Morrison bills itself as “ The Nearest Faraway Place”. Nestled on the west side of the hogback formation, it’s a 30-minute drive from downtown Denver and a stop on the Lariat Loop scenic byway. Morrison is home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the natural outdoor concert hall tucked into mammoth red sandstone walls that hosts musical events during warmer months. The sound is as fantastic as the view of downtown Denver.
Weekends, a line of Harleys, Indians and Yamahas are parked by the Morrison Inn, which serves great Mexican food to the doctors, lawyers and others on a day ride. They mingle with tourists and locals walking the three-block-long Main St., looking in antique shops. Good restaurants here include the Morrison Inn, Toni Rigitoni’s, Cafe Prague, The Fort and the Ship Rock restaurant in Red Rocks Park.
Visit the Colorado Welcome Center at Red Rocks for the views and to learn about the hatchet lady of Red Rocks during a Colorado Haunted History tour. At nearby Bandimere Speedway the roar of engines is heard during national-level drag races. For a quieter, relaxed experience, hike trails in Jefferson County Open Space.
Kids will love riding the miniature train in aptly named Tiny Town. It’s hands-on for some of the displays and private tours at the Morrison Natural History Museum, with its dinosaur fossils found near here.