Red Rocks Amphitheatre

For a Religious Experience Without the Religion, Head to Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

We’ve all seen the annoying pictures on Instagram: Your two friends standing at the top of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, looking Colorado AF, just living their best life. Well, that was me the other week.
In my defense, the magic of Red Rocks forces you to be that girl. You are powerless against the beauty. Seriously, just go, you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t have the urge to dance barefoot, howl at the moon, and run off to join a hippie commune, you’re a better woman than I am.

Take a hike.

Part of the glory of Red Rocks is that you’re literally situated between two boulders in an amphitheater carved into the rocks. It’s not only a unique venue, but it’s probably the most beautiful place to take in a show.

The Denver skyline sits in the distance as you look out over mountains and hillside. If you’re lucky, you can catch a sunset to end all sunsets over the stage.

Sometimes beauty like this comes at a cost, and in this instance, it’s because you have to essentially hike up a mountain to get there. To get from the lower parking lots just to the main area left me a sweaty, jelly-legged mess. Then it was time for more stairs!

Find a seat.

If you want the best view, you really should ignore the fat kid inside you and just keep climbing. You’ll be able to watch the sun set from the higher seats, and you’ll still get all the acoustics from the show.

If you need a break, feel free to stop at one of the food or drink kiosks along the way. That way both you and your inner chubber will be satisfied.

If you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with more food and drink options, a few merchandise stalls, and a view that will give you butt tickles. You know, that feeling you get when you’re experiencing something one-of-a-kind? Anyone?

Enjoy the show.

One thing I know for sure is that when people gather at Red Rocks, they come to dance. Yes, even to bluegrass. Have you ever watched people dance to bluegrass? It’s awkward and awesome, and nobody gives a shit how they look, they’re just in the moment.

Yes, they probably had a little help to get to that place (I was definitely standing in a cloud of weed for three hours), but this is a judgement-free zone.

Have a snack.

At some point, you’ll probably get hungry and go in search of snacks. Everything from burritos, taco salads, pretzels, and popcorn is available—there’s even a sit-down restaurant at the top of the venue.

I can highly recommend the hot pretzels with cheese dip, because I can’t say no to carbs and cheese, and neither should you.Tell your Keto diet to stay home.

Get tipsy.

Craft beer and frozen alcoholic beverages are also an option, and yes, I did order a frozen piña colada with a double shot of rum. Pricey? Yes. Delicious? Double yes.

Call it a night.

When bands come to Red Rocks, they seem to play to their audience. Everything is a bit more jam-bandy, with one song bleeding into the next. It creates a mood, like an all-night party rather than your typical concert.

Maybe you’ll look up at the stars and wish the night would never end. Or maybe, if you’re like me, you’ll start to fall asleep standing up. Being in your 30s is rough, man.

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