camping passes. If you do not need to camp with your vehicle for the festival, you may park it in a secured lot for the weekend.
Are there hotels and other places to stay nearby?
There are a number of lodges and motels in the surrounding area, which offer a wide range of accommodations. Visit our Folks Festival lodging page for more information.
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 music store, a health food store, a small grocery, a pharmacy, a half dozen restaurants, and several coffee shops. Within a two-mile radius you can find a dozen restaurants, several gas stations, two banks, liquor and grocery stores and several antique dealers.
What should I bring with me?
The classrooms are outdoors under shade tents, so bring rain gear and warm clothing as well as shorts, a swimming suit, a hat, and sunscreen. Also bring picks, extra strings, watch, tape recorder and plenty of extra batteries and tapes, a flashlight, tarp, folding chairs, camera, snack food, and a reusable water bottle.
Are there phones available?
Will my cell phone work? We have installed a public phone on site in front of the bathhouse. Pay phones can also be found nearby in the town of Lyons. Cell phones users have experienced trouble with reception on the Ranch. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.
Classroom along the river
Classroom along the river
How soon can I set up camp and check in for the Song School?
The Song School campground opens at 1pm on Sunday. You may check in and pick up Song School materials from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Sunday and on Monday morning starting at 8:00 AM.
What's the weather like?
Usually Colorado is sunny and warm with an occasional afternoon thunderstorm- but not always. The phrase "if you don't like the weather just wait fifteen minutes" is truly appropriate in Colorado. It's good to be prepared for a little rain, wind, and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures usually are in the 80s and 90s and at night you can expect 60s and 70s.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, no pets are allowed on site. 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 /