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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Morrison, CO | West | Capacity: 9,545
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Review by: Coznells
Posted: 5/2/23

Sound
Sound is good. Can depend on the weather and wind. Stay close if you give a shit about good sound. Sometimes that means getting in line really early. But if you aren’t an audiophile you’ll probably (read more) be satisfied unless the wind is raging.
Review by: Coznells
Posted: 5/2/23

Overall Experience
Red Rocks! It’s just an epic venue unlike anything else. I’ve seen more shows than I can count starting in 1999 with the Allman Bros. It’s not EASY–this venue is sort of high maintenance–but it’s (read more) really, really worth it. Parking is far away, it’s hard to get an Uber at the end of the show, there are A LOT of stairs and walking, but in the end there is nothing like seeing a show in between those two behemoth rocks.
If you really care about sound, anything above row 35 can be tricky. Sometimes it’s fine but if the wind is whipping through there the sound can just get carried away. But, there are benefits of being up high, like seeing the city lights. I was there last year when The Avs won the Stanley Cup and I could see fireworks erupting all over the city. I’ve also been up there when storms roll in and watched the lightning come our way. It’s all breathtaking.
Overall, be ready to walk a lot (there is a shuttle to get up to the gates if you need it, but still a lot of walking inside. If you’re at all compromised, get a handicapped access ticket and feel no guilt). Bring a rain coat!! (Yes, always.) Up top near the bathrooms there is a cool “museum” with posters and such. Sort of cool to look at.
If you haven’t been, GO! ASAP! It’s a bucket list venue for sure.

Getting There
If you’re staying somewhere close, congrats! There aren’t many places. If you have a sober driver, use them! Waiting for an Uber after the show is PAINFUL and LONG. More than other venues, I think, (read more) because there’s really no where else to go and hang out. You’re on your own up there. Shuttle busses can be a pain to coordinate, but the times we’ve had one, it was for sure worth it.
Parking
There are MANY parking lots to choose from at RR and three separate entrances. If you need to be in a certain lot and you go in the wrong entrance, you’re screwed. So if you know you need to be (read more) somewhere specific to meet people or catch the shuttle up due to mobility issues, check out the map. (The mobility shuttle leaves from the Upper South lot). If you don’t want to walk up a ramp or stairs, park in the Upper North. (You’ll still have to walk up the stairs at the end if you sit close to the stage, but it will be easier entry. And if you are sitting up high, it will save you a lot of walking.)
Tailgating
Explore the parking lot and get there early for sure! Tailgaters heaven. I haven’t missed many Panic shows at Red Rocks in the last 23 years, and have seen many other awesome shows there and the (read more) tailgating scene is like no other. It’s beautiful, there are legit trails to explore and people love these shows as much for the pre-game as the show itself. I’d give yourself a few hours to hang out before the show. It can also take a long time to get up the ramp or stairs, so just be ready for that. But absolutely bring a cooler of some bevys, maybe a frisbee or yard game, and hang out in the lot for a good space of time, particularly on a sunny beautiful day. Weather can turn fast, so be ready for that (I’ve seen porta-potties blow away up there, for real).
Water Policy
This policy depends on the bands. For Panic and most of the jamband shows I’ve seen, you can bring in a water bottle and fill it. You can even bring in your own sealed containers and coolers of ice! (read more) But these sorts of details depend on the artist. Check ahead.
Bag Policy

This has always been really been easy but just saw they changed it to bags with only one pocket. Not sure what this year will hold. Spring 2023 will be my first show back to RR.


Search Policy
This scene seems to fluctuate with the band and the year. In the last few years security hasn’t been that bad, and they don’t search you obsessively. But just when I think that it seems that then I (read more) get a gung ho security person and we’re all waiting forever. So, this just fluctuates but is usually okay.
Sound

The wind can really take the sound away in this venue. Above row 40 you’re pushing your luck. If there is no wind it’s better. And I think they just updated their sound? Not sure about that, though.


