No doubt the trek to Quincy, Calif. is a haul, but there is a travel option unique to High Sierra that truly makes getting there more than half the fun. Amtrak!
Taking Amtrak’s historic California Zephyr from Denver over the Rockies and through the desert to Reno, the train can get travelers within an hour-and-a-half drive of the fairgrounds. That train trip actually takes longer than driving (almost 25 hours) but it is one of the country’s great journeys, a phenomenal way to see our nation — American as apple pie on Fourth of July week, too — as well as a great opportunity to relax pre-festival.
While “Sherpa Camping” is already sold out for 2015, High Sierra offers that luxury package which provides tents, cots, lanterns and camping chairs, so travelers need not lug all of their most bulky gear with them.
- You’re going there to see: The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, The John Butler Trio
- You’re going to come home talking about: MarchFourth Marching Band, The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real.
Denver to Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds
16 Hours, 42 minutes
Camping: First-come, first-served on-site, then defaults to off-site camping with shuttling.