Red Rocks, Morrison, CO – 10/16/16

Red Rocks, about 10 miles outside of Denver, is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world (so they say). Two red sandstone monoliths frame the site, and a local promoter held the first musical performances there in 1906. In 1936, FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps built the roads, staircases, permanent stage, and poured the cement seating for over 9,000.

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The Beatles performed here in 1964. Willie Nelson, Grateful Dead, Bruce, nearly everyone has performed at Red Rocks. But even without a show, the site is a terrific destination with a music museum and hiking.

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entrance to Red Rocks

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honoring the CCC workers

You can see Denver nearby:

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The amphitheatre is impressive, even when empty. Videos from concerts, when the venue is packed, are even more so.

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left side sandstone wall

After admiring the view, we headed into the museum with this wall listing every performance from every year. Most years, the season opens with a sunrise Easter service:

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James Taylor likes Red Rocks

 

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Allman Brothers Red Rocks concert poster

After the museum, we crossed the road to begin our hike up to to lizard head rock. Nice smooth dirt trail, that gets steeper, and includes sections of steps.

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lizard head

Here’s the resting spot under the lizard, looking back at the amphitheater:

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Back down the trail:

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more red rock formations and views:

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