Spring has sprung in Colorado and that means music aficionados will start flocking to the state’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison. Located in the foothills just 25 minutes from downtown Denver, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is ranked the #1 outdoor venue by Pollstar. With well over 100-scheduled concerts this year, the hills will be alive with the sound of music from April ‘til November. Get your tickets now – shows sell out quickly!

Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. (Photo credit: daveynin)

So What Makes Red Rocks Unique?

Located at 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks is where the “Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.” Originally known as the Garden of the Angels, two, 300-foot monoliths called Ship Rock and Creation Rock engulf the venue. It’s no surprise that Red Rocks was once listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

With dramatic views of downtown Denver and unbeatable acoustics, Red Rocks has attracted musicians for well over a hundred years and was officially dedicated on June 15, 1941. From U2 to John Denver, to Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful,  and more, some of the world’s biggest musicians have performed legendary shows at Red Rocks.

 If you’ve never experienced Red Rocks, check out this video of Mumford and Sons singing “I Will Wait” live:

Make it a date night!

If you’re ready to rock and don’t want to drive, why not consider staying at the newly-opened Origin Red Rocks Hotel? Located just a few minutes from the concert venue, this hip new hotel has a rock and roll vibe with uniquely decorated rooms of varying sizes and accomodations. And it gets even better – the hotel offers a $15 shuttle to/from Red Rocks on all show nights!

Located inside the hotel, Nomad Taqueria and Beer Garden serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. With 21 beers on tap, Nomad is a perfect place to gather before heading to a show and to reminisce the morning after! (Photo credits: Origin Red Rocks Hotel)

Not a live music fan? No worries!

Even if live concerts aren’t your thing, you certainly don’t want to miss out on the Red Rocks experience. You can grab a bite to eat at Ship Rock Grille, soak in music history at The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and collect Red Rocks Souvenirs at the Trading Post. If you love movies, make sure to check out summer’s Film on the Rocks series.

The amphitheater is open to the public daily and it’s a view you don’t want to miss. Get a workout in running the amphitheater’s stairs, hiking its trails, or experiencing Yoga on the Rocks with a few hundred yogis.

Get zen with your friends! (Photo credit: Red Rocks)