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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.
Want to make your stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater even more unforgettable? Remember to try out one or two of these things to do:
For many more things to do, take a look at our Morrison things to do page.
Situated in Golden, this 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).
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).
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).
Located in Denver West, this 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).
Situated in the business district, this 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).
Located in Foothills, this luxury vacation home is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Dinosaur Ridge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Denver Federal Center and Lakewood Cultural Center. Belmar Shopping Mall and Bandimere Speedway are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Golden, this golf 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).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Denver Federal Center and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Colorado Mills Mall. Lakewood Cultural Center and Belmar Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).