As a Colorado native, I am ashamed to say that my first Red Rocks Concert was at 25-years-old, but it was an experience I will never forget! Red Rocks Amphitheater is an outdoor concert venue situated in a rock structure in Morrison, Colorado. The venue is naturally formed and hosts approximately 10,000 people. It’s known for being one of the most stunning outdoor concert venues in the world.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to the Bonobo and Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) concert. If you’re interested, listen to No Diggity by Chet Faker below, it’s a cover of an old classic and will give you a taste of what we heard live.
As I said, this was my first Red Rocks show, so I have no idea how we managed for it to go so smoothly! I’m just going to give you my tips based on what worked for us and what didn’t work.
Pack your bag wisely
We brought jackets, a towel, water bottles (empty) and snacks – just enough stuff that made carrying it all in our hands a nuisance. You are allowed cloth bags and soft packs 12” x 17” x 12” or smaller. There was plenty of space under our feet and a bag made everything so much easier!
Pre-game in the parking lot
We arrived about two hours before the show started and hung out in the parking lot with other attendees. We brought lawn chairs, beverages, sunscreen and sunglasses. I wish we would’ve brought corn-hole or another parking lot friendly game, but there were plenty of people looking to share their toys. You can also bring a personal speaker to play music while you hang out.
Be prepared for all types of weather
My famous last words were, “There’s only a 10% chance of rain at 9:00 p.m., we don’t need rain jackets.” IT. POURED. I was so glad that we had jackets and a towel. We held the towel over our heads during the storm but in retrospect, we should’ve saved it to dry off after the clouds cleared. The temperature drops significantly when the sun goes down, so plan your outfit accordingly. I’d suggest long pants and closed toed shoes.
The stairs are steep
There are 70 rows in the amphitheater and the steps are no joke. A woman in heels was leaving the concert at the same time we were and she said, “Big mistake. Heels were a BIG. MISTAKE.” Listen to that poor girl, skip the heels, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared to take a hike.
The parking is free
There are five parking lots: Lower South Lot 1, Lower South Lot 2, Upper South Lot, Lower North Lot and Upper North Lot. We parked in Upper North Lot and had no trouble getting a parking spot in the 3rd row. Then, we walked up a set of stairs and were at the top of the amphitheater. It was so simple. I hear that the Lower South Lot 1 is where the party is at, if you take your pre-gaming seriously.
photo credit: Colorado Tourism Office