High Sierra awash with Colorado artists



By Monica Banks

July 5-8
Quincy, Calif.

High Sierra began in 1991 with one stage and 20 artists. This grassroots festival has now grown to five stages with over 75 artists. This summer’s promising line-up features the much anticipated Leftover Salmon reunion, along with other hometown acts such as Yonder Mountain String Band, Zilla, Great American Taxi and Phix.

The promoters say, “Go for the music and stay for the fun, you can even bring the kids.” On site you’ll find the fun-filled Kidzone, arts and crafts, microbrews, yoga, pilates, dance classes and much more. If you are looking for a more intimate setting, check out the Artist Playshops or get an education on the business in the Music Biz Playshop. Whatever it is you decided to do, be sure to pack your costumes for the daily parades hosted by Third Planet Ceremonial Celebrations.

(As calculated by mapquest.com from
Denver, Colo. to Quincy, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 16 hours, 11 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 1,129.10 miles

ALONG THE WAY: Quincy, Calif. is kind of out in the sticks, so come prepared. However, that isolation also brings some amazing scenery. Just up the road from Quincy is Lake Almanor and the Canyon Dam. The Feather River is also beautiful. The trip from Colorado takes you through Reno, so if you’re feeling lucky, you can always stop and roll the dice.


CAMPING: Yes $$$.

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