Congrats to 2018 Campsite Challenge winners: Camp Trailer Smash!

Campsite Challenge

2018 winners: Camp Trailer Smash with their vegan lasagna using locally grown vegetables
2018 winners: Camp Trailer Smash

To extend the spirit of Sustainable Festivation into the campgrounds, Planet Bluegrass encourages you to enter the 10th Annual How Green is your Grass? Campsite Challenge.

Coordinated by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Planet Bluegrass, the contest encourages all of us to raise the bar for sustainable and creative camping. All entrants are eligible for random daily prizes, while campsites that excel in achieving the highest levels of the Leave No Trace philosophy could win camping and 4-day passes for the 2019 festival.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Campsite Challenge Winner: Camp Trailer Smash (from Longmont, CO)! For their efforts, the camp will receive a pair of 4-day passes and camping for the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Camp Trailer Smash

Camp Trailer Smash
Town Park Campground
Camp Trailer Smash was all about being trailer trashy but without the trash! From bringing food in reusable containers, serving it on reusable plates, and coordinating meals with campmates to reduce waste– to repairing as much camping gear as possible (including a 24-year-old tent that lives on with new zippers!), Camp Trailer Smash were experts at reducing and reusing. In past years, they noticed that the majority of their waste was plastic ice bags, so this year, they implemented a simple solution: they collected the ice bags from their camp (and others!) and took them home to recycle locally at CHaRM (the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials in Boulder). Next year, they plan to bring more signage to post at the Camp Host, by the bathrooms, and on the ice truck, so everyone knows to bring their ice bags to Camp Trailer Smash! In addition, they utilized solar lighting and charging and chose to eat vegetarian to reduce their camp's carbon footprint. Way to go, Camp Trailer Smash!

Camp Trailer Smash's advice for fellow Festivarians campers: "As you sort your landfill/recycling/compost, survey what's in your landfill bin and research creative ways to reduce or recycle those items! And... By switching to plant-based meals while you're camping, you can cut your camp's carbon footprint in half! Even switching your breakfast to a veggie scramble or a vegan breakfast burrito makes a huge difference, and you can get tasty, seasonal ingredients from Clark's and the Telluride Farmers' Market!"
Thanks to these and the many many other thoughtful, creative, sustainable campers at the 2018 Festival. Give them a virtual pat on the back over at the Festivarian Forum.

How Do I Enter?

The contest is open to all campers in any of the Planet Bluegrass-managed campgrounds. To nominate your own campsite or one of your neighbors:

  1. Leave No TraceComplete the 1-page campsite entry form at the Leave No Trace booth inside the festival. (Download a PDF of the entry form now.)
  2. Stop by the Leave No Trace booth each day to view all the campsite entries. Each day we select 2 winners (one chosen by our staff, one chosen at random) for daily prizes.
  3. Planet Bluegrass will select the grand prize winner after the campground pack-out is complete on Monday. The grand prize winner will receive camping and 4-day passes for the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass.

How Do I Win?

We will be judging on three simple criteria:

  1. Cleanliness. Are you repackaging the food you bring? Are you keeping a tidy campsite? Are items secure and not susceptible to wind gusts? Are you safely disposing of cigarette butts?
  2. 2018 winners: Camp Trailer Smash
    2018 winners: Camp Trailer Smash
    Sustainability. Are you separating your recyclables, compostables, and then placing them in the correct bins at the campsite waste stations? Are you reusing products (cups, utensils, water bottles, bags) instead of trashing them? Are you using any alternative energy sources to power your campsite? Did you bike or carpool to the festival; are you offsetting carbon emissions using wind credits or carbon offsets? Will you pack out as much as possible when leaving? Did you do anything to reduce your homes’ energy while attending the festival?
  3. Creativity. Does your campsite have a theme? Did you decorate your campsite with lights, flags, or banners?Are you utilizing any unique and innovative camping techniques? Are you cooking any creative camping recipes? Are you upcycling any items from home?

What Do I Win?

Random winners will be chosen each day to win: Avery beer, Kelty gear, Klean Kanteen products, Forty Years of Festivation books, and other fun stuff from Planet Bluegrass.

One grand prize winner will be selected after the campground pack-out on Monday. This grand prize winner will receive a pair of 4-day passes and camping (in the campground of your choice) for the 2019 Festival!!

Some Tips from Leave No Trace

  1. Voting at the LNT booth
    Bigfoot at Telluride Bluegrass
    Before you arrive, repackage food into reusable containers. This will limit how much waste you bring to the fest and keep your camp that much cleaner.
  2. Re-use is the name of the game. Bring re-usable cups, plates, napkins, etc. This will reduce the amount of trash you generate.
  3. Good campsites are found, not made. Bring folding tables, chairs, or other amenities to make a comfortable camp. Remember to take everything you brought with you, and leave the area better than you found it.
  4. Establish a clean and green camping community. Work together with other nearby campers to share your resources and strive to Leave No Trace in a fun and festive manner.
  5. Secure your food. Human food is unhealthy for wildlife. Protect the locals and your food by storing all your food, trash, and compost securely in your camp.

For More Information

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Visit at or call 1-800-332-4100