Planet Bluegrass Ranch
Less than three months after the historic September floods devastated much of Lyons, Colo. and destroyed much of the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, the folks of Planet Bluegrass — working in a semi-repaired building without heat, running water or permanent electricity — announced that the ranch would be rebuilt, that the 2014 festivals would indeed happen and that Planet Bluegrass 2.0 would feature new amenities.
The biggest and most noticeable change will be a graded bowl where the once-flat grassland and audience area was. The bowl, made from silt leftover from the floods, will provide better sight-lines, and along the edges, there will be a new beach and a new family area. Planet Bluegrass is also constructing a remodeled and “acoustically-tuned” version of its Wildflower Pavilion.
You’re going there to see: Dispatch, Ani DiFranco and Josh Ritter.
You’re going to come home talking about: Elephant Revival and Lake Street Dive.
Travel Time: (Denver, Colo. to Lyons, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 1 minute
Total Est. Distance: 45.9 miles
You need to know: While a lot of progress has been made to repair the parts of town hit hardest by the flood, a lot of work still needs to be done. Planet Bluegrass is encouraging those who wish to donate time or money to the rebuilding process to visit: www.lyonsfightsback.org.
Camping: Both on-site and off-site camping available, but very limited. As of press time there were some Meadow Park campsites still available.