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Power Trip: A guide to getting to the festival, parking and camping

Jun 03, 2023

Get your metal fingers ready, the music festival Power Trip on Oct. 6-8 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio is getting closer.

For first-timers heading to the event featuring Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Metallica and Tool, here's a handy guide to what you need to know about the festival site, parking and camping.

Power Trip is being held at the Empire Polo Club, the same 500-acre site as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach country music festival.

Empire Polo Club is located at 81-800 Avenue 51 in Indio.

If you're one of the many driving to the Empire Polo Club, it's advised to ignore your GPS on Monroe Road close to the venue and follow signs and personnel instead, otherwise it will be several minutes of driving in circles due to road closures, no left turn zones and other traffic restrictions.

Taking a Lyft or Uber? No problem. There will be a rideshare stand operating on Avenue 49 and Monroe Street. Follow the yellow path in and out of the event for access. The highest wait times are expected between midnight to 2:30 a.m. each night.

There's also designated friends and family drop off area in Lot 13 located at Avenue 52 and Madison Street.

Traveling on foot or bicycle? The site will be accessible at the following intersections.

Bike racks will be located on each color path and will be removed if locked to anything other than the designated racks. Lights and reflectors are required by law when biking at night.

Note: No pedestrian access will be available on Monroe Street been Avenue 49 and Avenue 52 or Madison Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 52. Motorized scooters such as Bird, Lime, Jump or others are not allowed at Power Trip.

The free parking lots will open each day at noon and availability will run on a first come/first serve basis. Once the lots are full, passholders will be directed to a nearby free park & ride location. Arrive early to avoid delays. Each passenger in your vehicle must be wearing an event wristband.

But now for the bad news, don't expect to relive the glory days of the 1986 documentary, "Heavy Metal Parking Lot." Tailgating is not permitted, along with RVs, golf carts, car camping and sleeping in your car overnight. Cars left after 2 a.m. will be towed.

ADA parking and other services are available. More information is available at

Motorcycles may park in ADA parking lot.

For those willing to splurge, premium parking is available at $199.

The premium parking lot can be accessed with the add-on pass by traveling south on Monroe Street, making a right onto Avenue 49 and turning left into Lot 1.

For a once-in-a-lifetime event such as this, you might come up in a limousine, party bus or other commercial transportation. But before you book, be sure your company has a pass to utilize the Black Car/Limo Pass lot at the site, otherwise you'll have to be picked up and dropped off at the friends and family drop off area at the corner of Madison Street and Avenue 52.

There are three entrance areas for camping, which require an additional purchase at Camping hours are 9 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Monday. There will be no early access to the campgrounds. Do not arrive before check-in begins.

Check-in hours

Thursday: 9 a.m. to Friday 2 a.m.Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Companion Camping and Tent Camping

From Interstate 10 eastbound

Note: All friends & family, rideshare and taxi drop-offs are here on Thursday.

RV and Car Camping

From Interstate 10 eastbound

Note: No Thursday drop-offs. Must use Lot 2A

Lake Eldorado

From Interstate 10 eastbound

Follow signs to Lake Eldorado on left.

More:Power Trip: Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Metallica to headline October festival. What you need to know

Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bblueskye.

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