Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a world-renowned concert venue that has seen artists like the Beatles, U2, The Police, Santana, Jimmy Hendrix, Cold Play, Dave Matthews Band, and the list goes on. The amphitheatre is the result of a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world.
The scenic vistas from Red Rocks are spectacular, as you can see on the photo below. On a clear day, like the one I had, you can see the city of Denver and beyond.
This venue is a dream for most musicians because of the natural acoustics formed by the surrounding rocks and the ambiance of playing outdoors surrounded by nature. Listening to a concert here as the as the sun goes down and then under the stars is magical for both the artist and the crowd.
Red Rocks is also a park with 640 acres where you can hike and bike its amazing trails. The landscape is stunning, especially the red sandstone monoliths, which stand out as you explore. You can view these features both from the road and trail, so if you don’t feel like hiking, you can just drive around.
Red Rocks is at 6,450 feet above sea level. It’s a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains creating a diverse environment, which gives visitors the opportunity to see various plants, birds, and animals of both regions.
As you explore, keep in mind you’re looking at a history of animal and plant life in the area for the past 250 million years.
If you are into geology and history, there’s a free Museum with interactive educational displays and a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history.
If you get hungry, there’s great food at Ship Rock Grille – plus, you’ll be lunching with a view.
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