Red Rocks Natural Concert Amphitheater | Denver, CO
The Red Rocks Amphitheater is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains; on the Western side of Denver. This concert venue has been built into the hillside where the large rocks creates a natural amphitheater. You will find the amphitheater as well as the state park in this area. The concert venue and visitor center are open year-round to the public.
The “Red Rocks” are actually giant sandstone monoliths. The two monoliths; “Ship Rock” and “Creation Rock” serve as the natural amphitheater here. Check out some of the photos and information about Red Rocks Amphitheater below.
Above; you can see the stage at Red Rocks. The City of Denver is located in the distance of this photo. The buildings are obscured by fog on this occasion, however on a clear concert night you will see the city lights flickering in the background.
The photo below shows the view while looking out from the stage at Red Rocks. Click on the image to view the full size version (Click twice to zoom).
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Red Rocks Visitor Center
The Red Rocks visitor center is located above/behind the concert venue. This facility is built into the rocks in a cave-like fashion.
The visitor center here features a gift shop, restaurant, informational exhibits, and an interactive music Hall of Fame for some of the great artists who have played at Red Rocks. There is a movie theater in the Hall-of-Fame here as well (Free).
There is also an official State of Colorado welcome center in Red Rocks Park. This building is referred to as the “Trading Post” and it is located just a short walk down the hill from the amphitheater. You can also drive right to the trading post and park in close proximity to the building.
Red Rocks Parking
Red Rocks has several large parking lots that are located around the hillside, and these may be used during concert events. If you are visiting Red Rocks during the day, you may use the parking lots that are located closer to the concert venue entrance.
As long as there is no concert event scheduled, visitors may park in the Top Circle Lot. After you drive under the rock tunnel that you see in the second photo below, you will be able to park near the top of the seating area for the amphitheater.