Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely NOT! Open Roads welcomes van life enthusiasts of all levels and ride styles, including those still in the research phase. In 2019, we had nearly 80 tent campers who came to learn about the lifestyle before taking the plunge.
We want to include everyone, but unfortunately, due to space limitations and dirt road access to the festival grounds, we cannot accommodate bigger RVs, full-sized skoolies, or trailers. Your entire footprint must be shorter than 28 feet. We are truly sorry about this and cannot make exceptions. With that said, you’re more than welcome to come and pitch a tent, and in that case, we’d love have you!
What would a van festival be without our canine copilots? Friendly dogs (and cats) are welcome at the event. We just have a few rules that are all based on common sense.
- Bring your own bags and pick up after your pets! No exceptions!
- Keep your dog under your control (voice or leash) at all times. This includes at all events and in the vendor areas, and ALWAYS be respectful of your neighbors. Use common sense and remember that some on-leash dogs get defensive with other dogs that are off-leash.
- Be mindful that Idaho summers can be hot.
- If your pet causes any issues with other animals or people, you will be asked to remove them from the event. If you don’t think your pet can get along with others, please leave them at home. There are also pet boarding options and dog sitters available in McCall.
Absolutely. With that said, we will have a number of local food and coffee trucks on site to fuel you after that bike ride or in between workshops. Due to fire hazards, only gas stoves are permitted. No charcoal or campfires at campsites are allowed.
In short, bring everything you need to camp for the weekend, including ample water. There are several places in the McCall area to refill water before you enter the festival.
Coming from Boise, you can fill up at:
- Stinker Station (3412 W State Street) right before you turn up Highway 55 in Boise
- Valley View Chevron (459 Highway 55) in Horseshoe Bend
- Harpos Gas Station (823 South Main Street) in Cascade
Coming from the north, you can fill up at:
- Chevron (103 Main Street) in Riggins
We will have some drinking water on site to refill your water bottles during the workshops and other events but, like anywhere else you travel in your van, please come prepared to be self-sufficient.
This is also a PACK-IN, PACK-OUT Leave No Trace event. Please bring garbage bags and take all trash and recyclables with you after the festival.
We will have porta potties on site that will be cleaned throughout the weekend. There will be NO showers on site. It’s ok…we will all stink together 🙂 After the festival, Ponderosa State Park in McCall has a fully serviced campground with unlimited hot showers.
Open Roads Fest highly discourages ins and outs. Please come prepared with everything you need for the weekend, including food and water, and only leave if you absolutely have to.
Yes, there is some cell reception at the festival depending on the provider, but internet may be slow.
Tickets are non-refundable.
In order to sell anything at Open Roads, you must register as a vendor and abide by Idaho state tax laws. Please contact us for details.
The average high in July is in the 80s, with lows in the 40s. Weather varies, so please check the forecast before you arrive. The event will go on rain or shine, and while rainfall is rare in July, you should bring light rain gear just in case.
Check in is at the Jug Mountain Ranch clubhouse. This is where you will be given your wristband and vehicle pass. Do not proceed to the event until you have these things.
YES. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket for check in or have it saved on your mobile device.