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One of the best views of Denver sits wedged in between two red rocks


Looking at Denver from the Top of Red Rocks Amphitheatre          Photo Credit: Suzy Guese

Most Denver natives and Coloradans make their way to Red Rocks at some point during the summer. The greatest of musical performers radiate their sound in the area that was originally known as the Garden of Angels. Aside from concerts and movies, it would seem only tourists visit Red Rocks in the dead of winter. It is easy to see why. Red Rocks offers one of the greatest panoramic views of Denver.

Natives or tourists can enjoy Red Rocks year round and not just for a concert. The two massive monoliths jutting out from the ground rise to around 300 feet. Both reach heights taller than Niagara Falls.

During a time of green movements and saving energy, Red Rocks bears the reminder of the ultimate incorporation with the environment before it was even trendy. Prehistoric earth movements raised sandstone ledges from the ocean floor to create both monoliths, Ship Rock and Creation Rock. In the early 1900s John Brisben Walker envisioned artists performing between the two red rocks. From 1906 to 1910, a number of concerts played in the beautiful setting.  By 1927, the City of Denver purchased the area for what some mini vans cost today, $54,133.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado          Photo Credit: Suzy Guese

Denver architect Burnham Hoyt designed the amphitheatre to blend in with the natural environment. By June 15, 1941, Red Rocks was officially dedicated. Today performers strive to reach the Mecca of music venues. Crowds arrive in spring or summer to see those that have made it.

Standing at the top of the amphitheatre yields the perfect view of Denver. On a sunny day, the red rocks truly glow. Set in the foothills, the stage reminds on-lookers of the plains to the east and the mountains to the west.

For those looking for the perfect Sunday outing, spend a few moments at Red Rocks. Being only 15 miles West of Denver, the appreciation for just how beautiful Colorado is will indeed grow here.

From downtown Denver, drivers can hop on I-70 heading west taking the Morrison exit #259. A turn south onto Colorado Highway 93 will ultimate lead to Red Rocks. If you get lost, just look around. Red Rocks, just like the consistency of a rock, is hard to miss.

                               Ship Rock at Red Rocks in Colorado          Photo Credit: Suzy Guese

For more information, visit the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater website.


  • Dennis J 5 years ago

    I was at Red Rocks when I was 6, which is way longer ago than I care to admit, but I still remember it. Thanks for a little trip down memory lane!

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