Best music venues in America: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

By on August 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Red Rocks AmphitheatreThis blog series will take a look at the best music venues across the country – from the best acoustics to the most breathtaking scenery.

Located in Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is one of the most stunning music venues in the world. The impressive summer lineup draws fans from thousands of miles away each concert season.

The Sights

The 300-ft. sandstone rock formations, Ship Rock and Creation Rock, provide acoustic perfection for any performance. The seating capacity is just 9,450, and there isn’t a bad seat in the “house.” In fact, you can see the Denver city lights from the top of the bleachers at night.

Surrounding the amphitheatre is 868 acres of hiking, climbing, wildlife and geological wonders, making Red Rocks the perfect vacation destination.

The Sounds

The earliest rock-and-roll performance at Red Rocks was by The Beatles on Aug. 26, 1964. Legendary acts such as Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead named this one of their favorite places to play. It has been host to every genre of music.

There’s still plenty of time to make the trek to the mountains to catch a show this year. Pretty Lights, Gotye, Mumford and Sons, Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller, Train, Further, and Peter Gabriel are just some of the acts making their way to “The Rocks” in the next two months.

Want to see more?

Can’t make the trip to Colorado? You can still hear and see what all the fuss is about with full length concert videos from U2, Fleetwood Mac, The Moody Blues, The Dave Matthews Band and many more.

Head over to for the complete concert schedule and park activities.

Have you been to Red Rocks? Tell us your story in the comments!