Frequently Asked Questions
Tickets for Open Roads Fest include:
- Three nights of camping
- All-access pass to all of the weekend’s activities
- Over a dozen workshops taking place under a shaded tent
- Two nights of rockin’ live music
- Meet and greets with the top van life brands
- Free paddleboard demos on Jug Mountain Reservoir
- Access to Jug Mountain’s world-class mountain biking trail system with one free shuttle ride
- Endless van tours
- Three delicious local food trucks onsite – BRING CASH
- Daily yoga classes
- Welcome bonfire
- $2500 in raffle prizes BENEFITING LEAVE NO TRACE
- New lifelong friends
- And lots more!
Open Roads welcomes van life enthusiasts of all levels and ride styles, including tent-campers who are researching to buy their first van. Be aware that the entrance to the festival requires a very short drive on a dirt road.
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.
- Bring your own bags and pick up after your pets! No exceptions!
- Keep your dog on a leash at events and in the vendor areas and 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. The entire event is BYOB, and we encourage you to stock your fridge with food and drinks before the weekend. We will also have a couple of tasty food 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.
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 going in and out. Please come prepared with everything you need for the weekend, including water, and only leave if you absolutely have to.
Yes, there is reception at the festival, but internet may be slow.
Tickets are non-refundable.
However, we understand van life can be a little unpredictable, so we will accommodate ticket transfers if you end up not being able to make it. All ticket transfers must be completed by July 5th, and you must contact us at email@example.com to update the name on the ticket.
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.
Weekend attendees will check in 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. We will be in touch with more details as the event approaches.
If you have an emergency, please dial 911 first and then notify event staff as soon as possible.
At this point, we are not expecting to sell day passes, but there is a small chance. If you want to come to check things out and to be part of the community, we say, just go all in. We promise it’s going to be one of the best weekends of summer.