Frequently Asked Questions
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. Whether you are interested in van life or another type of adventure-mobile, we’re can’t wait to see the variety of creative mobile living spaces at Open Roads 2020.
More details on tickets will be released soon.
Every attendee must have a ticket in hand. If you are driving a vehicle, you will need to purchase a driver’s ticket that corresponds with the type of vehicle you will be driving. If you are a passenger, please purchase a passenger ticket.
- Three nights of camping
- All-inclusive pass with access to all of the weekend’s activities
- Over a dozen workshops under a shaded tent
- Live music
- Free Thursday night happy hour provided by Open Roads sponsors
- Access to water activities on Jug Mountain’s private reservoir
- Over 20 miles of mountain biking trails accessible from the campground
- One free mountain biking shuttle per attendee
- Endless van tours
- Vendor booths featuring some of the top van life and adventure travel brands
- Food trucks
- Daily yoga classes
- Community fire pit
- $2500 in raffle prizes with 100% of the proceed’s donated to this year’s non-profit partner
- Porta-potties that will be cleaned and serviced throughout the weekend
- And lots more!
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 26 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!
- In 2022, we will require that dogs be kept on a leash. This includes at all events, in the campground, and in the vendor areas, and ALWAYS be respectful of your neighbors.
- We will have an off-leash dog area where dogs will have their own chance to party.
- 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.
Prior to the event, we will share a full packing list with additional logistical info via email.
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.
We absolutely encourage you to check out McCall and the surrounding area before and after the festival. However, there will be no ins and outs with your vehicle during the event. Once you drive into the festival grounds, please be prepared to settle in for the weekend. If you choose to drive out of the festival grounds, you will not be able to return. This is for safety and to minimize conflicts with Jug Mountain Ranch’s golf course.
Yes, there is some cell reception at the festival depending on the provider, but internet may be slow.
Tickets are non-refundable. However, in the case that you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to another person. Simply update the name and email associated with your ticket in EventBrite’s system. Check out this tutorial for instructions on ticket transfers.
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 low-80s, with lows in the mid-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 June, you should bring light rain gear just in case.
We highly recommend bringing a shade structure or awning, as the main camping area is in an open field with no shade.
When you arrive at Jug Mountain Ranch, please follow the signs and proceed to the Clubhouse. This is where you will check in and be given your wristband and vehicle pass. Do not proceed to the festival grounds 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.
At this point, we are not planning on selling day passes to Open Roads 2022.