The fact is, there’s no place like it on earth. The Red Rocks Amphitheater is a geological phenomenon, the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. My first visit to this amazing place was in the late 80’s. It took me 30 years to make it back. One of the first things I did after accepting a radio job in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2016 I started making plans to return. Since then, I’ve made it back several times, including twice in three days just last week!
It’s about a 11 hour drive from Springfield, Missouri to Denver, Colorado. The elevation at the venue is 6,450 feet above sea level. It’s location, a unique transitional zone between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains make for an amazing view. The rocks are “Fountain Formation” stones that vary in color from light gray to pale red to dark rust. Over the millennia the erosion and weathering decomposed the rock, releasing minerals such as iron that give Red Rocks its reddish-pink color.
Be sure and arrive early. Parking is tricky with limited lots and the later you arrive the further up the mountain you’ll have to hike. The venue is located inside a park that’s 738 acres in size filled with wildlife, dinosaurs tracks, pine trees, and all types of geological wonders. Also on the premises is the Visitor Center, Trading Post, Red Rocks Hall of Fame, and more!
Need a great country show it see? The Chicks are doing two shows coming up August 2nd and 3rd. Plus, Thomas Rhett takes the legendary stage at Red Rocks on August 12th.
No trip to Colorado is complete without a visit to Estes Park and The Rocky Mountain National Park. About 45 minutes to the north and west of Red Rocks, try and make time to take in the town and one of the most beautiful places in the US. Red Rocks, add it to your bucket list and start making plans to get there. I guarantee you’ll not be disappointed!