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A Reliable Guide to Red Rocks Amphitheatre

by Leap on March 13, 2024 Denver

Embark on a musical journey like no other by visiting one of the most extraordinary concert venues in the world — Red Rocks Amphitheatre! From its rich history to its unparalleled environment, this venue is truly one of a kind. Hosting musical acts ranging from rock to jazz for just over eight decades, Red Rocks offers something that everyone can enjoy. Keep reading to learn all about upcoming events at this whimsical majestic, naturally occurring amphitheater and how you can snag awesome deals on tickets!

A Reliable Guide to Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Overview of Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Situated amongst the stunning red rock formations of Morrison, CO lies the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This iconic venue has a deep-rooted history dating back millions of years, to when the very rocks that surround it were formed during the Jurassic period. Fast forward to the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps embarked on a monumental project to construct the amphitheater, a testament to human ingenuity and a harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Since its official opening to the public in 1941, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been graced by an illustrious roster of performers, from rock legends such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to contemporary icons such as Jungle and Coldplay. Today, this venue is a hotspot for EDM fans, hosting DJs and producers such as Dom Dolla, Deadmau5 and Above and Beyond. The venue even holds an annual music festival — Red Rocks Music Festival. Its powerful acoustics and panaromic views have transformed this spot into a mecca for music lovers nationwide.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is also renowned for its commitment to sustainability. The venue has implemented various eco-friendly practices, including waste reduction initiatives, water conservation efforts and renewable energy sources.

Location of Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks is located at 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO, and is close to Denver — making it easily accessible for both locals and visitors alike. Whether you're driving, taking public transportation or even opting for a scenic bike ride or hike, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is within easy reach.

For those driving, the amphitheater is situated just off Interstate 70, making it a convenient destination. Public transportation is also a great way to reach the venue, with the RTD Light Rail providing direct service to the amphitheater from Denver Union Station.

Seeking a more active adventure? Red Rocks Amphitheatre can be reached by foot or bike. The venue is surrounded by several hiking and biking trails that offer breathtaking views of the area.

Parking at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Ample free parking is available on-site, ensuring a hassle-free experience for concertgoers. Attendees may sometimes leave their cars parked until 10 a.m. the day after the event. Parking lots at Red Rocks open approximately two hours before the event start time. However, if you choose to park along the road, there are no time limits for parking. In this case, parking further down the road facing downhill is recommended to avoid traffic leaving the parking lot. It’s important to note that parking on the road will require a much further walk to the venue.

Parking is divided into five main lots: two Lower South Lots, one Lower North Lot, one Upper South Lot and an Upper North Lot. The Upper South Lot accommodates those requiring Accessible Shuttle seating in rows 1-36. Those who require the use of a wheelchair must present a Row 1 ticket to gain access to the shuttle. This lot also allows for easy access to Interstate 470 and makes for a quick exit from the venue. The Top Circle Lot is for seating in rows 37-70. Keep in mind that the road leading to this lot turns into a one-way street at the end of the show.

If you’re using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft, you’ll be dropped off at either the Upper South Lot, Top Circle Lot or Trading Post. Pick-up is usually at Trading Post Road South.

Seating at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

With a seating capacity of over 9,000 people, Red Rocks offers a variety of general admission seating options to accommodate different preferences and budgets. Because of its dome-like shape, the venue’s seating offers unique views and impressive acoustics from almost every angle. Additionally, large television screens allow for a solid view anywhere one chooses to sit.

The lowest section closest to the floor may be a little tight during crowded events but may become more spacious once everyone gets up to dance.

Within the first 10-15 rows, it is best to sit closer to the center as some seats on the edges can extend beyond the stage and have obstructed views. From rows 25-40, attendees can catch a more scenic view, overlooking the city lights and surrounding natural landscapes. Any level higher than that may be too far to enjoy a performance. Keep in mind, that on windy nights, the sound quality can also diminish in higher sections.

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What to Know Before You Go to Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Here are a few tips and tidbits you should know before visiting:

  • Stick to single pocket bags and clear bags no larger than 13" x 15" x 8" or small purses and fanny packs that are 6" x 9" or smaller.
  • Empty, reusable water bottles of less than 32 ounces, as well as empty hydration packs (up to 2 liters in size), ARE allowed. Hydration packs must not have more than one pocket in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.
  • Soft-sided coolers, six-pack size (10" x 7" x 7" or smaller) are permitted.
  • For personal consumption purposes, food in a clear plastic bag (of one gallon or less) is allowed. Fruit and vegetables must be sliced. Only plastic utensils are permitted.
  • Blankets are encouraged, but can be no larger than 40" x 60". They also can't extend beyond the ticketed seating area and are not permitted on any walkways.
  • Nonalcoholic beverages in factory-sealed plastic containers (32 ounces or less), unless prohibited by the show; some shows may require the removal of lids upon entering the amphitheater.
  • Bring binoculars to enhance your viewing experience from any part of the venue!
  • Even if the forecast doesn’t call for rain, it’s always smart to bring a jacket and a raincoat or poncho for those unprecedented showers.
  • For the full list of both prohibited and allowed items at this venue, check out the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Rules and Regulations.

Upcoming Events at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosts a variety of events, including comedy shows, dance performances and film screenings. Here's a look at some of the most anticipated events happening at this venue:

Have you enjoyed a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre? Are you planning on attending an event there in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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