By Conner North
Reservoir Hill Park
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Nestled on the edge of the Rio Grande National Park overlooking the San Juan Mountains, with the Four Corners, Mesa Verde, and Durango a short distance away, Reservoir Hill Park is one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most hidden venues in the United States, and it’s home to the ever-expanding Pagosa Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival.
Since 2006, the festival has been a sister event of the Four Corners Folk Festival and a hub for bringing people together, broadening musical horizons, and celebrating great music. Yearly, the lineup seems to outdo the previous one, consistently exhibiting adventurous, genre-blurring music that keeps the storytelling of folk thumping.
But Pagosa Folk ’N Bluegrass is more than deep lineups and homegrown talent; it’s about experiencing an integral part of both musical and national history. It’s a spiritual experience, a vacation away from time.
You’re going there to see: The Duhks, Band of Heathens, The Iguanas, and Della Mae
You’re going to come home talking about: Matt Flinner, Taarka, Finnders & Youngberg, Paper Bird
(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: Lots of festivals provide workshops that allow musician attendees to hang with their musical heros, but Pagosa’s workshops tend to be even more intimate and inviting, with most workshops culminating in a group jam session that implements the techniques learned in the class.
Camping: Both on-site and off-site camping available.