Targhee Fest Worth the Long Wyoming Drive


By Clayton Moore


July 19-21

Grand Targhee Resort near Jackson, Wyo.

Sure, it’s way, way up north, but there’s one hell of a festival happening up in the wilds of Wyoming during the beating heart of summer. And there is nothing like hearing the music of this small festival’s incredible headliners ringing through the sweet, clean air of the Tetons. For drawing only a few thousand attendees per day, Targhee Fest brings in an incredible lineup that boasts both legendary balladeers like Dave Alvin and also amphitheater-rocking newcomers like Alabama Shakes.

You’re going there to see: Alabama Shakes, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

You’re going to come home talking about: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Anders Osborne

Travel Time:

(As calculated by maps.google.com from

Denver, Colo. to Alta, Wyo.)

Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 55 minutes

Total Est. Distance: 546 miles


You Need to Know: While music may be the focus for the destination, the festival takes place at the Grand Targhee Resort and so lodging options and activities abound. This one’s worth making it a three-day weekend. The Targhee Fest has great amenities including campsites, great bars, and a feast of fun things to do from horseback riding to mountain biking to scenic chairlift rides.

Camping: Yes and plentiful.


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