The rejuvenating scent of fresh air, the lights glowing red against the surrounding outcroppings, the thrill that goes through the pulsing crowd when the first chord is struck—this is the majestic experience of a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater right next door to Douglas, Colorado. This unique outdoor venue is situated between two huge rocks formed by millions of years of geological shifts, lending the open-air amphitheater all-natural acoustic perfection that creates a magical atmosphere. A concert venue, a park, an historical site, and a testament to the powers of nature, Red Rocks Amphitheater is an awe-inspiring experience not to be missed.
A Unique Geological Wonder
Red Rocks lies between the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains with 868 acres of wildlife, natural wonders, and history. The two distinct, three hundred feet-tall sandstone red rocks, Ship Rock and Creation Rock, produce spine-tingling acoustic perfection while preserving animal and plant life from millions of years ago within their many layers. While visitors are moved by music and enchanted by breathtaking views of Denver, the nearby dinosaur footprints and fossils from 40-foot sea serpents and flying reptiles are a humble reminder of the wonders of ancient life.
Enjoy Red Rocks Amphitheater Concerts and More
Since 1941, Red Rocks has hosted thousands of music performances. From U2, No Doubt, and Santana to the String Cheese Incident, R.E.M., and Ani DiFranco, a wide range of artists have performed amidst the beautiful Coloradan landscape, creating an otherworldly experience unparalleled by any other venue in the world. Continuing in this tradition, this summer’s schedule at Red Rock includes artists such as Umphrey’s McGee, Garrison Keillor, and Widespread Panic. More upcoming spring performances include:
- Lana Del Rey,
- The Moody Blues,
- The Decemberists,
- Old Crow Medicine Show,
- And more!
While the amphitheater takes center stage, Red Rocks has much more to offer. The park’s hundreds of acres invite hikers, nature lovers, joggers, picnickers, bird watchers, and more to take in the local wildlife, plants, geological formations, and panoramic views. Red Rocks hosts group workouts, Yoga on the Rocks, and the Red Rocks Fitness Challenge, and invites those looking for a challenging workout to test their limits at the park’s 6,400-foot elevation. The 1.4-mile Trading Post Trail traverses valleys, rocky terrain, and a meadow while the Red Rocks Trail connects with the Matthews-Winters trail to create a 6-mile loop for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Red Rocks also has a variety of dining options including Ship Rock Grille and Java City Coffee, located inside the Trading Post. Looking for a quick snack, a tantalizing treat, or an invigorating cup of coffee? Java City Coffee offers a variety of hot and iced beverages that can be enjoyed inside the café or on the go. The Ship Rock Grille in the Red Rocks Visitor Center offers stunning views on the outdoor deck as well as delicious and unique fare, such as:
- Eldorado Elk Sliders,
- Buffalo Chili,
- Chipotle Turkey BLT,
- Ridgeline Sirloin,
- Oak Creek Buffalo Tamales,
- The Prairie Burger,
- And the Mississippi Mud Pie.
Located just 40 miles west of the neighborhoods of Parker CO, the Red Rocks Amphitheater is a uniquely Coloradan experience that combines music with the splendor of our beloved landscape.