Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Red Rocks Amphitheater featuring theater scenes and snow

This legendary rock concert venue boasts outstanding acoustics thanks to soaring rock walls that hug the stage.

Everyone who’s anyone has played here, from opera singers and orchestras to The Beatles, U2, Neil Young, Coldplay and Jimi Hendrix. Musicians consider the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Denver, to be one of the best venues in the world to play at, with its magical, almost spiritual, atmosphere.

Sit amongst towering sandstone rock faces that show the scars of millions of years of history. Ship Rock stands to the south of the stage and Creation Rock towers over the northern end. Smaller formations sloping at various angles — some as much as 90 degrees — help to form this breath-taking amphitheater 6,450 feet (1,966 meters) above sea level.

The cluster of formations was originally known as the Garden of Angels, and it’s not hard to see why. Entrepreneur John Brisben Walker had the idea to turn it into a music venue and hosted a series of concerts between 1906 and 1910. Later, it was bought by the City of Denver and seating for 9,450 people was added, as well as a permanent stage. Concerts are held regularly during summer; check the official website for details.

There’s plenty to do at Red Rocks, even when there’s not a performance. Take a guided tour, or hike or cycle within the 268-acre (351-hectare) park. The Visitors’ Center is open year round. It has a restaurant open for lunch and brunch, a gift shop and a gallery. Come before 10 a.m. to catch a daily tour (for a small fee) through the amphitheater, backstage and to the Red Rocks Hall of Fame.

Trading Post Trail offers a 1.4-mile-long (2.25-kilometer) walk winding through rock formations, valleys and meadows. There’s also the Red Rocks Trail, a multi-use path for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located near the town of Morrison, about 30 minutes by car from downtown Denver. Numerous shuttle bus services run daily from hotels throughout Denver.

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Camping site near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Camping site near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
The price is $55 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Red Rocks Amphitheater, Dinosaur Ridge, and Red Rocks Park. Fossil Trace Golf Club and Colorado ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect Location
"This was the perfect location for my stay. Only 5mins from Red Rocks, close to neighboring towns. Property is located inside a state park and beautiful view surround you. Dennis was extremely helpful with anything I needed and provided quite a few essentials. Bed was comfy and that's all I really ..."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Camping site near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is $119 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Situated in a state park, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Fossil Trace Golf Club and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Dinosaur Ridge. Red Rocks Amphitheater and Red Rocks ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,483 reviews)
"Great for concerts"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Cliff House Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Cliff House Lodge Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
121 Stone Street, Morrison, CO
The price is $119 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in Morrison, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bear Creek Lake Park and Bandimere Speedway. Red Rocks Park and Red Rocks Amphitheater are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (186 reviews)
"We were so thrilled with our stay here. The location is perfect if you’re going to a show at red rocks. The staff are all very sweet and helpful. Our breakfast was delicious and the woman who made ours even brought it to our cottage for us. We will be staying here any time we’re in town for a show ..."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

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Camping site near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
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Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is $119 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $119 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
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Golden, CO
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Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
3 out of 5
15059 West Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO
The price is $98 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
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Relaxing Escape Complete with Home Theater and BBQ
Lakewood, CO
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Relaxing Escape Complete With Home Theater and BBQ
Relaxing Escape Complete With Home Theater and BBQ
3.5 out of 5
2519 S Eldridge St, US, Lakewood, CO
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Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks
3 out of 5
14700 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, CO
The price is $89 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks
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