Summer is here and that means… festival season! If there’s one thing Colorado and the surrounding states love, it’s a good summer festival. You can find festivals for anything your heart desires: music, mountain biking, yoga, paddling, fishing, road biking, running, hiking, climbing, food, wine, brews, all of the above… the list goes on. You name it and you can likely find a festival. There is no better time to rent an overlanding rig than attending a multi-day festival!
Another type of festival that we at Overland Discovery are particularly jazzed about are overland festivals! There are several overland-geared expos, festivals, and rallies throughout the west this summer. While each festival has a different line-up of activities and happenings, these multi-day gatherings include a good mix of outdoor play time, happy hours, campfire s’mores, music, and special classes, seminars, and workshops highlighting overland travel, vehicles, cooking, equipment, and life on the road. And, of course, plenty of opportunities to meet and chill with like-minded overland travelers.
Whether you’re new to overlanding or a seasoned veteran, festivals are a great way to meet other overlanders! You’ll find the community warm and welcoming of all people and all rigs. This is just the type of trip that Rebel Ruby and the rest of the fleet love to get out for!
Here are just a few of the overland-geared expos, festivals, and rallies taking place in the west this summer:
OVERLAND EXPO WEST
Where: Flagstaff, AZ
When: May 17-19
This one is right around the corner! THIS WEEKEND! This is the big kahuna of overland events and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Located in Flagstaff, AZ, Overland Expo West is the venue for all things overland, with three days of hands-on workshops, specialized classes, seminars, roundtables, skills courses, demos, an exhibition area, kids activities, and even an overland film festival. Whether you are new to overlanding or a seasoned veteran, If you are interested in plunging into the overland travel world, this is the place to be!
Overland Discovery will be set up with our brand new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, so come by and say hi!
For more information about the expo visit: https://www.overlandexpo.com/west
OPEN ROADS FEST
Where: McCall, ID
When: July 11-14
While billed as a “van life” festival, Open Roads Fest is open and welcome to all – including those without a rig who just want to join in for the festival and learn a bit more about traveling the open road. Held at Jug Mountain Ranch, this festival promises to be heavy on outdoor adventure, with paddleboarding, yoga, and endless hiking and mountain biking trails. Each day is packed with workshops exploring overland tips and tricks for living on the road and at night you can jam out to live music by Utah-based jam-band, Stonefed.
For those with some extra days to explore, the area surrounding McCall and Jug Mountain Ranch offers pristine hot springs, waterfall hikes, the new 12-mile Payette Rim Loop mountain bike trail with spectacular views of the surrounding region, and lakes and rivers to satisfy every water sport.
Overland Discovery will be there! If you spot a red Jeep in the sea of vans, don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello!
For more information about the festival visit: https://openroadsfest.com
ROCKY MOUNTAIN OVERLAND RALLY
Where: Gunnison, CO
When: August 1-4
We’re super excited about this one at Overland Discovery. Taking place right in our own backyard – the great CO outdoors – Gunnison is an easy and beautifully scenic three to four-hour drive from Denver. The newest event venue in the series, Overland Rally is using their successful event experience from their Washington and British Columbia rallies to develop the four-day Gunnison event, which promises to provide something for everyone. Rigs of all shapes, sizes, makes, and models are welcome at this four-day event, which, in addition to workshops, classes, and technical skills courses, will also include daily morning yoga, happy hours, engaging speakers, and nightly campfire raffles.
This one is on our list! We hope to see you there!
For more information about the rally visit: https://rockymountainoverlandrally.com
HAVE JEEP, WILL FESTIVAL
There are so many great festivals throughout the region, you really can’t go wrong! Our fleet of Jeeps, fully kitted with roof-top tents and everything you need to cook and camp, are perfect festival rigs, ideal for both compact or spacious festival camping grounds. Reach out to us if you’re interested in renting for an upcoming festival!
Know of other overland festivals and events this summer? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to add more to our list! What other festivals are you interested in attending this summer? Leave a comment to let us know and stay tuned for a list of more festivals in Colorado and the surrounding states!
Get your festival tickets, reserve your favorite Overland Discovery Jeep, and get ready for festival season! WOOOT!!!