The first thing people usually think of when they think of Red Rocks is the fantastic concert venue that’s located right outside of Denver, Colorado, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was one of those people too. But during our trip to Denver last year, we found out that Red Rocks is actually way more than just a concert venue, it’s a truly beautiful place to visit for any occasion! So I’m going to break down the three ways that you can experience Red Rocks during your next trip to Denver!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Red Rocks- The Concert Venue

Like I stated earlier, the number one thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Red Rocks is this mega huge concert venue that all the big name artists want to play because it’s so beautiful but also so acoustically pleasing. And what I think makes it even more special is the fact that it was completely made by nature! I am definitely in that bucket of people which is why I looked up the concert information when Chris and I were planning our trip to Denver.

I personally didn’t recognize any of the names that were going to playing the Saturday that we were in town, so Chris and I didn’t think that we’d have any problems getting tickets if we wanted to go during our trip. This trip hadn’t been very well planned for my Type A personality so we were planning on just going with the flow. That is definitely NOT something that you can do with Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Even if it looks like Jo Schmo is going to be playing at Red Rocks the random weekend that you happen to be visiting Denver, you still need to buy tickets in advance for his concert at Red Rocks. I guarantee it will be sold out the day of, which is exactly what happened with us. We still attempted to get into the venue, but when they say sold out, they mean sold out! So that is definitely my words of wisdom if you’re planning a trip to Denver specifically for a concert, buy your tickets ahead of time! From what we could hear outside of the venue though, it sounded like it was going to be an amazing concert!

Red Rocks- The Workout Facility

Don’t worry, if you happen to miss out on a concert at Red Rocks during your trip to Denver, you can still get a chance to visit the beautiful amphitheater because it is open every day from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset during non event days and one hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM on event days. That gives you plenty of time to get out and explore this beautiful area that was created by nature.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

When you arrive at Red Rocks, you’ll immediately notice how many ramps and stairs you have to walk up in order to get into the actual amphitheater, and once you’re inside you’ll notice how many stairs you have to walk up in order to actually get to a seat, if you were going to a concert. That’s why Red Rocks is used a lot by many Coloradans as a workout facility!

When we arrived the Sunday that we were going to leave, we walked up to the Amphitheater to just see what it looked like, and we fully expected to see other tourists like ourselves checking it out as well. We were completely surprised when we saw how many work out groups there were spread out all over the Amphitheater running up bleachers, lifting weights, and using basically anything and everything they could find around the Amphitheater. It definitely would be motive for me to get in shape if I saw how many stairs I’d need to climb on a daily basis!

Red Rocks- The Park

While you might remember that the Red Rocks Amphitheater was created naturally from the earth, sometimes it’s hard to remember that this beautiful concert venue is surrounded by even more beauty in the surrounding areas, which is why you definitely need to try and hike during your trip to Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

That was our main objective when we visited that Sunday afternoon, and after finding a map online we set off on a small trail that wasn’t too extreme for us Texans that are used to being on flat ground at sea level! I was so glad that I brought my big camera with me because seriously around every turn I felt like I kept on seeing even more beautiful rock formations that just didn’t seem real!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

During your hike you can definitely expect to see lots of native Coloradans out for an early morning hike with their favorite pooches, but you might also run into some native animals that include deer! Chris and I were very lucky and ran into a beautiful doe when we were hiking and spent a long time just taking in the beauty of the surrounding area and the animals before heading back on our hike.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I believe that Chris and I hiked the Trading Post Trail, which had easy access from the Amphitheater, and it definitely wasn’t too hard for us Texans. It was quite toasty outside once we got done though! Afterwards we stopped into the Trading Post to cool off for a bit and to pick up a souvenir, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

As you can see, while most people might consider a trip to Red Rocks to be a once in a lifetime experience to see a concert, there really is so much more that this venue has to offer! I definitely recommend planning a morning or afternoon to go hiking, or if you’re a huge workout buff, don’t miss the opportunity to work out here either!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I guess that it’s getting harder and harder for me to sit down and write travel posts these days, so I’m very excited to be linking up with these wanderful women again for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Red Rocks in Colorado before? Have you attended a concert there?

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  • Living on Cloud Nine

    You don’t ever hear people talk about the wonderful hiking there! How awesome….and beautiful!

    • Exactly! The hiking was so incredibly beautiful, and I was so glad that we got to spend the morning there. I definitely wish that we’d been able to see a concert there though!

  • Thank you for this Ashley! I can’t wait to go to Red Rocks one day. It’s been on my bucket list forever!! I now know I want to explore more than just the concerts there too!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    • I hope that you get to spend some time hiking there as well as getting to see a concert there as well! I was so bummed that we missed out on a concert because I can only imagine how amazing it must have been!

