Colorado is a state which attracts people for its natural beauty, majestic mountains and mild weather. Red Rocks Amphitheatre located in Morrison, Colorado is a must-see, especially for the lover of live music. The only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world should be part of any cultural enthusiast's bucket list. Though not officially one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, it continues to be a place of wonderment in our minds as music groups dream of one day playing on the magnificent stage.

See your favorite band in an amphitheatre etched into the mountainside over-looking Denver's distant cityscape. Every seat is guaranteed a view which will not disappoint. Red Rocks is not just an amazing place to see a concert, it is a place which creates a feeling you never knew you had. The magic lies in the rocks and if these walls could talk, oh the stories they would tell.

"View from Above" by Makia Minich via Flickr Creative Commons

The History of Red Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is 6,450 feet above sea level and consists of mixed plants and animals from both the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. These two regions came together to create the wonderful diversity you see today.

Believe it or not the famous red sandstone rocks were once the bottom of the ocean floor 250 million years ago which slowly rose up creating the walls seen today. The Amphitheatre is made of Ship Rock and Creation Rock, 200-300 foot monoliths, which make up the walls and produce the appealing sounds heard by thousands of spectators. John Brisben Walker (purchaser of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1889) was the first to perform here in 1906. These rocks are just crawling with history making them all that more enchanting.

More than Just a Music Venue

Most people do not know Red Rocks is open year round, so come be a part of the magic any time of the year. If there's no act scheduled, you can visit the Red Rocks Performer's Hall of Fame, Interactive Hallway and the Geological and History Exhibits. Tours are available Monday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

Red Rocks is equally popular for the outdoorsy crowd. Enjoy beautiful scenery on a variety of hiking and biking trails and beautiful picnic spots. There is also an onsite restaurant called Ship Rock Grille. Because of the Amphitheatre's many steps, the venue is attracts local runners who want a bit of a challenge. In addition to concerts, there is a summer workout series, Film on the Rocks (showing cult classics where everyone dresses up) and Yoga on the Rocks.