FAQs & Safety Tips

1. Can I bring my dog into the Festival?
Yes, please do bring your furry, four-legged friend to the Festival! But remember that dogs must remain on a lease at all times. Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs and dispose of the waste properly.

A Welcome to Dog-Lovers

Welcome, dog-lovers!  The Colorado Scottish Festival welcomes many people with English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh breeds to join us in Snowmass Village.  And if your family’s furry, four-legged friend is not a breed of the British Isles, come anyway!  The Festival is dog-friendly!

Meet other dog-lovers, watch as dogs of the British Isles parade at the noon-day ceremonies both Saturday and Sunday, and meet dogs from rescue shelters.  

Best of all, bring your pet to the Traditional Celtic Kirkin (churching) of the Tartans at 9:00 Sunday morning.  We’ll be having the only Blessing of the Dogs ceremony at a festival in Colorado!

For more information or to register your English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh breed, contact info@ScottishGames.org.  Registration is free!


Snowmass Village Dog Safety Information
In the mountains, dogs left inside a vehicle can easily overheat.  The sun can be intense and heat up the inside of a car in a short period.  Animal Services officers have had to break into cars to pull out dogs that are severely heat distressed.  Please consider bringing the following to protect your pet:

  • SUNSHADE for your windshield
  • BUCKET of WATER that will not SPILL, but provide water for hours
  • Leave NAME AND CELL # on your car dash in case of emergency

Snowmass Village has a leash law, a barking ordinance and a litter ordinance.  Contact Snowmass Village Animal Services with any questions or concerns.  

2. Can I bring my own food and beverages into the Festival?
Sorry, no. Snowmass Village’s many wonderful restaurants and bars have and beverages readily available.  In addition, there will be vendors with some Scottish food available. 

 3. Overnight RV Parking/Camping,
Sorry, no RV parking or camping is allowed in Snowmass Village (to prevent black bears from coming into the area at night looking for food).

Safety Tips for Enjoying the Festival

The Colorado Scottish Festival heartily welcomes you to enjoy its 54th Annual Festival.  Nowhere else in Colorado’s high Rocky Mountains can you enjoy so much Scottish friends, food, drink, music, dance, bagpipes, athletic events, clans, shopping – and more.  Here are a few common-sense tips to help you enjoy the weekend:

1. Snowmass Village is at a higher altitude than many people are used to.  Take it easy.  You might run out of energy before y ou run out of the many things to do!  Take breaks, drink a lot of water and eat frequent snacks.

2. Prepare.  Bring needed medicines and medical information.  Asthma inhalers and other “just in case” medicines should be with you.

3. Dress appropriately for the weather!  A good shade hat will keep you cool and prevent glare.  Be prepared for rain “just in case,” and remember that when the sun drops at higher altitudes, you may need a jacket.

4. Sunburns can be extreme at higher altitudes!  Use sunblock liberally and frequently on exposed skin.  Have a cover-up garment.

5. Headache, fatigue, clumsiness, inattentiveness to circumstances, and even stumbling can be early signs of dehydration.  Rest and rehydrate!

6. Drink plenty of water – beyond the point of thirst.

7. Understand your medicines.  Some medicines change how we adapt to heat or even altitude.  Among these are anti-depressant and psychiatric medicines; antihistamines; bladder and bowel control medicines; and/or high blood pressure medicines.

8. If you feel unwell, ask for help.  Any Festival official, security officer or volunteer will call for help for you.  If you feel faint or dizzy, lie down at once rather than risk injury by falling; this will help you feel better right away.  Have the EMS check you, and be guided by their advice.

9. Absolute warning signs of when to call the EMS (911) are:

  • Faintness, “wooziness,” feeling dizzy or visual trouble.
  • Weakness or muscle cramps.
  • Changes in heart rate or rhythm.
  • Confusion.
  • Not sweating – looking hot, red and dry.