Dragonfest is held at Myers Ranch near Bailey, Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful Pike National Forest. This is private land; visitors are only welcome during the retreat. Expect sun and rain, warm and cold.
View the Dragonfest site layout as a larger map or set your GPS coordinates to 39°20’59.07″N 105°22’20.57″W (39°20.980166N, 105°22.347666W).
Directions from Denver
- From C-470 and US-285 in Lakewood/Morrison, take US-285 South 27.7 miles south to Bailey.
- At the bottom of Crow Hill, turn left (southeast) on Park County Road 68/Wellington Lake Road. Zero your odometer; the Dragonfest is 8 miles from this turn.
- After 6.8 miles, turn left (east) on Forest Road 550/Redskin Creek Rd. Drive slowly on this road, there are several big bumps.
- After 7.9 miles from US-285, this road forms a T-intersection. Turn right (south).
- 0.1 miles later, Dragonfest is the first driveway to the right. You made it!
- If you reach a sign for Camp Fickes Rifle Range, turn around–you went one driveway too far.
Directions from Colorado Springs
- From I-25 and US-24, take US-24 West 18 miles to Woodland Park.
- Turn right (north) at Colorado 67.
- At Deckers (after 23.1 miles), turn left on County Road 126.
- After 11.1 miles, turn left at Redskin Creek Road/Forest Service Road 550.
- After 7.4 miles, look for the Dragonfest sign on the left side of the road, shortly after the Camp Fickes Rifle Range sign. You made it!
- If you reach the “Leaving Buffalo Creek Recreation Area” sign, turn around–you just missed the driveway.
Treat the land with respect!
This site affords Dragonfest new flexibility in several regards, including the opportunity to drum later into the night and a more centralized layout. but it also comes with some important restrictions. Dragonfest attendees are not allowed to dig in the ground, which means no fire pits. If you want a fire at camp, start thinking now about devices that will keep the fire above the ground. Our goal should be to Leave No Trace, so the land is as pristine when we leave as when we arrived.
- Leave no trace. Pack out what you pack in. When you depart, no one should be able to tell that someone camped in your space. Our ability to use this site in the future depends on us treating the land well.
- Keep all fires fully contained and above the ground. Use only an elevated fire pit. If a fire ban is in effect, don’t burn anything.
- No digging. Tent stakes are fine, but don’t dig a trench for water diversion.
- Bring all the water that you will need (1 to 1.5 gallons per person per day).
- No pets. Four dogs and three llamas live on the property. They are friendly, but additional animals are unwelcome. (Trained service animals excepted.)
- Drum circles will run later into the night and there is no imposed midnight curfew. Please be polite to your neighbors and keep voices at a reasonable level late at night.
- Bare country will be larger than at Wellington, but beach-appropriate clothing is still required within sight of youthfest and the community center.
We hope to use this beautiful site for years to come.