Colorado Burnal Equinox (CBE) – Shamfrost!

Colorado Burnal Equinox

The midpoint between burns, the Burnal Equinox, is Colorado’s latest installment of a Burning Man Regional Event. This new event will keep the Burning Man Spirit thriving during the cold winter months. This year (2019) CBE will be 48 hours, from 11:11 AM on March 15th – 11:11 AM on March 17th.

Join us as we gather to celebrate art, music, performance art, fire, and our community. Costumes are encouraged, especially ones ready for the unpredictable Colorado weather. For more information, check out the sections below.

)'( Welcome to Colorado’s Burnal Equinox!!!! )'(

This is Colorado’s latest edition of an Official Burning Man Sanctioned Regional Burn. While the Burning Man organization has no involvement with the actual production of this event, the event will follow the tenets provided by Burning Man and (y)our Community of the 10 Principles. Read more about those by clicking here.

What is Colorado Burnal Equinox?

This depends totally on you, the participant. What do you want from a early spring burn? What do you think (y)our community wants? How can you contribute? What we are creating is a canvas for you to build upon. We do our best to keep your options unrestricted. We are required to follow all Federal, State and local laws but beyond that you are free to be and create the person you are or have always wanted to be. You are encouraged to create and display art that means something to you.


Photo by Deejay Foto

Photo by Deejay Foto

We are encouraging EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT to volunteer. There are many opportunities to volunteer for the all volunteer group that are helping facilitate the event. There are endless ways to contribute to the event and the experience that ShamFrost is. If you volunteer there are additional gate hours and extra time available for the event and (y)our experience. There will be much more information on that, but in the meantime signup for a shift before all the good ones are taken (like there is a bad shift 🙂 )

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Venue Information

The location this year, for the first 48 hour rendition of this 4th year event is a plot of land that many in the CO community have infused with so much love about 3 miles down HWY 68 from HWY 285 at the Bailey turn off.

Will it be Cold?

It is very probably that this will be be the coldest “Burn” you have ever attended. There appears to be only one other Official Event that has similar conditions and that is FrostBurn. They have been running that event for at least 8 years and have gathered a ton of valuable information in their survival guide which I recommend everyone that would like to attend CBE should read.

Check out FrostBurn’s Survival Guide!

Preparation for the weather is paramount to having a positive transformative experience. Take time to educate yourself on the best ways to keep yourself comfortable and safe in the mountains during the winter (Radical Self Reliance). We have approached several self proclaimed enthusiasts of winter camping and asked for tips and techniques. As we receive them we will make them as available as possible. If you feel you have ways to contribute to this please do so as you see fit. It is (y)our Community that makes all of these things possible.


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Everyone participating in Colorado Burnal Equinox will need a ticket. Please help out those community members that can’t afford a higher priced ticket by supporting our event at the most comfortable ticket level you can afford!

As a family friendly event, 17 and under is FREE with parent or guardian. Wristbands are available only at door. 18+ regular ticket price with ID.

Door Sales: We do not anticipate there being door sales. If, however, we do not sell out prior to the event, we will sell the remaining tickets at the ‘door’. As we get closer to the event, we will update this section on whether tickets will be available at the door. No will call.

Kids )'(

We love having children at our events for many reasons, first and foremost is the fact that kids remind us adults how to play. They also show us how to love unconditionally and the value of honesty and integrity. We know that attending events can be difficult when you have children in your family and to offset those challenges we are offering FREE admission to children under 18 each with a paying parent that will be responsible for that child. If the child breaks any rules/laws the child and the parent responsible will be asked to leave the event. We hope that this gift will be respected and will demonstrate a new model for other events. We also encourage parents bringing kids to help their children find appropriate ways to volunteer for the event. Contributing shows kids the value of communal effort and possibilities when we all come together for a specific objective.

We have no plan to dictate placement beyond the large open area to those familiar with the property. (IE if you want to camp in the loop area, make sure you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and/or a sled to get your gear out there 😉 but we will not be placing out there and it will remain first come first served)

Safety Third

Our safety team, otherwise known as Safety Third, are always looking for volunteers with a minimum of CPR/First aid certifications to join their department. 

If you are interested in helping us with SAFETY 3RD please reach out directly to
If you are interested in helping us with RANGERS please reach out directly to

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Music and Sound (Sound of music?)

Photo by RevTTT

Photo by RevTTT

The Bass Boss is responsible for all sound above a camp level. The event is not sponsoring any large sound at this time, so it is up to you to determine if you want to contribute in this way. We recommend bringing clear crisp sound, over loud sound if this is your art. The Bass Boss will have final say over any levels and can require that you turn down your sound at any time and especially during our quiet(er) hours.

Leave No Trace

This is a Burning Man Sanctioned Event and as such, please be mindful of the 10 Principles. If you see someone leaving a trace, be a good Burner and remind them to pick up after themselves. This isn’t just a party. This is a chance to reconnect the energies and feelings of the playa and prepare for the coming year. Make this night special for everyone, including our hosts and their neighbors.

Thank you for bringing the spirit of BRC back to Colorado and reliving the community connection that makes the Colorado Burning Man Community such a magical place!


Photo by Deejay Foto

Photo by Deejay Foto

As with all other official Burning Man Events, an after-event report must be reported. While few of us enjoy pushing paperwork, it is the committee’s responsibility to provide this information to not only the BMOrg, but the community as well.

Once the after-event report is available, that year’s meeting notes and report will be updated to the CBE Archives page.

As with Denver DeCOmp, all committee meetings are open to the public. 

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