Parking and camping is available at Apogaea, however space for vehicles is a little limited.
Upon arrival, vehicles without a vehicle permit will have an hour to drive/find their camp site and unload gear. After dropping off gear, please drive vehicles down to the parking lot as directed by the parking volunteers. Please help the volunteers by moving un-registered vehicles to the parking lots in a timely manner.
Help create the Apogaea experience by sharing rides, parking unused vehicles away from the main event, and reminding fellow camp-mates to do the same. Due to the size of the event on a beautiful yet geographically constrained piece of land, policies exist to limit vehicles. The number of people allowed to participate in Apogaea each year is determined in part by how efficiently the available space can be utilized. With fewer un-utilized vehicles, theme camps in central areas can benefit from more dense zoning while roadway turnarounds in outlying areas can provide better access. Participants are required to park vehicles in external lots unless they meet specific usage requirements.
All vehicles remaining on the main event site and not parked in the external lots are required to have a vehicle permit. A vehicle permit can be registered for online before the event or at the placement tent when arriving on-site. The following types of vehicles are allowed:
- Camping – Vehicles used for regular camping in place of a tent. These include vans, RVs, trailers, and passenger cars that can be adjusted to accommodate a sleeping area.
- Infrastructure – Vehicles required for the operation of an art, theme, or sound contribution being provided to the community.
- Apogaea – Vehicles associated with a department and having a specific operational function during the event including maintenance, emergency, shuttles, and board members.
- Art car / mutant vehicles
For the majority of vehicles parking in external lots, the parking department actively guides cars, fills the lots, and operates shuttles to assist participants. For cars remaining on the main event site with vehicle permits, there are constraints to where vehicles can park. Camps registering for a pre-planned placement area should include the space needs for vehicles in the total area being requested. It is the camps responsibility to mange the space provided and park vehicles within the camp boundaries.
In the event the vehicle has a valid use and registered vehicle permit, but there is not enough available room within a camp, contact the placement department for parking assistance (alternative locations may be available). Vehicles not associated with a camp and used as camping vehicles may park in open camping areas if space is available and they are not blocking roadways or other camps.
For large vehicles with maneuverability and terrain limitations, dedicated lot(s) have been allocated based on vehicle permit registrations received before the event. The earlier a large vehicle can be registered, the more likely an area can be planned to accommodate it. Note that many roads in outlying areas are one way and no parking is allowed at turnarounds (loading zones only). Higher attention is given to keeping roadways and turnarounds clear due to their shared use, limited capacity, and high traffic.
Vehicles may be towed if they impeded the event functioning as planned and operated by the Apogaea organization. Towing is not a relevant consideration for the majority of vehicles utilizing the external parking lots.
Common considerations for towing a vehicle include:
- not having a vehicle permit
- where it’s parked
- how it’s currently being used
A vehicle permit is the first step in helping participants avoid having their vehicle being towed. The information provided during registration can be used when attempting to find the owner of a vehicle if it needs to be moved. If the vehicle has no vehicle permit or if the owner can not be found, then the vehicle risks being towed at the owner’s expense.