Can I Camp With My Friends?

By now we all know that getting into any kind of event can be stressful and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people’s main concerns are that they’d like to be able to stick with their group and to make sure they have the passes or wristbands they need to keep anyone from saying, “Hey you can’t camp here!”

Don’t worry…we’ve got you.

SO, Can I Camp with my Friends?

Short answer: absolutely.

Long answer: Absolutely, and here are the details, the how’s, and the why’s.

Before we go into any of these details - please keep these two important things in mind:

  1. There is to be NO parking of any kind within 100 ft. of water.

  2. Please carpool.

Both of these things will help keep this festival site beautiful and easy to manage, which will make your experience better as well. If you see someone who missed the memo about parking near water, feel free to fill them in as kindly as you can. We appreciate you helping with that.

Moving on!

When you look at the site map you’ll see 6 public campgrounds: Buck, Sturgeon, Snow, Harvest, Wolf, Moon Flower.

Is any camping included in the festival ticket?

When you buy a festival ticket, car and/or tent camping is included in Buck Moon. If you’re not worried about where you camp, or with whom you camp, you are all set and Buck Moon Campground will be your happy home. You will need to pay $20 for your car, but will not need to purchase any kind of camping pass. This area isn’t particularly shaded so we recommend an EZ-Up if you’re planning to take this route.

What if I want to be creekside and don’t mind separating from my car?

Wolf Moon is the only campground that does not allow parked vehicles. If you’ve reserved a space in Wolf Moon, you may drive up and unload your car before parking it. Please do not set up your campsite while your car is there. Unload, park, then get settled. One of our camping staffers will show you the designated car parking for Wolf Moon campers.

What if I want to camp with my posse?

Let’s suppose you’re coming with a big group, you’re coming at different times, different cars, the whole sha-bang. Check out the site map again, decide as a group which campground suits your collective fancy, then have everyone in your party purchase a $10 camping pass in that campground. If one portion of the group arrives earlier, it’s acceptable to hold space for the rest, but please be considerate about it. We’ve got a lot of folks joining us for the weekend!

If you’ve reserved a space in Wolf Moon, you may drive up and unload your car before parking it. Please do not set up your campsite while your car is there.

What do you recommend for families or if I’m looking for a quieter camp zone?

If you’ve got kiddos in your group, we recommend Moon Flower Family Camping, as it will be significantly quieter than any other campground. Adults over 18 need to purchase Moon Flower campground passes to reserve their site, but camping is free if you’re under 18. This area allows for a single vehicle per group.

I’m bringing the whole rig. Where can I camp?

Now let’s talk about RV’s. For obviously and very understandable reasons, people love to camp near their friends with RV’s. If this is the case, you can have up to 5 tents and a maximum of 2 cars (including the tow vehicle) in your surrounding RV area. Each adult over 18 will need to purchase a Sturgeon Moon camping pass to be able to camp in that area.

What if I don’t know where I want to camp? Can I purchase my spot at the box office?

Sure! But please know that by festival weekend camping options will be limited. We absolutely encourage you to purchase in advance!

Please note that parking costs $20 per car, no matter where you’re parking or camping, and RV passes are an additional $199. Again- carpooling is the way to go!

Emmy's Friends: The Cause We're Camping For

Beyond having a great time in a beautiful place, we’re all at Campout For The Cause for a greater purpose.  Ever since the beginning, 11 years ago, “The Cause” was just as important as the music, the location, and the people. The festival was created to bring it all together.

Over the years, The Cause has changed to reflect the variety of important humanitarian and environmental issues close to the festival’s heart. Never did its founders imagine that one day their Non-Profit Organization of choice would be one that was established in support of their own flesh and blood, heart and soul. When Emery Welle, the five-month-old daughter of Site Operations Director Michael Welle, was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, everything changed.

“We went through 2 years of craziness, living across the country for treatment, living in Denver, going through all the motions, everything that exists in that world, very little of which is nice.”

While Emmy was undergoing treatment, The Welle family had to spend an exorbitant amount of time in one hospital after the other, away from home. It was during that time that they discovered the unfortunate realities of hospital nutrition.

Nearly across the board, hospital food is poorly sourced and unhealthy. Organic food isn’t even a consideration. Kids just aren’t being fed what their bodies need to recover.

“Even if you’re a healthy parent treating a sick kid, you're not treating yourself well because you don't have an opportunity to live better and eat better while you're stuck in a hospital. Nothing is being offered in that world. There are something like 50 nutritionists at a children's hospital and, statistically, only 2 of them are advocates for organic care.” -Michael Welle

So The Welle’s created a fund for young patients and families in similar situations, and they called it Emmy’s Friends.

"Emmy's Friends Foundation is designed to help young patients and their families who are facing life-threatening illnesses; to receive better access to fresh and wholesome organic foods, nutritional guidance and bountiful resources for healthy living. This specific focus represents the largest deficit in the overall experience of dealing with a child facing a life threatening illness; a need for improved wellness for the entire family.”

One hundred percent of Campout For The Cause proceeds go to this fund, and while it was created in 2017, this year’s festival will be treated as its official launch.

Congratulations to Emmy and the Welle family for hitting 1 year cancer free! Cheers to many many more!