Venue Security

Once you’re in, security is not an issue. Pretty loose! Love it.


Venue Concessions
They have a really good lemonade stand. It’s on the right side of the venue (if you’re looking at the stage). It’s probably around row 45 or so. Delish! Even if you don’t drink booze the lemonade is (read more) really good. There are lots of concessions up top and I think the food has gotten better over the years. They always send people w/ big beers through the rows throughout the shows.
End of the Show

Cervantes usually has aftershows going on. Other theatres in town, too, like The Egyptian. It’s a big city so always something happening.


ADA Accessibility
Make sure you park in Upper South lot if you’re in need of the ADA shuttle to get up to the venue. Very important. Once you’re in there, the ADA seats in front are the best seats in the house. It’s (read more) either right down front or way up top.
Other Stuff
Red Rocks is high maintenance! Lots of walking, no easy access to get back to the hotel, endless parking lots, but it’s unlike any other place. Always bring a rain coat and something warm. If you’re (read more) from a humid place at sea level, you might be surprised how cold it can be in the evening. Chills off fast up there. But overall you have to go to Red Rocks! Highly recommended!
Nearby Lodging

Not sure what you call “Nearby”. Nothing is walkable unless you’re one of the very few homeowners off the park. There is a close hotel with a shuttle but it’s pricey. But getting out of RR is a nightmare if you’re Uber bound. Wherever you stay, you’ll be driving in some way, shape or form, so just check drive times and weigh options. It’s not easy to get to, it’s actually quite the pain in the ass, but the venue is so cool it’s worth it.


Nearby Bars & Restaurants

There are restaurants and bars in Morrison, but you’ll probably end up going close to wherever your hotel is. Lots of good eats in Denver. Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings is Dead/Panic/Phish etc themed–very like minded folks there if you’re heading out before the show. It doesn’t stay open late enough to go after. So Many Roads Brewery is also based around Dead and music. Very laid back scene in Denver.


Review by: BruceWingsteen
Posted: 7/13/23

Overall Experience
Red Rocks is a bucket list venue fo sho. Some would argue it is the best venue ever. It is hard to argue that point. While at the venue, you are immersed in beautiful nature, with beautiful views (read more) while listening to great music. It is easy to move about the venue to meet up with your crew. Most shows are GA here, though not all are. PSA: flat landers/out of towners should take note of the altitude. The venue is an elevation above 6k which can lead to sunburn, dehydration and such, especially if you’re drinking all day. Also, be prepared to get a workout while seeing a show there. One should bring a raincoat, sunscreen and layers as the venue is in the Colorado foothills where the weather can change fast. It is not uncommon for a rainstorm to roll through unexpectedly. That being said, when everything is right on the Rocks, there is nowhere you would rather be. There is a reason there have been so many legendary shows at this venue.
Getting There
It is recommended to get a ride to Red Rocks. One option is to arrange for a shuttle to drop you off and pick you up. Or, arrange for a shuttle to pick you up and take a Lyft/Uber to the venue. (read more) Just don’t plan to take a Lyft or Uber home as it is very tricky to find your ride. The shuttles all park in a specific area (Lower South Lot) which is relatively easy to find. Red Rocks is about a 25 minute drive from Denver. There is also plenty of parking if you decide to drive to the venue. Plan to get to the venue early. There can be lots of traffic close to showtime and it’s just nice to have time to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Parking
Parking is pretty abundant. There is the upper north lot, upper south lot, lower south lot 1, lower south lot 2, and lower north lot. The upper lots are closer to the entrance and fill up fast. (read more) There are lots of trails around as this is an actual city park as well. If you are a newbie it can present some opportunities to get a little lost. Definitely make note of your surroundings. There is no extra charge for parking.
Pro tip, when you get to the venue it is best to drive past the initial entrance and enter in the Upper West lot. There are more amenities/bathrooms there and usually a pretty nice lot scene.

