By Kathy Foster-Patton
This marks the 34th year of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and, as usual, the musical lineup is an eclectic one.
Planet Bluegrass organizers are known for leaning away from more traditional bluegrass-style music with this festival and reaching farther afield to attract music fans looking for something a little different — like The Counting Crows or Los Lobos. Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band is another such example on this June’s line-up. For the younger, jamgrass set, there is Yonder Mountain String Band and Nashville’s current “it” band, The Infamous Stringdusters.
Don’t think that traditional bluegrass is not in attendance — at what other festival could the ticket holders hear a house band such as the star-studded one at Telluride — with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Myer, Darol Anger, and Bryan Sutton.
As the multitude of repeat festival attendees know, Telluride also offers one of the most gorgeous backdrops in the country for a music festival. Although the space is limited, the intimate surroundings foster camaraderie in the camping areas and fun picking is to be had throughout the event.
(As calculated by mapquest.com from
Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.).
Total Est. Time: 6 hours, 9 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 331.25 miles
ALONG THE WAY: Once in Telluride, trips via gondola over to Mountain Village provide some of the most spectacular views of the Telluride Box Canyon. A hike to Bridal Veil Falls, the highest cascade in Colorado, is also a must.
CAMPING: Limited on-site