Thank you for attending Wildfest 2017. The photo album is now available!

A Community Celebration of our Public Lands

Saturday, July 1, 2017 | Owl Farm, Woody Creek | 5 pm – 10 pm
1289 Woody Creek Road | Woody Creek, CO 81656

DOOR PRICE: $50 (General Admission)  |  $165 (Gonzo Ticket)


Every summer, Wilderness Workshop hosts Wildfest, a communal bash to bring together our great supporters (and prospective members). It’s our way of saying “thank you” for another great year, and to celebrate our work protecting and conserving the public lands we all cherish. We bring in live musical acts, fresh locally-sourced food and drink, kids entertainment, and a whole lot more family-friendly fun in a beautiful setting. We hope to see you this summer!

This summer’s Wildfest celebration will be held at OWL FARM in Woody Creek, the legendary spread of the late, great gonzo journalist Hunter S.Thompson.

If you’d like to lend a hand for your ticket you can SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Online Ticket Sales Closed.

A General Admission ticket provides you access to all music. The Gonzo™ ticket provides you access to all music, 5 drink tickets, special on-site parking, and a gift ticket to be redeemed at the merchandise table. Kids 12 & under are FREE. Tickets purchased before July 1 are $45 for General Admission, and $150 for Gonzo. On the day of at the venue, tickets are $50 for General Admission, and $165 for Gonzo.

Inside Owl Farm. Available to Wildfest ticket holders only, we are excited to offer guided tours of Hunter S. Thompson’s home and museum where he lived and worked since he settled there in the 1970s. For an additional fee of $50, ticket holders can sign up to receive a personal tour of the property by Hunter’s wife, Anita Thompson, as well as famous law man and friend Bob Braudis. Hear personal stories of Hunter’s antics and view his writing quarters where the magic happened. This is an exclusive offer for Wildfest ticket holders not previously offered to the public. Tours will take place on the weekend of July 8th. An option to purchase the tour will become available through our ticket selling website after a Wildfest ticket is purchased. Only 40 available, first come first served.

We are pleased to announce we have selected our lineup for 2017. They are:

World’s Finest of Portland, OR. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, World’s Finest transcends genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving the audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance.

The Railsplitters of Boulder, CO. With their finger on the pulse, the Railsplitters are pushing their genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with innovative sound. The Railsplitters’ secret weapon is two-fold: first, the innovative imagination of banjo player Dusty Rider’s songwriting. Second, the powerfully distinct vocals of Lauren Stovall whose voice is as clean as Emmylou, as cutting as Allison Krauss, and carrying some of the attitude of Dolly herself. Lauren’s vocal lines fill The Railsplitters’ sound with a distinct and undeniable quality.

Pearl & Wood of Carbondale, CO. Hailing from the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, Pearl & Wood weave silvery harmonies, raw banjo, refined cello to deliver a fresh taste of Americana. They will open for Wildfest.

There will be enticing food and drink, including vegetarian options, from Slow Groovin’ BBQ Truck and the Sled by SkiCO. There will be two bars on site, serving spirits provided by Sopris Liquor and Wine. All food and beverages are available for purchase and are not included in the ticket price, although five free drink tickets are included in the Gonzo Ticket.

We are honored to host Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Mr. Brune will provide spoken remarks from the stage.

The Kids’ Zone will have activities for the youngsters, including face painting, magic, hula hooping, and bubble making. Kids under 12 get in FREE to Wildfest.

Live Art creation. Local artist Eliza Rogan will create a live landscape painting of the wilderness areas that Wilderness Workshop works to protect.

Wildfestivarians can unite their social media skills with their activist passions, targeting Congress with statements about their love of public lands.

Parking is available on-site at Owl Farm for Gonzo ticket holders only. General Admission ticket holders can park in a designated lot near the venue (abundant signs and volunteers will direct traffic to the lot). Free shuttles will run every 5 minutes to and from the venue from 5:00 p.m. to close.

Wildfest is a green event. We strongly encourage attendees to carpool and bring a water bottle.

Traveling East on Highway 82 (from down valley): From Highway 82 after Snowmass Canyon, take a left on Gerbaz Way. In a 1/4 mile, continue right onto Upper River Road. In 3.2 miles, bear left onto Upper Woody Creek Road/Lenado Road (if you pass the Woody Creek Community Center/Woody Creek Tavern, you have gone too far). For General Admission: In a 1/4 mile take a left onto Woody Creek Mesa to park at Aspen Community School. For Gonzo Ticket Holders: Continue along Woody Creek Road. Owl Farm is on the left hand side. Parking officials will help guide arriving vehicles.

Traveling West on Highway 82 (from up valley): From Highway 82 after the Intercept Lot RFTA station, take a right on Smith Way. After a few hundred feet take a sharp left onto Upper River Road. After 2.6 miles (right past the Woody Creek Tavern on your left) take a sharp right (almost a u-turn) onto Upper Woody Creek Road/Lenado Road. For General Admission: In a 1/4 mile take a left onto Woody Creek Mesa to park at Aspen Community School. For Gonzo Ticket Holders: Continue along Woody Creek Road. Owl Farm is on the left hand side. Parking officials will help guide arriving vehicles.

Wildfest is an outdoor event. Be a prepared mountain person ready for variable weather: sunscreen, raincoats, umbrella, warm layers, hat, sturdy shoes, are all suggested.

Please be prepared to bring cash to the event grounds. We cannot accept credit cards on site.




The Aspen area has vast and easily accessible public lands that are ideal for camping. Options for car camping, RVing and backpacking abound. Please note that many of the most popular sites need to be booked in advance during the peak summer months. The surrounding White River National Forest campsites are listed below with information about campground fees and regulations:

Forest Service fees and regulations
The Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale areas listed are all within reasonable distance to the Wildfest site, but public transportation is rarely available to the these areas.

*Please be aware that bear-resistant food containers are required for overnight camping in Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness Area. Aspen Expeditions , Ute Mountaineer or Four-Mountain Sports have canisters available for rent or purchase.

If you are planning to camp in an RV, The nearest RV site is the Aspen-Basalt campground.
Please be aware that vehicles over 35 feet are not allowed on Independence Pass.

If you decide to tent camp, check out the following link for more information on dispersed camping in the White River National Forest:
Dispersed camping information.

*Please remember that camping is prohibited within 100 feet of all trails, streams, and lakes, campsites must be out of sight in open areas, and please follow the Leave No Trace guidelines.

Public showers are located at the Aspen Recreation Center and the Red Brick for a small fee. Please contact the businesses directly for updated information regarding fees and hours of operation.










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