BY Brian F. Johnson
August 30 – Sept. 1
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, there is rafting on the San Juan River; and for those looking to heat things up, the Pagosa Hot Springs are nearby.
With workshops, kids tents and the main stage, endless options for entertainment abound, and if attendees 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 and a beer garden provided by Breckenridge Brewery.
You’re going there to see: John Hiatt & The Combo, Elephant Revival, and Darrell Scott
You’re going to come home talking about: The Giving Tree Band, Baskery, and The Wood Brothers
(As calculated by maps.google.com from Denver, Colo. to Pagosa Springs, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 300 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.