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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 unique? Remember to try some of these things to do:
Have a look at our Morrison things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.
Situated in Golden, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Apex Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Dinosaur Ridge. Red Rocks Amphitheater and Coors Brewery are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Morrison, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bandimere Speedway and 1.9 mi (3.1 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 2.7 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 (0.8 km) from Colorado Mills Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dinosaur Ridge and Colorado School of Mines. Coors Brewery and Astor House Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Indian Hills, this cottage is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Mount Falcon Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiny Town and Hiwan Homestead Museum. Evergreen Golf Course and Bergen Peak are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Golden, this golf hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Apex Park and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Colorado Mills Mall. Coors Brewery and Dinosaur Ridge are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly vacation home is in the center of Golden, within 6 mi (10 km) of Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Apex Park, and Red Rocks Park. William Frederick Hayden Park and Red Rocks Amphitheater are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Indian Hills, this family-friendly property is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Falcon Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiny Town and Bergen Peak. Alderfer Three Sisters Park and Evergreen Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).