The Beatles, Sting, Jethro Tull, U2, and Seals & Croft are among the many performers who have performed on the stage at Red Rocks, an open-air amphitheatre tucked between massive sandstone walls pushed upward by earth forces approximately 290 million years ago. Today, the audience sits on benches in this geological phenomenon, an acoustically perfect natural amphitheatre, and when they look out beyond the stage, they’re treated to a spectacular view of Denver and the flatlands.
On the days when performances aren’t scheduled, locals love to take out-of-town friends here to show off the spectacular view of Denver, walk among the colorful rocks (climbing is prohibited) and hike on the park’s trails. Don’t be surprised if you see groups of locals marching up and down the many steps. Some trainers bring their classes here for outdoor exercise.
Stop by the Visitor Center, which has interesting displays about the park’s geology and musical history. Guided tours are $6 adults, $3 children and seniors.
The Ship Rock Cafe at Red Rocks has a spectacular views of the rocks, Denver and the flatlands beyond. It’s open for lunch and dinner and the food is good. If you’re going to a concert, book a table for dinner and afterward just walk down to your seats. (Book well in advance for popular events.)
Entrance to the park and the Visitor Center are free, except when there are performances. Performance schedules and prices are listed on the website. On concert dates, the Visitor Center and amphitheatre generally close after lunch for sound checks and other technical work.