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Denver, Colorado: Incredible Day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

By: Idoia Gkikas

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Ask anyone who has visited Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre what they think of it, and the response is universal: “It’s awesome!”

Billed as the only acoustically perfect, naturally-occurring outdoor amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks is an entertainment venue like no other. World-famous acts such as the Beatles, Grateful Dead, U2 and Bruno Mars have performed on this legendary stage just outside Denver.

And that’s not all – Red Rocks also offers hiking trails and fitness opportunities year-round. You’ll want a full day to explore Red Rocks and all it has to offer, so put your muscles to work while enjoying the phenomenal views and mountain vibes.

 

Morning

You’ll be awe-struck as soon as you arrive. Begin by walking around the theater and marveling at the red rock boulders and sweeping vistas. Stop in at the Visitor Center and see the Performers Hall of Fame, which lists the names of seven decades’ worth of performers. 

Next, try out a fitness class. Depending on the time of year, you can participate in group exercise classes such as the Red Rocks Fitness Challenge or Yoga on the Rocks. Test your strength by walking or running up the stairs in the amphitheater. 

Practicing yoga on the steps of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Practicing yoga on the steps of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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Afternoon

For lunch, head to Red Rocks’ on-site restaurant, the Ship Rock Grille, which serves breakfast and lunch with a side of incomparable scenery. Sit out on the deck to take in the red rock formations, native flora and views of downtown Denver in the distance. Alternatively, bring your own meal and sit for a relaxing picnic at the outdoor pavilion.

After lunch, hit the hiking trails. The park has several trails of varying difficulty for great exercise and beautiful views.

Marvel at geological wonders and stunning vistas on a hike at Red Rocks Park.

Marvel at geological wonders and stunning vistas on a hike at Red Rocks Park.
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Evenings

You won’t be disappointed with a concert – any concert – at Red Rocks. The outstanding acoustics mixed with the otherworldly surroundings just can’t be beat. 

On non-concert nights in the summer, catch a movie during the Film on the Rocks series. Each movie is preceded by a live music act and a performance by a local comedian.

Don’t miss dinner and drinks back in the city. Denver has an amazing nightlife scene with countless restaurants to choose from. Grab a cocktail on the rooftop deck at Linger, enjoy a locally-sourced meal at Mercantile in Union Station, or experience the food-truck-meets-food-court concept at Avanti.

Take in a movie and great city views at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Take in a movie and great city views at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
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Getting There

Denver is easy to get to via Denver International Airport, which offers non-stop service to London, Frankfurt, Munich, Tokyo, Mexico City and Reykjavik. Direct rail service connects Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station, located in the heart of downtown Denver.

Helpful hints for visiting Red Rocks: Wear comfortable fitness shoes and bring plenty of water. Also, check the schedule or call ahead of time before visiting – the amphitheater closes early on concert days.

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