Columbus Day Weekend, Thursday Evening through Sunday, OCTOBER 10, 11, 12 and 13

Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM



We invite you to join THE HARD ROAD TRIO at the historic Black Range Lodge on the edge  of the Gila Wilderness for three days of acoustic music, quality instruction and an excellent gathering of  players, singers and writers. Camp takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, beginning with happy hour on Thursday and closing with a 3pm concert which is open to the public for a mere $5.00! Thanks to folks who have come from as far away as Minnesota, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas and Colorado and from up and down I 25, DNA Camp is growing into a an excellent music destination. 


We’ve simplified our registration process. Please email Chris Sanders at chrisclarksanders@gmail.com or call 575-571-5298 to sign up or to obtain further info. If you email, please include the instrument you’d like to work on at camp and what level you consider yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuition: $300, including tax. Payment arrangements may be made when registering with Chris. (See above.)



Desert Night Acoustic Music Camp offers:

  • Classes in mandolin, banjo, bass, guitar, fiddle, voice, and songwriting
  • Seminars in effective ensemble and musician self-care
  • Yoga-based stretching and relaxation sessions
  • Chair massage on site
  • A beautiful setting and fresh, delicious food
  • A smaller size group (40 people, maximum)
  • Opportunities to perform with other players for the campers and for the public
  • A faculty concert
  • A chance to perform with other musicians at 2 concerts!
  • Fun jams for all

DNA Music Camp 2018 Faculty: stay tuned for 2019 Faculty lineup!

THE HARD ROAD TRIO: STEVE SMITH, mandolin, CHRIS SANDERS, vocals, and ANNE LUNA, bass, along with  and TOM ADLER teaching songwriting. Stay tuned for faculty updates.





                                                                                 Tom Adler


Some comments from our alumni:

I had a WONDERFUL time!!!!  I learned so much, and look forward to doing this again next year.

Nice setting, plenty of time with instructor, flexibility in choosing what class to take

Give and take between instructors and students AND Top notch instructors

I really had a fun time at camp – opening me up to new experiences, facing fears. Such joy to be around music (and great musicians) all day and night.

Instructors had fantastic humor, talent, humility, and knowledge — what an excellent job assembling such a friendly, helpful team!

The food was simply outstanding.





…and to THE CLASS OF 2015! Here’s most of us:


And the class of 2017:


Included in our 2019 Faculty:



Tom has been an adjunct faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design teaching the acoustic Americana ensemble, songwriting seminar, folk guitar and banjo. He is also a landscape gardener. His background includes many years as a performing/recording musician and stage, film and TV actor and musician in a wide range of styles. Tom played with the Fast Peso String Band and is currently a member of the folk/Americana band Bootleg Prophets. His big secret is that he worked as a chimney sweep in the early ‘80’s! Tom enjoys listening to music as much as he loves performing.

Tom shares folk music from around the world (especially old recordings) with listeners every Sunday morning on his show on KSFR FM, “Folk Remedy.”

Music-2-iconTO REGISTER, contact Chris Sanders at chrisclarksanders@gmail.com or 575-571-5298.

Lodge guest roomLODGING

Contact Catherine Wanek at the Black Range Lodge at 575-895-5652. Rooms, camping spaces and 2 RV spaces are available.

Lodging is a separate transaction and must be arranged directly with Catherine Wanek. If you plan to stay 3 nights or more at the Lodge, discounts may be available. She has a variety of accommodations.


Note that Lodging prices include dinner, breakfast and lunch, plus tax.

Single occupancy: $100 – 125 per day

Double or triple occupancy: $75-95 per person/day
Camping: Tent site with bathroom/shower access $15 per person, meals not included
Meals can be purchased separately: Dinner $16, lunch $11 and breakfast $8

Check out the Lodge at www.blackrangelodge.com