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Tico Time River Resort planning ambitious lineup of live music this season


Multiple-day festivals set for reggae, rock, country and blues

FARMINGTON — San Juan County residents who are starved for live entertainment after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic won't have to wait much longer to have their needs met.

Beginning next week, the 74-acre Tico Time River Resort near the Colorado border will offer live music almost every weekend through October, including 10 multiple-day music festivals featuring a mix of local, regional and international acts.

The resort, which is adjacent to the Animas River, features RV hookups and tent camping. It also offers such amenities as swimming ponds with sand beaches, paddle boards, water slides, disc golf, ziplines, a Bungee Cord jump, a dog park, beach volleyball, restrooms and hand-washing stations and a rock climbing wall. Vendors will be on site selling food and drinks.

Manager Ashlee Garcia said the resort staged a couple of festivals last year when it opened, but its music offerings will be far more ambitious this season. Tico Time typically will feature a live DJ on Friday nights and two live bands on Saturdays, followed by a fireworks show.

The festivals will be three- or four-day events, with music beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. with five to 10 acts featured each day. A large stage with a roof that is 34 feet by 60 feet is being constructed, and concert lighting will be installed.

The live music begins at noon Saturday, April 2, with a performance by Farmington's own Jose Villareal. The first festival takes place April 29-May 2 with the Tico Time Bluegrass Festival.

Beginning in the middle of May, the resort is planning a series of music festivals for the rest of the season. A reggae festival is scheduled May 13-15, the River of Souls Festival takes place May 20-22, Rockfest will be held July 29-Aug. 1, the Four Corners Jam Festival is slated Aug. 6-8, another reggae festival will take place Sept. 3-6, Unison Fest will be held Sept. 9-12, Soberfest is planned Sept. 23-26, a country festival is on tap Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and the season will conclude with a blues festival Oct. 7-10.

Additionally, the resort will present a number of holiday-related activities, including celebrations for Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Animas River Days, Father's Day and the Fourth of July.

Garcia said the resort can accommodate up to 10,000 people, but under current COVID-19 restrictions, it is limiting its capacity to 15% of that.

Patrons can choose from a variety of admission options, ranging from single-day to multiple-day uses. Day-use pricing begins at $10 and includes access to all on-site amenities from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are many choices for camping or RV hookups, and music festival tickets are available in single-day or multiple-day packages.

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Garcia said the stage should be completed within the next two to three weeks, but if it isn't, live music events will be held in the beach pavilion, which is also a covered structure.

She said the resort draws day-use patrons from both San Juan County and the Durango, Colorado, area, but its overnight and weekend guests often come from greater distances.

"A lot of our guests come from Albuquerque and Denver," she said. "And we're looking to pull people from places like Phoenix and Salt Lake City."

Tico Time is located a quarter mile south of the Colorado border on the east side of U.S. Highway 550 in far northern San Juan County. Call 970-903-0681 or visit ticotimeresort.com for more information.

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Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610 or measterling@daily-times.com. Support local journalism with a digital subscription.