Before we get to the main topic, we want to make sure you all know about our Ticketshare Board (for buying/selling event passes) and Rideshare Board (for finding rides/riders). Check ’em out and hook yourself (or someone else) up.
Arriving at Priceless 101
This is our eleventh Priceless, so we’d like to think we’ve got the art of showing up down to a science. For those of you joining us for the first time: welcome! In a second we’ll take you through the details of how we squeeze 1000 campers and all their gear through a one-lane row with no onsite parking. But before we get to that, we want to remind you of our Number One recommendation for having a good experience on arrival: be patient and relax. A little shuffling has to happen, and it won’t take too long. If you let it happen and follow the guidance of our arrivals team, we’ll get you through with a little friction as we can manage.
Like last year, parking will happen at an offsite lot. Once again, the shuttle WILL NOT be running 24 hours a day. Start times indicate departure from PoP (Party Outside the Party), end time indicates arrival at Belden. Plan to arrive during these times:
- Fri, July 1 – 3:00pm-2:00am
- Sat, July 2 – 12:00 noon -10:30pm
- Sun, July 3 – 12:00 noon -7:30pm
IMPORTANT: Please plan your travels so that you ARRIVE BY NO LATER THAN 1:30AM late Friday night (technically, Saturday morning) or NO LATER THAN 8:30PM on Saturday. (You do NOT want to arrive while the shuttle is not operating, since this would lengthen your arrivals process to two days rather than an hour or two.)
When it’s time to leave, we’ll have two shuttles this year (hooray!). The shuttles will be departing from Belden starting at 9:00am on Mon, July 4 and will drop off at PoP up until 3:00pm that day.
- Once you cross the bridge into Belden, you will be directed into the RV parking lot.
- You will be checked in and wrist-banded while in this parking lot. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR CAR 🙂
- You will then drive through town where the campsite team will get you into an unloading spot. If all the spots are full, please bear with us as we have you wait at the edge of town.
- After unloading all people and gear (as quickly and safely as possible!), your driver will bring the car back to the gate, where the parking team will direct him/her to either your onsite parking spot (all onsite passes currently sold out), or get you headed north to the offsite parking lot (offsite parking is $20 per car).
- Due to limited space on the shuttle, we ask that only drivers make the trek out to drop their cars off at the offsite lot. We know it’s nicer with a buddy sometimes, but extra folks at the offsite lot will dramatically slow down the shuttle process and make everyone’s arrivals and set-up process, including yours, take much longer. Sooo…make friends! Meet someone nice on the shuttle! (And note that parking staff have been authorized to prioritize shuttle seating for drivers who are not accompanied by a companion, so if you do need to bring a friend with you to the offsite lot, be prepared for a longer wait to get back to the party.)
- The shuttle will be running back and forth to bring drivers back to Belden Town! Note that the shuttle takes some time–drivers should avail themselves of the comfort station which will be hosting the Offsite Lot Party.
- You will have very limited access to cars parked in the offsite lot. There will be limited shuttle service each day, outlined above, but Priceless staff won’t have the capacity to provide any kind of transport while the shuttle is not operating. If you need it, unload it!
- Just one final reminder–Priceless is NOT a car camping event. Parking passes are NOT car camping passes. You will not be allowed to sleep in or with your car unless you have an RV pass. Please plan accordingly!
If you have any issues during this process, don’t hesitate to ask an arrivals volunteer to assist you or get an arrivals lead to help you out! If Shelby and Massive Bri cannot answer your arrivals question, we’ll come up with some sort of special merit badge for you. Most importantly, relax and settle into the party, and feel free to reward your tireless arrivals volunteers with hugs, jokes, cheer, and–after their shift ends–gifts involving very good whiskey… or tequila.
The beautiful Feather River runs adjacent to the campgrounds and is accessible for rafting and swimming during the days. The event location has plenty of camping under the trees and an old-style saloon for drinks, snacks and water. We strongly encourage you to share a ride with someone! Saves gas money, easier on the parking, and it’s way more fun.
Please drive carefully and slowly. Enjoy the scenery.
Directions from select areas are below, or you can get them direct from Google Maps.
From the Bay Area
- Take BAY BRIDGE/OAKLAND to I-80 – go 84.7 mi
- Take the I-5 North exit – go 3.6 mi
- Take the CA-99 exit toward MARYSVILLE/YUBA CITY – go 12.5 mi
- Continue on EL CENTRO BLVD/CA-70d toward MARYSVILLE/OROVILLE – go 9.7 mi
- Continue to follow CA-70 NORTH – go 86.7 mi
- Turn on HOWELLS RD, going over red bridge into Belden Resort
From the North
(Anywhere north of Santa Rosa)
- Take US-101 NORTH to CA-20
- Take the CA-20 exit toward UPPER LAKE/WILLIAMS – go 88.0 mi
- Turn on MARKET ST[CA-45] – go 0.2 mi (on a map, this turn looks left, and then right onto CA-45 North)
- Bear to follow CA-45 – go 17.1 mi
- Turn on STATE HIGHWAY 162[CA-162] – go 0.4 m (on a map, this is 162 going East, which is a RIGHT turn off of CA-45)
- Continue to follow CA-162 – go 25.7 mi
- Turn onto CA-70 NORTH – go 49.0 mi
- Turn on HOWELLS RD over red bridge into Belden Resort
From the Los Angeles area
- Take the I-5 north toward SACRAMENTO – go 366.4 mi
- Take the CA-99 exit toward MARYSVILLE/YUBA CITY – go 12.5 mi
- Continue on EL CENTRO BLVD[CA-70] toward MARYSVILLE/OROVILLE – go 9.7 mi
- Continue to follow CA-70 NORTH – go 86.7 mi
- Turn on HOWELLS RD – go 0.2 mi
- Arrive at the center of BELDEN, CA
We suggest that you make a final gas stop in Marysville or Oroville to fill up (and get other last minute supplies) on the way.
