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Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater

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.

How about making your time spent at Red Rocks Amphitheater even more special? Remember to try one or two of these activities:

Have a look at our Morrison things to do page to discover more activities in the area.


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Origin Hotel Red Rocks $116
Origin Hotel Red Rocks

Origin Hotel Red Rocks

18475 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Golden, this ski hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Apex Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fossil Trace Golf Club and Dinosaur Ridge. Red Rocks Amphitheater and Coors Brewery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Cliff House Lodge Bed and Breakfast $119
    Cliff House Lodge Bed and Breakfast

    Cliff House Lodge Bed and Breakfast

    121 Stone Street, Morrison, CO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Morrison, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bandimere Speedway and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Rocks Park and Bear Creek Lake Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Chic Chalet - RED Rocks 6min/ Evergreen 10min/ New Remodel, Fire Pit, Love Views
      Chic Chalet - RED Rocks 6min/ Evergreen 10min/ New Remodel, Fire Pit, Love Views

      Chic Chalet - RED Rocks 6min/ Evergreen 10min/ New Remodel, Fire Pit, Love Views

      Idledale, CO
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this romantic guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Rocks Park, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Bandimere Speedway. North Turkey Creek and Bear Creek Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Red Rocks Glamping
        Red Rocks Glamping

        Red Rocks Glamping

        18022 CO-8, Morrison, CO
           
          1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Morrison, this campground is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Red Rocks Amphitheater and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiny Town and The Manor House. Colorado Mills Mall and Colorado School of Mines are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Golden/Denver West $71
          Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Golden/Denver West

          Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Golden/Denver West

          15059 W Colfax Ave, I-70 and West Colfax Exit 262, Golden, CO
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Denver West hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coors Brewery and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Dinosaur Ridge and Colorado School of Mines are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area $104
            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area

            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area

            17140 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Golden, this ski hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Fossil Trace Golf Club. Coors Brewery and Red Rocks Amphitheater are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden $89
              Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden

              Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden

              17150 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Golden, this ski hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Colorado Mills Mall, Fossil Trace Golf Club, and Colorado School of Mines. Coors Brewery and Red Rocks Amphitheater are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Redrocks Concerts-house ON Side OF MTN With Views-wall TO Wall Windows With View
                Redrocks Concerts-house ON Side OF MTN With Views-wall TO Wall Windows With View

                Redrocks Concerts-house ON Side OF MTN With Views-wall TO Wall Windows With View

                Golden, CO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this Golden vacation home is in the city center, within 6 mi (10 km) of Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and Apex Park, and close to winter sports such as snowmobiling. Colorado Mills Mall and Red Rocks Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).