The Wiggles could’ve been on stage and I still think it would’ve been one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. The views, the people, the vibes – it’s unlike any venue I’ve ever been to. It sits at over 6,000 feet in elevation and is in Morrison, Colorado, which is just about 30 minutes away from Denver. If it’s not on your bucket list, it needs to be.
Because of how unique Red Rocks Amphitheatre is, there are a lot of differences between a show there and your typical arena. Some of them I knew, but some were a surprise for us. If you’re seeing one of their upcoming shows, I want you to have the same kick-ass experience we had, so here’s a rundown of what to expect at a Red Rocks show.
The seating setup isn’t the same for every show. Some shows are all general admission, which means you find an empty spot once you show up. Some shows have reserved seating, and staff members will happily help you find your seat. Other concerts are a mix, with general admission at the first few rows in the front and top and center rows reserved seating. Because of this, be sure to bring a blanket to “claim your space” if you need to grab a beer or use the restroom. Seating is always different, so make sure you read carefully before you buy your ticket! Red Rocks is also way more lenient about bringing things in – you’re allowed cloth bags and soft packs 12” x 17” x 12” or smaller. And once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no re-entry!
Yes, it’s a 30-minute drive from Denver, but there are so many other factors to think about for concerts at Red Rocks. The line to get into the park can take a while, and weekday traffic can also slow you down. My punctual boyfriend would tell you to decide what time you need to leave, then give yourself at least an extra half hour. Once you’re there, don’t forget about the long trek up to the actual amphitheatre! If you can, start heading for the show about an hour before start time. That will give you plenty of time to walk up, find your seat, use the bathroom, and grab a drink.
One of the best parts about Red Rocks is being able to bring things in with you. Give me ALL the snacks. You can also bring non-alcoholic sealed drinks in, so make sure you’ve got plenty of water with you. Heads up – if you want to bring an apple or something, make sure you slice it. They weirdly don’t allow whole fruits. I don’t make the rules.
Wherever your seat is, you’re going to be climbing up or down some big-ass steps. Add that into all the walking you’re doing, and I would 10/10 not recommend wearing heels or wedges. Vans or sneakers are the move. Do make sure to bring a sweatshirt or rain jacket though! You’ve heard me say it a gazillion times – Colorado’s weather is hella unpredictable.
There are several parking options at Red Rocks and the process can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar. They have five lots that staff will direct you to as you pull in. The upper lots are the closest to the venue, which means less walking, but they also fill up the quickest, which means you’ll need to plan to get there early. The lower lots are more of a party vibe, but do require way more walking. Pick your poison!
Red Rocks isn’t just a concert venue – it’s a beautiful park that’s home to animals and plants, so we need to keep it clean. Don’t trash the parking lot, be respectful of the venue, and clean up after yourself.
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