Red Rocks: Way more than an ampitheter

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   When you think of Red Rocks you usually think of the huge amphitheater and all the famous bands that have played there, but it’s much more.Red Rocks was formed when ancestral mou

   When you think of Red Rocks you usually think of the huge amphitheater and all the famous bands that have played there, but it’s much more.Red Rocks was formed when ancestral mountains in Morrison deposited sediments where the park is today. Over time the sediments compressed and formed into rock. That rock was uplifted when the present day mountains, the Rocky Mountains, were formed.

   This 9,450 acre park officially opened June 15, 1941 but the first performance was in 1906.   The Grand Opening of the Garden of the Titans put on by actor John Brisben Walker featuring Pietro Satriano and his 25-piece brass band.

 
   Since the first act, this amphitheatre has seen many bands and acts. Some of them include: The Beatles, U2, Widespread Panic, and more recent bands like Imagine Dragons. The park also hosts a “Film on the Rocks” every Tuesday during the summer.

   A rare opportunity is a tour backstage. Special visitors enter through a small door on the side of the stage and walk down a ramp. Continue down and enter the first dressing room. It’s small and has an arm chair, private bathroom, and a television. The second, larger dressing room has a wall of rock and it has a full size sofa, television, bathroom and a massage chair. Then the last and most grand dressing room has two sofas, a television, two massage chairs and a bathroom.  One can imagine that this deluxe room is for the lead band member that everyone comes to see.  Back stage there is also a dining hall where band members and their crew have meals.

 
   The final most exciting destination is a long staircase to the stage. Over the years bands have autographed the wall including the Black Eyed Peas and Jimi Hendrix.

   Red Rocks is one of Colorado’s treasures and has tons of history that everyone should visit and experience the beauty.