Fort Desolation Fest

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - Saturday, June 8, 2024
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 Fort Desolation isn’t a place. It’s the notion that the road can always take you somewhere wonderful—where you can climb a mountain, soak in a secret swimming hole, gaze at a starry sky and get as lost as you want to be. That’s what inspires us as we create gatherings and goods for outdoor adventure travelers, music lovers and everyone in between.

Fort Desolation Fest returns this June 6-8, once again giving attendees three days to explore the Capitol Reef National Park area and three nights to enjoy an incredible lineup of live music in the red rocks of Cougar Ridge Resort in Torrey, Utah.

It’s All About the Experience: Fort Desolation Fest keeps things small to ensure a premium experience for all. By limiting attendance to a fraction of what most major festivals allow, we can better pay attention to the things that matter most. “It’s pretty simple, really: By keeping attendance down, you ensure people can move around comfortably, get close to the music—and order food, drinks or find a restroom without making it a major endeavor. This has been a core value for us since we started, and our attendees have made it clear that they appreciate it,” said Jeremy Rawle, founder of Fort Desolation Fest. 

Double the Camping Space This Year: The Fort Desolation Fest campground has become a legendary experience over the years. From after-hours jams with festival artists to campsite cook-offs to stargazing in this International Dark Sky Community, there’s a lot to love. We know more people want to be able to stay on-site at the festival, but camping always sells out fast. So we’ve doubled that space for 2024 with the new Sidewinder Campground that’s just a short walk from the main stage. 

Introducing a New Glamping Experience: For those who want to experience the campground with the niceties of a luxury hotel, we’ve added a new glamping experience. Glampers will stay in a Scandinavian-inspired tent and have access to a concierge lounge, baggage assistance, parking, a morning coffee and pastry bar and much more. Attendees who are even more “indoorsy” will find plenty of other lodging in and around the Torrey area.    

National Park Adventures: Fort Desolation Fest takes place just a few miles from Capitol Reef National Park, one of Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks. The music takes place at night, so attendees have three days to craft their own adventures in the awe-inspiring red-rock cliffs, canyons, domes and arches of the surrounding landscapes. From hiking to fly-fishing to cycling to off-roading, there’s something for everyone in the area.

Volunteer Opportunities: Local Torrey-area volunteers can exchange volunteer hours for a music pass. And select traveling volunteers can volunteer for a music pass and a spot in our volunteer campsite. Email to find out about any open volunteer positions.

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