Beyond Concerts: Fun Things to Do at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

May 10, 2023 - JeepToursCO
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Red Rocks Amphitheater is a world-renowned concert venue located in Morrison, Colorado. The unique rock formations surrounding the amphitheater and its breathtaking views make it one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world. The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, John Denver, U2, and Bruce Springsteen. The sound quality at Red Rocks is unparalleled, thanks to the natural acoustics provided by the surrounding rocks. 

However, Red Rocks offers much more than just concerts. Here are five other  things you can do at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

1. Take a Hike

Red Rocks Park is home to many hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging. The trails wind through the beautiful rock formations, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape. 

  • Trading Post Trail, a 1.4-mile loop that takes hikers past the famous rock formations, such as the Creation Rock and the Ship Rock. The trail is relatively easy and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is hot with little shade, so come early in mornings!

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  • Turkey Trot Trail, a 2.8-mile roundtrip hike that offers spectacular views of the city of Denver and the Front Range. The trail is moderately challenging, with some steep inclines, but the views are well worth the effort. The trailhead is located near Morrison, and hikers can enjoy the unique red rocks along the way. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear. 

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2. Visit Morrison 

This charming and hippy town is located just a few miles from Red Rocks and is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

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Some of the iconic restaurants are 

  • Fort Restaurant, located in a replica of Bent’s Old Fort, a trading post from the 1830s. The interior is filled with Western memorabilia and artifacts, and the menu features dishes inspired by the cuisine of the American West, including buffalo, elk, and quail. 
  • Cow Eatery – The Cow Eatery is a unique farm-to-table restaurant that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients. It is committed to sustainability and uses compostable materials for its to-go containers and utensils.
  • Hungry Goat – Hungry Goat is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with rustic décor and a friendly staff. The patio seating area is awesome, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

3. Watch a movie under the stars

During the summer months, Red Rocks Amphitheater transforms into an outdoor movie theater. The venue hosts Film on the Rocks, a series of movies shown on the big screen under the stars. The movies range from classics like The Princess Bride to recent blockbusters like Black Panther. The event also features live music, comedy, and food and drink vendors, making it a fun night out for the whole family.

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4. Native Jeeps You-Drive Jeep Tours

Hop on board one of our custom-built Jeeps and take a scenic tour of the historic mining towns near Idaho Springs, the gorgeous Arapaho National Forest and beyond!

Their tours begin in Idaho Springs, just a short drive from Red Rocks Amphitheatre. From there, you’ll head into the mountains, following a carefully selected trail that takes you through historic mining towns, scenic overlooks, and rugged terrain. You’ll have the freedom to stop and take photos, water a tree and even enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic spot.

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Whether you’re a seasoned off-roader or a first-time driver, Native Jeeps offers an adventure that’s tailored to your skill level and interests. Book a tour!

5. Visit the Visitor Center/Trading Post

The Red Rocks Visitor Center is an excellent place to learn about the history and geology of the park.  The center features interactive exhibits that provide visitors with information about the park’s flora and fauna, the surrounding rock formations, and the history of the amphitheater. The Visitor Center is also the starting point for several guided tours of the park. You can also buy cool souvenirs and T-shirts. Discover the state’s rich musical heritage at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, located inside the Trading Post building at Red Rocks Park. The Trading Post is a short walk down from the Visitors Center and can be done in a nice loop. Pets are welcome during non-event hours.

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In conclusion, Red Rocks Amphitheater offers much more than just concerts. From hiking to yoga, guided tours to movie nights, there is something for everyone at this iconic venue. Whether you’re a music lover, outdoor enthusiast, or just looking for a unique experience, Red Rocks Amphitheater is a must-visit destination in Colorado.

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