Pagosa hosts 17th Four Corners Folk Fest
BY Brian Turk
August 31 – Sept. 2
Reservoir Hill Park
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Since the inception in 1996 of The Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, its lineup has consistently stayed strong, and so has the event’s attendance.
Yes, Pagosa Springs is quite a haul from Denver, but it is so worth the trip. Nestled near the San Juan Mountains, this small town offers a great opportunity to take in the views that keep us in Colorado. The southwest corner of Colorado is rather dry, but there are plenty of opportunities to get wet. For people looking to cool off, you can float down the San Juan River; and if you are looking to heat things up, the Pagosa Hot Springs are there to assist you.
With over 15 acts spread over three days, this festival is sure to offer something for everyone. Bluegrass lovers, folk traditionalists, and people in search of pure and authentic American music will have the opportunity to see acts like Railroad Earth, Darrel Scott, and Loudon Wainright III. If you want to keep raging (well, as much as you can rage at a folk festival), there is a Late Night Stage under a heated tent where music starts at 9 p.m. There is even coffee in the late night tent! Our kind of place.
You’re going there to see: Sam Bush Band and Elephant Revival.
You’re going to come home talking about: The Wood Brothers; and you may never stop.
(As calculated by maps.google.com from Denver, Colo. to Pagosa Springs, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 25 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 277 miles
YOU NEED TO KNOW: There is a festival tent with seating for 1,200 in front of the stage. If you want to stretch out barefoot on a tarp, there is plenty of room in the meadow behind the tent.
CAMPING: On-site camping only available with a three day pass.