King of The Hammers Tickets and Wrist Bands FAQ

Are there any COVID testing requirements this year at KOH?

We are meeting or exceeding all CDC guidelines for an outdoor mega event. It is a fluid situation that we are closely monitoring. Currently, vaccines and tests are recommended but not required. You can review recommendations here:

Where can I purchase tickets for King of The Hammers? What about my $25 for Life Discount Club Code and are there Veteran discounts? is where tickets can be purchased in advance until January 20 under "general event." After that, they will be available for sale at the gate. **$25 Lifetime deal members from 2019 must use the same email address in the COUPON CODE BOX you signed up with to receive your discounted tickets, no exceptions.** One ticket is entry for the entire King of the Hammers week of events. Active duty Military are always no cost at the gate and Veterans are 50% off at the gate only. No discounts for family or friends. Must present valid paperwork or I.D. NO COST AGE 12 AND UNDER - TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Is a pit pass general admission as well or do I need a separate pass?

A pit pass includes general admission.

Can a spectator purchase a pit band?

This is not necessary. A pit band does not give a spectator any more access. Only those that have pre-planned to work with a team in the pits on race day need a pit band. Hammertown is open to anyone with a spectator band, so fans can walk the streets of Hammertown and watch the teams at work throughout the week.  Pit Bands are only required for those that will be touching the race car during the race.

What does my race entry come with (discludes Shootout, see next FAQ for Shootout entry)?

Each race entry comes with: one pass for a race car, three passes for vehicles/trucks, one UTV/moto pass and one RV pass.

What comes with my Shootout race entry?

Shootout race entry comes with: one pass for a race car, one pass for a vehicle/truck and one UTV/moto pass.

Where do I find information while I'm at King of the Hammers, or if I need assistance?

New in 2022, is a helpdesk, located at GATE 2 of Hammertown. This is located by the KOH Mega Merch trailer and the gate straight into Hammertown from the Welcome Gate. 

If I pre-purchased Hammertown WiFi, how do I get technical help if needed?

Please see help desk at the Gate 2 entrance into Hammertow. Located next to the merchandise trailer.

I heard there is live music at the 2022 Progressive King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries this year. Do I need a separate ticket for the music?

No, you don't need to purchase anything extra. Your general admission ticket covers the ten days of races & activities at King of the Hammers!  If you would like to enhance your KOH experience, there is a WARN VIP package available for the event with: special seating on the Start/Finish line, food, private viewing on large screen televisions, and more available for purchase by clicking here. There is the option to purchase individual daily VIP upgrades at the Welcome Gate. 

Who needs a Camper Pass?

A camping pass applies to any vehicle with living quarters, (ie; RV, Trailer, Cab-Over, Toter-Home) entering Johnson Valley during KOH. This fee applies to all camping vehicles, whether you are staying with a team inside Hammertown or dry camping anywhere in Johnson Valley. Camping passes available at or at the Welcome Gate. 


Does my spectator band get me access to the entire race course?

No, but you'll have great spectator areas you can view the cars in the rock trails. For your safety and the safety of our drivers, you cannot access areas outside of the spectator areas.  These cars travel the desert at high speeds, and many of the rock canyons are only accessible by traveling on race course which puts your safety in jeopardy and could get the race shut down. Please stick to the designated spectator areas which are marked on the Spectator map available online under news, or at the gate. 


Is there an additional cost to camp at King of The Hammers?

Yes, if you are bringing a camping vehicle with you, there is a $25 Camper pass required. This fee applies to any camping vehicle with living quarters, (ie; RV, Trailer, Cab-Over, Toter-Home) entering Johnson Valley during KOH. This fee applies to all campers, whether you are staying with a team inside Hammertown or dry camping anywhere in Johnson Valley. Camping is first-come, first-served on the laked bed. It is dry camping without hookups or water services. You are welcome to camp wherever you like as long it's more than 150 feet away from race course, which is clearly marked.  Camping inside the fences of Hammertown is reserved for pre-registered race teams and sponsors.  


Do I have to pay if I'm not going into Hammertown and I'm just coming out to camp with friends?

Yes. Anyone planning to spectate or camp in Johnson Valley during KOH is required to have a wrist band (spectator pass) and a pass for their camping vehicle. 


What do I get with my ticket?

Your ticket gets you access to to Johnson Valley for the duration of KOH. This includes access to spectator areas, Hammertown, and dry camping locations. The first 5000 entrants also receive participant stickers, and we give out a spectator flyer with a map of spectator areas, Hammertown vendors, and a list of the full week's schedule. Spectators also have access to the Jumbotron and port-a-johns inside Hammertown. There is medical and safety personnel on site throughout the week as well. 


Can I drive my vehicle into hammertown with my wrist band?

No. Hammertown vehicle access is limited to teams and vendors with Hammertown parking stickers prominently displayed. 


I bought my tickets online, what do I do with the Code (black and white square) it gave me?

The black and white square is known as a QR Code, please either download that to the photos on your phone, or printout a copy to bring with you to present to a gateworker at the gate on Boone Rd into Hammertown.  Remember, cell service is limited, so please don't wait to download/access the tickets/codes. Have them handy before you turn onto Boone Rd. 


I heard that payment is a donation and optional, do I need to pay?

If you're over 12 years of age and you're coming out for KOH Week, yes, you do need to pay. It has not been a donation for several years. We are required to have a permit to hold KOH, the cost of that permit is substantial and part of the reason it's costly is because of the infrastructure needed to accomodate the large crowds of spectators. This makes us different than many other desert races where spectators do not camp on site for 2-10 days. Our event is a race and festival, and just like festivals such as Burning Man, when we have a permit there is a charge to access the area, when there is not an event going on, there is not a change for use of the public land.  Here is an example of some of our costs. 

$250000 - blm permit (based upon estimated number of spectators)
$40000 - port a potties
$25000 - medical personnel (based on number of spectators)
$22000 - jumbotron for spectators who don’t have vehicles to go to canyons
$30000 - security
$10000 – dust control caused by number of vehicles in Johnson Valley
$20000 - fencing for spectator safety


If I'm only coming for a day, can I get a discount?

We try to keep spectator costs to a minimum already, whether you are out there for the day or the week, the cost is the same, we do not offer deeper discounts if you're only coming for a day. 


I forgot/lost my tickets, is there any way you can send them to me again?

You can retrieve all of your tickets using your email address at along the top of the page there is a gray bar that says "resend confirmation" click this button and you can re-send your tickets


What do I need to bring with me to the front gate?

After you pay for your bands, camping passes and/or parking stickers, you are given the option to text/print tickets. When you click on the tickets you will see a scannable black and white box which is a QR Code. This code is what you need to have available either printed on a piece of paper or saved to your phone that can be scanned at the front gate.  Do not wait to download this code on the lake bed. There is not enough cell service and we cannot look up your tickets for you. 


We may be getting in late, what are the hours that the front gate will be open?

The front gate is open 24/7 starting on Friday, January 21st through Saturday, February 5th. 


The web site says it's not secure. I don't want to enter my credit card information. is an easy to remember link, the actual ticket purchase process is done on this site: feel free to use that link if you'd like. The landing page uses an iframe and still has the same security, but we understand why this makes some people uncomfortable.