A Community Celebration of our Public Lands

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!


Deadline for Early Bird tickets is May 15.  You may purchase tickets offline, by cash or check by mailing or dropping off your payment at the WW Office.  Mailed payments need to be postmarked by May 15 or else will be charged the current tickets sale price.

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Owl Farm, Woody Creek
5pm – 10 pm

1289 Woody Creek Road
Woody Creek, CO 81656

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

A General Admission ticket provides you access to all music. The Gonzo™ ticket provides you access to all music, drink tickets to bars, parking on site, a gift bag and other surprises. Available for purchase here.

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, the 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 Truck 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.

A communal mural project where guests can add their own unique touch to a shared work of art

Educational offerings

Fun stuff for the kids in the Kids’ Zone (kids 12 & under).

It’s a family-friendly affair and all are invited!

Wildfest is a green event. We strongly encourage attendees to carpool and bring a water bottle.
Sorry, no dogs.

If you’d like to lend a hand for your ticket you can sign up to volunteer here!



Two days before Independence Day, the Wilderness Workshop celebrated public lands in style at the conservation non-profit’s annual friendraiser, Wildfest. In 2016, the public event featured live music, freshly prepared food and beverages, communal art creation, fire dancing, and kids’ activities on the grounds of Owl Farm, the home of journalist Hunter S. Thompson. This was the first public event hosted at the writer’s legendary spread referenced so familiarly in his famous works as his sanctuary from outside chaos. With stunning views of the Elk Range and a secluded feel in charming Woody Creek, it’s easy to see why.

Guests enjoyed delicious food and drink as they enjoy the musical ambience. The Slow Groovin’ BBQ Truck was parked inside the festival grounds selling slow-cooked meat dishes, donated by local business Crystal River Meats. There were also scrumptious vegetarian options. Yerba Mate tea was available as well. The main bar and Gonzo tent bar served spirits by Sopris Liquor and Wine.

Parents rested easy while their kids were entertained while they enjoy the festivities. The Kids’ Zone featured Dizzy Lizzy the Clown, who lead activities for the youngsters, including face painting, magic, hula hooping, and bubble making. Kids under 12 got in free to Wildfest.

Local muralist Eliza Rogan of Mural Farm lead interested participants in a communal mural creation throughout the evening. Attendees added their own unique touch to the canvas. The completed mural is adorning the hallway at Carbondale’s Third Street Center.

As the sun set and darkness settled, a post-music wind-down featured the local fire-dancing troupe Dance of the Sacred Fire. These talented, brave performers dazzled the audience with their riveting flow.

Wildfest builds on a tradition that began in 2012, when more than 300 guests came to eat, drink, dance barefoot in the rain, and celebrate public lands at the Flying Dog Ranch in Woody Creek.

In 2014, Wilderness Workshop collaborated with several local organizations to host a similar event at the base of Aspen Highlands, the “Maroon Bells Birthday Bash.” They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 50th birthday of the Maroon Bells Wilderness. It was a tremendous success, attracting nearly 2,000 people. In 2015, Wildfest was hosted at the Other Side Ranch in Old Snowmass. Several hundred guests danced to the music of Head for the Hills, enjoyed food from Crystal River Meats, listened to interesting panel discussions and participated in a wide range of fun activities. This year, Wilderness Workshop is building off the energy and feedback from last year’s bash.

Wildfest poster

2016 Poster


2015 Poster


Big thanks to our 2016 sponsors:

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