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URL icon « on: February 20, 2018, 08:40:16 PM »


I have a vehicle and camping pass for Mary E. Ilium for the weekend. I haven't been to the Festival before and I've spent a lot of time in the San Juans. I'm happy to roll in, park my car and set up camp. I want it to be uncomplicated.

When should I come?
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URL icon « Reply #1 on: February 21, 2018, 06:10:20 AM »

Campground opens the Saturday before. Wednesday night starts the official TBF events. If you bring a MTN bike you can ride right out of Illium to some nice trails. Last year we stayed there from opening on Saturday through the entire TBF. By Tuesday people were beginning to fill in more, but even at the peak of campers, tents, vehicles and people, you could find a spot easily. Might not be the best spot but you could find one if you came Thursday morning.

I think part of what makes this festival so great is the people. So getting there earlier helps with meeting people and getting to know the ins and outs of the campground. Also by coming early you have opportunity to experience the wilderness around Telluride without missing musical activities. So I say come as many days early as you possibly can. You already paid for the camping and vehicle pass, take advantage of the time that allots you to spend in the area.

If work, school or life can't allow you the luxury of arriving early I'd say you won't get the greatest spots after Tuesday. Remember that you have to walk from camp, with your daily festival gear to catch the bus at the road. Some folks look for spot closer for bus, some like further away or thicker tree cover. Illium is a big area, and plenty of level cleared camp sites. Get to know your gate keepers, they'll have lots of info.
KInda rambling but hope that helps.

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