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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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