Adventures through rivers, canyons and caves where Colorado and Utah meet
Bonfire Entertainment, WinterWonderGrass and Adrift Dinosaur are thrilled to bring RiverWonderGrass back for its third annual season of overnight multi-day music expeditions featuring artists from the WinterWonderGrass community and jam-packed adventures through rivers, canyons and caves where Colorado and Utah meet.
Beginning May 22nd, 2022 through September 11th, 2022, trips will take place at Dinosaur National Monument over the course of 5 days in Yampa and 4 days at The Gates of Lodore.
“When the music industry shut down, we pivoted to a place that welcomed and inspired us, the remote canyon country.”founder Scotty Stoughton
Tickets are on sale now for all dates via adrift.com/riverwondergrass.
The one-of-a-kind multi-day excursions are a perfect blend of music, rivers and canyons, bringing together members of the WinterWonderGrass community on a journey through the heart of the desert. Empty sandy beaches, outlaw caves, majestic hikes, thrilling whitewater and silent floats are combined with healthy food, healing arts and space to reconnect the inner spirit far from cell service. Official musical performances occur each evening, plus improvisational jams for an unrivaled adventure.
“When the music industry shut down, we pivoted to a place that welcomed and inspired us, the remote canyon country,” says founder Scotty Stoughton. “These 20-person expeditions take you deep into the backcountry, with no cell service or digital interference, just clean water, empty beaches, waterfalls, lush hikes, homemade food and sweet music. Not only do the artists perform each evening around the fire, they pop up with fresh coffee in the mornings, and along the river. These journeys deliver you back to yourself!”
All RiverWonderGrass floats operate within National Park Service guidelines, including a nightly 10:00 PM curfew. The trips are limited to 20 guests and include all fresh meals, equipment, guides, and music, with complimentary brews at camp each night.
Soulful singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou adds, “Last year, the back-to-back river trips completely transformed my perspective in a positive way. I’m looking forward to singing in the river canyon again and listening to the river sing to me.”
The 2022 installment will feature an array of bluegrass and roots artists such as Fruition, Kitchen Dwellers, Pickin’ on the Dead, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Cris Jacobs and Friends, The Sweet Lillies, Tyler Grant, Lindsay Lou, RiverWonderWomen and many more.
String-Americana trio, The Sweet Lillies, are looking forward to returning to the river. “Our first RiverWonderGrass experience last year was phenomenal! The magical memories and deep camaraderie formed kept us afloat with joy all year.” The band continues, “We are over the moon with gratitude to come back this summer and do a full five-day journey with you all! We can’t wait to make music, having loving laughter and create lasting friendships on the river! See you there!”
Experience music and the outdoors like never before. Tickets are on sale now at adrift.com/riverwondergrass. Find a full list of dates and musical guests below.
RiverWonderGrass 2022 Dates + Lineup:
May 22 – 5-day Yampa River – Pixie and the Partygrass Boys
Jun. 11 – 5-day Yampa River – Cris Jacobs and Friends
Jun. 22 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – The Sweet Lillies
Jul. 1 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Pickin’ on the Dead led by Tyler Grant
Jul. 11 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Lindsey Lou, Tyler Grant and special guests
Jul. 16 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – RiverWonderWomen – Led by Britt Stoughton,
Lindsay Lou, Mimi Naja and Steph Windsor
Jul. 28 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Adam Gruel & special guests
Aug. 1 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Kitchen Dwellers
Aug. 26 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Trout Steak Revival
Sept. 8 – 4-day Gates of Lodore – Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja
RiverWonderGrass is a unique experience at the intersection of the outdoors and the best of bluegrass in some of America’s most stunning natural landscapes. Much like its winter predecessor, WinterWonderGrass, the voyages continue to cultivate the relationship between nature, roots music and community. Guests can choose from a list of dates and musical guests to join them on a remote, unparalleled journey filled with rafting, hiking, music and sleeping under the stars.
About Dinosaur National Monument:
Dinosaur National Monument offers a lifetime of places to explore. Depending on your interest and time, you can discover dinosaur fossils, petroglyphs and pictographs, homesteader cabins, early 20th century ranches, remote canyons, dramatic vistas, peaceful rivers, or windswept peaks.
The Quarry Exhibit Hall on the Utah side of the monument is the place for getting up close to the huge dinosaur bones that are exposed in the rock. The historic fossil quarry is covered by a modern building, which provides visitors with a comfortable environment to experience the world-famous fossils. Find more information at nps.gov/dino/index.htm.