  • Nadine

    Red Rocks looks truly amazing. I would love to see a concert there! And I can only imagine the workout you would get climbing all those stairs.

    • And with the lower altitude, we were definitely breathing pretty hard when we were walking up the stairs. And Red Rocks was so beautiful, I’m glad that we went back for some hiking!

  • This is so cool! I can see why it makes such a great workout location with all of the stairs and inclines!

    • I can too! It didn’t even cross my mind about it being a good workout location, but it totally makes sense. There were some insanely in-shape people working out at Red Rocks!

  • Such gorgeous photos! I had no idea you could explore it besides it being a concert venue! I have this on my bucket list to see a concert there but now I know there are more reasons than that to go!

    • We didn’t realize it either until I started doing some research online! I definitely want to go back for a concert because it’s definitely a bucket list item, but I would definitely go back for some hiking too!

  • Isn’t nature amazing? I love these colours! I´ve never heard of Red Rocks before but I can totally see why it’s popular 🙂

    • It truly is! I still can’t believe that this amazing amphitheater was made by nature! I was so bummed that we missed out on going to a concert, but that just means that we’ll have to go back!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh wow, what beautiful photos. It would be cool to see a concert there, but that’s awesome it’s open for other things too!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • I din’t realize that you could hike or work out there until we started doing research, and I’m so glad that we did because it was totally worth it. It was such a beautiful spot, and now I need to make sure that we go back for a concert!

  • Jen

    This place is absolutely beautiful!!!! I’ve heard about it from friends but their descriptions definitely don’t do it justice. Just wow.

    • It’s crazy how beautiful and vibrant the colors are, and it really is so hard to actually describe it after seeing it in person. I would definitely go back for hiking or a concert anytime!

  • I wish we got to explore more of the park when we visited for a concert a few months ago but we did get some amazing views while hiking up those stairs to get into the venue. Such an amazing and magical place!

    • It really is! And I was so bummed that we didn’t get to experience a concert there, so hopefully we’ll both be able to head back to go hiking and also to see another concert!

  • I didn’t realize you were in Denver!!! I lived there for 5 years & travel back for work frequently so of course I’m a fan. 🙂 I’ve been to several shows at Red Rocks (R.E.M., The Police, Florence & the Machine, The National) and it’s such a great concert venue but I also do love hiking around there and have done some other events like Movie on the Rocks and Yoga on the Rocks.
    I’m going to check out your other Denver posts now!

    • Denver is such a fun city, and I just wish that we’d had more time to explore while we were there. Plus since we missed out on seeing a concert at Red Rocks, that just means that we have to go back! And I didn’t even realize that they did Movie and Yoga on the Rocks! Both of those events sound like such fun events!

  • Definitely a dream concert venue! Very good to know not to procrastinate buying tickets to a show, and love that it doubles as a workout area. All those steps with that view – wow <3

    Green Fashionista

    • The view would definitely motivate me to work out! And I’m still mad at myself that we didn’t buy tickets in advance, which is why I always warn people to make sure that they’re more proactive than I was!

  • Christina Sotherden

    This seriously looks so beautiful! What an amazing place to see a concert!

    • It has to be just this amazing out of this world experience to see a concert there! I’m hoping that we’ll make it back one day!

  • Just another place to add to our list for when we make it out to Denver! What an awesome venue for a concert and so cool that it is open on non-event days too. You got so many great pictures on your hike. So smart to bring your big camera! All these Denver posts you have been sharing make me want to visit!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I hope that y’all get to plan a visit soon! It’s such a fun city that’s surrounded by so much beauty too! I wish that we’d been smart and planned our trip a little better so we could have seen a concert there, but I guess that means that we just need to go back! And they’re actually open on event days as well, but they just close early!

  • Good to know! I never thought of it as more than a concert venue. 🙂 It’s so gorgeous though, so I am glad that it is! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • I am too! I love being in the mountains and going on little hikes when we’re on trips, so this was so perfect for us! We just need to go back for a concert!

  • It’s SUCH a beautiful place, I hope to visit there someday!

    • I hope that you do as well! Denver is such a fun city, and it’s surrounded by so much beautiful nature as well! It’s the best of both worlds!

  • Ashley Angle

    Wow, how amazing! I haven’t made it out West yet (except for Southern California) and I really need to!
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle // acutelifestyle.BlogSpot.com

  • These rocks look absolutely stunning! I can only imagine how magical it must be to experience a concert there!!

    • I know! I’m still kicking myself that we didn’t buy our tickets in advance! I guess that just means that we’ll have to make another trip back!