Written by: Mikala Lugen
Fort Desolation Fest To Bring Adventure And Music To Utah
Calling all adventure travelers and music lovers this weekend is Utah’s Fort Desolation Fest. Slated for August 20th-21st, the inaugural destination desert festival prides itself on hosting “adventures by day, music by night” for anyone who appreciates the state’s natural wonders and live music.
The Utah-based company is taking its adventure gear and goods to the live music stage, presenting a two-day experience for where the hearts of adventure seekers and music lovers collide.
“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. Fort Desolation is our way of continuing the adventure and inspiring others to do the same. We’re here to curate unique experiences and high-quality goods for vehicle-supported travelers. If that sounds like you, throw some gear into whatever you’re driving and point it somewhere you’ve always wanted to go,” the company says on its website.
Fort Desolation Fest
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Attendees will brace the peaking high temperatures this weekend for two nights of live music, food, and drinks at Torrey, UT’s Cougar Ridge Resort. While some festivals cater to the easy-access and walking grounds, Fort Desolation Fest is nestled among Utah’s gorgeous red rocky landscape outside The Gateway To Capitol Reef National Park for an immersive experience with artists and nature alike.
Presented by Salt Lake City’s The State Room, this year’s lineup is packed with folk-rock and country artists. Friday will see headlining sets by The White Buffalo, The Band Of Heathens, Jaime Wyatt, Pete Sands and The Drifters, while Saturday will round out with Paul Cauthen, Lilly Hiatt, Jordan Matthew Young, and Esther Rose.
Due to its location, the festival encourages attendees to find their own adventures during the day through endless opportunities to hike, mountain bike, overland, rock climb, fly-fish, and more. Additionally, while the location offers a variety of off-site camping and lodging options, a limited number of attendees can camp close to the stage to never miss a set of music. A full list of lodging options in the Torrey area can be found here.