Tailgating
There’s definitely a tailgating scene at Red Rocks, though vending is not allowed. There will be some vending around but people will be pretty discreet about it as venue security is not that cool (read more) about it. It’s a good place to toss a frisbee around and drink some bevvies with your friends. You are not really allowed to leave your car in the parking lot over night, though I know some folks who have done it recently without issue.
Water Policy
Fortunately, Red Rocks has a sensible water policy. You are allowed to bring in empty water containers and factory sealed full water bottles. There are various places to fill up your water bottles (read more) inside the venue. This a smart policy because water should be accessible to everyone, especially folks attending a concert in high altitude. Other venues should follow Red Rock’s lead here. Let’s look out for each other and not just think about profits! I digress….
Bag Policy

Bag policy is posted in the official venue listing here


Search Policy
Security has been pretty lax these last few years though still present. General rule is to not be a dumb ass and you will be okay. If you enter via the upper south lot area, be prepared to walk up a (read more) long, wind-y ramp. There are some cool views of the surroundings on the ramp but the ramp can get pretty congested also. Either way you’ll probably be sucking wind during the entry process. Steps on the other side are numerous and somewhat steep. Sometimes the upper north lot will be less crowded and will allow you to find better seats once inside. For certain shows, a la Widespread Panic, people will get in line as early as 6 a.m. to reserve choice real estate. Be prepared to bring a tarp to secure space. This is definitely not everybody’s jam but it’s just the way it is.
Sound
Sound can be great but it can also be crappy. The sound is best in the first 20 rows. If you are above row 30, the sound can get taken away especially if it is windy. Being in the mountains, it can (read more) get pretty windy. This is a big part of the reason why folks get in line so early.
Venue Security
Security is pretty chill at Red Rocks. If you are respectful of others, they will leave you alone. Colorado can be a relatively enlightened place and the venue staff reflects this. They are also (read more) typically pretty kind which only adds to the experience. Make sure to thank the staff for their hard work. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox!
Venue Concessions
Various concessions all around the venue with the majority being at the top of the venue. Some pretty good local CO beer options and some pretty decent food for a music venue. I’ll let the CO locals (read more) chime in about the specific food options. There is a restaurant where you can go before the show which is basically inside the venue. Drinks aren’t cheap but they rarely are. They didn’t have any cider options last time I was there which would be nice for gluten-free folks that want to imbibe.
End of the Show

There is a curfew at Red Rocks. I will need to research that info and chime back in on that. Security does not typically allow for a very long post show hang.


ADA Accessibility

I can’t really speak to this so will defer to others who have. I am curious to know about this.


Other Stuff
I love this venue. It can be a big production seeing a show here though. There is lots to know before heading to this venue. I hope others will chime in and fill in the voids I have left. All in (read more) all, it is one of the greatest places in the world to be on a nice day when the music and everything is hitting just right!
Nearby Lodging

There’s lots of lodging nearby. Lots of hotels in the Golden area which is about a 10 minute drive from the venue. There are also tons of airbnbs in Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Littleton, Evergreen areas. Denver is only 17 miles away and has lots of hotels and airbnbs. Plan to stay in Denver if you’re looking for nightlife after the show. Golden has a few bars.


Nearby Bars & Restaurants

Lots of great options in Denver. Hometown favorite Fire on the Mountain is usually hopping before the show and sometimes runs shuttles out to Red Rocks. Morrison Inn is a pretty cool spot in Morrison with a rooftop bar and nice margaritas. Hops and Pie is a cool spot in Denver with heady beers and solid pizza. Once again, I’ll let the Denver locals chime in with this info.


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Bag Policy:

Single pocket bags and clear bags no larger than 13” x 15” x 8” and small purses and fanny packs that are 6β€³ x 9β€³ or smaller permitted

Bags with multiple pockets, as well as any bag larger than 13β€³ x 15β€³ x 8β€³ prohibited.


Water Policy:

Empty, reusable water bottles e.g., Nalgene bottles, aluminum bottles (32 oz. or less) permitted


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