Wild West Fest

Wild West Fest

Wild West Fest

The Sheridan Arts Foundation invites you to be a part of one of the most meaningful and exciting festivals of the Telluride community, the annual Wild West Fest.


Since 1990, the Sheridan Arts Foundation has raised more than $50,000 each year to bring 40-50 underserved youth from Boys & Girls Clubs from around the country to Telluride for a week of nurturing, child-centered mentorship programs and fascinating cultural experiences as a part of the Chip Allen Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P). Children travel from cities across the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Farmington N.M., Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Colorado Springs.


Here in Telluride, we enjoy many privileges, and Wild West Fest is a chance to share our community with kids who can really benefit from what it has to offer. This is our chance to open our town and our hearts to kids in need. The goal of the Sheridan Arts Foundation every year is to provide an esteem-building experience for each child that allows them to challenge themselves in a supportive and non-competitive environment.


For many of these kids, this trip to Telluride marks their first time out of their home cities, their first time on an airplane, their first real vacation or first summer camp experience. Kids who come to the Wild West Fest learn about themselves, the world and the possibilities that exist.


During their week in Telluride, the inner-city and Native American youth work with nurturing mentors in the fields of drama, dance, horsemanship, fly fishing, outdoor adventure and music, as well as take part in exciting outdoor adventures and meaningful cultural experiences.


This year we welcomed 45 kids ages 12-18 from Atlanta, GA; Pojoaque, NM; Farmington, NM; Wichita Falls, TX; Denver CO; and Nucla/Naturita, CO to Telluride June 5-10. 


Youth arrive from Atlanta, GA, Wichita Falls, TX, Denver, CO,  Farmington, NM, Pueblo of Pojoaque, NM & Nucla/Naturita, CO

9 A.M. Elks Park Orientation 
10 A.M. – 3 P.M. WWF CAMP
• 5 P.M. – 7 P.M. Wild West Fest Kick-Off Celebration and BBQ in Town Park.  Hey kids, join us under the white tent for food, games and prizes!  Open to public, $6 donation for BBQ.

9 A.M. – 3 P.M. WWF CAMP
5 P.M. Dinner at Rustico Ristorante
• 8 P.M.  Nahko & Medicine for the People concert, $30 GA, $45 reserved seats in balcony

9 A.M. – 3 P.M.  WWF CAMP
6 – 8 P.M. Schmid Ranch Western Pig Roast for participants, supporters and sponsors (Catered by Oak) 

9 A.M. – 3 P.M. Circle K Ranch for WWF Youth; featuring hikes, games and horseback rides.
5 P.M. Dinner at Esperanzas
6:30-8:30 P.M. Art workshop with Wild West Fest featured artist in the Opera House

10 A.M.– 2 P.M. WWF 25th anniversary Round Up (scattered throughout Elks Park, the Opera House and Telluride Historical Museum- includes stagecoach rides, ‘old time’ western photos in the Opera House, Blacksmith demonstrations, performances from Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, gold panning, an ice cream social and the 12:00 p.m. Mentorship performances in Elks Park)
5 P.M. Farewell Pool Party in Town Park with pizza from Brown Dog Pizza


Help Us Help A Child

horseback riding at Wild West Fest

The Wild West Fest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each and every one of our children, most of whom have never traveled out of their own home town. From its inception, it has been the Sheridan Arts Foundation's goal to make money a non-determining factor in their participation.


The SAF, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has taken on the task of providing all lodging, meals and transportation in and around Telluride, as well as admittance to each event free of charge to the youth throughout our week-long festival.


In 2015, the WWF Mentorship Program Scholarship Awards provided by the Sheridan Arts Foundation totaled almost $50,000. You too can make a difference in a child's life with a much needed donation to the SAF's Wild West Fest.


Your generous contribution of $1,000 will allow one child to participate in the SAF's Wild West Fest in its entirety. As an expression of our gratitude, sponsors will receive 2 VIP tickets to each of the 2017 Wild West Fest events as well as a tax donation letter from the Sheridan Arts Foundation.


Those interested in pledging their support for the Wild West Fest should contact Ronnie Palamar by calling (970) 728-6363 ext. 1 or emailing Ronnie@sheridanoperahouse.com or click below to donate online. All proceeds benefit the production of the Wild West Fest.


For more information:

Please call Maggie Stevens at (970) 728-6363 ext. 5 for more information about the Wild West Fest or to sponsor a child.



Sheridan Arts Foundation 

PO Box 2680

Telluride, CO 81435


Here's what some of our past participants have to say about their experiences in our program:

"Wild West Fest helped me to see a part of the world I never saw before. It also made me be able to meet new people and create new friendships that hopefully will last a lifetime. It opened my eyes to a new beginning" - Marcus, Atlanta, age 15


"Everyone in the whole town treated us like we were really important, and it felt good!" - Valerie, Farmington NM, age 14


"I loved everything about our trip to Telluride. I will remember most the kindness that everyone showed me." - Heather, Denver, age 15


"It was fun meeting kids from small towns and big towns, everyone got along so well with each other. I liked the Opera House, it was fun to be able to perform on the stage." - Brandon, Atlanta, age 13


"This place made me feel like a princess!" - Alta, Atlanta, age 10

fishing at Wild West Fest