When it comes to ideal acoustics, there’s no better stage in Denver than Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Described as “a naturally occurring geological phenomenon,” the music venue contains three large red rock outcroppings that capture sound in perfect harmony. Locals took note of the area’s unusual properties in the early 1900s, when a magazine publisher started hosting concerts in the natural stone circle.
Today, Red Rocks draws heavy crowds for rock, country, metal and techno concerts. If you’re staying at Magnolia Denver this fall, you won’t want to miss out on this unique venue. It’s located just 15 minutes west of the hotel, in Red Rocks State Park. While concerts dry up a bit in the cooler winters, there’s still plenty to see and do at the park this fall.
Fall Concert Schedule
Sunshine-filled days and changing leaves make early October a beautiful time to visit Red Rocks. The first of the month, Sheryl Crow and the Laid Back Festival bring subtle jazz and indie folk rock to the Mile-High City. The multi-city event, created in the spirit of late singer-songwriter Greg Allman, features a rotating selection of chill musical acts including Ben Rector, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, The London Souls and Quaker City Night Hawks. Listen to the plaintive, soulful tunes of Alison Krauss on 10/12 or head-beat to the thumping bass of Deadmau5 on 10/19 (his Friday concert is already sold out) before the concert season concludes. Kings of Leon, Postmodern Jukebox and Tech N9ne are among the other acts here in fall 2017. Click here for the full Red Rocks Amphitheatre event calendar.
Walk it Out
At 6,400 above sea level, the park is a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, yoga and fitness challenges are among the activities found at Red Rocks. There aren’t many organized fitness events in the fall, so travelers will have to fly solo or join one of the many informal groups that pop up in the park nearly every weekend. If there’s no scheduled concert or event inside the Amphitheatre, guests are free to look around. The park is also home to two maintained pedestrian trails: The Geologic Overlook Trail and Trading Post Trail. The latter is about a mile and a half long, with high elevation, narrow passageways and rocky terrain. It’s a bit rough for kids and families. If you have little ones in tow, steer clear of its drop-offs and head to the Red Rocks Trail, a bike- and horse-friendly pathway that connects to another nearby park to form a 6-mile loop. Get a trail map here.
Music Hall of Fame
Tourists can score Red Rocks merchandise, Native American inspired goods and other souvenirs at the Visitors Center or inside the Trading Post, or dine on comfort food overlooking the majestic rock formations at the Ship Rock Grille. The Trading Post is also home to Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a relatively new addition that includes memorabilia and bios for each of the acts inducted into the state’s premier music award group. Despite being a recent inductee, John Denver is the major name you’ll see here – there’s even a life-size statue of the legendary singer outside the Trading Post. Also look for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Glenn Miller, as well as a new “Backstage Past” exhibit with behind-the-scenes snapshots of Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and more.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is worth a visit, even if you’re not staying for a concert. It’s one of Denver’s most unique features, and offers the best acoustics you’ll find east of the Mississippi – just give a yell or belt out a few notes from inside the theater to test out that claim. Afterwards, head back to the Magnolia Denver for a nightcap and to rest up for the next day’s adventure. Call 866-912-1037 or click here to book your stay.