Buena Vista: Things To Do Before & After Campout


You’ll feel so happily at home at Campout For The Cause, you probably won’t want to leave. The good news is that the Buena Vista area is not only breathtaking but full of all kinds of activities for your wayward journey. We asked a bunch of our friends for their suggestions, threw in a few of our own, and voila! Some of these businesses were even kind enough to offer some discounts to festival goers, so be sure and mention this article when you check these places out!

Hot Springs
Hot Springs aren’t to be missed when you pass through this portion of Colorado. Unlike some states, we’re don’t have that many, so when you’re near them…visit them. Colorado’s hot springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering place, and they are still known today for their curative properties.

Cottonwood Hot Springs
Located 5.5 miles west of Buena Vista
18999 Co Rd 306, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-6434

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs
Located in Nathrop between Buena Vista and Salida
15870 Co Rd 162, Nathrop, CO 81236
(719) 395-2447
SPECIAL OFFER: Get a free hot springs visit with any spa treatment when you mention this article!

You can truly never run out of things to do in the Collegiate Peaks wilderness. This mountain range contains some of the highest peaks in Colorado. The snow-melt drains right into the Arkansas River in spring and early summer, so hiking might be a little muddy, so dress accordingly!

Lake Ann - this trail is rated as a “moderate” hike but it’s a long one at 9.3 miles out and back. We’ve been told it’s one of the most beautiful hikes the area has to offer, so just start early and enjoy a wonderful day of hiking and taking it all in!

Lost Lake Trail - this is a much easier and faster hike for those that don’t have a whole day to hike. It’s an easy 2.6 miles out and back and it’s great for all skill levels. Be sure the trail is open before you go by calling the Salida Park Ranger’s office at 719-539-3591

14ers - this won’t be just a hike you take on a whim, but the area has tons of 14ers if you’d like to bag and tag a peak while you’re in the area: Mt. Shavano, Mt. Antero, Mt. Princeton. Mt. Harvard and Mt. Yale.

Don’t have time to hike but want to see some pretty sights? Check out the Collegiate Peaks Overlook on 285 right as you come into town.

Although we’re obviously huge advocates of camping, we get it. Sometimes you just want to say in a nice hotel. Fortunately- the Surf Hotel is absolutely incredible and it’s not far from the festival. It’s a boutique spot right along the river. Check it out and see for yourself!

Surf Hotel
1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 966-7048
Check Availability

Shopping & Retail:
Both Buena Vista and neighboring Salida have some really great little family owned and operated shops to check out. We highly recommend carving out some time to just stroll through town a bit. Mention this article when you swing by Free The Monkey for 10% off (at the Buena Vista location only).

Free The Monkey Consignment - Women's and men's clothing, jewelry, furniture, household items and more.
312 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 966-5159

Sundog Colorado is central Colorado's source for vintage western wear, antiques, mid-century furniture, tools, relics, and art.
301 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-2058

Music & Entertainment: While we’ll certainly be entertaining you with music and activities all day at Campout for The Cause, there’s always more fun to be had. We’re hosting 2 late night shows at the Lariat during the festival, Jay Cobb Anderson (Fruition) and Friends, and Grant Farm. The shows are $10 and there will be a shuttle to and from the event.

The Lariat
206 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-9494

Comanche Drive In Theatre (When is the last time you got to go to a Drive In movie?!)
27784 Co Rd 339, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-2766

Rafting, Fishing, Paddle Boarding: What kind of article would this be if we didn’t mention water sports in Buena Vista? There are absolutely TONS in the area, and they’re all great. Since there are too many to list, visit the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center’s listing. You can decide which company you’d like to hire based on your experience level and what type of float you’d like to do.

Cottonwood Lake is a great little spot to check out if you’d like to hang out and fish.

FOOD & Drink: Let’s be real- probably the highest thing on your list before or after the festival will be to eat food. We’ve got you covered on the recommendations.

Eddyline Brewery: Colorful tavern featuring its own brand of draft brews & bar bites amid murals & handcrafted tables.
102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 966-6018

House Rock Kitchen: Anyone that recommended this place to us did so with the utmost fervor and many explanation points. Haven’t been, but maybe we’ll see you there!
421 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 966-2326

Pancho’s Burritos: Who doesn’t love burrito’s to go?
215 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-2863

Deerhammer Distillery:
A whiskey distillery, if you’re into locally crafted spirits and cocktails!
321 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-9464

Los Girasoles Mexican Restaurant:
We were told the fresh squeezed margs are the way to go…
708 US Highway 24 S Buena Vista, Colorado 81211
(719) 395-9998

Simple Eatery & Spoon It Up:
Fresh casual dining, artisan bakery, and yogurt bar!
402 E. Main St, Buena Vista CO
(719) 207-9400

Food Trucks:

The Olive - Mediterranean Cuisine
324 E Main St. 81211 Buena Vista, Colorado

The Buena Viking - Burgers & comfort food!
321 E. Main St. 81211 Buena Vista, Colorado
(719) 398-0136

That’s all folks! If you have any more recommendations that we missed, please feel free to leave them in the comments section of the Facebook event! See you soon!