WHAT to pack
- YOUR TICKET(S)!
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow, teddy bear, etc.
- Sunshade to camp under, particularly if you have a large group and want to take advantage of the large open space for camping all together.
- Flashlight or headlamp.
- A water bottle.
- Bring cups and silverware for your delicious meals from our vendor. However, this year disposable plates will be provided for speed and cleanliness, so no need to bring plates.
- Bug spray and sunscreen.
- Swimwear and a towel.
- A couple trash bags to de-MOOP your area at the end of the event.
- $20 cash for your off-site parking pass (if you didn’t buy an on-site parking pass).
- A few more dollars cash if you want to purchase an a la carte meal from our food vendor or hit up the Belden Lodge for ice, sundry items, or a meal.
- Your Party-within-a-Party outfit (theme: Save Mos Eisley Cantina)!
- Snacks and/or additional meals.
- DO NOT PACK your pet or any animal (other than a legal service animal): they are not allowed at Priceless.
HOW to pack
Once at Priceless, all things are wonderful! And getting in and out is tricky, but works great if we all plan ahead.
First thing to note: Parking at Priceless doesn’t happen at Priceless, but in a remote lot 12 miles away. Second: The camping area is accessed by a single road, and drop off locations get really busy and full. So to make your arrival & departure experiences good ones, we recommend:
- Best: 3 people per car. Or 2 people per car minimum.
Picture in your mind this wonderfully smooth scenario for arrival: After check-in, you drive to a gear drop-off location and immediately start to unload the car while someone looks for the campsite. Once the car is empty (and BEFORE you set up camp) the driver moves the car out to the parking lot to clear room for another car to unload. Meanwhile, the passenger transfers your stuff from the drop-off location to the campsite and starts set-up (but how much smoother and faster if there are 2!). The driver is shuttled back to Priceless, joins in finishing set-up, and you can crack open a tasty refreshing beverage.
- Pack for carrying.
Since you won’t be driving right up to your campsite, plan ahead for carrying your stuff. We have a handful of wheelbarrows to help, but there will only be 3 or 4, and there are hundreds of campers. So unless you really like walking back and forth a lot, don’t pack in numerous small bags or use overly large containers that are awkward to carry. And if you have your own rugged-wheeled cart — bring it!
- Headlamps for all!
Carrying stuff in the dark, setting up tents at night, and midnight trips to the porto-potty are all so much easier with a headlamp!
- Plan to pack it all out.
Belden Town doesn’t have the capacity to handle all the trash we generate. So bring trash bags and save room in your vehicle for carrying everything out. And remember to grab your floaties before you leave, too!
- Pack up quick on Monday morning so you can enjoy our Monday Morning Send-off!
Priceless is officially over at Noon on Monday. After a wonderful lounge-y weekend with your friends, why make your final hours frantic? Pack up quick on Monday morning so you can enjoy our Monday morning gathering, then hop a shuttle to retrieve your car from the lot and be all smooth sailing on your departure. Magical!
The mountains we are in are a tinderbox in the summers. There’s a big drought; maybe you heard? Calfire and the Forest Service have stepped up their fire restrictions in response, so please review the following info so we don’t stress out the nice folks at CalFire.
If you have a camp stove, you’ll need to get a permit. The good news is that you can get one online and it’s free. Here is the permit page. The link for permits is at the bottom of the page.
No personal BBQs or grills. There are communal propane BBQs available to use. If you have a BBQ you wanted to bring to leave at the communal BBQ area, email priceless [at] false [dash] profit [dot] com! Otherwise, please put it back into your storage; you won’t need it.
Smoke responsibly. Use lidded ashtrays and please dispose of waste safely.
Please be extra careful with any cookstoves, and remember: ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS, CAMPFIRES, GENERATORS, CANDLES, OR FIRE-SPINNING ARE ALLOWED.
Priceless Evacuation Plan
In the event that there is an evacuation requirement issued by local emergency services, a clear audible alarm will sound and Priceless staff will begin moving through Belden, directing everyone immediately to report to the front of the lodge.
From there, people who are not driving to the offsite parking lot (see below) will be directed by Priceless staff to follow the paved road out of town, across the bridge, and then led across Highway 70 (with staff directing traffic) to gather at the rest stop north of Belden on the north side of Highway 70. That’s where people will wait to be picked up.
All drivers of cars that are parked either offsite or onsite will instead be directed to the RV parking lot (please refer to our awesome site map if you don’t know where that is!) and from there, Priceless staff will direct drivers who have cars onsite to shuttle drivers who have cars offsite (and ONLY DRIVERS) to the offsite lot to pick up their cars. All drivers will then return to Belden to pick up another round of drivers and shuttle them to the offsite lot to pick up their cars. Finally, each of these cars will head from the offsite lot back to where the rest of our attendees are assembled at the rest stop by Belden, pick up enough passengers to fill their cars, and head south on Highway 70. Priceless staff will oversee vehicle traffic at all times.
If the Evacuation takes place during the hours in which the Shuttle is operating, the Shuttle will also help ferry drivers from Belden to their cars at the offsite parking lot.
This process will continue until Belden is completely evacuated or the emergency is no longer a threat.