From the remnants of the ancient Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado is one of Coloradans most beloved summer destinations. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, once known as Garden of the Titans, has been providing entertainment since 1910. With its natural acoustics and open air venue, Red Rocks houses a maximum of 9,450 people per night at various points throughout the summer. Once used by the Ute tribes for ceremonial purposes, the locals are more thankful for John Brisben Walker whose vision created the modern Red Rocks we know today.
The Sweet Sounds of Summer… Concerts!
Every year, Easter Sunday marks the opening of Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s season. The two naturally formed monoliths create natural acoustics for the unique, outdoor theater. Officially opening in 1941 as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, this venue has hosted some of the most famous artists throughout the last century. Despite the uprising of the 1,000 unticketed persons at the Jethro Tull concert in their inaugural year, it is a true place of dignity in the music industry. U2 and Red Rocks traveled to stardom in 1982 and the Beatles performed on multiple occasions with their first appearance in 1964.
As the “only naturally occurring acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world”, it is a place for artists of every genre to gather and play their music in the crisp Colorado air. Rarely will a concert not sell out. Booking as soon as tickets become available is highly recommended. Early spring is typically when the summer’s events are released and shortly after, available for purchase. Country, alternative rock, bluegrass, and even classical are just a few genres you can hear at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It really does not matter what you can afford to see. The true magic of sound can be heard from any seat in the house from any musicians. The beauty is in the music.
If a concert is not in your deck of cards, there are other ways to experience this natural masterpiece. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is not only a place for music. From June through August, you can visit Red Rocks for Films on the Rocks. Beginning at dusk and followed by music, you can watch second run films on the big screen with natural surround sound. On various nights throughout these three months, you can bring a blanket and your own popcorn to enjoy the show.
Year round, Coloradans visit the amphitheatre to get their workout on. Running up and down the 393 stairs at its elevation of 6,450 feet is a local pastime. Test your lungs and legs at the same time. In addition to the step challenge, every August Red Rocks hosts Yoga on the Rocks. Morning Yoga is offered for $10 a session. You can wake yourself up in the beauty of the surrounding monoliths. Plus, one dollar of your admission fee goes to a local charity.
The greatest part about Red Rocks is visiting reveals the true presence of nature’s wonderful creations. Beneath a star studded sky and stage, the natural barriers formed around this theatre creates a sound only manageable by mother earth. Whether you visit for two steppin’ magic of a country band or early in the morning for summertime yoga, you will not be disappointed by the magic exuded from the red colored rocks of the ancient Rocky Mountains.