Vertex Festival 2016: Where Music & Adventure Collide


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Vertex Music Festival 2016

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Today, Vertex – the inaugural music and camping festival in Buena Vista, Colorado on August 5-7 – unveiled its 2016 off-site “Field Trips.” Throughout the weekend, Vertex “Field Trips” will offer attendees opportunities to enjoy what the Colorado mountains have to offer, including rafting excursions, guided hikes, disc golf adventures and trips to Downtown Buena Vista.

Vertex merges the best of worlds to create a present-day frontier where anything is possible. Nestled in sprawling range land at the foot of the Continental Divide and surrounded by the year-round snowcapped 14,000-foot peaks of the Collegiate Mountain Range, Vertex brings diverse music and exhilarating outdoor adventures together for an elevated festival experience like none other.

“Field Trip” details announced so far include the Vertex Rafting, offering mild rapids and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Buena Vista Valley, with no rafting experience necessary. After a quick 10 minute shuttle ride from Base Camp to the South Main outpost, Vertex will outfit participants and have boats waiting by the river. The boat ride meanders down the beautiful Arkansas River to a private beach take out. Along the way, experience small class 1 & 2 rapids, float under an old railroad trestle and learn about the area’s rich history and geology. Multiple daily rafting trips are scheduled. Read HERE for full details.

If staying on dry land is more your style, the Vertex Hancock Hike & Ghost Town Field Trip is the perfect option to explore the Colorado mountain high country. Leaving the Vertex Festival grounds via shuttle at 9 am daily, hikers will be brought to the trailhead, located in the ghost town of Hancock (past the ghost town of St. Elmo). The trail follows the old Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad grade for 3 miles, bringing hikers to the east entrance of the Alpine Tunnel – which has been closed for many years. The hike is a 6-mile round trip trek to the high end of the subalpine life zone. The hike begins at 11,070 feet and reaches 11,600 at the tunnel entrance, and apart from the altitude, this is a gentle hike on a 4% grade. In addition to the breathtaking views, participants can expect to be wowed by the Colorado wildflowers in peak bloom. Fees for Vertex Hancock Hike & Ghost Town Field Trip includes a $10 donation to GARNA – The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and breakfast is provided. For further details available HERE.

Those who choose the Vertex Disc Golf Field Trip will enjoy a round of 18 holes in the beautiful scenery of Buena Vista. The Buena Vista Disc Golf Course has tough lines and long holes that makes it a good challenge for the more experienced, and first timers will find a good flow. Read more information HERE.

The Vertex Downtown Buena Vista Field Trip is free to all Vertex attendees.  Shuttles to downtown BV will run from 10 am until 4 pm Friday through Sunday (Thursday shuttle times TBA). Attendees can pick up camp supplies, stroll the streets and enjoy the amazing art galleries, shop distinctive stores, eat great food, have a brew from the local brewery or a taste a whiskey from the local distillery.  Read more HERE.

Full details on all Vertex Field Trips are available HERE.

Tickets for Vertex are on sale now at General Admission “Base Camp” tickets, include meadow camping and for an enhanced experience underneath the Collegiate Range, several unique “Tree Line VIP” selections are available — including creek side camping, multiple options for glamping tents with electricity, VIP Campground RV access, and more. All VIP offerings include special event access and high quality amenities.

A portion of ticket sales will be used to support the launch of Vertex’s local philanthropic programs.  For this inaugural year, Vertex will be working with Chaffee County and the Town of Buena Vista to begin the development of a long-awaited community garden.  In addition, the festival’s Music In Schools Program is partnering with Buena Vista’s public schools to help provide funding for their middle school and high school music departments.  The money donated will help to pay for 2016-2017 Honor Band and Choir travel to competitions across the state and country, and to support the purchase of new band and choir performance uniforms. More information on both programs is available HERE.


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