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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.


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Origin Hotel Red Rocks ¥11,552
Origin Hotel Red Rocks

Origin Hotel Red Rocks

18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Golden, this golf hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Apex Park, 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 ¥12,978
    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).

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

        Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden ¥11,022
        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 the mountains, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fossil Trace Golf Club, Colorado Mills Mall, and Colorado School of Mines. Red Rocks Amphitheater and Coors Brewery are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jefferson County Government Center - Golden Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks ¥11,671
          Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks

          Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks

          14600 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, CO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sixth Ave West, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Denver Federal Center and Coors Brewery. Colorado School of Mines and Astor House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Red Rocks College Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area ¥11,298
            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 golf hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Fossil Trace Golf Club and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Colorado Mills Mall. Red Rocks Amphitheater and Coors Brewery are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jefferson County Government Center - Golden Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks ¥10,690
              Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks

              Courtyard by Marriott Denver Golden/Red Rocks

              14700 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, CO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sixth Ave West, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Coors Brewery and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Bandimere Speedway and Broncos Stadium at Mile High are also within 12 mi (20 km). Red Rocks College Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Golden/Denver West ¥8,582
                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

                  Located in Denver West, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Rocks Amphitheater and Coors Brewery. Dinosaur Ridge and Colorado School of Mines are also within 6 mi (10 km). Red Rocks College Station is 29 minutes by foot.