My last stop is just west of Denver, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Rocks is a rock structure where concerts are held in the open-air amphitheater. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage. During the day, the amphitheater is open to the public, and even sometimes in the morning, they host workout classes and camps. If you have access to a car or feel like taking an uber, take the 20-minute drive to this natural formation to either run the stairs, hike the 1.4-mile Trading Post Trail or just take great photos.
There are several entrances into the theater, and ample parking. There is also a gift shop, and hiking trails around the park. It is important to wear comfortable shoes, and have lots of water, because the altitude is high, and the hills are steep. Don't let the pictures fool you, I was definitely struggling in those flip flops coming from sea level!
If coming to the Amphitheater for a concert, bring the following items, as it will be difficult getting back and forth to your car.
What to bring:
- Lots of water-even a refillable water bottle!
- Rain Jacket
- Portable Charger
If planning a trip to Colorado, I recommend you schedule your vacation during a show/concert that you would want to see. Keep in mind, concert tickets do cost money, however, they park itself is free!! Also, there is the adorable town of outside of the park, Morrison, where you can grab lunch, and listen to live music after your hike! There is also a beautiful mountain town about 11 miles away, Evergreen, if you have the opportunity to visit.
Well, this concludes my trip, thanks for sticking around during my Colorado Quest! It's time for me to head back to LA, however, I know that I will be home again soon. Next time, I will take you on a trip through the Rocky Mountains, to some ski resorts and hot springs. For now, all I can say is that you should book your tickets to Colorado ASAP, especially with this great summer weather that they are having! Colorado is an experience you don't want to miss!
Hope you enjoy! Happy Adventuring!